Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Madhumita Bisht

Madhumita Bisht (former: Madhumita Goswami) is a former badminton player from Uttarakhand in India.
She was born on October 5, 1964, at Jalpaiguri, in West Bengal in India. She got her early lessons in badminton from her father at Siliguri.

Achievements in badminton:
Became the National sub-junior badminton champion of India in 1977.
Madhumita won the Indian National women's singles badminton title for 8 times in her career. Bisht also won the doubles title 9 times, and mixed doubles badminton titles 12 times in her long career which spanned almost 3 decades.

Madhumita won a bronze medal at the Asian games in 1982, and was a part of the bronze medal winning team at the Asian games again in 1998.
In 1992, she represented India at the Barcelona Olympics. She has also represented the country at World Cup and Uber cup competitions. At the international level, Bisht also won a triple crown at the Toulouse Open, and was a runner-up at the USSR open.

She was ranked 29th in the world in 1992. One of her greatest wins that year was when she defeated the then world No. 2 Kusuma Sarwanta in the 2nd round of the Indonesian Open.

Madhumita won her several women's doubles national titles with different partners over the years. Ami Ghia, Mallika Barua, Sudha Padmanabhan, Sindhu, and P. V. V. Laxmi.
Madhumita also participated in the mixed doubles titles with several different players over the years, Sanat Mishra, Harjeet Singh, Vinod Kumar, Vincent Lobo, Markose Bristow, and also once with her life partner Vikram Singh Bisht.

Madhumita retired from active play in 2002, and worked as chief coach for her employers Indian Railways, as a government observer, and at the SAI (Sports Authority of India) badminton academy helping young players to excel at badminton.

Awards won:
Madhumita Bisht was awarded the prestigious Arjuna award for sporting excellence for her achivements in the field of badminton in 1982.
She was also bestowed with the Padma Shree award in 2006.


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