The Marathon Queens of India
OP Jaisha, Sudha Singh, Lalita Babbar, Kavita Raut
Name: OP Jaisha, Sudha Singh, Lalita Babbar, Kavita Raut
Sports: Marathon (Individual)
Rio Medal Chances: Low
Indian Women Marathoners have done exceptionally well to get 4 berths at the RIO Oympics. In doing so, they have surpassed their male counterparts.
OP Jaisha is the current national record holder and leads the charge of this strong contingent. Jaisha comes from a small town named Kalpetta in Kerala. She spent her childhood in extreme poverty owing & surpassed extreme challenges to emerge as India’s top mid to long distance runner.
Lalita Babbar and Sudha Singh are new generation mid to long distance runners for India and have won several medals in the mid distance races. Sudha is the second fastest marathoner for India after Jaisha. Both Lalita and Sudha are exceptional at 3,000 m Steeple chase and considers that as their primary event and have already qualified for the same.
Kavita Raut was the 4th India women to qualify for Marathon after willing gold medal in South Asian games. She comes from Sawarpada, a small village near Nashik and has been a prominent athlete in the mid distance events at the national level.
Marathon is a difficult sport and require focused training under top class infrastructure and advice, which most India athletes are deprived of.There is a quite a distance between the top women marathoner and the qualifiers for India making the chances of medal very low. However, these India Marathon Queens are training hard in top spirits and looking for a strong finish at Rio.