|Full name||Aishwarya Babu The Indian Express|
|Profession(s)||Athlete (Long-jumper, Triple-jumper), Railways employee|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 152 cm
in meters- 1.52 m
in feet & inches- 5’
|Triple Jump and Long Jump|
• 2020 Indian University Championship (Moodbidri) in Triple Jump
• 2020 Khelo India University Games
• 2021 National Open Athletics Championships (Warangal) in Long Jump and Triple Jump
• 2022 Inter-Railway Championship (Kolkata) in Long Jump and Triple Jump
• 2022 Indian Grand Prix (Thiruvananthapuram) in Triple Jump
• 2022 National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships (Chennai) in Long Jump and Triple Jump
• 2020 Indian University Championship (Moodbidri) in Long Jump
|Date of Birth||15 June 1997 (Sunday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||25 Years|
|College/University||Alva's College, Moodbidri|
|Educational Qualification||A bachelor's degree from Alva's College, Moodbidri, Karnataka The Times of India|
On 20 July 2022, after her spectacular performance in National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships, the national record-holding triple jumper Aishwarya Babu tested positive for a banned substance. Previously, Aishwarya had been named in India's 36-member Athletics contingent for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. However, after the test, she was ruled out of the contingent. Besides Aishwarya, sprinter S Dhanalakshmi also failed the dope test. The Hindu
|Relationships & More|
|Husband/Spouse||Nandan Kumar (works at the Governor's office in Bengaluru)
|Parents||Father- Name Not Known (government employee)
Mother- Name Nor Known (homemaker)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Aishwarya B
- Aishwarya B is an Indian track and field athlete who competes in Long Jump and Triple Jump. In 2022, she created a new national record in the triple jump with a mark of 14.14m at the 61st National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Chennai, naming her in India’s 37-member Athletics contingent for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. She also set the national record of 6.73m in the Long Jump in the championship. However, her records were erased and she was dropped from the contingent after she failed a dope test.
- Inclined toward sports since childhood, she started her athletic journey as a runner with 100m and 200m sprints before switching to long jump and triple jump. In an interview, she said,
I started at the age of eight and I was initially doing 100m and 200m. But later, switched to jumps. I was interested in sports and my uncle was a decathlete.”
- Although she forayed into sports at a very young age, her true potential was recognised after joining Alva’s Foundation for her higher studies and sports training in Mudbidri, Karnataka, where she met coach Vasanth Jogi. Until then, she was training to be a sprinter, but Jogi assessed that she had better potential in the long jump despite her short height. Thereafter, she switched to the long jump.
- Aishwarya B and Nandan Kumar grew up as neighbours near Anekal, close to the Tamil Nadu border. They grew apart after Kumar moved to Bengaluru with his brother. However, after a decade of no communication, their parents arranged their marriage.
- In 2017, she was honoured by the Gaonkar’s School of Jumpers (GSJ).
- She suffered from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in 2018, which kept her away from competition for about a year.
- Aishwarya B was discovered by Pramila Aiyappa, the 2010 Asian Games heptathlon bronze medallist, who later became a state sports officer and in charge of South West Railways. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Pramila took Aishwarya to a Railway selection trial and then started training her. Later, Pramila’s husband, BP Aiyappa, became Aishwarya’s coach.
- When Sree Kantheerava Stadium, where Aishwarya and BP Aiyappa used to train, was shut down due to the pandemic they travelled outside Bangalore for training. In an interview, while recalling the difficulties faced by Aishwarya, BP Aiyappa said,
We had struggled a lot, going to Vidyanagar everyday except for Saturday, it is nearly 35 km from Bangalore. It was tough. We had to take special passes but the state government, JSW, AFI and SAI had supported us a lot.”
- In September 2021, she won a gold medal with a leap of 13.55m in the triple jump at the Indian National Open Athletics Championships, Warangal. She also secured the first rank in Long Jump with a leap of 6.52m.
- When she made headlines after recording a 13.94m leap in the Triple Jump at the 2022 Indian Grand Prix, Thiruvananthapuram, the doctor who operated on her ACL injury was left awestruck watching her recovery.
- During the qualifying rounds of the long jump at the 61st National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, Aishwarya B breached the Commonwealth Games’ qualifying mark of 6.50m by clocking a 6.73m leap. The event acted as a final trial for the athletes to book their berths for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Her performance also set a new record in the history of the national athletics meet as she surpassed the earlier distance of 6.63m, which was set by Mayookha Johny in 2011. Moreover, 6.73m became the second best long jump mark by an Indian woman athlete after 6.83m, marked by Anju Bobby George in Athens back in 2004.
Additionally, she smashed the triple jump national record with a stunning effort of 14.14m at the meet, breaking the national record of Mayookha Johny’s 2011 record of 14.11m.
- Curd rice is her favourite food.