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Olympics India | 25 Mind-blowing facts that will make you feel proud

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Olympics India facts

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It’s interesting how different countries hope their Olympic campaign will be like. There are the leaders of the table, countries like the US, China, South Korea, UK, Japan etc… Some central European nations and major African nations like Kenya and Jamaica try to bag as many medals as they can in their exclusive events. Countries like India haven’t seen much success in the Olympics. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian individual Olympic gold medal winner. The other eight gold medals were for field hockey and the last hockey gold was won in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Once again, we keep our fingers crossed cheering for India with the hope to see our nation win a gold medal at the great Olympic games. But before that, let’s have a look at some amazing Olympics India facts.

  • First Indian individual Olympic gold medal winner – Abhinav Bindra

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  • A 16-year-old P.T Usha from Kerala competed in the 1980 Moscow Olympics being the youngest Indian athlete to perform at the Olympic games.

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  • Hockey Wizard Dhyan Chand was invited to join Adolf Hitler’s German army after his impressive performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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  • The Indian Men’s hockey team has won six Olympic gold medals in a row from 1928 to 1952. India won its first Olympic hockey gold in the 1900 Olympics in Paris.
  • The first Asian country to win an Olympic medal is India when Norman Pritchard won a silver medal in Men’s 200m in Paris 1900.
  • Mahatma Gandhi was once a news reporter covering Olympics in the 1932 edition at Los Angeles. 

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  • The record Olympic hockey match with the highest winning margin happened between India and the US where the numbers were 24-1 in favor of India. The only goal India conceded was when their goalkeeper was signing an autograph.  
  • India’s highest medal tally was in the 2012 London Olympics where they won two silver medals and four bronze medals.
  • Tennis veteran Leander Paes holds the record of appearing in most Olympic Games for India. From 1992 to 2016, he appeared in seven Olympic games in a row.
India at Olympics - Leander Paes
Indian Olympics – Leander Paes
  • In the Melbourne Olympics of 1956, the Indian football team made it to the semi-final eliminating the host nation. Unfortunately, they were knocked out by Yugoslavia in the semis.  
  • Karnam Malleswari is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. She won it for weightlifting in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Indian Olympics - Karnam Malleswari
Indian Olympics – Karnam Malleswari
  • In the 2016 Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu won the silver medal for Women’s badminton singles losing the final against Spain’s Carolina Marin. Thereby, she became the youngest Indian Olympian to win an Olympic medal.  
  • Dhyan Chand was the first Indian Olympian to feature in a postal stamp. 
  • Kabaddi was first demonstrated by India in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was during the Nazi regime and Adolf Hitler was present as a chief spectator.  
  • Shiny Abraham Wilson became the first Indian women flag-bearer as she led the Indian troop in the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics of 1996.

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  • India has so far ended six Olympic games without claiming a single medal, the last one being the 1992 Barcelona games.  
  • India made its Olympic debut in the second edition of Modern Olympics held in Paris in 1900.
  • All the 29 medals India has won in the Olympics are divided into 8 sports – Field Hockey, Shooting, Athletics, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Badminton, Boxing, and Tennis.
  • Independent India’s, first Indian to win Olympic medal was the bronze won by Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav for wrestling in the 1952 Olympics. 
  • The number of Indian athletes sent for Olympic games has always improved each time. Despite the pandemic, India sent 120 athletes to Tokyo beating their previous best of 117 sent to Rio 2016. 
  • After sealing a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian to win multiple individual medals at the Olympic Games. 

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  • Women’s boxing was only introduced to the Olympics in 2012 and Indian star MC Mary Kom won the bronze medal the same year. 
Mary Kom India Olympics
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  • At the tender age of 17, Nilima Ghose became the first woman of independent India to compete in the Olympic Games. She took part in the 100m sprint and 80m hurdles events at Helsinki in 1952.
  • In the 2016 Rio Olympics, India only managed to win two silver medals won by PV Sindhu for badminton and Sakshi Malik for wrestling. No male athletes won a medal in this edition. 
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Shining with Silver
  • After independence, India’s best position in the Olympic table is 23rd in the Moscow Olympics. India won just one gold medal for field hockey.

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Olympic gold medalist in India

India has won 29 medals at the Olympics since the 1900 edition.

  • First Indian to win Olympic medal: Norman Pritchard – silver medal – men’s 200m and 200m hurdles, Paris 1900.
  • Indian hockey men’s team, gold medal – Amsterdam 1928. Los Angeles 1932. Berlin 1936. London 1948. Helsinki 1952. Melbourne 1956. Tokyo 1964. Moscow 1980
  • First Indian to win Olympic medal (Wrestling): KD Jadhav, bronze medal – men’s bantamweight wrestling, Helsinki 1952
  • Indian hockey men’s team silver medal – Rome 1960, bronze medal – Mexico City 1968, bronze medal – Munich 1972.
  • First Indian to win Olympic medal 9Tennis): Leander Paes, bronze medal – men’s singles tennis, Atlanta 1996
  • 1st Indian to win Olympic medal (Women): Karnam Malleswari, bronze medal – women’s 54kg weightlifting, Sydney 2000
  • First Indian to win Olympic medal (Shooting): Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, silver medal – men’s double trap shooting, Athens 2004.

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  • Vijender Singh, bronze medal – men’s middleweight boxing, Beijing 2008
  • First Indian to win Olympic Gold medal: Abhinav Bindra, gold medal – men’s 10m air rifle shooting, Beijing 2008. (first Indian to win gold medal in Olympics: Abhinav Bindra)
  • Sushil Kumar, bronze medal – men’s 66kg wrestling, Beijing 2008
  • Gagan Narang, bronze medal – men’s 10m air rifle shooting, London 2012
  • Sushil Kumar, silver medal – men’s 66kg wrestling, London 2012
  • Vijay Kumar, silver medal – men’s 25m rapid pistol shooting, London 2012
  • Mary Kom, bronze medal – women’s flyweight boxing, London 2012
  • Yogeshwar Dutt, bronze medal – men’s 60kg wrestling, London 2012
  • Saina Nehwal, bronze medal – women’s singles badminton, London 2012
  • PV Sindhu, silver medal – women’s singles badminton, Rio 2016
  • Sakshi Malik, bronze medal – women’s 58kg wrestling, Rio 2016
  • Mirabai Chanu, silver medal – women’s 49kg weightlifting, Tokyo 2020

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