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KM Deeksha breaks Harmilan Bains’ 1500m national record, clocks 4:04.78 to win gold in LA

KM Deeksha breaks Harmilan Bains’ 1500m national record, clocks 4:04.78 to win gold in LA

Deeksha's previous personal best of 4:06.07s was achieved at the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in 2023

In a remarkable display of athleticism, K.M. Deeksha, the track and field sensation from Madhya Pradesh, shattered the Indian national women’s 1500m record at the esteemed Sound Running Track Festival in Los Angeles. Clocking an astonishing 4:04.78 seconds, the 25-year-old dynamo surpassed the previous record set by Harmilan Bains in 2021.

KM Deeksha surpasses Harmilan Bains’ record

Deeksha’s previous personal best of 4:06.07s was achieved at the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in 2023, where she clinched the gold medal. Bains, with her record-breaking performance last year, had surpassed a milestone set by Sunita Rani in 2002 at the Asian Games in Busan. Rani’s time of 4:06.03 had remained unchallenged for 19 years until Bains reset the bar.

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Meanwhile, Parul Chaudhary narrowly missed her personal best in the 5000m race, clocking 15:10.69s to finish fifth. Avinash Sable secured the second position in the men’s event with a time of 13:20.37s. Deeksha’s remarkable feat not only showcases her talent but also underscores her determination and resilience on the track, inspiring athletes across the nation.

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How would have K.M. Deeksha fared in Tokyo Olympics 2020 with her performance

When comparing Deeksha’s achievement to the performances at the Tokyo Olympics, particularly in the women’s 1500m event, it’s evident that she has demonstrated exceptional skill and potential. While Deeksha’s time may not have placed her on the podium like Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (gold, 3:53.11), Laura Muir (silver, 3:54.50), and Sifan Hassan (bronze, 3:55.86) did in Tokyo, her record-breaking run might have put her in the top 10 of the list.

It highlights her ability to compete at an international level and sets a new standard for Indian athletes in the 1500m discipline. With continued training and opportunities, Deeksha has the potential to further excel on the global stage and inspire future generations of Indian athletes.

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