13 March 1982 |
Idukki, Kerala, India
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Deepak Gopinath|
|Event(s)||10,000 metres, 5000 metres|
Preeja Sreedharan (born 13 March 1982 at Mullakkanam,Idukki Kerala) is an Indian long-distance runner. She won gold medal in the 10,000 metres event and silver in 5000 metres at the Guangzhou Asian Games. She holds Indian national record for both 5000 and 10,000 metres.
At the 2006 Asian Games she finished fifth in both the 5000 and the 10,000 metres. At the 2007 Asian Championships at Amman she won the silver medal in the 10,000 metres. She qualified for the Beijing Olympics in June 2008 after achieving a B qualifying mark for the Games and then finished twenty-fifth in the Olympic 10,000 metres.
Her personal best for the 10,000 metres is 31:50:28 minutes in Guangzhou Asian Games. This is the current Indian national record.
Preeja was selected as Manorama Newsmaker of the year 2010. The selection was done through an online SMS voting from public. The finalists with Preeja were, Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Njhanpeedam winner and famous Malayalam poet ONV Kurup and famous politician, and financial minister K. M. Mani. On 22 Nov 2014, Sreedharan emerged the winner among the Indian women athletes taking part in the annual Delhi Half Marathon.
She received the Arjuna Award for Athletics in 2011.
Preeja was born to Sreedharan and Remani in Idukki. She has an elder brother Pradeep and an elder sister Preethy. She graduated from Alphonsa College, Pala. Preeja is married to Dr. Deepak Gopinath on 11 November 2012 at Palakkad. Preeja is now working as Superintendent in Railway Division, Palakkad.
- "Asian Games: Double gold for India on the opening day of athletics". The Times of India. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "Preeja Sreedharan is 'Manorama Newsmaker-2010". The Financial Express. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.