Tintu Luka, an athlete from India. She born on 26 April 1989 in a small village of Valathode in Kannur, Kerala, India. Tintu is the national record holder in the women's 800 metre race. She is coached by P.T. Usha at the Usha School of Athletics, Koyilandy, Kerala, and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.
Olympic Gold Quest is a program of the Foundation of Sports And Games, founded in 2001, started by Indian sporting icons Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to identify and support Indian athletes with a proven track record and who have the potential to win Olympic gold medals. In 2010 Leander Paes and Vishwanathan Anand also joined the Board of Directors. Viren Rasquinha, former India hockey captain, is the current COO of Olympic Gold Quest. Olympic Gold Quest supports 21 athletes in the four disciplines of Athletics, Badminton, Boxing and Shooting.
In the Continental Cup, Croatia, 2010, she timed 1:59.17, to break Shiny Wilson’s 15-year-old national record of 1:59.85 in the 800m event. This performance gave rise to expectations from her mentor P T Usha and the nation that the 21-year-old could bring home an Olympic medal.
At 2010 Commonwealth Games Luka finished in sixth place in the women's 800m with a timing of 2:01.25s. PT Usha responded to this performance, saying that Tintu Luka had not been exposed to such a large crowd before and that the crowd's applause and cheering could have made her lose concentration and run faster without prior planning.
Tintu Luka won the bronze medal in the women's 800 metres event of the track and field competitions at the Asian Games 2010. Tintu, who had a disappointing finish in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, led the pack right from the start, but couldn't keep pace in the last 50 metres and finished third with a timing of 2:01.36 seconds.
In 2008 she won a silver medal in the 800 metre race at the Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Jakarta.
Titinu Luka's Competition Records
|2008||Asian Junior Championships||Jakarta, Indonesia||2nd||800 m|
|World Junior Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||8th (sf)||800 m||2:06.51|
|2009||Asian Championships||Guangzhou, China||6th||800 m||2:07.36|
|2010||Commonwealth Games||Delhi, India||6th||800 m||2:01.25|
|Asian Games||Guangzhou, China||3rd||800 m||2:01.36|
|2011||Asian Championships||Kobe, Japan||3rd||800 m||2:02.55|
|2nd||4x400 m relay||3:44.17|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||15th (sf)||800 m||2:00.95|
|2012||London Olympics||London, United Kingdom||11th (SF)||800 m||1:59.61|