(Last Updated on : 17/09/2014)
V. S. Surekha is a prominent Indian track and field athlete
, known as a pole vaulter
. She is famed as the first Indian female pole vaulter who cleared 4.00 meters. She is present national record holder of 4.08 m which she set at the national circuit meet organized at Patiala
on 23rd October 2006. She also owned the credit of being the Best Female Athlete at the Standard Chartered 44th National Open athletics championship. She was born on 14th August 1984 in Kerala
and is married to Renjith Maheshwary
, the triple jumper and Indian national record holder.
V. S. Surekha set her first national record of 3.51 m at the 43rd Open National Athletic Championship held on 28 September 2003 in Bengaluru
. Subsequently she created a new meet record of 3.45 m at the third National Federation Cup Junior Athletic Meet organized in Chennai
. In the following year at the Standard Chartered Open National Athletics in Mumbai
on 12th of September she improved her national mark by vaulting 3.55 m. A new record was made by V. S. Surekha at 1st National Athletics Circuit Meet which took place in Delhi
with a height of 3.70 m. However in the following month, her rival Chetna Solanki increased this record by ten centimetres.
On 2nd September of the same year V. S. Surekha came at par with Chetna Solanki by equalling her record at an international meet organized at Incheon. Surekha, on 5th September 2006, became the first Indian vaulter to clear 4.00 meters in New Delhi, as she jumped 4.05 m and created a new Indian national record. She set her present national record of 4.08 m at the national circuit meet which took place on 23rd October 2006 at Patiala.
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