Shiny Wilson (nee Abraham) (born 8 May 1965) is a retired Indian
athlete. She has been a National Champion in 800 metres for 14
Shiny Abraham Wilson (Shiny Abraham) represented
than 75 times in international competition. She holds the added
distinction of representing Asia in four World Cups, She is also
perhaps the only athlete to have taken part in six Asian Track &
Field Meets in a row beginning 1985 in Jakarta. During this period
she won seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the Asian
competitions. She collected a total or 18 gold and two silver medals
from the seven South Asian Federation (SAF) Meets she has competed.
1 Early life
5 See also
7 External links
Idukki district of
Kerala on 8 May 1965, Shiny
became interested in athletics as a child but developed her skills
after joining the sports division in Kottayam.
In fact Shiny,
PT Usha and
M D Valsamma studied at the same sports
division in various parts of
Kerala and as they grew up, they were
coached by the NIS coach P. J. Devesla.
Shiny was then trained at G.V. Raja Sports School in Trivandrum before
she moved to Alphonsa College in Palai.
She is married to Wilson Cherian, who is also an international swimmer
and an Arjuna awardee. They have three children: Shilpa, Sandra and
She is currently the Indian team selector and government nominee for
selection committee board. Presently working as general manager
(South) At FCI Chennai.
Shiny Abraham's athletics career ran alongside that of
PT Usha from
the time the two of them represented the country in the
Asian Games in
Delhi in 1982. Shiny became national champion in the
800 metres a year before the
Asian Games in Delhi.
After that and until she announced her retirement, she has won the
event every time she did the course on the national scene, A veteran
of four Olympics and three Asian Games, Shiny has some great moments
to cherish, particularly the experience in the 1984 Los Angeles
Olympic Games, where she became the first woman from
India to enter
the semi-final of an Olympic event. And more importantly, she was
part of the relay squad which set the Asian record there and again
when it improved upon that mark during the World Championship in Rome
Shiny also has some bitter memories, of the day when she cut into the
inner lane and was disqualified while very much in front of the field
during the 1986
Asian Games in Seoul. She also cherishes the memory of
the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when she became the first woman to be the
flag bearer for
India at the Olympics.
'Her most memorable competition was the Asian Track & Field Meet
Delhi in 1989, despite being in the family way, she ran the
800;meters to come second behind Sun Sumei of China but Shiny was
declared the winner as Sumei tested positive for doping. One of her
greatest achievements was that she was running even faster after the
birth of her child and she set a new record of 1:59.85 in the 800m
race at the 1995 South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Chennai.
She is married to well-known international swimmer and Arjuna awardee,
Cherian Wilson and employed as General Manager (Sports) with Food
Corporation of India
Shiny was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1985, Birla Award in 1996 and
Padma Shri in 1998. she is also the recipient of Chinese Journalists
Award 1991 for being one of the Top Ten Athletes of Asia.
Shiny Abraham has participated in four Olympic Games: Los Angeles
Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta(1996). .
Although she didn't win any medals at any of the four Olympics, she
and P.T. Usha powered
India to an unexpected Women's 4X400 relay final
at the 1984 Games.
She was also the captain of the Indian Contingent at the 1992 Games.
She has also represented
India in three
Asian Games and has won a
Gold, 2 Silvers and a Bronze.
In the Asian Track and Field meets, she has won 7 Gold Medals, 6
Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals.
India for more than 75 Times .
First Indian Women athlete to reach the semi-finals in Olympics in
First Indian woman captain and flag bearer for Indian Contingent for
1996 Atlanta Olympics
She received the
Arjuna award in 1984
She received Chinese journalist award 1991 From
Chinese Government For
her Outstanding Achievement in Sports''''
She was conferred Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in
She was honoured with Birla Award award in 1998.
In 2002, she Was Honoured by the UNICEF, Los Angeles and had presented
a paper presentation on behalf of Asia
In 2009, she was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From
CNN IBN at
In 2012, she was Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From JFW Achievers
Award in Chennai
In 2012, she was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From Sun Networks
for Women Achievers for the Field of Sports .
List of Indian women athletes
List of Indian records in athletics
^ a b c d e f g h i Chitra Garg (2010). Indian Champions. Rajpal &
Sons. pp. 52–54. ISBN 9788170288527.
^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved
21 July 2015.
Shiny Abraham profile at IAAF