OP Jaisha: 10 Facts on Marathon-Runner's Career

Updated: 24 August 2016 12:36 IST

OP Jaisha caused controversy after alleging that Indian officials failed to provide her water and energy drinks, despite being assigned designated spots during the women's marathon in Rio 2016

OP Jaisha: 10 Facts on Marathon-Runner
Indian athlete OP Jaisha has won a bronze medal each at the 2006 Asian Games and the 2014 Asian Games. © AFP

Indian athlete OP Jaisha has found herself in the midst of a full blown controversy after she alleged on Monday, that she had not been provided energy drinks and water by officials from the country despite being assigned designated spots during the women's marathon event at Rio Olympics 2016.

Here is a look at her Jaisha's career in ten points:

1. Orchatteri Puthiya Veetil Jaisha was born on May 23, 1983 in Kerala

2. Jaisha is the national record holder in marathon, after clocking 2:34:43 hours at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

3. The athlete from Kerala also competes in other middle and long distance events, including the 1500 metres, 3000 metres, 3000 metres steeplechase, and 5000 metres.

4. In the past, Jaisha has held the national record in the 3000m steeplechase category.

5. She won the gold medals in the 1500m and 3000m events at the Asian Indoor Games in Bangkok in 2005.

6. OP Jaisha rose to fame after winning the bronze medal in the 5000m event at the 2006 Asian Games.

7. In 2014, she won the bronze in the 1500m category at the Asian Games in Incheon.

8. Jaisha had qualified for the 2016 Olympics with her 18th place finish in the women's marathon at the 2015 World Championships.

9. She finished the marathon in the 89th place at the Rio Olympics.

10. OP Jaisha caused controversy after alleging that Indian officials weren't present in spots assigned by organisers to provide her water and energy drinks during the women's marathon event in Rio.

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Highlights
  • OP Jaisha has caused controversy after her return from Rio Olympics 2016
  • Jaisha said Indian officials weren't in designated spots during marathon
  • She finished 89th in the women's marathon at Rio 2016
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