Sudha Singh

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Sudha Singh
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Personal information
Full name Sudha Singh
Nationality Indian
Born (1986-06-25) 25 June 1986 (age 30)
Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 45 kg (99 lb)
Sport
Country India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 3000 metres steeplechase
Club Railways
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 9:26:55 (Shanghai 2016)
Updated on 20 May 2016.

Sudha Singh (born 25 June 1986) is an Indian Olympic athlete in the 3000 metres steeplechase event.

Career[edit]

Singh has been a consistent performer in the 3000 m steeplechase event, holding the national record in the same event for nearly 7 years, once more to retrieve the national record in may, 2016.

Her best performance came in the 2016 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China when she won the gold medal with a time of 9:55.67. In addition, she made a new Indian National Record at the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) Diamond League Meet in Shanghai

In June 2012, Singh qualified for Olympic Games 2012 after she broke her own 3,000m steeplechase national record with a timing of 9:47.70 secs.[1] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Singh finished 13th in her steeplechase heat and did not qualify for the finals.[2]

In the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea, Sudha finished fourth, one place behind Lalita Babar who not only won the bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase event but also broke Sudha's national record, clocking 9:35.37 in the process.[3]

But when the gold medallist Ruth Jebet from Bahrain was disqualified on account of stepping inside the track before crossing the line, Sudha Singh was promoted and won the bronze medal.[4]

In August 2015, Sudha Singh sealed her spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a 19th-place finish in the women's marathon event, one place behind O.P.Jaisha in Beijing. Sudha finished just behind Jaisha at 19th with a time of 2:35:35.[5]

In May, 2016, she made a new Indian national Record in the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) Diamond League Meet in Shanghai.[6]

Maharashtra's Lalita Babar, who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in both the 3000m steeplechase and marathon, clocked 9:27.09 to win the gold and set the national record in world leading time while Sudha, representing Uttar Pradesh, came up with a timing of 9:31.86 and bettered the Rio Games qualification standard of 9:45.00 on the second and penultimate day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in Delhi.[7]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics Singh took ill after competing and returned to India, where she was diagnosed with swine flu and ruled out from competition for the rest of the season.[8]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  India
2009 Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 2nd 3000 m s'chase 10:10.77
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 5th 3000 m s'chase 9:57.63
Asian Games Guangzhou, China 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:55.67
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 2nd 3000 m s'chase 10:08.52
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 21st (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:48.86
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 2nd 3000 m s'chase 10:09.80
World Championships Moscow, Russia 23rd (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:51.05
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 4th 3000 m s'chase 9:35.64
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 19th Marathon 2:35:35
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 30th (h) 3000 m s'chase 9:43.29

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