The 2020 Summer Olympics is hosted by Tokyo this year. The international multi-sport event is starting from 23rd July and will be continuing till 8 August. We are only two weeks away from the inaugural of the Tokyo Olympics which got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1900, the world has witnessed many Indian Olympic medalists. Here is a list of all the Indian Olympic medalists who have brought victories and glorified the nation many times.
In Olympics, India has been the most successful in hockey and won the gold medal 8 times, silver medal 1 time and bronze medal 2 times.
When the topic of Indian hockey rises, one person who needs to be mentioned always is Dhyan Chand. He is considered the greatest hockey player ever. He was a part of the Indian hockey team when India dominated globally in the field of hockey. Needless to say, his contribution was immense to strengthen India’s pillar in Olympics. Also, he has been a part of the team thrice while winning gold medals in Olympics in 1928, 1932, and 1936
At a very young age of 15, Mary Kom decided to pursue a career in boxing when the participation of women in sports was very less. She faced many difficulties and obstacles but overcame everything and glorified the nation many times. Also, this year Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh will be the flag bearers for the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.
The only Indian athlete to win an individual Olympic gold is Abhinav Bindra. He won his first gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which inspired many Indian athletes to work hard and pursue what they love. He won more than 150 medals within a career of 22 years.
The name that always calms at the first when anyone talks about an Indian female badminton player is Saina Nehwal. She is the first Indian female and also the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. Not only this she is also one of the Indian athletes to increase the popularity of badminton in India. Her contribution to give India the deserved recognition in badminton global is immense.
The first woman from India to win a medal in the Olympics is Karnam Malleswari. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she won a bronze medal for the nation in women’s 69 kg in weightlifting. She has also won the world title in 1994 and 1995 in the 54 kg division. She was ranked third in 1993 and 1996 in the 54 kg division.
Richard Allen Dhyan Chand Jaipal Singh Broome Eric Pinninger Syed M Yusuf Michael E Roeque Leslie C Hammond Rex A Norris William John Goodsir-Cullen Kehar Singh Gill George E Marthins Feroze Khan Ali Shaukat Michael Gateley Frederick S Seaman
Richard Allen Dhyan Chand Roop Singh Muhammad Aslam Gurmit Singh Kullar Richard Carr Broome Penninger Lal Bokhari Frank Brewin Leslie Hammond Arthur Hind Sayed Jaffar Masud Minhas William Sullivan Carlyle Tapsell
1932 Los Angeles
Richard Alen Dhyan Chand Ali Dara Lionel Emmett Peter Fernandes Joseph Galibardy Earnest Goodsir-Cullen Mohammed Hussain Sayed Jaffar Ahmed Khan Ahsan Khan Mirza Masood Cyril Michie Baboo Nimal Joseph Phillips Shabban Shahab-ud-Din G.S. Garewal Roop Singh Carlyle Tapsell
Leslie Claudius Keshav Dutt Walter D’Souza Lawrie Fernandes Ranganathan Francis Gerry Glackan Akhtar Hussain Patrick Jansen Amir Kumar Kishan Lal Leo Pinto Jaswant Singh Rajput Latif-ur Rehman Reginald Rodrigues Balbir Singh Sr. Randhir Singh Gentle Grahanandan Singh K.D. Singh Trilochan Singh Maxie Vaz Jaswant Rai
K. D. Singh Leslie Claudius Meldric Daluz Keshav Dutt Chinadorai Deshmutu Ranganathan Francis Raghbir Lal Govind Perumal Muniswamy Rajgopal Balbir Singh Sr. Randhir Singh Gentle C. S. Dubey Udham Singh Dharam Singh Grahanandan Singh Chaman Singh Gurung
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav
Men’s freestyle bantamweight
Leslie Claudius Ranganathan Francis Haripal Kaushik Amir Kumar Raghbir Lal Shankar Lakshman O. P. Malhotra Govind Perumal Amit Singh Bakshi Raghbir Singh Bhola Balbir Singh Sr. Hardyal Singh Randhir Singh Gentle Balkrishan Singh Gurdev Singh Udham Singh Bakshish Singh Charles Stephen
Joseph Antic Leslie Claudius Jaman Lal Sharma Mohinder Lal Shankar Lakshman John Peter Govind Sawant Raghbir Singh Bhola Udham Singh Kullar Charanjit Singh Jaswant Singh Joginder Singh Prithipal Singh
B. P. Govinda Charles Cornelius Manuel Frederick Michael Kindo V.J. Philips Ashok Kumar M.P. Ganesh Krishnamurthy Perumal Ajit Pal Singh Harbinder Singh Harcharan Singh Harmik Singh Kulwant Singh Mukhbain Singh Virinder Singh
Vasudevan Baskaran Bir Bahadur Chettri Sylvanus Dung Dung Mervyn Fernandes Zafar Iqbal Maharaj Krishan Kaushik Charanjit Kumar M. M. Somaya Allan Schofield Mohammed Shahid Davinder Singh Gurmail Singh Amarjit Singh Rana Rajinder Singh Jr. Ravinder Pal Singh Surinder Singh Sodhi