From losing her parents at an early age to doing odd jobs to provide a helping hand to her grandmother, V. Revathi’s journey to being part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team to Tokyo Olympics has been nothing short of a miracle.

Parents estranged, Revathi found herself at her grandmother’s home in Sakkimangalam village (Madurai) from Alanganallur. Things became tougher when her parents died when she was about seven years of age.

However, Revathi’s future took a turn for the better when the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu coach K. Kannan spotted her at a zonal meet at the MGR Race Course Stadium in Madurai in 2015.

Seeing her talent, Kannan, a former inter-university athlete himself, took her under his wings but not before making several visits to Revathi’s home to convince her grandmother Aarammal to make the shift to sports.

“First when I went to her tiled roof…

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