Nirmala Sheoran, 21: Nirmala Sheoran is one of the few woman athletes who has qualified in the 400 metres category at Rio 2016 Olympics this year. While competing at the 56th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship in Hyderabad she clocked a timing of 51.48 seconds, which her berth for Rio. Her journey has been marked with her determination to succeed, focus and strength. She also beat the qualification mark of 52.20 seconds, set at the Telangana Athletics Association 400 metre event during her successful stint in Hyderabad. She beat top woman athletes too, topping Kerala’s Jisna Mathew, who came second (53.14 seconds) and Sowndharya P N, who finished third, (53.85), in her qualifying performance in Hyderabad. Though her athleticism stood out, some of her efforts were questioned by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla. He said that her efforts have been inconsistent as was evident from the records in the heat events and the qualifying events. Two contrasting finishes might be brought to debate, but she should put all that behind and remain focused for the Rio event.
Event- Women’s 400m
Qualifying event – 56th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championship in Hyderabad.
Event Date- August 13
Record- She is a one-time Asian Champion.
Career Highlights – One time Asian Championships finalist.