Remembering a team championship or medal India won for the first time gives goosebumps to a 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 and gave us a reason to celebrate proud moments:
First Olympic Individual gold medal – Abhinav Bindra
Abhinav is a former World and Olympic champion in the 10 meter Air Rifle event. He is a retired professional shooter and an Indian businessman too.
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 has held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, Hence is the first and only Indian to do so.
First Individual medal won by Indian woman – Karnam Malleswari
Karnam is a retired Indian weightlifter. She has made history in the Indian Olympics by being the first woman 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. Karnam has won the national and international medals and 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. The tennis player is known for his big serve. According to Nadal, his strong backhand makes him the best for an Ad Court player. Roger Federer praised him as one of the best players of all time. He usually talks over 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, previously he was a World Chess Champion, and now he is 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 Padma Vibhushan, which is India’s second highest civilian award, hence makes 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. In 1972, he was awarded the Arjuna award, the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India
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