Know your Indian Olympian: 10 things to know about Kavita Raut
Kavita Raut has been one of India’s elite and most experienced long distance runners for a long time. Breaking national records, winning medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games – the 30-year-old has done it all.
As the Nashik athlete embarks on her Rio Olympic journey in four months’ time, we take a look at her glittering career. Here are 10 things you need to know about Kavita Raut’s achievements:
1. Kavita Raut was born on 5 May 1985 in the tribal village of Sawarpada, situated in Nashik, Maharashtra. She is the middle child in the family with her other two siblings being brothers.
2. Right from her childhood, Raut was interested in pursuing a sport. Her family’s poor financial condition led her to choose running as it could be done barefoot and would not create any extra burden.
“I am from a very poor family. I have an elder and younger brother. I wanted to pursue some sport but my family cannot afford. So I chose running as I can do it barefooted,” she had said in an earlier interview.
3. She started running in 2001 and soon thrived under the tutelage of Vijendra Singh who tried her out in multiple distances including 1000m, 3000m and 5000m. The bright girl, then aged 16, started showing sparks immediately and captured her first National silver medal after training for just 15 days!
Her coach then realized she had the ability to sustain a 10000m race and made her switch to it.
4. Her dedicated training and perseverance bore fruit at the 2009 Sunfeast World 10k in Bangalore where she swept the field to create the National Record in 10km road running with a timing of 34:32.
5. Her first significant international medal was a bronze in the 5000m at the 18th Asian Athletics Championships held in Guangzhou, China in November 2009.