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

India has earned 35 medals so far in 25 appearance at Olympics. 10 Gold, 10 Silver and 15 Bronze medals is India’s tally after Tokyo 2021. Indian Hockey team has contributed 12 and Wrestling contributed 7. Here is the complete list of medal winners from India.

Indian Performance in Every Olympics
History of All Sports Played at Olympics by India
Indian Athletes in: 2012 Olympics: 2016, 2020

Among 29 Summer Olympics (1900-2020), 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

  • 12 Hockey
  • 7 Wrestling
  • 4 Shooting
  • 3 Athletics, Badminton, Boxing
  • 2 Weightlifting
  • 1 Tennis

20 Individuals and National Men’s Hockey team have contributed to the medal tally. In 21 events of 8 sports the medals are earned. Sushil Kumar and PV Sindhu are the only Indians 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 the same game. 

PV Sindhu (2016) and Mirabai Chanu (2020) are the only women 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.

In 2021 (2020 Olympics), India sent the biggest contingent of 120 members and won maximum medals – total 7, 1 more than 2012 Olympics.

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

1900Norman PritchardAthletics Men’s 200 metresSilver
1900Norman PritchardAthleticsMen’s 200 metres hurdlesSilver
1928Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’s Gold
1932Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sGold
1936Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sGold
1948Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’s Gold
1952Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sGold
1952Khashaba Dadasaheb JadhavWrestlingMen’s freestyle bantamweightBronze
1956Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sGold
1960Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sSilver
1964Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sGold
1968Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sBronze
1972Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sBronze
1980Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’sGold
1996Leander PaesTennisMen’s SinglesBronze
2000Karnam MalleswariWeightliftingWomen’s 69 kgBronze
2004Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreShootingMen’s double trapSilver
2008Abhinav BindraShootingMen’s 10m Air RifleGold
2008Sushil KumarWrestlingMen’s 66 kg FreestyleBronze
2008Vijender SinghBoxingMen’s 75 kgBronze
2012Gagan NarangShooting10 m air rifleBronze
2012Vijay KumarShooting25 m rapid fire pistolSilver
2012Saina NehwalBadmintonWomen’s SinglesBronze
2012Mary KomBoxingWomen’s 51KgBronze
2012Yogeshwar DuttWrestlingMen’s 60KgSilver
2012Sushil KumarWrestlingMen’s 66 kg FreestyleSilver
2016 PV SindhuBadmintonWomen’s SinglesSilver
2016Sakshi MalikWrestlingWomen’s 58 kg FreestyleBronze
2020Saikhom Mirabai ChanuWeightliftingWomen’s 49 kgSilver
2020PV SindhuBadmintonWomen’s SinglesBronze
2020Lovlina BorgohainBoxingWelterweightBronze
2020Men’s TeamField HockeyMen’s TeamBronze
2020Ravi Kumar DahiyaWrestlingMen’s 57 KgSilver
2020Bajranj PuniaWrestlingMen’s 65 KgBronze
2020Neeraj ChopraAthletics Men’s Javelin ThrowGold

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