(Last Updated on : 05/03/2012)
Geeta Zutshi is a well known former Indian female athlete who was born on 2nd December 1956. In her credit she has constituted numerous national and Asian running records in track events of 800 m and 1500 m. Geeta Zutshi was trained and coached by conformist Mohammad Ilyas Babar. In the year 1978, Geeta won the women's 800 m gold medal at the Asian Games held in Bangkok. She has won the silver medals for the 800 m track event in the year 1982. She has also won medals for the 1500 m in both the year 1978 and 1982. At the 1982 Asian Games, which was held at New Delhi, she, as the top Indian woman athlete avowed an oath on behalf of all the competitors. The event took place during the opening ceremony of the 1982 Asian Games.
The achievements of Geeta Zutshi have inspired other Indian women like Bachendri Pal
into the world of sports. Zutsi later shifted to USA. She returned to India in July, 2002, that is after 17 years and took over the Indian junior athletics team as a coach (800m and 1500m). Acknowledging her contribution to Indian Sports, Indian Government conferred Geeta Zutshi the highest prestigious sports award, The Arjuna Award and one of the highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri.
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