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Graced Lightning

Under Usha’s wing, Tintu visualises gold

Graced Lightning
Ali Kovoor
Graced Lightning
outlookindia.com
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Golden Streak

Tintu Luka’s recent successes:

  • Gold in 800 metres at the 49th National Inter-State Senior Athletic Championship 2009
  • Gold at the 40th National Open Athletic Championship 2009-10
  • First place in the 400 metres event at the Indian Grand Prix 2009
  • 24th Jr National Athletic Meet 2008-09, first in 800 and 400 metres events

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Will she achieve what her guru failed to? P.T. Usha may have missed a medal by a whisker at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, but great expectations are being pinned on Tintu Luka, a rising athletic sensation training under Usha’s watchful eyes. The burden of hope is not small: a gold from the 2012 Olympics in London, no less.

The going has been promising, given her winning spree. Tintu won gold at the National Athletic Championships in Bhopal in October this year and clocked a personal best of 2:53 minutes in the 800 metres event....

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