Leelamma Alphonso

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Full nameLeelamma Alphonso
NationalityIndian
Born (1969-05-23) 23 May 1969 (age 52)
Kundra Kollam, Kerala, India
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Sport
CountryIndia
SportTrack and field, Marathon
Event(s)3000Mtrs, 5000Mtrs, 10000Mtrs, Cross Country, Half Marathon, Full Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 M: 9 Min:23 Sec
5000 M: 16 Min:27 Sec( Ex National Record 1995)
10000 M: 34 Min:33 Sec ( Ex National Record 1996 )
21 KM : 1 Min:13 Sec
Updated on 1 November 2020.

Leelamma Frank Alphonso (Born 23rd May 1969) is an Indian Long-Distance Runner. She is the Former National Record Holder in the 5000mtrs, 10000mtrs and the Half Marathon. She Specializes in Long Distance in which she held Records. She has Represented India Internationally since 1990s in 1500mtrs, 3000mtrs, 5000mtrs, 10000mtrs, Cross Country, Road Relays, Half Marathon, and the Full Marathon. She has Won over 12 International Medals for India. After Dominating Track and Field Long Distance Running at the All India Open National Level for a period of more than 10 years she Retired from Track and Field and took up to running Full Marathons when she became a Mother of 2 children. She is the only Indian to have Won Four Full Marathons in a single Calendar year. Till date she is the only Elite Professional Athlete of her time to still have competed and been the winner of National half and Full marathons for a period of more than 26 years. She competed in the Veterans Category Since 2008 to 2018 and Remained the undispuited Winner at all Major National Marathons in the Veteran Category.

Early Life

[1] Leelamma Lukose Paniker was born on 23rd May in Kundra Village of Kollam District of Kerala. She was born into family of 5 siblings and lost her father at the young age of 7. She became the Bread winner to her Widowed Mother and her siblings through her running achievements ever since. She took up to running at her school MJD High School in Kollam Kundra. She was selected by the NCC Department of Palakkad Kollam district when they noticed her talent for Racing in Cross Country trials. She was Awarded at the age of 11 by PM Indira Gandhi for being the Best Candidate in Juniors of NCC at the Republic day Parade in 1980. She received her call letter from the Western Railways when she was 17 and was coached by the Indian Railways Long Distance Champion and Coach Mr Frank Alphonso under whose training she dominated Indian long Distance Running and held Records in the Same. She is Married to Mr Frank Alphonso and the couple have children Elana Alphonso and Florence Alphonso.Leelamma Frank Alphonso then Leelamma Lukose Paniker was born on 23rd May in Kundra Village of Kollam District of Kerala. She was born into family of 5 siblings and lost her father at the young age of 7. She became the Bread winner to her Widowed Mother and her siblings through her running achievements ever since.She took up to running at her school MJD High School in Kollam Kundra. She was selected by the NCC Department of Palakkad Kollam district when they noticed her talent for Racing in Cross Country trials. She was Awarded at the age of 11 by PM Indira Gandhi for being the Best Candidate in Juniors of NCC at the Republic day Parade in 1980. She received her call letter from the Western Railways when she was 17 and was coached by the Indian Railways Long Distance Champion and Coach Mr Frank Alphonso under whose training she dominated Indian long Distance Running and held Records in the Same. She is Married to Mr Frank Alphonso and the couple have children Elana Alphonso and Florence Alphonso

Career

She Retired from Track and Field after her Marriage at the end of 1996. She took a Break from 1997 to 1999 and started racing in Full Marathons after becoming a Mother of two Children. She was a Veteran Racing in the Elite Women’s Category. She made a Hattrick in the Indira Gandhi Allahabad Half Marathon, Rath Half Marathon, and the Thane Varsha Mayor Half Marathon. She has to her credit that she is the only Indian to have Won Four Full Marathons in a Single Calendar year in the Elite Open Category. A feat she achieved as a Veteran and Mother. She was about to make a Hattrick in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 42km Elite Women’s Category in 2007 but she suffered a Hairline Facture on her hip a week before the race and dropped out of it. During her Long Track and Field Career the Following are her Achievements at the International and National Level from years 1990 to 2007.

International competitions

Representing IND
1991 Asian Athletics Championships Kuala Lampur, Malaysia 2nd 3000 Mtrs
1991 South Asian Games ( SAF) Srilanka 2nd 3000 Mtrs
1991 Asian Cross Country Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd Cross Country
1993 Asian Cross Country Championships Jakarta, Indonesia 2nd Cross Country
1994 South Asian Games ( SAF) Madras, India 2nd 10000 Mtrs
1994 South Asian Games ( SAF) Madras, India 3rd 3000 Mtrs
1995 South Asian Games ( SAF) Madras, India 3rd 10000 Mtrs
1995 Asian Marathon Championships Malaka, Malaysia 1st 21 KM
1990 IAAF World Cross Country Championship France 23rd Cross Country
1991 IAAF World Cross Country Championship Belgium 20th Cross Country
1992 IAAF World Cross Country Championship Boston NA Cross Country
1993 IAAF World Cross Country Championship Spain 25th Cross Country
1994 IAAF World Cross Country Championship Hungary 25th Cross Country
1995 IAAF World Cross Country Championship Cape Town NA Cross Country
1996 IAAF World Cross Country Championship South Africa 17th Cross Country
1996 Pune Interntionl Marathon Pune India 1st Overall ( Elite Open Women) 21 KM
2001 Standard Chartered Singapore Singapore 7th Overall ( Elite Open Women) 42 KM
2007 Standard Chartered Singapore Singapore 29th Overall ( Elite Open Women) 42 KM
2008 Greatest Race on Earth South Asia + Middle East HongKong 4th Overall( Elite Open Women) 42 KM

Four Full Marathons Single Calender Year

2006 Mawana Sugar Indian Open New Delhi Gold Elite 42 KM
2006 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Mumbai Gold Elite 42 KM
2006 All India Indira Marathon Allahabad Gold Elite 42 KM
2006 Lucknow Marathon Lucknow Gold Elite 42 KM Only Elite Indian To Win Four Full Marathons in a Single Calender Year

Achievements at the National Level

1991 All India Open National Championship Madras Gold 3000 Mtrs
1990 All India Open National Championship Calcutta Gold 3000 Mtrs
1991 30th All India Open National Championship Calcutta Gold 3000 Mtrs
1991 All India Open National Championship Bombay Gold 10000 Mtrs
1991 Open Nationals New Delhi Silver 3000 Mtrs
1991 Escorts Masters Athletic Meet New Delhi Silver 3000 Mtrs
1992 All India Open National Championship Madras Gold 10000 Mtrs
1992 Open Nationals Bombay Gold 10000 Mtrs
1993 All India Open Nationals Championship Madras Gold 10000 Mtrs
1993 31st All India Senior State Athletic Meet- Open National New Delhi Gold 10000 Mtrs
1993 All India Open National Championship Karnataka Silver 3000 Mtrs
1993 32rd India Open Athletic Championship Banglore Gold 10000 Mtrs
1994 Senior Inter State Athletics Championship Pune Silver 10000 Mtrs
1994 Open National Madras Silver 10000 Mtrs
1994 AAFI Senior Inter State Athletics Pune Silver 10000 Mtrs
1995 1st AFFI Federation Calcutta Gold 10000 Mtrs
1995 Open National Calcutta Gold 3000 Mtrs
1995 34th Inter State Senior Athletic Championship Madras Bronze 5000 Mtrs
1995 34th Inter State Senior Athletic Championship Madras Gold 10000 Mtrs
1995 33rd All India Senior Inter State Championship Banglore Gold 10000 Mtrs
1995 34th All India Open Athletic Championship Jamshedpur Gold 3000 Mtrs
1995 AAFI Federation Trails Pune Gold 10000 Mtrs
1996 Open National New Delhi Gold 3000 Mtrs
1996 35h All India Open Athletics Championship New Delhi Gold 10000 Mtrs
1994 National Games Maharashtra Pune Silver 10000 Mtrs
1994 National Games Maharashtra Pune Silver 10000 Mtrs
1994 National Games Maharashtra Pune Silver 10000 Mtrs
1994 National Games Maharashtra Pune Bronze 3000 Mtrs
1995 Inter State Chennai Gold 10000 Mtrs
1992 AAFI All India Cross Country Championship Ahmedabad Silver Cross Country
1991 AAFI 25th All India Cross Country Championship Lucknow Gold Cross Country
1995 XXX All India Cross Country Championship Ahmedabad Silver Cross Country
2002 36th National Cross Country Championship AAFI Jbaldpur Gold Cross Country
1991 National Marathon Championship AFI Pune Gold 21km
1994 31st National Cross Country Championship Jhuila Gold Cross Country
2003 37th National Cross Country Championship Goa Silver Cross Country
1989 27th National Senior Athletics Championship Gamtur Silver Cross Country
1990 All India Cross Country Championship Pimpri Gold Cross Country
2003 Bharat Petroleum All India Invitation Athletic Meet Thane Gold 10000 Mtrs

National Marathons

1991 All India Indira Marathon Allahabad Silver Elite 21 KM
1992 All India Indira Marathon Allahabad Bronze Elite 21 KM
1994 11th January All India Indira Marathon Allahabad Gold Elite 21 KM
1994 19th November All India Indira Marathon Allahabad Gold Elite 21 KM
1995 All India Indira Marathon Allahabad Gold Elite 21 KM
1993 Rath Indian Open Half Marathon New Delhi Gold Elite 21 KM
1994 Rath Indian Open Half Marathon New Delhi Gold Elite 21 KM
1995 Rath Indian Open Half Marathon New Delhi Gold Elite 21 KM
1995 Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon Thane Gold Elite 21 KM
1996 Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon Thane Gold Elite 21 KM
1997 Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon Thane Gold Elite 21 KM
1997 Vadodara National Marathon Vadodara Gold Elite 21 KM
2001 Chennai Marathon Thane Gold Elite 21 KM
2001 1st All India JRD Tata Invitation Half Marathon Jamshedpur Silver Elite 21 KM
2004 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Mumbai Bronze Elite 42 KM
2005 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Mumbai Silver Eite 42 KM
2006 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Mumbai Gold Elite 42 KM
2007 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Mumbai Gold Elite 42 KM
2009 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Mumbai Silver Elite 42 KM

Awards

She is the winner of the Prestigious Shiv Chhatrapati Award given by the state of Maharashtra[citation needed]Winner of the Railway Board award for Excellence in Athletics[citation needed] Winner of the Western Railway General Manager Award for Excellence in Athletics[citation needed]

References

  1. "Today in Indian History - Lukose Leelamma at Pune sets record for 10,000m (Women) in 34.33.50". www.moindian.com. Retrieved 2020-10-31.

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