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Mangalore: Athlete Sahana Kumari from Ullal Qualifies for London Olympics


Mangalore: Athlete Sahana Kumari from Ullal Qualifies for London Olympics

Brijesh Garodi
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Jun 27: It is not uncommon to come across sportspersons hailing from rural or financially backward families going on to become international athletes of repute. When it comes to such sportswomen though, not many pursue their goals after settling down in marriage.

Sahana Kumari of Ullal is an exception, a sportswoman par excellence who has proved her worth by qualifying for the July London Olympics.


Sahana with her Ukraine coach Nikhil Evgeny


Sahana at the qualifying round for London Olympics

Sahana Kumari has been selected in the high jump event, where, in the qualifying round, she scaled a new height of 1.92 metres. 

Born and brought up in Ullal, she completed her early education from Anandashram School, Ullal and later joined Sri Gokarnanatheshwara College, which proved to be the right choice to pursue her sporting dreams. Sri Gokarnanatha College has been the home for many young, dynamic and successful athletes. Her brother and her elder sister are also successful sportspersons. Her sister, like Sahana, is a high jump athlete and her brother is a volleyball player.

Sahana’s mother made it a habit to wake both her daughters early morning at 4.30 and send the two for practice. This helped her a lot to pursue and succeed in the field of sports. She has been taking part in a number of sports events, at the international level as well, and has won a several medals, honours and recognition. She is now working for Central Railways, a job she bagged under the sports quota.

She is now married and settled in Bangalore. Her husband, Nagaraj, is also an athlete. They have a daughter, Pavana (4).

Sahana got into sports nearly 18 years ago. She credits her sucess to her parents, husband, coaches and family members who have always wholeheartedly supported and encouraged her.

Speaking to daijiworld, her coach, Purushottam, physical director at Sri Gokarnanatha College, says that her enthusiasm and her interest towards sports has made her successful.

"There are a lot of famous athletes but everyone loses interest in the field after marriage. Sportspersons, especially the ones who are married and with children, are not usually interested in contesting. Sahana Kumari indeed deserves praise for pursuing her dreams despite being a mother," he says, wishing Sahana all success in the upcoming Olympics.

There are several others from the college who have brought laurels to the country in sports, namely Indian women's kabaddi captain Mamatha Poojary, Deepa Kulal, Amitha Poojary and others.

 

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  • sam, mangalore/muscat

    Wed, Jul 25 2012

    Really Great......!!!

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  • `Jacintha Kotian, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 29 2012

    Congratulations Sahana. We are proud of you. All the very best.
    Subeeth, Jessy & Viren

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  • Pius Rasquinha, Mangalore/Nottingham/UK

    Fri, Jun 29 2012

    Congratulations n wish you all the best...we all Mangaloreans proud of you Sahana...keep it up...we are with you n our prayers too

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  • S. Karkera, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    Hi Sahana,
    Keep focused and believe in God, the success will be yours in Olympics. Our prayers are with you.

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  • Shubha, Kolya Someshwar

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    Best of luck Sahana I am happy to hear this news. U made someshwar to feel proud

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  • SRSuvarna, LVT-Ambagilu/KSA

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    Congratulation Mrs.Sahana!, I pray for you for your GOLD MEDAL in London Olympic. Good Luck!!!! and God Bless.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    Good Luck and all the very best Sahana Kumari and we pray that you win a GOLD in the LONDON OLYMPICS. We all are proud of you for qualifying in the London Olympics.

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  • Lancy Henry Moras, Bendur - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    Kudlada soluda naari yenklena bari STYLE

    Yenchina maraidi ninna Gangasara parpavna SMILE

    Ninan tood enna dosti ISMAIL

    Kankane buriyer just WHILE

    Wa sokuda uddada Namma Kudlada Bareda KILE

    Ninan tuye aanda sixer akuwe Criss GAYLE

    Ninada patterudanda untod atta lined ajpa MILE

    Ninan yerandala line padyer aanda poora pover Bejai JAIL

    Ninna Janma bhumi baris kushitt nalipund awwe

    "NAMMA KUDLADA ULLAL"

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  • CHIRAG, MLORE/DUBAI

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    All the best do well.. cheers..

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  • Peter Pinto, Badhyar/ Dubai- on tour

    Thu, Jun 28 2012

    Congratulations and Best wishes.

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  • Ram Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Rakesh shetty, mangalore are you out of your mind? She got a chance because of her capability not because of BJP, let me tell you this also still now BJP government as not wished Ms Poojari for the win.

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  • alban lewis, Kallianpur/bangalore

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Dear Sahana Kumari (Mrs.)

    Congratulations and wishing you good going in the Olympics. May you scale Greater Heights in your event. Being chosen for Olympics itself is an achievement. Wishing you success and God bless you, your child and especially your husband who is supporting you.

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  • Ivan J. PINTO, Belthangadt- KSA

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Purushotham sir, thanks a lot for producing such a great athlete like Sahana.

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  • Royal, Mangalore / Dubai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congratulations Sahana Akka best of luck for London.

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  • WALTER MONTEIRO, BELMAN/ABUDHABI

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    CONGRATS SAHANA, GOOD LUCK ALL THE BEST. GOD BLESS YOU. PLEASE BRING ONE MEDAL FOR INDIA. MASTER

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  • Ramdas, thokkottu

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    ALL THE BEST SAHANA,i am very proud of u bcoz you are my junior in anandashram high school, someshwara

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  • Sandesh Shetty, Bangalore/Kudla

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congrats Sahana Kumari.God bless you and wish you a bright future.

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  • muraligshetty, mangalore/kalyan

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    feel very nice that sahana kumari qualify for london olympick i wish her all the best ...god bless her ..

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Dear Sahana
    i have fallen in 'love' with your smile in the 1st picture! Do you always smile like that ? Your smile 'runs a mile' believe me!
    I 'Envy' your coach 'Evgeny' too for being very near your 'smile'.
    May you cross many 'milestones' in your career. God bless!

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  • ASHOKKUMAR KUNDER, NANDIKUR MALAD MUMBAI

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congratulations Sahana. Qualifying for mega events like Olympics is a great achievement.your hard work paid you, keep the aim of crossing 2 meters then you will be among the medal winner. you made Tulunad and india proud. god bless you and goodluck for olympics.

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  • Kishore, Saraswath Colony, Someshwar

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Hi Sahana, We all Saraswath Colony Residents congrats your golden movement of life. We are proud of you. All the best & God bless you. Our best wishes always with you.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    All the best Sahana..

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  • bharath kanchan hosabettu, mangaloe/abudhabi

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    congratulations and all the best for Olympics, hope u will get medals...

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Best of Luck Sahana..You have Ukraine Coach.That is good,Even Ashwini Shetty too had Ukraine Coach.Because of him our Kundapura Golden girl lost a chance to represnt London Olympics.(Our atheletes including Ashwini Shetty were banned after blood test showed positive in the drug test).Poor girls pleaded that they consumed food and medicine as per the instruction of Ukraine Coach.He was immediately sacked by sports federation.Unfortunately no one supported our atthles including sprint queen P.T.USHA..So,Sahana be careufl when u take something..GEDDU BAA O NAMMA SAHANA...

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  • Wilma, Dubai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congratulations dear.... God bless you....Go ahead u can achieve it.... Good luck......

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congrats KUDLA DA KUVARI SAHANA for securing a place in LONDON OLYMPICS which is dream for every athletes.Good luck in London Olympics..

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  • Wilson D'souza, Udupi, Muscat

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    I have heard about her many times in newspapers few years back but i did not know you would reach such a height. Congrats on qualifying to the London Olympics 2012. God Bless you, Best of Luck.

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  • ONIL DSOUZA, MANGALORE / DUBAI

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congratulations Sahana.. All the best. We are proud of you..

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  • puneeth, kolya

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    best for ur achivement......all the best from kolya which is ur birth place.......salute all u

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 27 2012


    CONGRATS TO SAHANA. WELL DONE.

    ANOTHER TYPICAL EXAMPLE FOR KARNATAKA IS SHINING NOW IN WORLDWIDE.

    HATS OFF TO STATE BJP GOVT FOR GIVING GOOD SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY TO ALL TALENTED ATHLETS.JAI HO.

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  • G R PRABHU, BEJAI ,MANGALORE

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    I have not heard her name so far. But after hearing a girl from ullal,i am very glad.Good Luck SAHANA.Keep india flag flying in LONDON.

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  • irfan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congratulation,,,All the best for ur Future

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  • Blaan Mendonca, USA

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Best of Luck Sahana Kumari

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  • Rihan, DXB

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Looks are similar to Pinky Pramanik???lol...anyway all the best and get us a medal...

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  • alban lewis, Kallianpur/bangalore

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Dear Suhana Kumari

    Wishing every success in the coming Olympics in London. Me and my family
    will be avidly watching yours and other Indian athletes performance.
    Getting ed for the Olympics itself, is a great achievement.
    God Bless you.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    WiSh YoU AlL tHe BeSt.

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  • NN , Byndoor/KSA

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Great! Very proud of you Sahana. Try your best. Good luck and God bless you.

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  • WALTER MONTEIRO, BELMAN/ABUDHABI

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    ALL THE BEST AND GOOD LUCK. PLEASE WORK HARD AND GET ONE MEDEL FOR INDIA. JAI HOOO INDIA FROM WALTIMASTER

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  • MB.Anchan, kallianpura,Udupi

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Good news All the best Sahana.We Wish you Sahana All Success in the Upcoming Olmpics.Best of Luck.Make us all Proud. GOD Bless you.

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  • Ashok, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    All the best. We are proud of you.

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  • farooque ullal, kotepura ullal

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Good news! Best wishes to Sahana... best of luck ullal going to sunshine

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  • VDK, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Being a year senior to you in school I have seen you starting your one of first jump at the same sand pit were we used to practice!! I salute your determination and courage to conquer...!
    I wish to take name your first coach “Mr.Jalandhar Rai “who is no more now…without his encouragement and support I believe the golden journey of yours wouldn’t have been complete .I feel so proud of your achievements ,keep going Sahana ..best of luck…

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  • Naveen D'souza, VALENICIA,KUWAIT

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    ALL THE BEST SAHANA. IF YOU MEANS IT IS A GREAT NEWS FOR WHOLE KARNATAKA. WHOLE KARNATAKA PEOPLES BLESSING MEANS YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING AND GET A MEDAL FOR INDIA. ALL THE BEST.

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  • Hariprasad Hegde, Mangalore/Udupi

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    our best wishs are with Sahana.

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  • Ismail Shaikh, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Congratulations Sahana. Qualifing to mega events like Olympics is a great achinevement particulary CRICKET crazy India. Wish u all the very best and hope God wishes u will return with rich flying colours

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  • Habeeb, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    I hope see can bring one gold medal for India. All the Best

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    It's a Great news all the best Sahana... India further shine.. Now dear commentors pls don't bring your politics on this issue just appreciate her talent.

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  • capt.cornelio, udyavar

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    It is a great privilege for sahana to get qualified to represent india in Olympic.I am sure she will make us all proud.

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  • Ivan, karkala

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    All the best Sahana. Though it is a very good news...many brilliant creatures say they "disagree"...Do they really read it as "This, I agree"!

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  • Sneha H, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Well done !! All the best !!

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  • Braan, kemmannu

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Its an great honour to participate in OLYMPICS. Give your best Sahana Kumari, we are eagarly waiting for you to perform in the field. All the best.

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  • SHARATH, katpadi/muscat

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    all the best for you.

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  • avani, mlore/uae

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Good news! Best wishes to Sahana...

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  • Ram Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    All the Best Sahana God Bless You make Karnataka proud our prayer is with you...
    go sahana go we know you can do it.

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  • Jayesh Raval, Damaskatte-Baiitha Mane/Rajkot

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    What coach so deep looks inside sahana kumari. Beware - it looks same episode of 'Rajneethi' yet to make.

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  • Bhavna, manglore-dubai

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    All d best sahana... we all our countries best wishes with u and hope u have success in olympics 2012.make us all proud

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  • Jayesh Raval, Damaskatte-Baiitha Mane/Rajkot

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    Ukraine coach Nikhil Evgeny - looks like Naseeruddin Shah. Best of Luck Sahana Kumari. All the blessing from Ullal Dargah. Even Dargah hold power. Creator's creation.

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  • Venzil Fernandes, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 27 2012

    All the best for you bright future Sahana Kumari

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