10 Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports
For years India has produced several fine athletes who have showcased glorious potentials and managed to secure prestigious medals in various fields of sports. This is part 1 of my attempt to list some of the most memorable moments in the history of Indian sports. Brace yourselves for sheer awesomeness of Indian athletes.
10. Karnam Malleswari’s Shining Performance At The Olympics
First off let me introduce you to Karnam Malleswari. She is an asskicking weightlifter who has had a decade of glorious career. What did she achieve during all this time? Well, 11 prestigious gold, 3 silver and an awesome Olympic bronze. Now speaking of the bronze, she won that at the 2000 Summer Olympics hosted by Australia and consequently becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.
9. The Indian Who Reached As High As No. 6 In Tennis Ranking
He was a man was named Ramanathan Krishnan who shined brightly in the 50s and 60s. Krishnan didn’t just reach World No. 6 but also made it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon in the years 1960 and 1961 respectively. Krishnan’s style of playing has been given various ridiculous names like ‘touch tennis’, ‘pure oriental charm’ and ‘Eastern magic’.He retired in 1968 and now lives in Chennai. Krishnan is recipient of all three Arjuna award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 1961, 1962 and 1967.
8. When Milkha Singh Lost The Bronze By 0.1 Seconds
Not a glorious moment but a memorable one. Those of us who live in India, really need no introduction to this man, especially after the release of the blockbuster film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013). But for everyone else know that Milkha, also called The Flying Sikh, was a track and field sprinter, and a famous one at that.
In 1960 Olympic he gave a spectacular performance at the 400 metres final but finished fourth-place by 0.1 seconds. But this didn’t stop him from becoming India’s most revered Olympian.
7. The First Indian To Swim Across The English Channel
In 1958 Mihir Sen, a long distance swimmer became the first Indian to swim across the English Channel from Dover to Calais. And not just that, in 1966 he managed to swim across 5 channels including Strait of Gibraltar, Dardanelles, Panama Canal, Bosphorpous and Palk Strait. Consequently he was awarded the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 1959 and 1967 respectively.