K. M. Beenamol
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2000
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Kovalam, Kerala, India
Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, popularly known as K M Beenamol is an international athlete from India. She was born on 15 August 1975 in Kombidinjal, Kerala, India. KM Beenamol achieved the prestigious feat of reaching the Olympic semi-final in 2000. After P.T. Usha, she became the second Indian women to qualify for the semi-finals in her favorite event - 800 meters. Until she won the first heat at the Sydney Olympics 2000, Beenamol was largely unknown. She won the gold medal in women's 800m and the 4 × 400 m women's relay in the 2002 Asian Games held at Busan. Beenamol also made history with her brother K. M. Binu, when they became the first Indian siblings to win medals in a major international competition. Binu won a silver medal in men's 800m race. She was a joint winner of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 2002-2003 along with Anjali Ved Pathak Bhagwat. In 2004, she was awarded the Padma Shri. Beenamol has also won the prestigious Arjuna Award.