Shivani Kataria

Shivani Kataria (born 27 September 1997) is an Indian swimmer. She competes in the women's 200m freestyle.[1] She represented India at 2016 Summer Olympics . She has also won many medals at South Asian Games and Asian Age Group Championship .[1]

Shivani Kataria
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Personal information
National team India
Born (1997-09-27) September 27, 1997 (age 24)
Gurugram, Haryana, India

Early lifeEdit

Shivani was born in Haryana, and raised in Gurugram where she attended DAV Public School.[2] She started swimming at 6 at a summer camp at Baba Gang Nath Swimming Centre near her house. Her parents were supportive.[3][4] She started competing in district level events under her first coach Mr. Yadav and won the bronze medal at CBSE nationals in Gujarat.[2] In 2012, she decided to become a professional swimmer and started swimming two hours in the morning and two in the evening along with an hour of core exercises during the day.[2]


Shivani finished sixth in the 200m freestyle at the 2013 Asian Youth Championships and won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games.[1] In 2015, she trained for a year at the FINA camp at Thyanpura in Phuket, Thailand,[3][5] where she swam three times a day. She clocked 2:04:00 in that camp and was closest to a time slot level, called the B Cut.[2]

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

Shivani was selected as India's wildcard entry for the Rio Olympics by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI),[1] making her the first Indian women to swim in the Summer Olympics since 2004 in Athens.[3] She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women's 200 metre freestyle event; her time of 2:09.30 in the heats did not qualify her for the semifinals. She holds most of India's national records. Shivani sees the 2016 Olympics qualification more as a learning curve which will strengthen her chances in the 2020 Olympic.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Road to Rio: Shivani Kataria, first Indian woman swimmer at the Olympics after 2004". Firstpost. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Interview with Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria: "Reaching semi-finals in 2016 Rio Olympics would be historic"". 26 July 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "The Story Of Shivani Kataria - India's First Female Olympic Swimmer In 12 Years". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Shivani Kataria: India's first woman swimmer at Olympics in12 years". SheThePeople TV. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "No unrealistic aims: Shivani Kataria". 16 July 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.

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