Athletics is reckoned among the most popular forms of sports and is played extensively throughout the country. India has so far produced several eminent Athletes, who have excelled in the international arena.
Since the 1948 Olympic Games, the Indian female athletes have shown extensive triumph in a variety of worldwide championships. Apart from the Olympics, they have excelled in the other prestigious championships like the Asian Games, World Championships, SAF Games etc. While showing great performances in the tournaments, the Indian female Athletes have also won gold, silver and bronze medals for India. Some of the most notable and prominent Indian female Athletes are P.T. Usha, Anju Bobby George, Alka Tomar, Anita Sood, Anjali Bhagwat, Anisa Sayyed, Anjum Chopra, Anuradha Biswal, Asha Agarwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, Ashwini Nachappa
P.T. Usha, regarded as queen of Indian track and field, has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. Hailed as "Sprint Queen", "Golden Girl", "Payyoli Express", "Running Machine" and with many other salutary names, PT Usha is undoubtedly the greatest Indian Female athlete in the country has ever produced. She has inspired a generation of young women athletes, to flood the Indian scene and give women's athletics direction and quality.
Geetika Jakhar is an Indian wrestler who has made India proud by winning the silver medal in the 63 kg category in Doha Asian Games in 2006. Geetika Jakhar has also won many national and international titles at a young age. Geetika Jakhar has also won the gold medal in the 63 kg weight category during the Commonwealth Championship in Canada in 2006. In the Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup tournament held in New Delhi from August 16 to August 19, Geetika Jakhar became the winner amongst four hundred and fifty wrestlers from all over the country.
. Geeta Rani is a well known woman Indian weightlifter. Geeta won the gold medal in the Women's +75 kg category at the Commonwealth Games in the year 2006. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, she was 4th in the Women's +75 kg category. Geeta Rani has been awarded the Arjuna Award for her outstanding performance in sports.
Asha Agarwal is a former Indian female athlete who has received much esteem for her brilliant performance in several sporting events. Asha Agarwal is a former Indian women marathon champion, who has received the highest prestigious award in Sports in India, the Arjuna Award. On January 27th in the year 1985, Asha Agarwal won the Hong Kong marathon. In September 1985, at the Asian Track and Field meet in Jakarta, Asha Agarwal won the gold at the Asian Track and Field in the tear 1985. Asha Agarwal is the first Indian woman to win marathon title in Asian Championships for the year 1985.
Premalata Agarwal is the oldest Indian woman to climb Mount Everest An enviable height of determination and a small tip from dad today made Premlata Agarwal the oldest Indian woman to ever conquer the Everest. She was the one to become the first woman from Jharkhand to scale the 29,029ft peak of Mount Everest.
Bachendri Pal is the first Indian woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. Bachendri Pal is a well known Indian female mountaineer who is 5th in the world to scale the Everest peak. She conquered the Mount Everest peak on 23rd May, 1984, at 1.07 p.m. as per the Indian Standard Time. She stood atop Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali. Bachendri's accomplishments as a mountaineer, empower and encourage women of all ages in India and across the world as well.
Krishna Poonia is a renowned Indian discus thrower and a national woman champion from India. She won the women's discus final at the Delhi Commonwealth Games on 11th October 2010 with a throw of 61.51 m. she received a gold medal for her exceptional performance. Krishna Punia, a woman national discus thrower, is the winner of gold medal in the 46th Open National athletics championships. In the year 2006, she won the bronze medal at the Asian Games held at Doha. In the Common Wealth Games of 2010 held in New Delhi Krishna Punia emerged as the first women to win a gold medal, making the nation proud. She led the discuss event clearing 61.5 metres. She is the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in track and field events of Commonwealth games.
Seema Antil is a renowned Indian discus thrower, achieved her personal best throw of 64.84 m in Kiev in August 2004. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Seema Antil performed brilliantly and won the silver medal. After acknowledging her talent the Haryana state government conferred her with Bhim Award on June 26, 2006. She did not participate at the Asian Games held in the year 2006, which attracted significant media attention. Seema Antil won another bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi.
Sathi Geetha is reputed Indian sprinter who has attained expertise in the 400 metres relay. She was born on 5th July in the year 1983. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Geetha finished 7th in 4 x 400 metres relay. She participated along with her teammates Rajwinder Kaur, Chitra K. Soman and K. M. Beenamol. The 2004 Summer Olympics was held in Athens and the women's 4x400 metres relay was one of the prime events of the athletics among 23 track events. At the Asian Championships held in the year 2005, Geetha also won a silver medal in a personal best time of 51.75 seconds.
Preeja Sreedharan, an Indian athlete batched the gold medal in the 10000 meter event and silver in the 5000 metres in the Guangzhou Asian Games. Her win in the 10000 metres in 31:50:28 minutes is her personal best record. Currently this stands as the Indian National record. She has also represented India at the 2007 Asian athletics championships held in the Amman where she won silver medal in the 10000 metres where she finished 5th in the 5,000m as well as 10,000m races. In June 2008 she qualified for the Beijing Olympics.
Neelam Jaswant Singh
Neelam Jaswant Singh is a renowned Indian athlete discus thrower. Her personal best throw is 64.55 m. This best throw was achieved at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. In an in-competition test, during the 2005 World Championships, She was tested positive for Pemoline, which is a banned stimulant. Neelam Jaswant Singh can easily be one of India's most advancing personalities and vivid athletes. Her specialty is discus throwing. Neelam has advanced from a junior in 1986 and in to the seniors. She has been one of the most talented athletes in the country achieving several ranks and awards at international sports events.
Santhi Soundarajan is a former Indian athlete who contended in the middle distance track events. She was born in April, 1981 in Kathakkurichi village, in Pudukkottai District of the state of Tamil Nadu. She was a versatile athlete in school, competing in field hockey, middle-distance running and javelin. In 2004, an engineering college in Chennai, the state's biggest city, recruited Soundarajan with a scholarship to study computer technology. She was soon the college's star performer.
Geeta Zutshi is a well known former Indian female athlete who was born on 2nd December 1956. In her credit Geeta Zutshi has constituted numerous national and Asian running records in track events of 800 m and 1500 m. Geeta Zutshi was trained and coached by conformist Mohammad Ilyas Babar. In the year 1978, Geeta won the women's 800 m gold medal at the Asian Games held in Bangkok. She has won the silver medals for the 800 m track event in the year 1982. She has also won medals for the 1500 m in both the year 1978 and 1982. At the 1982 Asian Games, which was held at New Delhi, she, as the top Indian woman athlete avowed an oath on behalf of all the competitors. The event took place during the opening ceremony of the 1982 Asian Games.
Manathoor Devasia Valsamma
Manathoor Devasia Valsamma was born 29th October in the year1960. This Indian athlete was the third Indian woman who won the Gold medal at the Asian Games Valsamma who was nicknamed "Valsu", was born at Ottathai in Kannur district of Kerala. Her athletics career geared up during her school days. When she moved to Mercy College, Palakkad, for further studies, she took athletics more gravely. Her first medal came in the year 1979 and it was for Kerala in the 100 metres hurdles at the Inter-University Championship.
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar won two Gold Medals and a Silver medal, in the 1998, Bangkok Asian Games, where she cheered up the nation, electrified the sagging morale of the participants and silenced the media criticism of the sports officials. The 29 year-old athlete returned home to be hailed as the 'New Golden Girl' of India. Already an Arjuna Award winner (1995), she got the 'Most Valued Performance Award' instituted by Samsung. There years later she became the first athlete to be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1998).
Ashwini Nachappa is a well known Indian athlete from Karnataka who became popular as the glory girl of Indian female sprinting in the early 80's having beaten P.T. Usha. There were many great moments in her life, with regards to her achievements. Nachappa gained popularity during the 1980s after she outran P.T. Usha on two distinct events. Ashwini Nachappa received the esteemed Arjuna award in the year 1990. She has also been featured in some Telugu or Tollywood movies. Ashwini Nachappa is also renowned social worker and scholar and has also established a school.
Anju Bobby George
Anju Bobby George is an Indian athlete who made history when she won the bronze medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris. Anju Bobby George became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics jumping 6.70 m. Anju Bobby George went on to win the silver medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005, a performance she considers her best.