Bhavana Jat is an Indian athlete, best known for participating in the 20 kilometer race walk. She was the first Indian female athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in this category.
Bhavana Jat was born on Wednesday, 3 January 1996 (age 26 years; as of 2022) in Kabra, Rajsamand district, Rajasthan. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. She did her schooling from Neerja Modi School in Rajasthan. Due to the poor financial condition of her family she could not go to college.
Height (Approx): 5′ 3″
Hair Color: Black
Eye colour: black
parents and siblings
Bhavana’s father’s name is Shankarlal Jat, who is a farmer.
His mother’s name is Nosar Devi, who is a housewife.
He has two brothers, Prakash Jat and Raju Jat. Raju is suffering from mental illness.
Bhavana is unmarried.
In 2014, he won a gold medal in the West Zone junior level competition and a silver medal in the same event in 2015. In 2016, he participated in the National Inter-State Championships in Hyderabad where he finished his race in 1:52:38 seconds. In 2021, he participated in the National Open Championships where he broke the national record by clocking 1:29:54 seconds. She was the fastest Indian woman in this category until Priyanka Goswami broke her record in the same event on 13 February 2021. In 2021, he competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and finished 32nd in the 20 kilometer race walk.
In March 2022, he won the bronze medal at the World Race Walking Championship held in Muscat, Oman.
In 2022, she withdrew from the Commonwealth Games because she had not trained for the event.
He has a Maruti Suzuki Vitara car.
- Bhavana was trained by Gurmukh Sihag and Harpreet Singh.
- When she was thirteen, her physical education teacher took her to a district-level athletics competition, where she competed and stood second in the competition. Talking about him in an interview, his PT teacher said,
She was grazing her cattle then but he asked if she could come. By the time she arrived at the competition, there were no vacant events (most races’ participation slots were filled). The only race in which she could participate was a 3 km walk. This is how she became a race walker.
- According to Bhavna, she used to practice early in the morning so that the villagers would not see her in shorts.
- In an interview, she said that sometimes she competed barefoot, and sometimes she would borrow shoes from her friends for her practice sessions.
- In an interview, he had revealed that the financial condition of his family was so weak that they lived in a cement house and did not even have money to eat two meals a day.
- In 2016, he started working as a ticket collector in the Railways in Howrah, West Bengal. Before the Olympics, he was not given leave for training, due to which he had to take leave without pay. In an interview he had said that he had taken Rs 50 thousand. There was the worry of repaying a loan of Rs 7 lakh for his brother’s treatment and the interest of Rs 16,000 on the loan while he was on leave without pay. he adds,
Even when I was training for nationals, I was wondering how to pay the interest of Rs 16,000 every month. Apart from this, I also had to bear the expenses of my training equipment and accommodation. If I had not won this competition and qualified for the Olympics, I don’t know what I would have done.”
- In 2017, she could not participate in the Olympics due to suffering from typhoid.
- When she was in Kolkata, she faced many difficulties while practicing due to the weather conditions there. In an interview he talked about his time spent in Kolkata and said,
I knew I couldn’t improve in Kolkata because the weather makes it very difficult to train and recover.”
- His elder brother Prakash Jat and his father were his biggest supporters. His brother gave him Rs. Bought a new pair of shoes worth Rs. Rs 500 for the first time. He was an athlete but gave up his passion to fulfill Bhavana’s needs. He worked in a private firm for Rs. 15,000 per month. In an interview, he talked about the support and love he received from his brother and said,
He was also an athlete but he left it to let me focus on my career. This time also he told me not to worry. He earns only Rs 15,000 per month but he took the loan to help me. But there were many other people who told me that it was a wrong decision and many people laughed at me. But I had to give myself a chance to qualify.
- In an interview, her coach Sihag said that there was nothing that could distract Bhavana. She used to travel from her PG to the practice ground and then back to her PG.
- His coach commented on his great performance after winning several big games, saying,
He is a natural walker. Her work is very neat and she rarely makes mistakes. Even when she was injured and suffering from typhoid, I was confident that she would eventually become a very strong walker. After the Interstate gold medal, I was confident that she would qualify for the Olympics if she kept her focus on training.
- In another interview, her coach talked about the time when Bhavana was suffering a lot due to her financial problems and her family problems. His coach commented on that phase of his life and said,
Once he decided to train in Rohtak and then Jaipur, there was little hope of stopping him. He is the most dedicated athlete you could hope for.”