21 April 1989 |
Iritty, Kannur, Kerala, India
Tintu Luka (born 26 April 1989) is an athlete from India. She is from the small village of Valathode in Kannur, Kerala, India. She is the national record holder in the women's 800-metre race. She is coached by P.T. Usha at the Usha School of Athletics, Koyilandy, Kerala, and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.
Rise to Glory
In the Continental Cup, Croatia, 2010, she timed 1:59.17, to break Shiny Wilson’s 15-year-old national record of 1:59.85 in the 800m event. This performance gave rise to expectations from her mentor P T Usha and the nation that the 21-year-old could bring home an Olympic medal.
Performance at international level
At 2010 Commonwealth Games Luka finished in sixth place in the women's 800m with a timing of 2:01.25s. PT Usha responded to this performance, saying that Tintu Luka had not been exposed to such a large crowd before and that the crowd's applause and cheering could have made her lose concentration and run faster without prior planning.
Tintu Luka won the bronze medal in the women's 800 metres event of the track and field competitions at the Asian Games 2010. Tintu, who had a disappointing finish in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, led the pack right from the start, but couldn't keep pace in the last 50 metres and finished third with a timing of 2:01.36 seconds.
In the second of the three semi-finals for 800 metres event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, she finished sixth in her heat clocking an 1:59.69 seconds her seasons best, but could not qualify for the finals. For her performance at the Olympic Games, the Government of Kerela awarded her 200000 (US$3,200) and will provide her with a job in a gazetted rank.
- SB = Seasonal Best
|2008||Asian Junior Championships||Jakarta, Indonesia||2nd||800 m||2:08.63|
|World Junior Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||8th (sf)||800 m||2:06.51|
|2009||Asian Championships||Guangzhou, China||6th||800 m||2:07.36|
|2010||Commonwealth Games||Delhi, India||6th||800 m||2:01.25|
|Asian Games||Guangzhou, China||3rd||800 m||2:01.36|
|2011||Asian Championships||Kobe, Japan||3rd||800 m||2:02.55|
|2nd||4x400 m relay||3:44.17|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||15th (sf)||800 m||2:00.95|
|2012||Olympic Games||London||11th (sf)||800 m||1:59.61SB|
|2013||Asian Championships||Pune, India||3rd||800 m||2:04.48|
|1st||4x400 m relay||3:32.26|
|World Championships||Moscow, Russia||5th (h)||4x400 m relay||3:38.81|
- Olympic Gold Quest
- National record in 800m,
- "Tintu Luka to participate in Jr. world athletic championship". Thaindian News.
- performance in CWG 2010
- "London 2012 - Women's 800m : Athletics - Results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "India's Tintu Luka qualifies for 800 metres semifinals". Retrieved 8 August 2012.