(Last Updated on : 11/09/2014)
Pinki Pramanik is an Indian athlete hailing from West Bengal
. She was born on 10th April 1986.
Pinki Pramanik had met the success with the national 4 X 400 metres relay team. There she won the silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games
, and gold at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games.
Pinki Pramanik won three gold medals at the 2006 South Asian Games. There she won the 400 meters and 800 metres events, as well as the relay.
The first success of Pinki Pramanik came to her after wining the two bronze medals at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships when she was 17 years old. Priyanka Pramanik was chosen to represent Asia at the IAAF World Cup. Domestically, Priyanka Pramanik has won three times at the All-India Open National Championships.
Pinki Pramanik made her mark at junior level when she set four junior state records in 2002. She made her world debut at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics where she reached the 800 metres semi-finals. Pinki Pramanik won the 400 meters race at the All-India Open National Championships soon after.
After that Pinki Pramanik set a record at the National Junior Athletics meeting by running 54.92 seconds in the 400 meters, although some confusion over whether she was born in 1986 or 1987 dampened proceedings.
Pinki Pramanik stepped up to the senior level in the following year. She won two bronzes in the 400 meters and 800 meters races at the 2004 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships.
Pinki Pramanik gained another medal in the indoor games when she took gold as part of the 4 X400 metres relay team at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games with Iyleen Samantha, Santhi Soundarajan, and Mandeep Kaur. She returned to compete at the All-India Open National Championships, and came away with 400 and 800 meters gold.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games was her first appearance at the world senior level and she performed well, reaching the 800 metres semi-finals and recording a personal best of 2:03.83. There Pinki Pramanik won a silver medal for India with Rajwinder Kaur, Chitra Soman, and Manjeet Kaur
in the 4*400 m relay.
At Asian Grand Prix meeting at Bengaluru in May, she won the 800 meters and improved her 400 meters personal best, winning in 52.46 seconds. A few months later, Pinki Pramanik marked herself out as one of the region's best runners at the 2006 South Asian Games. Pinki Pramanik won the 400 meters and 800 meters gold medals and headed the relay team for a third gold. However, Pinki Pramanik was disappointed that she had not improved her time and said that she expected greater competition from the Sri Lankan athletes.
Pinki Pramanik was selected to represent her continent at the 2006 IAAF World Cup and finished in seventh place for Asia in the 800 meters race.
Pinki Pramanik attended her first Asian Games later that year, competing the 400 meters and the relay. She reached the individual final, but just missed out on medal, finishing two hundreds of a second behind Japan's Asami Tanno.