Lalita Babar Profile: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Lalita Babar made the Rio Olympics cut courtesy with a gold in the 3000m steeplechase event at the Asian Athletics Championships in June.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 1, 2016 12:05 pm
Lalita Babar, Lalita athletics, Lalita steeplechase, Federation Cup, Fed Cup, Fed Cup athletics Lalita Babar broke her own national record with a timing of 9:27.09 seconds at the Federation Cup. (File photo)

Lalita Babar, 27: Lalita Shivaji Babar comes from a very tiny village in the Sitara district of Maharashtra. Her quest for running long distance began at a very tender age when she used to run four long kilometres from her home to school. That might have been a huge confidence building factor for lalita as she carried her impressive performance at Junior long distance running meets. Her early success came at a very young age while competing for the under-20 National marathon championships in Pune where she clinched gold, way back in 2005. She recently shattered some National records at the Mumbai Marathon in 2014, clocking 2:50:31. The Sitara girl also became the hat-trick winner of the Mumbai marathon event. But, winning marathon events were not the only part of her credentials. She soon shifted her focus to 3000 metres steeplechase to win big at Commonwealth Games as well as the Asian Games. She won gold at the Incheon games in South Korea in 2014 where she clocked 9:35.37. Her 9:34:13 seconds performance at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships helped her better her own personal record as well as break the national record. She is currently training under Coach Dr Nikolai Snesarev along with OP Jaisha and Sudha Singh in Ooty.

Event- 3000m steeplechase (women’s)

Qualifying event – Asian athletics Championships.

Event Date- August 13

Record- Gold medal in the Asian Championships in 2015. Bronze medal in Asian Games in 2014.

Career Highlights – Three time Mumbai Marathon winner.

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