July 21, 2019
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Complete list of Indian Olympic Winners and Medallists

Despite being the second most populous country in the world, India has not enjoyed a great history at the Olympic games, winning just 28 medals. Though the nation continues to lead the race amongst the sub-continent countries. The journey of this peninsular country started way back in 1900, when a Indo-British athlete Norman Pritchard won two silver medals in 200m hurdles and 200m respectively. He also became the first Asian-born athlete to win a medal at Olympic. Since then India has come a long way and continue to be the most successful country in hockey at the Olympics with 11 medals(8 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze). On that note, here’s a look at Indian Olympic Winners and medallists.

Also read: India at the Olympics: Some of the most unheard and unnoticed facts

Medal INDIAN OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS Olympic Games Sport       Event
Silver Norman Pritchard 1900 Paris Athletics Men’s 200 metres
Silver Norman Pritchard 1900 Paris Athletics Men’s 200 metre hurdles
Bronze Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav 1952 Helsinki Wrestling Men’s freestyle Bantamweight
Bronze Leander Paes 1996 Atlanta Tennis Men’s singles
Bronze Karnam Malleswari 2000 Sydney Weightlifting Women’s 69 kg
Silver Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 2004 Athens Shooting Men’s double trap
Gold Abhinav bindra 2008 Beijing Shooting Men’s 10 m Air Rifle
Bronze Vijender Singh 2008 Bejing Boxing Men’s 75 kg
Bronze Sushil Kumar 2008 Bejing Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle
Silver Vijay Kumar 2012 London Shooting Men’s 25 Rapid Fire pistol
Silver Sushil Kumar 2012 London Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle
Bronze Saina Nehwal 2012 London Badminton Women’s singles
Bronze Mary Kom 2012 London Boxing Women’s flyweight
Bronze Gagan Narang 2012 London Shooting Men’s 10 m Air Rifle
Bronze Yogeshwar Dutt 2012 London Wrestling Men’s 60 kg Freestyle
Bronze Sakshi Malik 2016 Rio Wrestling Women’s 58kg freestyle
Silver PV Sindhu 2016 Rio Badminton Women’s Singles

 




Indian Olympic Winners and medallist- Team Sports
Medal Team Olympic GAMES Sport Category
Gold National team 1928 Amsterdam Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1932 Los Angeles Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1936 Berlin Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1948 London Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1952 Helsinki Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1956 Melbourne Field hockey Men’s competition
Silver National team 1960 Rome Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1964 Tokyo Field hockey Men’s competition
Bronze National team 1968 Mexico Field hockey Men’s competition
Bronze National team 1972 Munich Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1980 Moscow Field hockey Men’s competition





India will next compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic with a vision to break the previous best record of 6 medals, which they achieved in 2012 London Olympics.

Indian Olympic Winners and medallist – Winter Olympics

Unfortunately India has not won a single medal in the Winter Olympic games and there can be many reasons for the lack of success in the winter edition games. One reason can be lack of snow in India due to the considerably hot climate in the country. Manali and Kashmir receive snow in all the season but the poverty in these regions have made people struggle for two times of food, so thinking about a sport is just way beyond their vision. Kashmir is also struggling from political tensions.

Shiva Keshawan continues to be the most decorated winter Olympic athlete from India. PC: Reuters

Other reasons can be lack of government support and lack of sponsors for the athletes. There have been many stories that Indian athletes had to crowdfund their trip in the past.

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