|Event||20 km Race Walk|
|2020 National Championships||Gold|
|2019 National Championships||Gold|
Bhawana Jat is an Indian race walker born on 1st March 1996. She hails from Kabra village in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.
Bhawana Jat was born to Shankar Lal Jat and Nosar Devi. She belongs to a family of farmers as her father is a farmer and is the sole breadwinner in the family. Bhawana has an elder brother Raju Jat who’s suffering from a mental disorder.
Bhawana picked up racewalking in 2009 at the age of 13 when she was encouraged by her school PT teacher. Her PT teacher inspired Bhawana to try running after she saw athletic build in her. Bhawana was forced to quit her studies as her family couldn’t afford it. She and her family lived in a mud house. Her family could only afford 2 meals a day.
Bhawana used to wake up at 3 am and start practicing on a dirty track near her mud house. Her neighbors in her village would often discourage and bait her for running just because they didn’t want to see her wearing shorts. Elders in the village asked her to stay at home and do household chores.
She’s working as a ticket collector with the Indian Railways at Howrah in West Bengal.
Rise to Glory
Bhawana had gone through societal pressures and misogyny when she just started trying race walking but did not bother her. Bhawana’s 1st competitive event was Rajasthan Athletics Championships where she represented her school by participating in a 3000m race walk event in 2010. Bhawana went onto taking part in several district-level tournaments and started winning medals.
Between 2011-2014, Bhawana took part in several Junior Nationals competitions but failed to win any medals. Her breakthrough in her career came only in 2015 when she won a Silver medal in a 20km race walk at the Junior Nationals. In that same year, she won a Gold at the Junior Federation Cup in the 10km race walk and got admitted into the SAI centre in Bengaluru. For the next 2 years she trained there.
At the 6th National Open Race Walking Championships 2019, she finished 10th in a 20km race walk with the timing of 1:53.36s. This was her first senior-level national competition. In 2020, Bhawana shattered the national record set by Baby Swomya of 1.30:29s by clocking 1:29.54s at the National Open Race Walking Championships held in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
After years of hard work, Bhawana will be making her international debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She will be representing India in a 20km race walk event. She booked her berth at the Olympics last year after she managed to get through a qualification mark of 1:31.00s by clocking 1:29:54s, a national record that she had set at the National Open Race Walking Championships held in Ranchi, Jharkhand.