Jayanti Behera

  • Sport : Athletics - 200m, 400m and 800m (T-47)
  • Date of Birth : 11/6/1999
  • Hometown : Sakhigopal, Odisha
  • Current Training Base : Gurukul Athletics Training Center, Odisha
  • Nature of Disability : Burn contracture of left elbow & claw left hand with non-functional fingers

Jayanti's STORY

As a young child aged just one, Jayanti went inside a brick kiln lit with fire. Her mother dragged her out immediately however, the left side of the upper body had already suffered severe burns, causing her current condition.

Jayanti who is in class 12, won three gold medals at the 16th Para-athletics National Championship at Panchkula, Haryana in 2016 and became the best sportswoman of the championship and broke the Asian record (unofficially) in the 400m track event. Jayanti is famously known as the ‘Sakhigopal Express’ in Puri and hopes to win several medals for India.

Competing in her first international competition at the 2017 China Open Para Athletics Championship in May, Jayanti won the gold medal in 400m and registered the qualifying mark for the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships. She also won silver in 200m at the same competition. Her promising performance in China saw her shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the GoSports Foundation Para Champions Programme 2017-18.

In August Jayanti represented India at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London, where she was the youngest Indian competitor at 17 and followed that up with a gold medal in 400m and silver in 200m at the 2017 World Junior Para Athletic Championships in Switzerland

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Gold medal in the women’s 100m, 200m and 400m event at the 18th National Para Athletics Championships, 2018
  • Gold medal in 400m and Silver medal in 200m at the 2017 World Junior Para Athletic Championships in Switzerland
  • Represented India at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar