OP Jaisha, 33: Jaisha Orchatteri Puthiya Veetil is an all-rounder. Her name is included in some of the most gruelling and challenging track events. You name it, and her name is there. Starting from the 1500 metres event, she competes in the 3000 metres event, 3000 metres steeplechase event as well as the 5000 metres event. The Kerala-born long distance runner shifted her focus to marathon when her foreign coach Dr Nikolai Snesarev insisted on her moving to the longest running category. Her name runs long and so does she. After winning bronze at the Asian Champions back in 2014, she was determined to lay her concentration on the marathon event. She associated herself with one of the toughest events since the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. She had an impressive start with her new found passion and went to beat Vally Satyabhama’s 19-year-old National record in the marathon run. She also continued her brilliant performance in the Mumbai Marathon with a timing of 2:37:29. The 33-year-old has been representing India since the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne, Australia. The JSW Sport is currently supporting her. She has been training in Ooty under the Belarus coach before she leaves for Rio.
Event- Marathon (Women)
Qualifying event – Mumbai Marathon
Event Date- August 14
Record- Personal best of 2:37:29, set at the 2015 Mumbai Marathon.
Career Highlights – She is the current national record holder in the marathon. She is also a former national record holder in the 3000 metres steeplechase.