Five remarkable women from Telangana break age stereotypes, triumph at National Athletics Championships
In a world where youth often takes center stage, five extraordinary women have made headlines by proving that age is no obstacle to greatness.
HYDERABAD: In a world where youth often takes center stage, five extraordinary women have made headlines by proving that age is no obstacle to greatness. These remarkable athletes showcased their talent and tenacity at the National Masters Athletics Championships held in Hyderabad from February 8-11, 2024.
Among the 2,000 participants from 22 states, these women stood out with their exceptional performances, demonstrating that passion, perseverance, and purpose know no age limits. Their achievements not only inspire but also redefine what it means to be a champion.
Hailing from Telangana, these women are no strangers to victory. Five years ago, they captured the hearts of the nation by clinching gold medals at the national event in Goa, earning them the title of the Golden Girls of Telangana. Their success has since transcended borders, with impressive performances at the Asian Masters meet.
Leading the charge is Divya Reddy, an Asian Masters Champion of 2019, whose prowess on the track is unmatched. Despite the demands of motherhood, she maintains a rigorous training regimen, emphasising the importance of discipline and moderation in all aspects of life.
Sumaliz Panicker, dubbed the sprint queen, dazzled spectators with her stellar performances in the 200m, 100m, 4x100m relay, and javelin throw. Despite her busy professional schedule, she dedicates herself wholeheartedly to her athletic pursuits.
Rachel Chatterjee, the eldest member of the group, proves that age is just a number. A grandmother and seasoned runner, her experience fuels her determination, inspiring the entire team with her gold medal haul in the 800m and 1500m events.
Indu Harikumar's motto 'leap over obstacles, not excuses' has her overcoming injury and facing adversity head on. A triple medalist with a gold, silver and bronze at the Asian Masters Championships 2019 in 4x400m, 4x100m and 1500m, her recent triple gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m is a testimony to her resilience and determination.
Kruti Kadakia, a multitasking marvel, balances various roles at home and work while pursuing her passion for athletics. Her recent victories in the 1500m, 4x100m, 400m, and 800m events underscore her fervor and enthusiasm for the sport.