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Sumita Rani Sumita Rani

Born on February 4, 1988, Sumita is the youngest of seven children in her family. Having spent her entire childhood in her hometown in Noakhali, a 13-year old Sumita came to Dhaka in 2001 in hopes of forging a career in athletics.
After seven years as an independent athlete, she was recruited by the Bangladesh Jail team in 2008. Sumita has represented them for five years and there have been many achievements along the way. Her best moments as a 100-metre hurdler, though, came in the South Asian Games, where she won silver medals in Colombo in 2006 and in Dhaka in 2010.
Sumita also notched silver and bronze medals as a part of the 4×100-metre relay team in the South Asian Games in Islamabad in 2004 and Dhaka in 2010.
She lists Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt as her favourite athlete and looks to her parents and siblings for inspiration.
She recently completed her Higher Secondary Certificate exams from Noakhali and is looking forward to continuing her studies besides being a hurdler, which she admitted adds more meaning to her life.
Sumita hopes that the situation of women athletes in Bangladesh will improve, which will in turn usher in more women participants. More competition will also help the competitors strive for nothing but excellence.
Known as the queen of hurdles, Sumita mentions that her lifelong regret will always be not winning the gold medal at home in the South Asian Games three years ago.

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