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Mercy Kuttan Athletics

Mercy Kuttan Athletics

Mercy Kuttan (born 1 January 1960) is a former Indian track and field athlete. She was the first Indian woman longjumper to cross six meters. In 1989, Mercy received Arjuna Award for her contribution to the Indian athletics. Mercy was born in Kerala; her first international success came in 1981 Asian Championships in Athletics when she won the double Bronze in longjump and 4 x 400 metres relay. In the next year at 1982 Asian Games when she won a Silver medal in longjump.[3] She represented India in longjump at 1983 World Championships in Athletics, but did not qualify for the final round. Mercy has the distinction of being the first woman from Kerala to win a medal in the Asian Track and Field meet. Her personal best in longjump is 6.29 m.[citation needed] In the latter stage of her career she switched to sprint and started competing in 400 metres. She competed in 400 metres at 1988 Seoul Olympics and managed to reach the second round.