Neena Varakil

Neena Varakil (born 2 May 1991)[3] is a former Indian athlete who competed internationally in the long jump event.

Neena Varakil
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Personal information
Born (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 30)[1]
Meppayur, Calicut
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
Spouse(s)Pinto Mathew =international athlete and national champion
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Long jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)6.66m Bangalore (11/7/2016)
Updated on 27 August 2018.


Neena Varakil was born on May 2, 1991 at Meppayur, Calicut which is also known as Kozhikode.[3]

In 2017 her personal best was 6.66m which she achieved in Bangalore in July 2016.[1] She took gold in 2017 when she jumped 6.37m in the sixth and final round. This was at the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jiaxing in China.[4] She gained a silver medal at 2017 Asian Athletics Championships – Women's long jump when her compatriot, Nayana James, took bronze.[5]

In August 2018, she took a silver medal at the long jump at the Asian Games in Jakarta. At her fourth attempt she jumped 6m 51cm. The gold medal was taken by Thi Thu Thao Bui of Vietnam and the bronze went to Xiaoling Xu of China.[6] After the event she said that she was stepping back from competition to concentrate on her family. Varakil is married to Pinto Mathew who is an international hurdler. Varakil had helped her train for the Jakarta event as she was not happy with the national coach Bedros Bedrosian.[7]


  1. ^ a b Neena Varakil, All-Athletics, Retrieved 13 July 2017
  2. ^ "2018 CWG bio". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Asian Games 2018: 5 things you need to know about Neena Varakil, India's silver medalist in women's long jump". 27 August 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  4. ^ Asian Grand Prix: Neena Varakil wins gold in women's long jump, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra qualifies for World Championships, 27 April 2017,, Retrieved 13 July 2017
  5. ^ Bhatt, Akash (10 July 2017). "Asian Athletics Championships 2017: List of all medal winners for India". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Asian Games 2018: Neena Varakil wins silver in women's long jump". The Hindu. PTI. 27 August 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 February 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Aug 28, Manoj SS / TNN /; 2018; Ist, 09:54. "neena varakil: After Asiad silver, Neena Varakil to focus on family | Asian Games 2018 News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 February 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)