SREEDHARAN Preeja < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 13 Mar 1982
Height1.52 m
Weight 40 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Kerala, IND
Occupation Clerk
Higher education Alphonsa College: Kerala, IND
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Railway Sports Promotion Board: India
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the Chennai Marathon in 2009. "That one hour in Chennai changed my life in a big way. I got Rs. 7 lakh after paying tax. It was the most precious one hour in my life. And I've stopped my mom from going to work now." (The Hindu, 08 Sep 2008)
Ambitions "I would like to become the best long distance runner that India has ever produced." (The Hindu, 24 Feb 2007)
Other information OLYMPIAN
She represented India at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed in the Women's 10000m, finishing in 25th place in the final with a time of 32:35.66. (sports.espn.go.com, 18 Feb 2010)

MARATHON WIN
Shreedharan comes from a poor family in the village of Mullakkanam in Kerala. Her athletic form and Olympian status has helped her family. In 2008 she won the One Million Indian Rupees prize purse in Chennai Half-Marathon. "My dad died when I was very young and it was a big struggle for all of us. My elder brother Pradeep had to stop his studies after the eighth standard and go to work." (The Hindu, 08 Sep 2008)

TRIPLE THREAT
At the 2007 Asian Games, Shreedharan had a masterful performances winning three gold medals. Her first two medal performances were the most incredible, she competed in both the Mile and the 10,000m within a span of two and half hours on the opening day of the athletic competitions. She eventually won both with modest 4:38.38 and 36:09.30 timings respectively. Her third medal after winning the 5000m on the final day. It marked an incredible turnaround of form for her as she finished fifth in both the 5000m and 10000m at previous Asian Games. Her performances at these Games and those that followed led to her selection into the Indian squad sent to the Beijing Olympics the following year.