Once a sprinter, always one

Once a sprinter, always one
Former track star UK Shyam

The shoulders are still muscular, the 1.80-metre tall frame is lean and the face is every bit as boyish as it was 14 years ago.

U K Shyam looks fit at 39.

That's not surprising, even though he retired from sprinting in 2005.

He can still be spotted three times a week at the Kallang Practice Track, just across the spanking new National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub.

Old habits die hard, Shyam insists.

He is not training for any competition, just exercising.

Track work has never ceased to be fun.

"Once a sprinter, always a sprinter," he said, with his trademark megawatt smile.

"You don't suddenly decide to run the marathon. You never forget the feeling of speed.

"But don't ask me what I clock now. I really don't know."

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