One look at Renjith and anyone would say he’s an athlete – lean, tall, muscular. Surekha on the other hand, looks petite in comparison. At one glance no one would say that they are a dynamic duo who have made records in their respective sport.
Renjith Maheswary won the gold medal in Asian Grand Prix (2012) and set a new national record of 17.30 meters in Indian Grand Prix at Bengaluru on 11th July 2016. Surekha became the first Indian pole vaulter to clear 4.00 meters by jumping 4.05 meters to set a new national record. At the National Open Championships in New Delhi, in November 2014, she improved on this record by clearing 4.15 meters.
Meet triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary and pole vaulter Surekha Renjith. Married over a decade now, both have been the epitome of support and encouragement for each other.
For Renjith, it’s been a roller coaster ride with success and failure but he’s held on fast to his determination not letting the lows affect him. It was in 2013, that Renjith got (in)famous for failing the doping test but thanks to Surekha’s unending support and motivation, he was able to get through that phase. It was this controversy made him lose the Arjuna Award that he was nominated for. And suddenly people had started recognising him for his failure, instead of his sporting success.