Kishore Jena is an Indian javelin throw player who has competed in several national and international competitions. He got viral in August 2023 after his visa got cancelled before a javelin tournament in Budapest, Hungary.
Kishore Kumar Jena aka Kishore Jena Rinku was born on Wednesday, 6 September 1995 (age 28 years; as of 2023) in Kothasahi village of Brahmagiri area of Puri district, Odisha, India. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He was interested in sports since his childhood and used to play volleyball more than javelin throw. He later tried to get admission to the sports hostel at Bhubaneswar in the volleyball sport; however, he did not have any certificate in volleyball to show, hence he showed the certificate for javelin throw during a tournament in Cuttack after which he was granted admission, and he started his training in the javelin throw in 2015. He completed his schooling at Brahmagiri High School, Puri. He later pursued graduation at Utkal University in Bhubaneswar.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
He belongs to a poor Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Keshab Jena, and his mother’s name is Harapriya Jena, who are farmers. He has six elder sisters.
He is unmarried.
He is single.
In 2015, he moved to the Bhubaneswar sports hostel and trained under Nila Madhab Panda. He joined Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in 2016 and moved to Bhopal, he continued his training under Rupanwita Panda.
He later started training at NIS, Patiala under the coach Samarjeet Singh Malhi where he improved significantly. After throwing the javelin for more than 80 meters distance for the first time, he was astonished at his progress and said that he thought it was impossible to do it. He later broke many national and international records.
- In the 64th Odisha State Athletics Championship, held from 2-4 April 2017; set a new meet record of 72.77 meters, and also awarded the best male athlete of the championship
- In the 65th Odisha State Athletics Championship, held from 28-30 December 2017
- In the 68th Odisha State Senior Athletics Championship on 7 September 2021; set a new state record of 76.41 meters
- In the 3rd National Open Javelin Throw Championships on 24 October 2021
- In the 2nd Indian Open Throws Competition on 1 March 2023; made a personal best throw of 78.93 meters
- In the Indian Grand Prix 1 at LNCPE on 20 March 2023; made a personal best throw of 81.05 meters
- In the Lebanon National Athletics Championships on 21 July 2023
- In the Sri Lanka National Athletics Championship on 28 July 2023; made a personal best throw of 84.38 meters
India’s Kishore Jena won javelin throw event at Sri Lanka National Athletics Meet with a personal best of 84.38m. pic.twitter.com/MjDdmj9vn2
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 28, 2023
- In the 26th East Zone Junior Athletic Championship in boys under-20 javelin throw event on 20-21 September 2014
- In the 62nd National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship on 19 June 2023; made a personal best of 82.87 meters
- In the 61st AFI National Open Athletics Championships on 18 October 2022
- Kishore Jena’s visa was cancelled before the World Athletics Championships in Budapest in August 2023 following which the Indian gold medal winner, Neeraj Chopra, took to Twitter and requested the Indian Foreign Minister, S. Jaishankar, to help Jena. It was later reported that Jena got the visa in time to compete further.
Just heard that there are issues with Kishore Jena’s VISA, preventing him from entering Hungary for the World C’ships. I hope the authorities are able to find a solution, as this is one of the biggest moments of his career. Let’s do everything we can. 🙏@MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 17, 2023
- He took motivation from videos of Jan Zelezny, the world record holder, and Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic gold medalist from India.
- Kishore extended his run-up distance from 13-14 meters to 21 meters under the guidance of his javelin coach, Samarjeet Singh Malhi and also lowered the angle at which he released the javelin.
- As of August 2023, he holds the record for throwing the javelin to the fourth-largest distance among Indian javelin players.