Olympics, the greatest sports event in the globe with more than 180 nations participating. With #Rio2016 Summer Olympic knocking the door where does India fare in this version? And where are standing in terms of achievements? Let us look back and forth to know about our women achievers in the past versions and the promising participants of Rio 2016 as well.
- KARNAM MALLESWARI
Karnam Malleswari is the first woman to win a medal( bronze) in Olympics for India in weightlifting in the year 2000. She also bagged the world title in two consecutive years of 1994 and 1995 in 54 kg division. She was awarded the highest sports honour of India, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1995 and she is also the recipient of prestigious Padma Shri awarded in 1999.
2. M C MARY KOM
Mary Kom, we are quite familiar with this name. A member of Kom Tribe from Manipur she braved through the chauvinist stereotypical society to London Olympics. There she won bronze medal in flyweight category. She is the only Indian woman boxer who made it to London Olympic games and also a gold medalist in Asian Games 2014. Now she is a role model for all women especially those from north-eastern states. A instance of strong will power, she had shown us how a woman residing in a remote village can fight through all the odds and make her way to Olympics. She also runs an academy where she trains aspiring young kids. But sadly this time she couldn’t qualify for Rio Olympics 2016 after which she was to announce her retirement. Many Indians will take inspiration from her in the future.
3. SAINA NEHWAL
What more to say about her? This young bright lady has made India proud before the world in London Olympics by winning bronze medal for badminton. She also reached the World No. 1 in women’s singles for sometime, first indian woman to reach that level. She is one of the brightest ray of hope for India medal tally. She is a strong contender as she has grown more agressive and versatile in her journey from Beijing in 2008 to Rio in 2016. Though she needs to maintain consistency and fitness as the competition is very stiff with large contingent of players from China including the London gold medalist. We wish her all the luck.
4. P V SINDHU
This time P V Sindhu is participating in Rio 2016 Olympic games and looking at her form she looks to be a strong contender for a medal. She is already a Padma shri awardee at an age of just 21 years and the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the World Championships.
5. DIPA KARMAKAR
Since 1964 India has managed to qualify for the first time in artistic gymnastics and the courtesy goes to Dipa Karmakar. She is the first indian gymnast to qualify for olympic games after 52 years. Dipa is one of the five women that have successfully landed the very difficult Produnova vault in a competition. She also has a bronze medal she won in Glasgow Commonwealth Games which gave recognition to her talent. Wish her all the best.
6. DEEPIKA KUMARI
Deepika Kumari is currently ranked no. 5 in world rankings for archery and is also a gold medalist in Commonwealth Games. In London Olympic she finished at eighth place. We need to have a close watch for her contributions to India’s medal tally and hope for the best. Tintu is also supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. Among her achievements is silver medal in the 800m race at Asian Games in South Korea. In Rio 2016 her positive point will be her consistency, this is her first Olympic and all eyes would be on her.
7. TINTU LUKKA
Tintu Lukka is called “P T Usha’s prodigious girl”, she hails from Kerala and is also being trained by P T Usha. Tintu is also supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. Among her achievements is silver medal in the 800 m race at Asian Games in South Korea. In Rio 2016 her positive point will be her consistency, this is her first Olympic and all eyes would be on her.
From India’s first participation in 1900 to 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, these idols or legends will be the inspiration of all the prospective participants in future. This year the Olympic contingent has swelled up significantly with 100+ participants for the first time. Let’s cheer our national team and wish that the team and medals tally grow in future. Special wishes for the first timers, Dipa Karmakar and Tintu Lukka.
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