K. M. Beenamol

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K. M. Beenamol
Personal information
Native name കാളയത്തുംകോഴി മ്യാത്യൂസ് ബീനമോള്
Full name Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol
National team India
Ethnicity Malayali
Citizenship Indian
Born (1975-08-15) August 15, 1975 (age 41)
Kombidinjal, Idukki district, Kerala
Years active 1990–2004
Employer Indian Railways
Height 163 cm (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)[1]
Spouse(s) Dr. Vivek George
Country India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprint (400 m)
Middle-distance (800 m)
Relay (4 × 400 m)
Coached by Raju Paul
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m: 51.21 (Kiev, 2000)[2]
800 m: 2:02.01 (New Delhi, 2002)[2]
4 × 400 m relay: 3:26.89 (Athens, 2004) NR

Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, popularly known as K. M. Beenamol (born 15 August 1975), from Kombidinjal, Idukki district, Kerala is an international athlete from India.

Professional athletics career[edit]

Beenamol also made history with her brother K. M. Binu, when they became the first Indian siblings to win medals in a major international competition. Binu won a silver medal in men's 800m race.


It was during 2000 Summer Olympics, beenamol was largely unknown, until she became the third Indian woman to reach an Olympic semi-final since P. T. Usha and Shiny Wilson, who achieved almost the same feat in 400m Hurdles in 800m respectively in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Asian games[edit]

She won the gold medal in women's 800m and the 4 × 400 m women's relay in the 2002 Asian Games held at Busan.[3][4][5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2000 Asian Championships Jakarta, Indonesia  Gold 4 × 400 m relay 3:31.54
 Silver 400 m 51.41
2002 Asian Games Busan, South Korea  Gold 800 m 2:04.17
 Gold 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.84
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 6th 4 × 400 m relay 3:26.89 NR


Beenamol was conferred Arjuna Award in 2000 for her exemplary achievement in her athletic career.[6][7] She is also the joint winner of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 2002–2003 along with Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat.[8][9] In 2004, she was awarded the Padma Shri.[10]

Personal life[edit]

K. M. Beenamol is married to Dr. Vivek George, a Pathologist and has 2 children Ashwin and Haile (named after Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "K. Mathews Beenamol IAAF Profile". IAAF. Archived from the original on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kombodinjal basks in Beenamol, Binu's glory". Rediff. 16 October 2002. Archived from the original on 24 November 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Sen Gupta, Abhijit (16 May 2002). "She's been at it". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  5. ^ "`Star of the Year' award for Beenamol". The Hindu. 19 November 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Arjun Award - Sports". Indian Olympic Association. Archived from the original on 22 September 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "List of Arjuna Award Winners". Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Government of India. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Arjuna Awards, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dhyan Chand and Dronacharya awards given away". Press Information Bureau. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. 29 August 2003. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award". Indian Olympic Association. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Padma Awards directory (1954-2014)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Government of India. p. 136. Retrieved 20 November 2016.