Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dutee Chand & 9 Other Women Athletes From Odisha Who’re Making The State Proud!

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Odisha has come a long way from the confines of a state of villages and tribal and this is evident from what the women in our society have accomplished. Odia women have now broken free from the conservative barricades of home and marched forward with men on equal footings. From politics, journalism, academics to entertainment and sports, women have achieved benchmarks in every field. Especially in sports, Odia women are now establishing a name for themselves in the world.

 

MCL takes a look at some of the successful Odia women who have made Odisha proud with their achievements.

 

1. Sradhanjali Samantray

An international woman football player and ex-captain of Indian Women’s Football Team, Shradhanjali has represented India in numerous major international tournaments. She is the second Odia sportsperson after Dilip Tirkey to lead the Indian National side. She is currently the assistant coach for U-16 national women’s football team and one of the four selectors of U-18 National women’s football team.

Sradhanjali

Pic Courtesy: orisports

 

2. Anuradha Biswal

A track & field athlete, Anuradha specialized in 100 metre hurdles and holds the current national record of 13.38 seconds for 100 m hurdles. She set this record on 26th August 2002. The performance was an improvisation of her own record of 13.40 seconds clocked at the Asian championships in Jakarta on 30th July 2000. Infact she had won a bronze medal for her performance in Jakarta.

Pic Courtesy: america.pink

Pic Courtesy: america.pink

 

3. Subhadra Pradhan

Being an eminent woman hockey player, Subhadra Pradhan was included in India’s junior team in 2000 where she led the team to finish at the third place in the Junior Asia Cup in 2004. While she was a part of the senior team, the team won the gold medal in the 2004 Asia Cup and the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 2007, Subhadra Pradhan along with Jasjeet Kaur became the first Indian women to play for an European Club, the Dutch Club HC Den Bosch. She was awarded the Player of the Tournament in the 2009 Asia Cup wherein India finished second.

Subhadra

Pic Courtesy: zimbio.

 

4. Padmini Rout

Known as the Chess Queen in Odisha, Padmini holds the title of Woman Grandmaster. She was the winner of World Under-14 Girls’ Championship, 2008 and also has to her laurels 5 Asian & 4 national titles for the country.

Padmini

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5.  Srabani Nanda

Srabani belongs to Kandhamal district and despite all odds, she is a champion athlete. A sprint runner, she is specialized in 4x100m relay, 100 metre & 200 metre sprint events. Infact she has helped India win a bronze medal in women’s 4×100 metre relay event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games with a timing of 45.25 seconds at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on October 12, 2010.

Srabani

Pic Courtesy: eodisha

 

6. Minati Mahapatra

Minati holds the rare distinction of becoming the first woman from Odisha to win the Arjuna Award in 1980, the most prestigious award in the country for her outstanding sporting achievement in Cycling. She also has a record of winning the National Champion trophy for 8 times in 1980s. Also she has won 5 gold medals in the Indo-Sri Lanka Cycling Series in 1979. Minati was even a government observer in the cycling event of the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October 2010.

 

7. Sriyanka Sarangi

This 19 year old, ace shooter from Sambalpur, is an example for all sportspersons. She has bagged 3 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals in various international events. Apart from that she has won a lot of medals at national level.

Sriyanka

Pic Courtesy: sportslogon

 

8. Dutee Chand

A national champion in 100m event in sprinting, she has performed in many national and international events. In 2012 she became a national champion in the under-18 category when she clocked 11.8 seconds in the 100 meters event. Infact she is the first Indian to reach the final of a Global Athletics 100 meters final. In 2013, Dutee became the national champion in 100 metres and 200 metres. On 28 April 2016, Chand set the national record with 11.33  in 100 M race in National Federation Cup Delhi. Recently she has even won  gold medal in women’s 100m sprint event in the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships. She was also the part of the national record breaking women’s 4x100m relay quartet which finished fourth in the IAAF World Challenge event in Beijing on 18th May 2016.

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9. Namita Tappo

This talented hockey player shot to limelight with her selection to the Junior National team for World Cup along with 3 other Odia players – Anupa Barla, Lilima Minz & Deep Grace Ekka. So far she has played 73 international matches for India including major tournaments like Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World League. Moreover she was a part of the Indian team which won bronze medal in 2014 Asian Games and Silver Medal in Commonwealth Games.

Namita

Pic Courtesy: zimbio

 

10. Madhuri Mehta

Hailing from Balangir, Madhuri is the first woman cricketer from the State to represent the nation in One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals. She made her ODI debut in 2012 against West Indies. So far, she has played 2 ODI and 3 T20 Internationals for Indian Women’s Team. Currently, Madhuri is a key member of Odisha and East Zone women’s Cricket team.

Madhuri

Pic Courtesy: odisha360

 

Kudos to all!

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