Ajay Kumar Saroj was born on Thursday, 1 May 1997 (age 26 years; as of 2023) in Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He hails from the village, Kajiani, near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from being a national runner, Ajay works for the Railways in New Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 60 Kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Ajay’s father’s name is Dharamraj, who is a plumber, and his mother, Rani Devi, is a homemaker. He has an elder brother named Ajit, who is a national runner and has won gold medals in national-level competitions in 800 m and 1500 m races. Ajay has two sisters named Shashi Devi and Shastri Devi who are national runners in 10,000 m and 5000 m races.
He is unmarried.
Ajay Kumar Saroj took up sports at a very young age and trained under his coach Jaswinder Bhatia.
He has participated and won many national and international championships. In 2016, he competed in the South Asian Games held in Guwahati, where he earned a gold medal and a silver medal in the 1500 m and 800 m races, respectively. He participated in the Asian Athletics Championships (2023) held in Bangkok, Thailand, in which he earned a gold medal with a time of 3 minutes 41.51 seconds in the 1500 m race event. In an interview, Ajay discussed the options that opened up for him after winning the gold medal at the Asian meet. He also spoke about his training and competitions. He said,
Winning the gold was a must for me in the Asian meet as it was my ticket to the World Athletics Championships. I underwent training in Colorado (US) from February 21 to May-end. After that, I participated in the inter-state athletic championship in India and won a silver medal. I knew that I would have to perform well in the Asian Athletics meet. Now, I will try to win a gold medal in the Olympics.”
In October 2023, Ajay Kumar Saroj represented India at the 19th Asian Games (2022) held in Hangzhou, China, where he drew a silver medal in the men’s 1500 m race event.
- In 2013, he won a bronze medal in the 1500 m race at the Asian Youth Games held in Nanjing, China.
- In 2016, he won a bronze medal and a gold medal at the South Asian Games held in Guwahati.
- Ajay drew a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships (2017) held in Bhubaneswar.
- In 2017, he won a gold medal at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
- In 2023, he won a silver medal at the Asian Athletics Championships held in Doha, Qatar.
- He won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships (2023) held in Bangkok, Thailand.
- He earned a silver medal at the Asian Games (2022) held in Hangzhou, China.
- In the initial days, Ajay used to practise under the supervision of his father at the Meva Lal Inter college of his village.
- Since Ajay’s father had a limited income, he used to borrow shoes and kits from his friends to participate in the race events.