VK Vismaya is an Indian sprinter born in Kannur district of Kerala. She specializes in 400 meters and was part of the Indian women’s 4 × 400 meters relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. Growing up, Vismaya didn’t take sports seriously and was not even passionate about it. She was enjoying her studies and was pretty focused. She was pursuing science and even scored above 92%. It was in college – Assumption College at Changanacherry in Kottayam when she thought of giving a shot. Vismaya gave equal importance to both sports and studies and eventually, it all went well. She completed B.Sc in Mathematics and also got a good opportunity in sports final year of college.
The All-India Inter-University Athletics Championships in 2017 was the turning point in Vismaya’s sports career. She had clocked 53.63s to win silver at the 400m event at the university meet and was selected to the national camp. Coach Galina Bukharina spotted her at the camp and training under her was a game-changer for Kerela sprinter.
Age: 22 years (14 May 1997)
Birthplace: Sreekandapuram, Kannur district, Kerala
VK Vismaya Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta
VK Vismaya Asian Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha
VK Vismaya International Athletic Meeting in Brno, Czech Republic
Father – Farmer
Mother – Homemaker as well as a hostel warden
Siblings – 1 sister
Vismaya once said in an interview-
“When you work hard day and night for winning medals for the country and not been recognized, it is somewhat sad. We are not looking for fame, but maybe some support from all would motivate us more!”