Purnima Hembram

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Purnima Hembram
Personal information
Born (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 25)
Mayurbhanj District
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Sport Athletics

Purnima Hembram (born 10 July 1993) is an Indian sprinter and heptathlete. She was placed third in the Heptathlon at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships.[2]


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[2] which was the 800 metres. However Barman still took the gold.[5] Meg Hemphill of Japan took the silver and Hembram took the bronze medal. [2] Later that month Hembram took the 100m gold medal at the 57th National Senior Inter-State Athletic Championships in Guntur.[6][7]

Hembram won a gold medal at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 17th September 2017.[8][9]


  1. ^ "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Could never afford nutritious food required by athlete, Asian gold-medallist Swapna Barman's father". The Indian Express. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Purnima Hembram of Santhal tribe bags pentathlon gold for India at Asian indoor meet - Adivasi Resurgence". www.adivasiresurgence.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b Pani, Sanatan. "Orisports.com". orisports.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  5. ^ "IAAF: Swapna Barman | Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Purnima bags gold, Jauna clinches silver | Orissa Post". www.orissapost.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  7. ^ Pani, Sanatan. "Orisports.com". orisports.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Purnima Hembram Makes India Proud, Wins Gold Medal At Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Purnima Hembram Makes India Proud, Wins Gold Medal At Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
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