(Last Updated on : 18/09/2014)
Bibin Mathew was an Indian athlete who specialises in track and sprint. He is famous as field sprinter. He was the 2010 Asian Indoor Champion in the event. He was the two-time South Asian Games gold medallist. He holds the Indian indoor record at 47.81 seconds, set in 2010.
Bibin Mathew was born on 16th January 1987. Bibin Mathew has also represented India at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the Asian Athletics Championships.
Bibin Mathew is hailing from Jharkhand
. He made his breakthrough in 2007 when he won the 400 meter title at the 2007 National Games of India. And he also won the event at the Indian Athletics Championships, in the absence of national record holder K. M. Binu, who is better known as Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Binu. Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Binu is an Indian track and field athlete from Kerala
who specializes in 400 metres and 800 metres.
Bibin Mathew was a 400 meters semi-finalist at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games. There Bibin Mathew has set an Indian indoor record of 48.83 seconds on his international debut. He broke a second national record at the competition in the 4 X 400 metres relay, running 3:16.81 minutes for fifth place with Gurvinderpal Singh, V.B. Bineesh, and Vinay Choudhary.
Bibin Mathew took his second national title the following year, where he ran a personal best of 46.81 seconds. Bibin Mathew competed extensively in 2009. In the year 2009, Bibin Mathew ran a new best of 46.16 seconds as part of three wins on the national circuit and ran on the Asian Athletics Grand Prix for the first time. He was also in the top two at each meeting.
Bibin Mathew suffered from a viral infection in September and was beaten at the national championships by S. K. Mortaja. Both he and Mortaja represented India at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships. But they missed out on the medals, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. A team of Harpreet Singh, Mathew, Bineesh and Mortaja took the bronze medal in the 4 X 400 m relay in 2009 Asian Athletics Championships.
Bibin Mathew won an individual and relay double at the 2010 South Asian Games in February. Later, in that month, Bibin Mathew set a championship record and Indian indoor record of 47.81 seconds to win the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships.
Bibin Mathew also shared in the relay silver medal at the event of 2010 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships. He made two other international outings with the relay team that year, coming seventh at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and fourth at the 2010 Asian Games.
Bibin Mathew also ran independently at the Asian competition, but did not get beyond the heats.
Bibin Mathew struggled to regain his previous form after 2010. At the 2011 Indian National Games he was beaten into second place by Kunhu Muhammed Puthanpurakkal.
After that, Bibin Mathew dropped further down the order at the 2012 Indian Championships, placing third behind Arokia Rajiv and Mortaja. Bibin Mathew dipped under 47 seconds in April 2013, but his time of 46.94 seconds was only enough for third at the Indian Federation's Cup.