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Friday, July 30, 2021
Olympic 2012 >>India in Olympics
The men's national team has won 11 medals in Olympic competition: Gold - 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, 1980. Silver - 1960. Bronze - 1968, 1972
Karnam Malleswari won the bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney lifting 110 kg in the Snatch and 130 kg in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 240 kg, which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the Silver medal in men’s double-trap shooting event at the 28th Olympic Games in Athens, 2004. He is the First Indian to win a silver medal in the Olympics.
Leander Paes won the bronze medal for India at the Atlanta Olympics, 1996 and ended India’s 44-year wait for an individual Olympic medal. The success put him on a par with his father, Vece — who was part of India’s bronze medal-winning hockey team in 1972. He has won more Grand Slams than any other Indian.
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won the first ever Olympic medal for India. He won the bronze medal in Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Games. The wrestling venue at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, New Delhi is named after him, as an honour from the government.
Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in 10 m Air Rifle event at 2008,Beijing Olympics Games. He bacame the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games and it was also India's first gold medal since 1980, when the Men's Hockey team won the gold.
At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Milkha Singh nicknamed The Flying Sikh for his career achievements, finished second in all of his 400m heats prior to the final,improving his time on each occasion. In the final event he took off strongly but was overhauled by the field and finished in fourth place by a whisker, this being a decision that required a photo-finish.
First Olympic Gold Medal Won by India was in 1928 Olympics in hockey. India defeated the host country Holland 3-0 in the finals. Legendary Dhyan Chand scored two goals in the final. Indian goalkeeper Richard Allen had the unique distinction of not conceding a single goal throughout the tournament. The gold medal won by the Indian hockey team in 1928 was the first Olympic gold medal won by Asia in the modern Olympics.