(Last Updated on : 23/03/2017)
Indian long jumpers, almost in all cases, come from a very humble and modest background. The sport in itself is less popular in India, hence not lot of attention is received from the masses, media or government sports authorities.
Vijay Singh Chauhan
Vijay Singh Chauhan is a former Indian athlete who won gold medal in decathlon in 1974 Asian Games. He participated in 1972 Olympics. He was born in 1949 in Uttar Pradesh
state. He was honoured with Arjuna award
Reeth Abraham is an athlete from India and was once the national champion in long jump and heptathlon. She won the Arjuna Award in 1997.
Mayookha Johny, born 9 April 1988, is an Indian track and field athlete from Kerala
who specialises in long jump and triple jump. She holds the current Indian National record for triple jump with a mark of 14.11m. She is the first Indian woman to cross the 14m mark.
Kumaravel Premkumar is an Indian long jumper from Tamil Nadu. He is the national record-holder in both indoor and outdoor long jump. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships and a silver at the 2013 Asian Athletics Championships.
Sammudi Balasubramaniam was an athlete hailing from Tamil Nadu who specializes in long jump and triple jump. He was the second Indian to secure a bronze medal in triple jump in Asian Games.
Angel Mary Joseph
Angel Mary Joseph is a retired Indian track and field athlete. She specialized in 100 metres hurdles, Long Jump, Pentathlon, and once held national records in all the three and high jump and heptathlon. At the 1978 Asian Games in Tehran, she won silver medals in long jump and pentathlon. She also represented Karnataka and Railways playing basketball in the National Championships.
Maliakhal Anthony Prajusha
Maliakhal Anthony Prajusha is an Indian track and field athlete from Kerala who competes in long jump and triple jump. She held the Indian National record for triple jump with a mark of 13.72 m. She broke the record held by Mayookha Johny by four centimeter.
Amritpal Singh, born 6 October 1983, is an Indian track and field athlete from Punjab
who specializes in long jump. He holds the current national record of 8.08 metres in long jump. On 16 March 2004, Amritpal broke one of the oldest national records in Indian athletics - T. C. Yohannan's 3-decade-old record in the long jump - by leaping to a distance of 8.08 metres in the 10th Federation Cup Athletics Championships at the Nehru Stadium in New Delhi
Suresh Babu, born on 10th February 1953, was an Indian long jumper from Indian state
of Kerala who had held the national titles in the long, triple, and high jump events, in addition to the decathlon. He was one of the athletes to win medals in two events in successive Asian Games, the bronze in the decathlon in the Tehran Asian Games in 1974 and gold in the long jump in the Bangkok Asian Games, 1978.
T. C. Yohannan
Thadathuvila Chandapillai Yohannan, born 19 May 1947, better known as T. C. Yohannan, is a former Indian long jumper who held the national record in long jump for nearly 3 decades and represented India in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal at Canada.
Reeth Abraham is an Indian athlete from Bengaluru. She is a former South Asian Games champion in long jump and 100 meters hurdles and the former national champion in heptathlon. She won the Arjuna Award in 1997 and the Rajyotsava Award in 1983. Reeth had a long athletic career spanning over 15 years (1976-1992).
Anju Bobby George
Anju Bobby George is an Indian athlete hailing from Kerala. Anju Bobby George made history when she won the bronze medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris. Anju became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championship in Athletics jumping 6.70 m.
Mercy Kuttan, born on 1st January 1960, is a former Indian track and field athlete. She was the first Indian woman long jumper to cross six meters. In 1989, Mercy received Arjuna Award for her contribution to the Indian athletics