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23 August 2009

Santhi Soundarajan (1981 - ) athlete.

Santhi was born and raised in Tamil Nadu, the daughter of parents who worked in a brick kiln.

She competed in the middle distance track events. She holds the national record for the women’s 3000 metres steeplechase clocking 10:44.65 seconds, and in 2005 at Bangalore she won the 880 metres, 1,500 m and 3,000 m events. At the Asian Championships in 2005 at Incheon, South Korea she won the 800 m silver medal.

She won the same silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. However she then failed a subsequent sex test and was stripped of the medal, despite the fact that persons with similar intersex conditions are now accepted by the Olympics.

She later attempted suicide. However the Tamil Nadu government stood by her and awarded her 1.5 million rupees for her Asiad performance. She now is working as a coach in her home district of Pudukottai.

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