Indian Medals In Olympics: When and Who Got It!!

India has earned 28 medals so far in 24 appearance at Olympics. 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 11 Bronze is India’s tally after Rio 2016. Indian Hockey team has contributed 11 of them. Here is the complete list of medal winners from India.

Indian Performance in Every Olympics
History of All Sports Played at Olympics by India
Olympic History
Indian Athletes in: 2012 Olympics: 2016

Among 27 past Summer Olympics (1900-2016), India did not participate in 1904, 1908 and 1912.

Empty Hands
1920, 1924, 1976, 1984, 1988, and 1992 are the 5 Olympics when Indians failed to earn a single medal and returned empty handed.

Medals by Sport

    11 Hockey
    5 Wrestling
    4 Shooting
    2 Athletics, Boxing, Badminton
    1 Weightlifting, Tennis

Medal Tally
G=Gold, S=Silver, B=Bronze

Year Name Sport Event Medal
1900 Norman Pritchard Athletics Men’s 200 metres Silver
1900 Norman Pritchard Athletics Men’s 200 metres Hurdles Silver
1928 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1932 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1936 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1948 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1952 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1952 Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Wrestling Men’s freestyle bantamweight Bronze
1956 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1960 Team Hockey Men’s Silver
1964 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1968 Team Hockey Men’s Bronze
1972 Team Hockey Men’s Bronze
1980 Team Hockey Men’s Gold
1996 Leander Paes Tennis Men’s Singles Bronze
2000 Karnam Malleswari Weightliftng Women’s 69 kg Bronze
2004 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Shooting Men’s double trap Silver
2008 Abhinav Bindra Shooting Men’s 10m Air Rifle Gold
2008 Sushil Kumar Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle Bronze
2008 Vijender Singh Boxing Men’s 75 kg Bronze
2012 Gagan Narang Shooting 10 m air rifle Bronze
2012 Vijay Kumar Shooting 25 m rapid fire pistol Silver
2012 Saina Nehwal Badminton Women’s Singles Bronze
2012 Mary Kom Boxing Women;s 51Kg Bronze
2012 Yogeshwar Dutt Wrestling Men’s 60Kg Silver
2012 Sushil Kumar Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle Silver
2016 Sakshi Malik Wrestling Women’s 58 kg Freestyle Bronze
2016 PV Sindhu Badminton Women’s Singles Silver
18 17 8 17 9G,8S,11B

Overall, India has won 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 11 Bronze medals in 24 different appearances at Olympics. 15 Individuals and National Men’s Hockey team have contributed to the medal tally. In 16 events of 8 sports the medals are earned. Sushil Kumar is the only Indian to have won two Olympic medals in two different Games. Norman Pritchard, who is disputed as British although IOC counts the medal on India’s name, is the only individual representing India to have won 2 medals in same games. PV Sindhu is the only woman to win a Silver medal.

Indian Hockey team failed to win a medal in 1976. After 1980s Hockey Gold medal, India waited for 16 years to earn another medal. Since 1996 medal by Leander Paes every year India is winning at least one medal, all in individual events.

Before 2012 best medal effort, 2008 was India’s best with maximum 3 medals in one Olympics. In 1900, 1952 and 2016, India won 2 medals each.

In 2012, the contingent has 81 athletes. But many of them have been ranked in top 5 at world level. The investment of Rs 250 crore has yielded in 6 medals.

IN 2016, the contingent was jumbo, the biggest in size ever. But, could fetch just 2 medals.

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