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Jayanti Behera



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Puri, IND
English, Hindi

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2011 in Sakhigopal, India.
Why this sport?
She wanted to meet new people from all over the world. "Running gives me a sense of freedom and joy. It has given me a platform to showcase my talent, compete with other able-bodied and Para athletes, and makes me feel on par with my peers. I enjoy being a competitive athlete, setting goals and training hard to achieve them."
Club / Team
Gurukul Athletics Training Centre: India
Name of coach
Bishnu Prasad Mishra [personal], IND, from 2011
Training Regime
She trains on the track twice a week. She also has sessions at the Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre in Bhubaneswar, India.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

The Sakhigopal Express (, 19 Jun 2020;, 05 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making her international debut in 2017. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Bishnu Prasad Mishra. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017;, 01 Sep 2020)
Hero / Idol
Chinese Para sprinter Li Lu. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winners never quit and quitters never win." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the Biju Patnaik Sports Award for outstanding performance from the chief minister of Odisha as part of the Indian National Sports Day celebrations. (, 30 Aug 2020)
She was the youngest member of the India Para athletics team at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Oct 2019;, 27 Oct 2018)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the world championships. (, 24 Aug 2019;, 04 Sep 2020)
At age one she accidentally went inside a burning brick kiln. Although her mother dragged her out immediately, she sustained burns to her left hand and a part of her torso above the waist. (, 27 Oct 2018; Athlete, 16 Jul 2017;, 05 Apr 2016)


Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2017-07-14 10
Women's 400 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-23 6