Further Personal Information
||Rae Bareli, IND
||Athlete, Railway Worker
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She took up athletics at age 13 and began competing in 2003 at a sports college in Lucknow, India.
|Why this sport?
||She initially competed in middle and long distance running events before her officer at Indian Railways convinced her to try the steeplechase. "Madhu Shivdutt, my railway officer introduced me to steeplechase. Interestingly, she told me that the category and sport I was pursuing already had seniors excelling in it, whereas no one was looking towards steeplechase. So, she insisted that I should choose it and I went for it on her advice."
|Club / Team
||Indian Railways: India
|Name of coach
||Bijendra Singh [national], IND
|Most influential person in career
||Her family. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2014)
|Hero / Idol
||Indian sprinter P T Usha. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2014)
||A stress injury to her thigh area kept her out of action during the second part of the 2019 season. (olympicchannel.com, 19 Jan 2020)
|Awards and honours
||She participated in the Queen's Baton relay ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (glasgow2014.com, 10 Jul 2013)
In 2012 she received the Arjuna Award from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. (archive.indianexpress.com, 23 Aug 2012)
She was presented with the Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Ji International Sports Awards in 2010 by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in recognition of her performance at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (news.bspindia.org, 02 Feb 2011)
||She became the first Indian female athlete to win gold in the 3000m steeplechase at the Asian Games when she claimed victory at the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. She was also the first Indian athlete to compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Games, following her appearance in the event at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 May 2018; indianexpress.com, 09 Jun 2012; ummid.com, 28 Dec 2010)
||To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (hindustantimes.com, 03 Oct 2018)
She plans to retire after the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. "I never think about my age while running and always try to draw inspiration from other ageing athletes who have won medals at the top level. Even before the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, I was discouraged by many because of my age but I proved my critics wrong and won a silver medal [in the 3000m steeplechase]. It's my dream to finish on a high and would be very satisfying if I manage a podium finish at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. I would try to win a medal at the 2022 Asian Games and say goodbye to the sport." (hindustantimes.com, 13 Aug 2020)
She joined the Indian Railways under a sports quota programme that allows her to train and compete internationally. (hindustantimes.com, 03 Oct 2018)