Machettira Raju Poovamma
Born: 5 June 1990
- She is an Indian sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres distance.
- As a member of the Indian 4 × 400 m relay teams she participated in the 2016 Olympics and won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games and 2013 and 2017 Asian championships; individually she won a silver medal in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 at those competitions.
- She received the Arjuna Award in 2015 for her contributions to athletics.
- She won the gold medal in women’s 4×400 meters relay at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and Priyanka Pawar.
- The team clocked 3:28:68 to break the Games Record.
- This is India’s 4th consecutive gold in the event since 2002.
- In 2017, she was part of the winning 4 × 400 m team at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, which also included Debashree Mazumdar, Jisna Mathew, and Nirmala Sheoran.
- The team had a problematic baton exchange, but Nirmala recovered the time in the final leg.
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June 5, 2020