Remembering a team championship or medal India won for the first time gives goosebumps to lot of people. As we all know Indians in sports are taking the graph to another level, each day the success of our athletes in various sports is growing, let it be a championship event or a multi-sport sports medal. But winning it for the first time is a different joy altogether.
Here are 5 Championships or Medal India won for the first time:
First Olympic Individual gold medal – Abhinav Bindra
Abhinav is an Indian businessman and retired professional shooter who is a former World and Olympic champion in the 10 meter Air Rifle event.
By winning the gold in the 10 meter Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. He is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time.
First Individual medal won by Indian woman – Karnam Malleswari
Karnam is a retired Indian weightlifter. She is the first woman in the history of Indian Olympics to win a medal. In 2000, Sydney Olympics, Malleswari lifted 110 kg in the “snatch” and 130 kg in the “clean and jerk” for a total of 240 kg. She won the bronze medal and became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Along with the national and international medals, she was also awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1999, Arjuna Award in 1994, and Padma Shri in 1999
First Grand slam Title – Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi was the first Indian Tennis player who won the grand slam title for the first time at 1997 French open in the mixed doubles category. Mahesh Bhupathi is known for his big serve. According to Nadal, his strong backhand makes him the best for an Ad Court player. Roger Federer acclaims him as one of the best players of all time. He often discusses strategies between the serves with his partner during the match and also communicates using finger-at-the-back signals
First Chess Grandmaster – Viswanathan Anand
Vishwanath is an Indian chess grandmaster, a former World Chess Champion, and the current World Rapid Chess Champion. Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India’s highest sporting honor. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award.
First All England Badminton Championship title – Prakash Padukone
In 1980, Prakash Padukone became the first Indian shuttler to win the prestigious tournament. The same year he became the first Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India
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