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FULL NAME: Seeta Jena
SEX: Female
BORN: March 30, 1987.
HOME ADDRESS: Sagadia Martha Street, Berhampur, Ganjam, Odisha, India.
FAMILY: Father (Arakshita Jena), mother (Annapurna Jena), three elder brothers (Babu, Rajendra, Manas) and one younger brother (Rama Krishna).
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION: Plus Three Final Year Arts student
HOME CLUB: Balunkeswar Byayam Kendra, Berhampur
COACH: Narasingha Sethi (Mobile: 986126042) incomplete number



*     Won two gold and one silver medal lifting a total of 181kg (76+105) in the 63kg category of the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Berhampur on Dec 27, 2011.
*     Bagged a bronze medal in women`s 69kg category, lifting a total of 171 kg in the 34th National Games at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand on February 24, 2011.
*     Won one bronze medal in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Jharkhand in 2010.
*     Won one bronze medal in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Bangalore in 2010.
Won one silver and one bronze medals in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Rajasthan in 2009.
* Won one silver and one bronze medals in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Pune in 2008.
*     Won a silver medal in the All-India Inter University Championship in 2008.
*     Won a silver medal in the 19th Junior Women’s National Weightlifting Championship at Chennai in 2007.
*     Won a gold medal in the All-India Inter-University Championship at Punjab in 2006.
*     Bagged three silver medals in the Junior National Championship at Chennai in 2006.
*     Secured a silver medal in the All-India Women’s Weightlifting Championship at Lucknow (UP) in 2004.

*     Finished fourth in the Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship at Pattaya City, Thailand in 2003.
*     Bagged two gold and one silver medals in 63kg category of the 1st South Asian Weightlifting Championship at Nepalgunj in Nepal on March 23, 2012.

*     She was a good student, which was evident from the fact that she obtained first class in the High School examination.
*     Her eldest brother Babu introduced her to weightlifting when she was studying Class-V.
*     She started her training by doing sit-ups with a lathi on her shoulder.
*     A crying Seeta gave up the sport after she was given physical punishment by her brother for erring in technique.
*    She resumed her training three years later at Hanuman Club after her home tutor enquired whether she was continuing her association with the sport.
*     But her blossoming career took a nose-dive due the knee injury she suffered while training at the Hanuman Club in 2006.
*     Instead of helping her out, Hanuman Club advised her to say good bye to weightlifting.
*     Though the District Collector sanctioned her Rs 10,000 for the knee-treatment, she could not get the money due to red-tapism.
*     Despite winning so many national medals, she received only Rs 7,000 as cash incentive from the State Government.
*     Appeared three times for job in Odisha (Berhampur) Police Department, but was rejected every time on the ground that she was short in height (5.6 feet).
*     Seeta is not going for knee surgery as she feels that it would not be helpful to pursue her career in weightlifting.
*     She needs to spend a minimum of Rs 10,000 per month for three months before a National championship and her family is not able to afford it.
*     Despite winning around a dozen medals for Odisha for in the National championships Seeta has never received a penny from the State Government`s annual Cash Incentive Scheme for Outstanding Sportspersons.
*     Despite her outstanding achievement, she remains jobless till date.


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