Kavita Tungar

Nashik / India

Kavita was born in a tribal family in Sawarpada, a village near Harsul, Nashik in Maharashtra, India. She is a natural long distance runner and her training has equipped her to compete in distances ranging from 5k to full marathons. She considers the marathon to be the ultimate test of her running abilities and enjoys the challenges that come with it. She has been trained and mentored by her longtime coach, Mr. Vijendra Singh.

Kavita won bronze medals at the 2009 Asian athletics championships held in Guangzhou, China, and in the 10,000m race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi on 8 October 2010 with a timing of 33:05.28. The latter medal was the first individual track medal by an Indian athlete at the Commonwealth Games in more than 50 years. It was also the first individual track medal by an Indian woman athlete in the history of Commonwealth Games. She also won the silver medal in the 10,000m race at the 2010 Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China on 21 November 2010 with a time of 31:51.44 (her personal best). She started the following season with a 5000/10,000 m double at the 2011 National Games of India, setting Games records in both events.

Kavita Raut holds the current Indian National record for 10 km road running with a mark of 34:32, set at the Sunfeast World 10K in Bangalore. She is a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2012 and the Suvarnaratna Award in 2015.