Vandana Rao, an international athlete has represented India in many-many international events and had won awards both at national and international level.
In 1987, India honored her with her highest award for sportspersons, The Arjuna Award. In 1984, Karnataka state government conferred her with The highest state award, The Rajyotsava Award.
Vandana’s key international athletic events participation include – 1982 Asian Games at New Delhi, 1984 Olympic Games at Los Angeles, USA, 1985 Asian track & field event at Jakarta, Indonesia (she won gold medal in 4 x 400 meters relay and bronze medal in 200 meters) and World Cup Athletics event at Canberra, Australia held in 1985. She took gold medal in 200 meters in 1986 four nation athletic meet at New Delhi.
She brought home gold medal in 4 x 400 meters relay from 1986 Asian Games held at Seoul, South Korea. She bagged yet another gold medal in 4 x 400 meters relay in 1987 Asian Track & Field event held at Singapore.
Vandana also participated in 1987 world cup athletics at Rome and in 1998 Olympic Games at Seoul, South Korea.