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FULL NAME: Minati Mohapatra
NICK NAME: Jhunu
GENDER: Female
BORN: 21st May, 1955 (Official date)
FAMILY: Father (Jagannath Mohapatra), mother (Manorama Mohapatra), husband (Prakash Chandra Das), two sons (Debajyoti Das and Subhrajyoti Das).
PRESENT HOME ADDRESS: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
PAST HOME ADDRESS: Rourkela, Odisha, India
EDUCATION: Studied at Ispat Vidyalaya and Government College (Rourkela)
PROFESSION: World at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). Retired as Deputy General Manager, Rourkela Steel Plant.
PET EVENT: 1000m time trial
RECEIVED COACHING FROM: Chandra Sekhar Jena (Cycling), P K Mallick (Athletics).
OTHER GAMES PLAYED: Athletics

AWARDS/HONOURS:
*    Became the first sportsperson from Odisha and first woman cyclist of the country to bag Arjuna Award in 1980.
*    Received the Biju Patnaik State Sports Award for Life-time Achievement in 2006.


MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN CYCLING:
*     Eight-time National champion in cycling, from 1972 to 1979.
*     Won five gold medals in the Indo-Sri Lanka Cycling Series in 1979.
*     Won bronze medal in Junior Womens 1000m mass-start event of the 24th National Games at Cuttack in January, 1970. The broze was the only medal host Odisha could get from the Games.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN ATHLETICS:
*     Won womens 400m silver medal at the State Athletics Meet, Cuttack, 1970.
*     Also won medals in high jump at State, University level competitions.
*     Legendary woman high jumper Usharani Mishra was her contemporary in athletics.

OTHER NOTABLE INFORMATION:
*     Suffered knee injury in February, 2020 and underwent surgery. Also suffered leg injury earlier in 2018.
*     Her elder son Debajyoti runs a law institute, named Legal Sapiens and younger Subhrajyoti works at ICICI Bank in Mumbai.
*     Nominated as the Chairman, Women Commission, Cycling Federation of India on 23 June, 2019.
*     Her husband Prakash Chandra Das worked at Rourkela Steel Plant as General Manager.
*     Attended the Delhi Commonwealth Games
as Government observer for cycling, October, 2010.
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Attended the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China as Government observer for cycling, November 12 to 27, 2010.
*     She was Sambalpur Univeristy champion for four years.
*     Undecided to stick to cycling or athletics, she chose the former by the toss of a coin.
*     She was born in Puri, studied and worked in Rourkela and now spending her retired life in Bhubaneswar.

PROFILE FIRST UPLOADED: 5 November, 2010
PROFILE LAST UPDATED: 2 June, 2020



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