For S. Geetha, daughter of a cycle spares shop owner in the obscure town of Marteru of West Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, it has been a fabulous journey in the world of athletics – with the distinction of representing India in the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“When I look back now, it all looks like a dream. Representing my country in Olympics was something, which I never ever thought when I started off athletics in the then AP Sports School (Hakimpet, near Hyderabad) in 1994,” recalls the 38-year-old Geetha, now settled in Guntur as OSD in South Central Railway.

“I got the support at the right time from so many officials in the APSS. Be it the PET Pradeep sir, SAI athletics coaches M. Ranga Rao and N. Ramesh sirs,” she says.

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