Shiny Abraham

Shiny Abraham
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1965-05-08) 8 May 1965
Thodupuzha, Idukki, Kerala, India
Country  India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400 meters
800 meters
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m: 52.12 (1995)
800 m: 1:59.85 (1995)

Shiny Wilson (nee Abraham) (born 8 May 1965) is a retired Indian athlete. She has been a National Champion in 800 metres for 14 years.[1] Shiny Abraham Wilson (Shiny Abraham) represented India more than 75 times in international competition. She holds the added distinction of representing Asia in four World Cups, She is also perhaps the only athlete to have taken part in six Asian Track & Field Meets in a row beginning 1985 in Jakarta.[1] During this period she won seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the Asian competitions. She collected a total or 18 gold and two silver medals from the seven South Asian Federation (SAF) Meets she has competed.[1]

Early life

Born at Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala on 8 May 1965, Shiny became interested in athletics as a child but developed her skills after joining the sports division in Kottayam.

In fact Shiny, PT Usha and M D Valsamma studied at the same sports division in various parts of Kerala and as they grew up, they were coached by the NIS coach P. J. Devesla.

Shiny was then trained at G.V. Raja Sports School in Trivandrum before she moved to Alphonsa College in Palai.[1]

She is married to Wilson Cherian, who is also an international swimmer and an Arjuna awardee. They have three children: Shilpa, Sandra and Shane.

She is currently the Indian team selector and government nominee for selection committee board. Presently working as general manager (South) At FCI Chennai.


Shiny Abraham's athletics career ran alongside that of PT Usha from the time the two of them represented the country in the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982. Shiny became national champion in the 800 metres a year before the Asian Games in Delhi.[1]

After that and until she announced her retirement, she has won the event every time she did the course on the national scene, A veteran of four Olympics and three Asian Games, Shiny has some great moments to cherish, particularly the experience in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where she became the first woman from India to enter the semi-final of an Olympic event.[1] And more importantly, she was part of the relay squad which set the Asian record there and again when it improved upon that mark during the World Championship in Rome in 1987.

Shiny also has some bitter memories, of the day when she cut into the inner lane and was disqualified while very much in front of the field during the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. She also cherishes the memory of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when she became the first woman to be the flag bearer for India at the Olympics.[1]

'Her most memorable competition was the Asian Track & Field Meet at Delhi in 1989, despite being in the family way, she ran the 800;meters to come second behind Sun Sumei of China but Shiny was declared the winner as Sumei tested positive for doping.[1] One of her greatest achievements was that she was running even faster after the birth of her child and she set a new record of 1:59.85 in the 800m race at the 1995 South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Chennai.[1] ''''''''''

She is married to well-known international swimmer and Arjuna awardee, Cherian Wilson and employed as General Manager (Sports) with Food Corporation of India

Shiny was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1985, Birla Award in 1996 and Padma Shri in 1998. she is also the recipient of Chinese Journalists Award 1991 for being one of the Top Ten Athletes of Asia.


Shiny Abraham has participated in four Olympic Games: Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988),

Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta(1996). .

Although she didn't win any medals at any of the four Olympics, she and P.T. Usha powered India to an unexpected Women's 4X400 relay final at the 1984 Games.

She was also the captain of the Indian Contingent at the 1992 Games.

She has also represented India in three Asian Games and has won a Gold, 2 Silvers and a Bronze.

In the Asian Track and Field meets, she has won 7 Gold Medals, 6 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals.

Represented India for more than 75 Times .

First Indian Women athlete to reach the semi-finals in Olympics in women's 800m

First Indian woman captain and flag bearer for Indian Contingent for 1996 Atlanta Olympics


  • She received the Arjuna award in 1984
  • She received Chinese journalist award 1991 From Chinese Government For her Outstanding Achievement in Sports''''
  • She was conferred Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in 1998.[2]
  • She was honoured with Birla Award award in 1998.
  • In 2002, she Was Honoured by the UNICEF, Los Angeles and had presented a paper presentation on behalf of Asia
  • In 2009, she was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From CNN IBN at Delhi
  • In 2012, she was Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From JFW Achievers Award in Chennai
  • In 2012, she was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From Sun Networks for Women Achievers for the Field of Sports .

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Chitra Garg (2010). Indian Champions. Rajpal & Sons. pp. 52–54. ISBN 9788170288527.
  2. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
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