(Last Updated on : 12/08/2014)
Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, popularly known as K M Beenamol, was born on August 15, 1975, in the village of Kombidinjal, in Kerala
. She became the third Indian to reach an Olympics semi-final since P.T. Usha. Beenamol was largely unknown, until her first exhilarating performance at the Sydney Olympics 2000. Her Personal Best was 400 - 51.21 in 2000.
She won the gold medal in women's 800m along with the 4x400m women's event at Busan, in the Asian Games (2002). Along with her athlete brother K. M. Binu, Beenamol also made history by becoming the first Indian siblings to win medals in a major international competition. Binu won a surprise silver medal in men's 800m race.
She received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
, India's highest sporting honour, in the year 2002-2003, as a joint winner of along with Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat. In 2004, she was awarded the Padma Shri.
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