P. U. Chitra

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P. U. Chitra
PU Chitra 2017.jpg
Chitra at the 2017 Asian Championships
Personal information
Birth namePalakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chithra[1]
Born (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 23)
Palakkad, Kerala, India
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)[2]
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
Event(s)800–5000 m
Coached byNikolai Snesarev (national)
N.S. Sijin (personal)[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 2:12.21 (2013)
1500 m – 4:24.87 (2017)
3000 m – 9:51.13 (2013)
5000 m – 16:36.91 (2015)[3]

Palakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chithra (born 9 June 1995) is an Indian middle-distance runner who specialises in the 1500 m distance. She won gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships and a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games.

Early life[edit]

Chithra is the third of four children of Unnikrishan & Vasantha Kumari, both agricultural laborers from Kerala. She is an undergraduate student. She did her schooling in Mundur Higher Secondary School in Palakkad. She has been awarded Tata Nano cars by the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council and the government of Kerala for her remarkable achievements in the school meets.[4]


A controversy emerged after the Athletic Federation of India has rejected her entry into the World Athletic Meet 2017 in London. Kerala High Court directed the federations for her inclusion, however it was rejected due to cutoff time. Chitra received overwhelming support from all sections of public for her fight against Athletic Federation.[5]


  1. ^ Shahina, K. K. (4 August 2017). "PU Chithra: The Girl With Borrowed Shoes". Open. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Chitra Palakeezh Unnikrishnan. asiangames2018.id
  3. ^ P. U. Chitra. IAAF
  4. ^ Cyriac, Biju Babu (4 December 2013). "Chitra, the rising star of Kerala". Times of India.
  5. ^ PU Chitra: IAAF rejects AFI's request to include Chitra for World Championships. Times of India (30 July 2017). Retrieved on 2018-09-04.