(Last Updated on : 28/08/2014)
Kavita Raut is a widely acclaimed Indian long distance runner from Nasik
region of Maharashtra
Kavita Raut was born on 5th May 1985. She holds the current Indian National record for 10 km road running with a timing of 34:32 as well as the current Indian National record in the half marathon with a timing of 1:12:50.
Kavita Raut was born in a tribal family in Sawarpada, a village near Harsul, Nashik in Maharashtra. She is employed with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
(ONGC). Kavita Raut won the bronze medal in 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the first individual track medal by an Indian woman athlete at the Commonwealth Games. Kavita Raut also won the silver medal in 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Asian Games.
The best record of Kavita Raut for 5,000 metres is 16:05.90. There she achieved while winning a bronze on 10 November 2009 during the 18th Asian athletics championships held at Guangzhou, China.
During the 50th National Open athletic meet held at Kochi
, Kavita Raut set a meet record in the 10,000 metres event on 18 May 2010 while winning the gold medal. She bettered the previous meet record held by Preeja Sreedharan by clocking 32:41.31.
Kavita Raut won the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi on 8 October 2010 with a timing of 33:05.28. The medal was the first individual track medal by an Indian athlete at the Commonwealth Games in more than 50 years, after Milkha Singh
's 440 yards gold at the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games.
Kavita Raut also won the first individual track medal as an Indian woman athlete in the history of Commonwealth Games.
Kavita Raut also won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China on 21 November 2010 with a timing of 31:51.44, which is her personal best. The medal was a double victory for India, as Preeja Sreedharan won the gold in the same event with a timing of 31:50.47 setting a record for India's best.
Kavita Raut started the following season with a 5000/10,000 m double at the 2011 National Games of India, setting Games records in both events. Kavita Raut holds the current Indian National record for 10 kilometres road running with a mark of 34:32, set at the World 10K in Bengaluru
Kavita Raut is awarded the Arjuna Award for her outstanding performance in long distance race. She is ranked 87 in 34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships which was held in Fukuoka on 2nd April in the year 2006.