Jisna Mathew, 17, competes in the women’s 400 meters and 800 meters event. She along with Tintu Luka have been training under P.T. Usha at the Usha School of Athletics. Jisna was first picked from a selection trial conducted by the Usha School of Athletics in 2011 and is one of the athletes the coach believes has untapped potential. The 17-year-old quartermiler Jisna, clocked her personal best of 53.14s and won the 400m silver at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September 2015. She has been an excellent performer for India from a very young age. She made the country and her family proud by making it to the Rio 2016 Olympics’ Indian women’s 4×400 meters relay team. Jisna had also qualified for the world youth meet by winning gold at the National Youth Athletics Championships. She would now be included among Nirmala Sheoran, Tintu Luka, M R Poovamma and Anilda Thomas in the women’s 4×400 m relay events. Though she would start as a substitute, making into the Olympics with Indian A’ list stars should boost her confidence in the years to come. Even P.T. Usha believes that she has a lot of potential and will go on to break records.
Career Highlights: Jisna had qualified for the world youth meet by winning gold at the National Youth Athletics Championships.
Record: Jisna clocked her personal best of 53.14s at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
Event: Women’s 4×400 meters
Event Schedule: August 20
Qualification: Third Indian Grand Prix athletics — clocking 3:27.88 seconds — to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics
Relay 4×100 meters team: Nirmala Sheoran, Tintu Luka, M R Poovamma and Anilda Thomas