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Saraswati Dey-Saha (born 23 November 1979) is an Indian former track and field sprinter from Tripura. She holds the current 200 metres national record of 22.82 seconds set at the National Circuit Athletic Meet held in Ludhiana on 28 August 2002.[1] She broke the previous mark held by Rachita Mistry since July 2000. In doing so, Saraswati became the first Indian woman to break 23-second barrier in 200 metres.[2] The highlight of her career was the gold medal she won at the 2002 Busan Asian Games.[3]

Saraswati Saha
Personal information
Full nameSaraswati Dey-Saha
Nationality India
Born (1979-11-23) 23 November 1979 (age 39)
Manurmukh, Belonia, Tripura, India
Height1.54 m (5 ft 12 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb; 8.3 st)
Event(s)100 metres, 200 metres
ClubIndian Railways
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 11.40
(Jakarta 2000)
200 m: 22.82 NR
(Ludhiana 2000)

Rachita represented India in 4×100 metres relay together with P. T. Usha, E. B. Shyla, and Rachita Mistry at the 1998 Asian Championships in Athletics where her team won the gold medal on way to setting the current national record of 44.43 s.[4][5] Later in the 4 x 100 metres relay at 2000 Sydney Olympics her team - consisting of V. Jayalakshmi, Vinita Tripathi, and Rachita Mistry - clocked a time of 45.20 s in the first round. The team finished last in their heats.[6][7] She also competed in 200 m at 2004 Athens Olympics, where she clocked a time of 23.43 s in the heats.[8]

In 2002, she was conferred the Arjuna Award for her contribution to the Indian athletics.[9] Saraswati quit competitive athletics in July 2006 owing to the injury to her Achilles tendon, occurred after the Busan Asian Games.[10]


National titlesEdit

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   India
1998 Asian Championships Fukuoka, Japan 1st 4 × 100 m NR
2000 Asian Championships Jakarta, Indonesia 2nd 100 m


  1. ^ "Official Website of Athletics Federation of India: NATIONAL RECORDS as on 21.3.2009". Athletics Federation of INDIA. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  2. ^ "Saraswati breaks 23-second barrier". The Hindu. 2002-08-29. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  3. ^ "Saraswati Saha, Neelam J Singh win gold". 2002-10-10. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  4. ^ Vijaykumar, C.N.R (1998-12-15). "After the feast, the famine". Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  5. ^ "National records" (PDF). ATHLETICS FEDERATION of INDIA. 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-17.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Sydney2000 Results: Official Results - 4 X 100 METRES - Women - Round 1". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  7. ^ "Saraswati Dey-Saha - Biography and Olympics results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  8. ^ "Olympic Games 2004 - Results 08-23-2004 - 200 Metres W Heats". IAAF. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  9. ^ "Arjuna Awardees". Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  10. ^ "Saraswati calls it quits". The Indian Express. 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  11. ^ "Indian Championships and Games". Retrieved 2009-09-06.

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