India’s medal moments are some of the most beautiful memories our athletes give to the people of this country. Here’s our KreedOn exclusive.
India’s medal moments – Dipa Karmakar
Gymnastics was not a sport where India excelled but Dipa Karmakar bought India on the map in world gymnastics. Karmakar won five gold medals at the 2011 National Games, in the all-round event and in the other four events- floor, vault, balance beam and uneven bars. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Karmakar won the bronze medal in the women’s vault thanks to her execution of the Produnova vault. Karmakar thus became the first Indian woman to win a medal in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.
India’s medal moments – Vikas Gowda
Vikas Gowda, 33, is an Indian discus thrower. He was born on 5th July 1983 in Mysore and he grew up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. His father, His father, Shive, coached the 1988 Indian Olympic track team. An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2006 US NCAA National Champion in discus, the discuss thrower has a personal best score of 66.28 m NR which he achieved in 2012. Gowda’s throws, however, have recently suffered a slight dip as he sets his eyes on the Rio Olympics. This 6’ 9’’ 33-year-old Mysore-born but US-based athlete Vikas Gowda currently holds the national record by virtue of his massive throw of 66.28 meters at Norman, USA, in 2012. His biggest claim to fame, however, came at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he scooped up the gold medal after achieving a distance of 63.64m. Vikas Gowda’s personal best throw is 66.28 meters which is also Indian national record in discus throw, achieved in 2012.
India’s medal moments – Krishna Poonia
India in track and field events in various high profile events all around the world. Krishna Poonia holds the Indian record for discus throw, a feat that she accomplished with a throw of 64.76 metres in Hawaii, USA. Despite the failure in the current Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Krishna Poonia earlier led the Indian contingent who famously clean swept the Discus throw event at the 2010 commonwealth games in Delhi, where she won the gold medal with a throw of 61.5 metres. She went on to become only the second Indian to win gold in track and field events at the Commonwealth games after Milkha Singh in 1958 at the Cardiff games. Later in the Glasgow Games Vikas Gowda added another gold medal to the medal tally of athletes. Krishna Poonia won the bronze medal at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, where she threw a personal best of 61.53 metres. Since then she has went on to win medals at the Commonwealth Games and has also qualified for a finals event in track and field events in the Summer Olympics, becoming only the third Indian woman and the sixth Indian Athlete to achieve that feat.
India’s Medal Moments – Ashish Kumar
Born in Allahabad, Ashish Kumar forayed into gymnastics at a young age. With 20 international medals to his name, the 25-year-old took the sporting world by storm with his incredible performance at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, thereby getting his name inducted into the annals of India’s sporting history. Ashish also took a hat-trick at the Senior National Gymnastics championship, winning the All Round Individual Championship in the 48th (Trivandrum, 2008), 49th(Warangal, 2009) and 50th(Erode, 2010) editions. In the South Central Asian Gymnastics Championship, Dhaka, Ashish was adjudged the best male gymnast of the event, claiming four individual gold medals (all-round, floor, vault and hi-bar events) along with a bronze (individual) and a silver (team) medal.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi saw India take major strides in a sport that doesn’t build a tightly-packed arena in the country. Then 19-years-old, Kumar bagged a Bronze in the men’s floor exercise, bringing home India’s first ever medal in gymnastics. He later went on to win silver in the men’s vault event. While the attitude of the sports authorities, combined with a lack of funds and foreign exposure and failure to work on the historic win, has severely hampered chances of popularising the sport in India, one can only hope that someone or the other becomes enamored with the graceful movements and supple symmetries of gymnastics and decides to walk the extra mile and give to us more athletes like Ashish Kumar.
India’s Medal Moments – Deepika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa
Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa created history when they became the first Indian pair to win a Commonwealth gold in squash. Dipika and Joshna stole the limelight with their historic feat as they beat Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England 11-6, 11-8 in the women’s doubles squash final. The Indians though looked in some trouble in Game 2 when they trailed 7-2 at one point, but some incredible drop shots from Dipika and Joshana made the win look easy in the end. Duncalf and Massaro were no match for the absolutely in-sync pair of Joshana and Dipika, who moved rhythmically in the glass show court at the Scotstoun Campus Squash arena. The English duo played traditional squash with no variety at all and played the doubles match with a ‘singles’ mindset against the Indian players, which seems to have mastered the doubles game.
India’s Medal Moment – Amit Kumar
Amit Kumar Dahiya started wrestling at age of 7 when he was in second standard. Since then there has been no looking back. Amit Kumar became famous in his school when he defeated a seventh grade student, while he was in second grade. Due to that win Amit decided to pursue the sport that his talent complimented and he was encouraged by his teacher and parents. Amit Kumar started training under former Asian Games and Commonwealth medal winner Satpal Singh who took him to the Indian Wrestling Training Centre at Chattrasal stadium in Delhi.
The Haryanvi boy was just 20-year-old when he won the gold medal at the 2014 CWG. He defeated the Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson 6-2 in the final of men’s freestyle wrestling 57kg category. Kumar started the final bout on an excellent note as he overpowered the Nigerian in the first period and took a strong 4 point lead. But he was in huge trouble in the second period as the Nigerian completely grabbed Amit. However, the 2013 World Championships silver medalist showed his brilliant defensive skills to overcome the strong move made by Welson.
This was a brilliant medal moment for India. He also became the youngest Indian representative for the Indian Contingent at the 2016 Olympics.
India’s Medal Moment – Babita Phogat
Babita Phogat created history when she became only the fourth female wrestler from India to qualify for Olympics. Overall she was the third Phogat sister to do so after Geeta and Vinesh. Though Babita did not win a medal in Rio, she is still the most accomplished wrestler in India’s history. Babita Phogat has been India’s top woman wrestlers in the 53-55 kg category. She has delivered exceptionally performances at the international arena.
Her silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games shot her to limelight, and Babita continued to win medals at various international tournaments. Babita, in 2012, became only the second female wrestler from India to win a medal at world championships. Babita won a bronze medal just like her sister Geeta. However, the biggest moment of her career came in the 2014. She won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and asserted her domination in the category. That also continued her family tradition of world class wrestlers. A truly proud medal moment for Indians.
India’s Medal Moments – Vinesh Phogat
Coming from a family of medal winners, Vinesh Phogat continued that legacy at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the gold medal bout, she faced home favourite Yana Rattigan of England and won the gold medal convincingly by 3-1.
Meet Vinesh Phogat – The ‘Phogat’ surname was not familiar to Indians until Phogat sisters entered into the world of wrestling. Vinesh Phogat is one more addition to the long list of talented wrestlers from Phogat family like her cousin sisters Ritu, Geeta and Babita Phogat, who are international wrestlers and commonwealth games medalists. This is one of the famous families in India, which contains a number of great wrestlers in it. Vinesh is one of the most upcoming youngsters of India who represents the nation in various events. For her contribution to women wrestling in India, she was given Arjuna award in 2016.
Cherish her Golden Moment!
India’s Medal Moments – Sukhen Dey
Weightlifter Sukhen Dey gave India a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening day.
Employed with Services, Sukhen registered his name in the history books of Indian Sports. The boy from Howrah won Gold medal in the men’s 56 kg weight class. Sukhen overcame a tough fight given by Malaysia’s Mohd. Pisol Zulheimi, who won the Silver, and compatriot Ganesh Mali who bagged Bronze.
In the men’s 56 kg contest, then 25-year-old Dey lifted a total of 248 kg (109+139) after trailing at the halfway snatch stage. But he came back strongly in clean and jerk to win the Gold and cap a remarkable day for the Indians.
Sukhen Dey could have been a double Gold medallist, but he narrowly missed the first position at the 2010, CWG in Delhi.
Cheerish his Golden!
India’s Medal Moments – Sathish Sivalingam
Son of an ex service man and a national level gold medal winning faher, Sathish was born in Sathuvachari, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Sathish did his schooling in Government Higher Secondary School, Sathuvachari. Through sports quota he works as a clerk in Southern Railways, Chennai.
One of India’s best Weightlifter, Sathish became the sporting hero of our nation when he broke the national record to win the Gold Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A gritty performer Sathish is currently training hard to qualify for 2018 CWG.
Relive his glorious medal winning moment.
India’s Medal Moments – Sushil Kumar
If you though legendary Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar only got laurels at the Oulpics games. You are wrong!! The two-time Olympic medallist from Haryana, has also won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the medal winning bout, Sushil Kumar took just 107 seconds to beat Pakistan’s Qamar Abbas to win the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 74kg category. Sushil was leading 6-2 in the first period when the referee V. Keelan decided to give it in favour of the Indian, who managed to pin down Abbas.
Cherish his great moment!