K. M. Binu
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2006
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Idukki, Kerala, India
Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Binu is an Indian track and field athlete from Kerala who specializes in 400 metres and 800 metres. He was born on December 20, 1980 in Idukki, Kerala, India. He holds the current 400 metres national record of 45.48 s set at the 2004 Athens Olympics on 20 August 2004. He broke the 44-year-old Olympics mark (by an Indian) held by Milkha Singh who set an Indian National Record with a timing of 45.73 s at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He and his elder sister K. M. Beenamol made history when they became the first Indian siblings to win medals in a major international competition. They won medals at the Busan Asian Games (2002). While Binu won the men's 800 metres silver, his sister won the gold medal in the women's event. Binu received the Arjuna Award for the year 2006 for his achievements in the Indian athletics.