London Olympics turned out to be the best medal haul for India as it doubled its tally of 3 medals from 2008 Olympics. As India won 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals, Sushil Kumar became the second Indian after Norman Pritchard to win 2 individual event medals. Sushil Kumar won in two consecutive Olympics. Shooting […]
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2008 Olympics: 1st time for India – Hockey Team Fails to Qualify, Bindra Wins Olympic Individual Gold
After 28 years, India won an Olympic Gold as Abhinav Bindra became the first individual Gold medal winner for India. Vijender Singh also became the first Indian pugilist to win an Olympic medal. Sushil Kumar made it the best Olympics for India winning another Bronze. Before 2008, India’s highest number of medals had come in […]
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in Shooting. He won a Silver medal in Men’s double trap. Flag bearer Anju Bobby George and Women’s 4 × 400 m relay and rower Paulose Pandari Kunnel also reached the finals, while Kunjarani Devi and Men’s Doubles team finished 4th.
Weightlifting became India’s 5th Medal earning Sports in Olympics as Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medals. She won the Bronze in Weightlifting of Women’s 69 kg.
Leander Paes won historical Bronze in Men’s Singles Tennis, ending India’s medal drought of 3 Olympics. India had last won a medal in 1980 Olympics when Indian Men’s Hockey team won their last Gold medal at Olympics.
India has sent multiple Olympic Contingents without woman. Recreating history, India sent an all women squad in Athletics. For the second consecutive Olympics Indians returned without medals.
PT Usha did a Milkha losing Bronze by one-hundredth of a second, while Shiny Abrahim became the first Indian woman to reach the semi-finals of an Olympic event. Indian Women’s later reached the Finals of 4×400 metre relay team. Indian Hockey continued its downfall and Indian returned again without medals.
Boycott by USA and Western Countries did not help India’s ranking as they finished 23rd, winning their last Gold medal in Men’s Hockey. Participating for the first time Women’s Hockey Team finished 4th.
Montreal Olympics saw India return without any medal as traditional medal game Hockey team failed to reach the podium for the first time since 1928 Olympics. First time after Berlin Olympics, Indian team had no wrestler in the contingent. Sri Ram Singh finishing 7th in Men’s 800 metres was an achievement though.