M. R. Poovamma

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M R Poovamma
Women's 4x400m Relay Povamma Raju Of India In Action.jpg
4x400m Relay in 2017
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 28)
Gonikoppal, Kodagu, Karnataka, India
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Country India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprints
Coached by N. Ramesh
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m: 51.75 (Lucknow 2013)

Machettira Raju Poovamma (born 5 June 1990)[1] is an Indian sprinter who competes in the 400 metres event.[2] She participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2015 for her contributions in the field of athletics.

Early life

Poovamma was born on 5 June 1990, to M. G. Raju and Jaji. She completed her primary and higher education in Mangalore[3] and acquired her bachelor's degree in business management from SDM College of Business Management, Mangalore.[4]

Career Highlights

Poovamma is a Beijing Olympics 2008 participant and is currently ranked No.2 in Asia in the 400 m category. She won Silver in the 400m event at the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games and Gold in the 4x400m category at the same event. Her form continued to pick up when she stood first at the Open Nationals in September 2011 in Kolkata. Poovamma also did extremely well in 2012 in all the three Asian Grands Prix which were held in Bangkok by securing two Golds and a Silver.[5] She also won a gold medal at the 2013 Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok. She set her fastest timing of 52.75s and came 1st at the Federations Cup in Patiala, India in 2013. Poovamma represented India in the Moscow World Athletics Championships 2013[6] where she was also a part of the women’s 4x400m relay team.

She won the gold medal in women's 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and Priyanka Pawar.[7][8] The team clocked 3:28:68 to break the Games Record. This is India’s 4th consecutive gold in the event since 2002.

In 2017 She was part of the winning 4x400m team who took gold at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar. The team was Poovamma, Debashree Mazumdar, Jisna Mathew and Nirmala Sheoran. There was a tricky baton exchange but Poovamma recovered the time on the final leg.[9]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  India
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 7th (h) 400 m 56.39
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 7th 400 m 55.49
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 8th (h) 400 m 57.94
Commonwealth Youth Games Pune, India 2nd 400 m 55.17
1st 4 x 400 m relay 3:42.02
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 2nd 400 m 53.37
1st 4 x 400 m relay 3:32.26
World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th (h) 4 x 400 m relay 3:38.81
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 3rd 400 m 52.36
1st 4 x 400 m relay 3:28.68
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 2nd 400 m 53.07
2nd 4 x 400 m relay 3:33.81
World Championships Beijing, China 14th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.08
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th (h) 4 x 400 m relay 3:29.53
2017 Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India 4th 400 m 53.36
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 24th (h) 400 m 53.72
7th 4 x 400 m relay 3:33.61


  1. ^ "M. R. Poovamma profile". Yahoo. 
  2. ^ "Poovamma, India's newest quarter-miler". The Indian Express. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Poovamma - Youngest Indian athlete in Beijing". Mangalorean. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Confident Poovamma eyes more glory". Daily Pioneer. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Athletics: Hat-trick for Poovamma". The Hindu. 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Poovamma, M.R (21 July 2013). "Ashwini, Poovamma in Indian relay squad for Moscow World Championships". Mangalore Today. 
  7. ^ "Indian eves clinch 4x400m relay gold at Asian Games 2014; set new Asiad record". India.Com. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "search Medals". 2014 Asian Games Official website. Archived from the original on 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Asian Athletics Championships 2017: Deconstruction of the gold standard". The Indian Express. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-07-14. 

External links

  • M. R. Poovamma profile at IAAF
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