The Info List - M D Valsamma

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Manathoor Devasia Valsamma (born 21 October 1960) is a retired Indian athlete. She was the second Indian woman to win an individual Gold medal at the Asian Games
Asian Games
and the first to win it on Indian soil.


1 Early life 2 Professional athletics career 3 References 4 External links

Early life[edit] Valsamma was born on 21 October 1960 in Ottathai, Kannur district
Kannur district
of Kerala. She started her athletics career during school days though she only took it more seriously when she moved to Mercy College,[1] Palakkad, for further studies. Her first medal was for Kerala
in the 100 metres hurdles
100 metres hurdles
and pentathlon in the Inter-University Championship at Pune in 1979. She was enrolled in Southern Railway (India) and was coached by A. K. Kutty. She created a great impression at the Inter-State Meet at Bangalore
in 1981 by winning five Gold Medals, the hurdles over 100 and 400 metres
400 metres
in addition to the 400 metres
400 metres
flat and the 400 m and 100 m relays. That performance catapulted her into the Railway and national teams and in 1982 she became the national champion over 400-metre hurdles with a new record, which was also better than the Asian record. Professional athletics career[edit] Valsamma won the Gold medal in the 400 m hurdles in an Indian and Asian record time of 58.47 seconds in front of a home crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the 1982 Asian Games. This made her the second woman athlete to win an Asian Games
Asian Games
gold for India, after Kamaljit Sandhu (400 metres-1974). She later figured in a silver medal winning 4 X 400 metres
400 metres
relay team. Govt. of India
conferred her the Arjuna Award
Arjuna Award
in 1982 and the Padma Shri
Padma Shri
in 1983 and the G. V. Raja cash award from Kerala
Government. For the first time in the history, the Indian women team entered the finals in the Los Angeles Olympics,1984 and finished in the seventh position. Valsamma began concentrating more on 100 m hurdles. She won a gold in the 100 m hurdles and created a National record in the first National Games in 1985. Valsamma also appeared in the Spartakiad 1983 in Moscow, the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Islamabad fetched her bronze in the 100 metres, a Silver in the quarter-mile and the Gold m the 4 x 400 metres relay. In a career spanning nearly 15 years, M.D. Valsamma took part in World Cup meets in Havana, Tokyo, London, the Asian Games
Asian Games
editions of 1982, 86, 90 and 94 and in all the Asian Track & Field meets and SAF Games, leaving her mark in each and every competition. References[edit]

^ Mercy College, Palakkad

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Portal

External links[edit]

M. D. Valsamma profile at IAAF M. D. Valsamma at Sports Reference

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Asian Games
Asian Games
champions in women's 400 metres
400 metres

1978: Zhan Xin (CHN) 1982: M. D. Valsamma (IND) 1986: P. T. Usha
P. T. Usha
(IND) 1990: Chen Yuying (CHN) 1994: Leng Xueyan (CHN) 1998–2002: Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova (KAZ) 2006: Huang Xiaoxiao (CHN) 2010: Ashwini Akkunji (IND) 2014: