Rachita Mistry

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Rachita Mistry
Personal information
Full nameRachita Panda Mistry
Nationality India
Born (1974-03-04) 4 March 1974 (age 44)
Rourkela, Odisha, India
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb; 8.7 st)
Event(s)100 metres, 200 metres
ClubIndian Railways
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 11.26 (Thiruvananthapuram 2000)
200 m: 23.10
(Chennai 2000)

Rachita Panda Mistry (born 4 March 1974)[2] is an Indian professional sprinter from Odisha. She held the 100 metres national record of 11.38 seconds set at the National Circuit Athletic Meet held in Thiruvananthapuram on 12 August 2000[3][4] for 13 years until it was bettered in 2013 by Merlin K. Joseph.[5] Rachita set her personal best time of 11.26 s for 100 metres in Bangalore on 5 July 2001 and in the process she broke P. T. Usha's long standing mark of 11.39 s set during the 1985 Asian Championships in Athletics in Jakarta.[6][7] However, following some controversies,[8][9] the Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI) did not ratify the national record on the ground that no dope tests had been carried out during the meet.[10] AAIF, however, clarified that the performances of the athletes who set the National record during the 2000 National Circuit Meet would be allowed to stand as their personal bests.[10]

Rachita represented India in 4 x 100 metres relay together with P. T. Usha, E. B. Shyla, and Saraswati Saha at the 1998 Asian Championships in Athletics where her team won the gold medal on way to setting the current national record of 44.43 s.[11][12] Later in the 4 x 100 metres relay at 2000 Sydney Olympics her team - consisting of V. Jayalakshmi, Vinita Tripathi, and Saraswati Saha - clocked a time of 45.20 s in the first round. The team finished last in their heats.[13][14]

Rachita is also a former National record holder in the 200 metre sprint. She set the 200 m record on 31 July 2000, at Chennai, with a run of 23.10 seconds.[15] In doing so, she broke the previous record held by P. T. Usha. Rachita's 200 metres record was later replaced by Saraswati Saha in August 2002.[15] In 1998, she was conferred the Arjuna Award for her contribution to the Indian athletics.[16]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  India
1998 Asian Championships Fukuoka, Japan 1st 4 x 100 m NR
2000 Asian Championships Jakarta, Indonesia 3rd 100 m


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  3. ^ "Official Website of Athletics Federation of India: NATIONAL RECORDS as on 21.3.2009". Athletics Federation of INDIA. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  4. ^ "Neelam heaves discus to a new National mark". The Hindu. 2000-08-13. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  5. ^ "Merlin K Joseph 'betters' national mark". The Times of India. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Shakti Singh betters Asian shot put record". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 2000-07-07. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  7. ^ "Shakti Singh creates Asian record". The Hindu. 2000-07-06. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  8. ^ "Not a bitter pill to swallow!". The Hindu. 2000-07-22. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  9. ^ "Time to set the record straight". The Hindu. 2002-04-04. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  10. ^ a b "AAFI rejects four National records". The Hindu. 2002-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  11. ^ Vijaykumar, C.N.R (1998-12-15). "After the feast, the famine". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  12. ^ "National records" (PDF). ATHLETICS FEDERATION of INDIA. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-17.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Sydney2000 Results: Official Results - 4 X 100 METRES - Women - Round 1". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  14. ^ "Rachita Mistry - Biography and Olympics results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  15. ^ a b "Saraswati breaks 23-second barrier". The Hindu. 2002-08-29. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  16. ^ "Arjuna Awardees". Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2009-09-05.

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