Eddie Sequeira was born seven years before India’s independence, and was raised in Mumbai’s Parel, once a hub of the island city’s textile mill industry and labour movement. He went to a neighborhood school  that was not known for sports activities, and therefore, he becoming a hero in the sport of athletics, by his own description, a late bloomer, has to be put down as walking into serendipity.

Within a couple of years of taking up running, young Eddie created records at State and National championships in the half mile (800m), and metric mile (1500m), and at all-India Railway meets. Furthermore, he became India and Asia’s best in the metric mile (1500m) and 5000m track runs.

When at his peak in the metric mile, an accident on track, prevented him from becoming a sure shot winner at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was elbowed, and he fell on the track. But four years later, he…

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