OLYMPIC – MEDALS & INDIANS

India is Massive country with its Population as resource. Still when it is compared to other countries we always felt ourselves to be small. that may be due to some reasons. But today we are making the list of those who grabbed India a medal at Olympics.

So here goes the list

Individual/Team Medal Years Games Sport Event
Norman Pritchard  Silver  1900 Paris Athletics Men’s 200 meters
Norman Pritchard  Silver  1900 Paris Athletics Men’s 200 meter hurdles
National team  Gold  1928 Amsterdam Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Gold  1932 Los Angeles Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Gold  1936 Berlin Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Gold  1948 London Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Gold  1952 Helsinki Hockey Men’s competition
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Bronze 1952 Helsinki Wrestling Men’s freestyle Bantamweight
National team  Gold  1956 Melbourne Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Silver  1960 Rome Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Gold  1964 Tokyo Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Bronze  1968 Mexico Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Bronze  1972 Munich Hockey Men’s competition
National team  Gold  1980 Moscow Hockey Men’s competition
Leander Paes  Bronze  1996 Atlanta Tennis Men’s singles
Karnam Malleswari  Bronze  2000 Sydney Weightlifting Women’s 69 kg
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore  Silver  2004 Athens Shooting Men’s double trap
Abhinav Bindra  Gold  2008 Beijing Shooting Men’s 10 m Air Rifle
Vijender Singh  Bronze  2008 Beijing Boxing Men’s 75 kg
Sushil Kumar  Bronze  2008 Beijing Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle
Gagan Narang  Bronze  2012 London Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle
Vijay Kumar  Silver  2012 London Shooting Men’s 25 Rapid Fire Pistol
Saina Nehwal  Bronze  2012 London Badminton Women’s Singles
Mary Kom  Bronze  2012 London Boxing Women’s Flyweight
Yogeshwar Dutt  Bronze  2012 London Wrestling Men’s 60 kg Freestyle
Sushil Kumar  Silver  2012 London Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle

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1) Norman Gilbert Pritchard with screen name Norman Trevor was born Calcutta to George Petersen Pritchard and Helen Maynard Pritchard. The first athlete from India and first one representing Asia to grab a medal at Olympics. Winning two medals at 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris running in 100 and 200 m Hurdles.

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2) Kashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won bronze in Helsinki Olympics in year 1952. For more insights read our blog https://fitnessfundoo.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/true-heroes-buried-in-time-k-d-jadhav/

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3) Leander Adrian Paes born in 1973 (17th June) considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players in the world. Winning bronze medal in 1996 Atlanta Olympic games. He received various awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Arjuna award, Padma Shri and the most prestigious Padma Bhushan Award in 2014.

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4) Karnam Malleshwari born on June 1st 1975 in Srikakulam Andhra Pradesh was an Indian weightlifter. During her 10 years long career she won several medals besides the prestigious Bronze medal at 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.

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5) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a shooter turned Politician after he rose to fame with winning silver medal at Men’s Double Trap in summer Olympics Athens. After graduating from National Defense Academy serving India Army he retired as Lt. Colonel in 2013 and then joined Politics.

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6) Abhinav Singh Bindra born on 28th September 1982 in Dehradun is a shooter and world and Olympic champion winning Gold in 10 m Air Riffle. He became champion at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. With this he also become the first individual to win Gold for India. Also first and only one Indian to possess world and Olympic titles at same time.

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7) Vijendra Singh is the popular among all known to be an Indian Olympic boxer. Later he tries in Bollywood as well. He grabbed bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has been awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma shri award.

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8) Sushil kumar Solanki is a freestyle Wrestler won silver medal at 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal 2008 Beijing Olympics in 66 kg wrestling. This being the second medal in wrestling after Kashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s bronze in the year 1952. He also won the World Title in 2010.

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9) Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in Men’s 10 m Air Riffle at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Born to Punjabi Arora family in Chennai on 6th may 1983. He touched the gun for the first time at his age of six for shooting down balloons at Chennai Marina Beach carnival.

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10) Vijay Kumar is a shooter from India who hails from hamirpur dist. Of Himachal Pradesh. He grabbed silver medal in individual 25 m rapid fire pistol event at 2012 London Summer Olympics. Currently he is serving as Subedar Major in Indian Army.

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11) Saina Nehwal is the first Indian to win medal at Olympics in Badminton. Born on 17th March 1990 in a Hindu Jat family. She grabbed her bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Currently ranked World no. 1 by Badminton World Federation in Women’s Singles since April 2nd.

12) Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom aka MC Mary Kom is a five time World Amateur Boxing Champion. She won Bronze medal at 2012 London Olympics in 51 Kg Flyweight category boxing. She has been awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shree, Arjuna Award and Padma Bhushan award.

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13) Yogeshwar Dutt from haryana born on 2nd November is a Freestyle wrestler. He grabbed bronze at the 2012 summer Olympics in Men’s 60 Kg freestyle Wrestling. Recently in 2013 he was awarded Padma Shri.

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True heroes buried in time – K D Jadhav

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Kashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav during school days

Have you ever wondered who won first individual medal at Olympics for India?  A theory suggests people remembers those who came 1st whether it be Neil Armstrong, Edmund Hillary. K D Jadhav – Indian’s first individual Olympic medalist. Do we really knew him or is it just a history buried in time?

THE BETTER HALF OF KHASHABA’S JOURNEY

Khashaba was an Indian wrestler born in a wrestling household in a village called Goleshwar Tal in Satara district in Maharashtra. He was the youngest of the 5 sons to renowned wrestler Dadasahed Jadhav. At the age of 8 K D Jadhav became the undisputed champion of his area by defeating the local champion in just 2 minutes.

With mentors like Baburao Balawde and Belapuri Guruji he started his wrestling career in 1948 in London Olympics with the help of The Maharaja of Kolhapur funding his trip. Despite unknown to the international rules of wrestling and alien to wrestle on mat he managed to grab 6th place in 1948 London Olympics. With all those resistance securing 6th position was a feat.

Before leaving to Helsinki Olympics

Before leaving to Helsinki Olympics

After that Jadhav trained even harder for next four years for the Helsinki Olympics. He participated in the 125lb bantamweight wrestling category. He came back after losing the semifinal bout to grab Bronze medal which made him the first ever individual Olympic medalist of independent India.

When Indian contingent returned home from Olympics, Jadhav was the attracting despite Indian hockey team grabbing gold. In 1953 when Unemori the world champion toured India, K D Jadhav defeated him and continued his winning streak.

Post Olympics, he joined Indian Police force as a sub-inspector in 1955 and serving 27 long years retires as an Assistant Police Commissioner. In 2010, a wrestling venue at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi was named in Jadhav’s honor. He did receive recognition in the form of awards, with Arjuna Award in 2001 being the most prominent.

THE LATTER HALF OF KHASHABA’S JOURNEY

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Kashabha Dadasaheb Jadhav

Till now it might be seen that he lived a legendary life but in reality it’s not so. His life has its down as well, the only son of K D Jadhav, Ranjit Jadhav recalls ”When Baba wanted some financial help for his journey to the Helsinki Olympics, he received a cold snub from (then chief minister) Morarji Desai, asking him to contact them after the Games.”

On the contrary when victorious Jadhav returned home from Helsinki Olympics the same person garlanded him in a function.

Before the Helsinki Olympics khashaba reported the injustice being done with him by giving one less point for the qualification in madras making him unqualified for the Olympics. Fighting with the officialdom he appealed the maharaja of Patiala for justice. Listening to him maharaja arranged a trials where khashaba defeated the opponent and grabbed the position to be qualified for the Olympics.

This was not all Jadhav has to fight for his pension and thus lead a poor life in his last days. In 1984 he died in a road accident.

Though he might have fought a thousand bouts and remained victorious. But the final bout called life have thrashed him at every corner. Time has moved on and not even the policemen recognize him where he worked for several decades. I am bound to say that true heroes like khashaba dadasaheb Jadhav are buried in time.

Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish Deshmukh

But in recent the increased awareness and support from the film industry by picking such topics to make a film had helped to remember the forgotten souls. Actor/Producer Riteish Deshmukh is set to produce a biopic “Pocket Dynamo” based on the life of khashaba. Riteish says, “He has quite a noteworthy journey and earned our country its first international medal but in time, his name and story was something that was lost. He is a hero who deserves to be remembered and honored. We will work hard to do justice to the portrayal of his achievements.”