" \\r\\n<br><div id=\\"content-body-14269002-35825313\\">\\n<p>K. Rajitha has had a remarkable journey so far.<\\\/p><p>The 18-year-old athlete, groomed by SAI athletics coach N. Ramesh and sponsored by Gopi Chand-Mytrah Foundation, will be running the 4x400m relay at the Nairobi World junior athletics meet to be held from August 17.<\\\/p><p>Rajitha lost her father, a daily-wage labourer in Ramachandrapuram of Kunavaram mandal (East Godavari), when she was very young.<\\\/p><p>Even today she helps her mother, who makes a living gathering and selling firewood, whenever she is in her village.<\\\/p><p>Rajitha, picked by a selection panel headed by P.T. Usha, has reset her goals now. <\\\/p><p>\\u201cI wasn\\u2019t expecting to be selected. I was just keen to give my best,\\u201d Rajitha told <em>The Hindu<\\\/em> from Patiala.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cSome of her major results are 400m silver at the South Zone meet and the Khelo India Games. For someone who is so short (just over 5 feet), she has a remarkable burst of speed and like many of those who come from such a background, she is a spirited athlete willing to go the extra length in training,\\u201d says coach Ramesh.<\\\/p><p>The talented athlete\\u2019s journey started in 2018 when she joined the Tenvic Sports Academy in Nellore with Vamsi Sai Kiran as the first coach and then trained under Krishna Mohan before moving to SAAP Centre of Excellence in Guntur to be trained by Mike Russell.<\\\/p><p>During the lockdown Ramesh, at the behest of Krishna Mohan, decided to take her under his wing among other athletes sponsored by the Gopi-Mytrah Foundation.<\\\/p><h2>Assistance<\\\/h2><p>Rajitha is also beholden to her Mathematics teacher Nagender who provides her with a monthly assistance of \\u20b910,000. \\u201cOnly recently, Gopi (Chand) presented \\u20b925,000 to each of the 10 girl athletes being groomed by us,\\u201d Ramesh said. <\\\/p><p>Meanwhile, Rajitha, inspired by Neeraj Chopra\\u2019s gold at the Tokyo Olympics, is looking far ahead.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cWhen I heard the National Anthem played when Neeraj was presented the gold, I was excited and left wondering whether I can ever reach that level,\\u201d she said.<\\\/p><p>Her role model, however, is Hima Das, for the simple reason that she too \\u201chas come up the hard way\\u201d.<\\\/p>\\n<\\\/div>\\r\\n\\r\\n<br><a href=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/rajitha-dares-to-dream-big\\\/article35825313.ece\\">Source link <\\\/a>"