Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2007
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Chitra Soman is an Indian sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. She was born on 10 July 1983 in India. Soman finished seventh in 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics, together with teammates Satti Geetha, K. M. Beenamol and Rajwinder Kaur. This team, only with Manjeet Kaur running instead of Geetha, had set a national record of 3:26.89 minutes in the heat. Soman also ran for the Indian team who won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 2007, Chitra Soman won gold medal in 400m race at Asian Grand Prix series held at Guwahati on 23 June 2007 and at Puen held on 27 June 2007. She also led Indian women 4x400m relay team to Gold in Asian Athletics Championship held at Amman in July 2007. In 2008, Chitra again showed her class by leading another win for Indian women 4x400m relay team in 3rd Asian Indoor Championship in Athletics held in Doha in Feb 2008. Her personal best time in 400 m is 51.30 seconds, achieved in June 2004 in Chennai. In 2007, She received the Arjuna Award.