Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Kavita Raut (born 5 May 1985) is an Indian long-distance runner from Nasik, Maharashtra. She holds the current national record for 10 km road running with a timing of 34:32 as well as the current national record in the half marathon with a timing of 1:12:50. She won the bronze medal in 10,000 meters race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the first individual track medal by an Indian woman athlete at the Commonwealth Games. She also won the silver medal in 10,000 meters race at the 2010 Asian Games.
Raut’s personal best for 5,000 meters is 16:05.90 which she achieved while winning a bronze on 10 November 2009 during the 18th Asian athletics championships held at Guangzhou, China.
She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi on 8 October 2010 with a timing of 33:05.28.
She also won the silver medal in the 10,000 meters race at the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China on 21 November 2010 with a timing of 31:51.44, which is her personal best.
She started the following season with a 5000/10,000 m double at the 2011 National Games of India, setting Games records in both events.
Raut holds the current Indian National record for 10 km road running with a mark of 34:32, set at the Sunfeast World 10K in Bangalore.
She is a recipient of Arjuna Award.