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Machettira Raju Poovamma (born 5 June 1990) is an Indian sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres distance.[3] As a member of the Indian 4×400 m relay teams she participated in the 2016 Olympics and won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games and 2013 and 2017 Asian championships; individually she won a silver medal in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 at those competitions. She received the Arjuna Award in 2015 for her contributions to athletics.

M. R. Poovamma
Women's 4x400m Relay Povamma Raju Of India In Action.jpg
Poovamma at the 2017 Asian Championships
Personal information
Born (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 29)
Gonikoppal, Karnataka, India[1]
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]
Event(s)200–800 m
ClubOil and Natural Gas Corporation[1]
Coached byNagapuri Ramesh[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)200 m – 24.31 (2018)
400 m – 51.73 (2014)
800 m – 2:09.24 (2017)[2]
Updated on 21 April 2019.


Early lifeEdit

Poovamma was born to M. G. Raju and Jaji. She completed her primary and higher education in Mangalore[4] and acquired her bachelor's degree in business management from the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Business Management, Karnataka.[5] Her brother MR Manju also competed in the 400 m events at the national level.[1][6]

Career highlightsEdit

Poovamma won a silver medal in the 400 m and a gold in the 4×400 m relay at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. She then won a senior national 400 m title in September 2011 in Kolkata. At the 2012 Asian Grands Prix Poovamma won two gold and a silver medal.[7] She also won a gold medal at the 2013 Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok. Poovamma represented India in the Moscow World Athletics Championships 2013[8] where she was also a part of the women’s 4x400m relay team.

She won the gold medal in women's 4×400 metres relay at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and Priyanka Pawar.[9][10] The team clocked 3:28:68 to break the Games Record. This is India’s 4th consecutive gold in the event since 2002.

In 2017 She was part of the winning 4×400 m team at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, which also included Debashree Mazumdar, Jisna Mathew and Nirmala Sheoran. The team had a problematic baton exchange, but Nirmala recovered the time in the final leg.[11]

Competition recordEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Poovamma Raju Machettira.
  2. ^ M. R. Poovamma at IAAF
  3. ^ "Poovamma, India's newest quarter-miler". The Indian Express. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Poovamma – Youngest Indian athlete in Beijing". Mangalorean. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Confident Poovamma eyes more glory". Daily Pioneer. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ Poovamma Raju MACHETTIRA.
  7. ^ "Athletics: Hat-trick for Poovamma". The Hindu. 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ Poovamma, M.R (21 July 2013). "Ashwini, Poovamma in Indian relay squad for Moscow World Championships". Mangalore Today.
  9. ^ "Indian eves clinch 4x400m relay gold at Asian Games 2014; set new Asiad record". India.Com. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  10. ^ "search Medals". 2014 Asian Games Official website. Archived from the original on 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Asian Athletics Championships 2017: Deconstruction of the gold standard". The Indian Express. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.