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Moumita Mondal is one of the most upcoming athletes from West Bengal. The 21-year-old athlete is one of the exceptional athletes who ensured a place in the Odisha Athletics High-Performance Center (HPC) sponsored Reliance Foundation after being selected by famous British athletics coach James Hillier in 2021. Moumita, whose event is a 100-meter hurdle, has been a silver medalist in national ranking competitions like Federation Cup, Inter-state championship, and National Games last year. Despite having clocked 13.4 seconds in her event in the National Games last year Moumita missed the medal unfortunately after she fell just before the finishing line.
The Journey of upcoming athlete
Moumita’s father Subhash Chandra Mondal runs a tea shop. Hailing from a village named Jirat in the Hooghly district in West Bengal, it became tough for Moumita to continue with sports in the initial days. She had a passion for sports from her childhood. She used to play cricket and football with the boys in her locality. Even she took part in different events in athletics during school days. Moumita said,
“I felt that despite the financial crisis I could run barefooted which was not possible in cricket or football. So, athletics became my choice. I started athletics under the observation of a local coach, Arjun Sarkar. I was a long jumper at that time. I used to like triple-jump. Still, I love it. But later, while stepping on to the advanced training in Serampore under the tutelage of Subhomoy Das, the 100-meter hurdle became my event. I used to train barefooted and that continued for almost one year. Then my father presented me with an ordinary pair of white shoes. It was 2018 when I started learning the 100-meter hurdle seriously.”
Within three months of training hurdles, Moumita made a record in the state championship finishing 100-meter hurdles in 15.1 seconds in the under-18 category. Then in 2019, Moumita Mondal drew the attention of the country’s athletics fraternity, winning silver medals on a regular basis.
Moumita then got a break when British coach James Hillier spotted her potential by watching Moumita in a junior national championship where the athlete finished in the fourth position clocking 14 seconds and she was admitted to Reliance Foundation-sponsored HPC in 2021. In the last year also, Moumita having participated in the senior Federation Cup ensured a silver medal last year clocking 13.78.
Moumita has written her target timing on a piece of paper and pasted it on the wall. That is running 100 meters in 12 seconds. She added,
“Jyoti has the national record in the event which is 12.79 seconds. I am thankful that she is also one of the nine athletes in the Reliance Foundation and trains at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Jyoti also gives pieces of advice on the game sometimes.”
Moumita has two dreams. Firstly she desires to acquire recognition through her event. Secondly, Moumita dreams of bringing happiness to her family. She uttered,
“I want to say my father not to do the hard work anymore, going to open the tea shop every morning and coming back in the late evening. I want to tell my mother not to continue private tuition any more even after looking after the family members. I want to become a reputable hurdler in the world of sports.”