Odisha’s Jayanti Behera bags gold in China open para athletic meet


Odisha’s Jayanti Behera won gold medal in the women 400 metre event with a timing of 1.02 minutes in the China Open para Athletic Grand Prix Championship held on Sunday.

Earlier, she got a silver medal in the 200 metre race by clocking 28.50 seconds. The 17-year Jayanti has been qualified for World Para Athletic Championship to be held at London in July 2017.

Born to a labourer family, poverty and disability have never been able to beat the spirit of sprinter 17-year-old Jayanti Behera, whose left hand and waist were burnt in a fire mishap when she was just one year old.

Her neighbours have never been kind to her or her family, as she had to face a lot of humiliation for her disability.

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Jayanti Behera