Gold medalist of the 2002 Asian Games, KM Beenamol achieved the prestigious feat of reaching the Olympic semi-final in 2000. After P.T. Usha and Shiny Wilson she became the third Indian women to qualify for the semi-finals in her favourite event - 800 meters.
Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamolwon the gold medal in women`s 800m at Busan Asian Games. Beenamol also made history with her brother athlete K. M. Binu, when they became the first Indian siblings to win medals in a major international competition.
Hailing from the state of Kerala, Beenamol was born on 15th August, 1975. Apart from her international successes, she has always been a consistent performer in the national circuit.
Beenamol proved herself as the surprise package of the Indian Athletics team in the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, Australia when she won the 800 meters heats and qualified for the semi-finals.
Along with ace shooter - Anjali Bhagwat, K.M.Beenamol was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2002-03. She was further honoured with the Padma Shree in the following year. She represents Railways in the national championships. Beenamol has also won the prestigious Arjuna Award.