Boxing, wrestling, games that demand hardcore physical training were once thought to be a regimen for only the men, but not anymore. With sheer determination and prowess, women athletes have continued to thrive in sports with no holds barred. It is worth noting that six out of India’s last eight medalists at the Olympics are women. These women have earned India its glory by not just being in the race but by being the best. Their journey from being an athlete to a champion is indeed inspirational.
After Karnam Malleswari, the first Indian woman to win an individual medal in Boxing at the Olympics 2020, these six women have perpetuated the legacy of making India stand out.
- Mirabai Chanu
On day one of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Mirabai Chanu rejoiced India by giving it the first victory. She won a silver medal in women’s 49 kg weightlifting after which Indians eagerly anticipated for a second medal.
- Lovlina Borgohain
Soon after Charu ensured a silver for India, Lovlina Borgohain ensured the second medal for India in Boxing by beating the world champion from Taipei ensuring her place in the semi-finals.
- PV Sindhu
Undoubtedly one of the most prolific Indian badminton stars, PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian woman to win two medals at the Olympics. She won India its first Silver medal at the Olympics held in Rio in 2016 and fetched a bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
- Saina Nehwal
After becoming the first badminton player from India to enter the quarterfinals of the Olympics in 2008, she created history by winning India its first badminton bronze medal in 2012.
- Sakshi malik
Yet another athlete creating history, Sakshi Malik became the first Indian female wrestler to win a Bronze medal in women’s 58 kg freestyle wrestling at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- Mary Kom
Although she bowed out with a smile from the ongoing Olympics, she was the first and the only female boxer to win India a bronze medal in 51 kg Boxing at Olympics 2012.