THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:How would it be if you win medals every month of the year? Krishnendu T Krishna, in January, she won a gold and a silver medal each as well as the Best Woman Rider medal at the 11th National Mountain Biking Championship, in Pune. On Sunday, a hot February morning, she kissed silver in 28 KM Individual Time Trial. Krishnendu prefers road and mountain cycling to track events.
No, she is not from a mountain village in Kerala. Hailing from Nattakam in Kottayam, she has no clue why she likes this more. She was in two minds over participating in the National Games trials for the track events. She would have skipped it, as she felt she may not get selected.Her brother Kribin T Krishna egged her on, and she will be competing for a track event too – Individual Pursuit. “I have to thank my brother,” she says. Except for him, a footballer for his college team, the rest of the family has little to do with sports. Her father Radhakrishnan is a driver and her mother Bindu Krishnan works as an ASHA worker at a government hospital.
She has been training under Kerala State Sports Council. The Council has provided its participants with good cycles for the track events. However she had to spend from her purse for her road cycle.
Though the supplier has agreed to receive payment in installments, she is wondering how her parents are going to foot in a second installment.
Despite these nagging worries, she is confident that she will continue cycling and win more laurels for the state and the country. Let’s see what happens in March, and the months after.