Purnima Hembram

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Purnima Hembram
Purnima Hembram Of India, Bronze Medalist, Heptathlon.jpg
Hembram at the 2017 Asian Championships
Personal information
Born (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 25)
Mayurbhanj District
Alma mater Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences[1]
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Heptathlon
Coached by Sushanta Roy
Santosh Kumar Mahanta
Sanjay Garanayak[2]

Purnima Hembram (born 10 July 1993) is an Indian track and field athlete. She won bronze medals in the heptathlon at the 2015 and 2017 Asian Championships and placed fourth at the 2018 Asian Games.[1]


Hembram is from the Santhal tribe from Mayurbhanj, Odisha.[3] She was born in 1993 to Dukhia and Dhania Hembram, and has two brothers, Durga and Doman and one sister Singo.[citation needed]


Hembram was declared Biju Patnaik Sportsman of the Year in 2015 and she was given a prize of 200,000 rupees.[4]

In 2017 she was given a grant of 300,000 rupees on 1 July just before the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships by Orissa Chief minister Naveen Patnaik.[4] Her colleague Swapna Barman collapsed during the final event of the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships – Women's heptathlon[5] which was the 800 metres. However Barman still took the gold.[6] Meg Hemphill of Japan took the silver and Hembram took the bronze medal. [5] Later that month Hembram took the 100m gold medal at the 57th National Senior Inter-State Athletic Championships in Guntur.[7][8]

Hembram won a gold medal at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 17 September 2017.[9][9]


  1. ^ a b Purnima Hembram asiangames2018.id
  2. ^ a b "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Purnima Hembram of Santhal tribe bags pentathlon gold for India at Asian indoor meet – Adivasi Resurgence". www.adivasiresurgence.com. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Pani, Sanatan. "Orisports.com". orisports.com. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Could never afford nutritious food required by athlete, Asian gold-medallist Swapna Barman's father". The Indian Express. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  6. ^ "IAAF: Swapna Barman | Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Purnima bags gold, Jauna clinches silver | Orissa Post". www.orissapost.com. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  8. ^ Pani, Sanatan. "Orisports.com". orisports.com. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Purnima Hembram Makes India Proud, Wins Gold Medal At Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
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