Athletics is the mother of all sporting events in the world sporting scene. Our city’s athlete P.S. Uma, a former Sports Hostel trainee, did everyone proud by winning the Shot-Put bronze medal in the 22nd Federation Cup National Senior Athletic Championships 2017-18 held at Patiala recently. She threw the Shot-Put to a distance of 14.66m to bag the bronze medal in the women’s section. She is our ‘Star This Week.’
Uma finished behind Navaneet Kumar Dhillon of Punjab who won the gold with a throw of 16.45m and Rakhi of Haryana who won the silver with a throw of 14.74m.
Uma had won gold in the State Junior and Senior Athletics Championships last year and represented the State in the 56th National Open Athletics Championships held at Lucknow and performed well.
Uma has represented the Karnataka in the Senior Nationals, Federation Cup and has been performing consistently in the National circuit. She had a good 2015, as she emerged in the National scene with some excellent performances in the South-Zone Junior Athletics Championships at Kakinada where she threw the put to a distance of 13.27m to bag the gold. In the Federation Cup at Hyderabad, Uma raised her personal best and threw the putto a distance of 13.92m.
Uma won gold in the 19th Federation Cup held at Mangaluru in 2015-16.
Alumnus of Teresian College for Women in Mysuru, Uma is coached by Vasanth Kumar, National athletic coach at DYES, Mysuru. She had also trained under International athlete and SAK coach Damodar Gowda.
Uma was awarded ‘Best Athlete’ for the years 2013-14, 2014-15 based on her performances in the State and National levels.
Encouraged by her parents, Sannaiah and Sannathayamma of Periyapatna, Uma joined DYES, five years back and took to sport seriously and has been making a speedy progress since then.