Olympics Medals Of India

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Sanjeyan N

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Since the 1900 edition of the Olympics, India has won 35 medals. Here is a quick rundown of India's Olympic medalists. India's Olympic campaign was kicked off with a two-medal haul on their debut. Since then, India has collected 35 medals in 24 Olympic Games, including gold, silver, and bronze.

The following is a list of all the Olympic medals won by India:

1. Paris 1900

India made their Olympic debut with Norman Pritchard at the 1900 Paris Olympics. In the men's 200m hurdles, the first Indian representative in the modern Olympics won the country's first-ever medal (pre-independence).In the semi-finals, Norman Pritchard set an Olympic record of 26.8 seconds. Alvin Kraenzlein of the United States won gold in the final with a time of 25.4 seconds, while Norman Pritchard took silver with a time of 26 seconds.

2.  Paris 1900

Norman Pritchard won silver in the men's 200m sprint at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. He qualified for the final by finishing second in the semi-finals, where Walter Tewksbury of the United States won gold in 22.2 seconds. Norman Pritchard finished second in 22.8 seconds to win silver.

3.  Amsterdam 1928

The Indian hockey team won its first Olympic gold medal by scoring 29 goals without reply in five games. The Indian wizard Dhyan Chand scored 14 goals, including a hat-trick against the Netherlands in the final. This was India's first Olympic medal in the sport of hockey.

4. Los Angeles 1932

On a smaller field, the Indian hockey team defeated Japan 11-1. Dhyan Chand's younger brother, Roop Singh, scored ten goals and the wizard added eight to lead India to a massive 24-1 victory over the United States and a second consecutive Olympic gold medal.

5. Berlin 1936

Dhyan Chand led the Indian hockey team to a hat-trick of Olympic golds in Berlin in 1936. This time, India scored 38 goals in five games and only conceded once in the final against Germany, which they won 8-1 thanks to Dhyan Chand's second hat-trick in the Olympic finals.

6.  London 1948

Unsurprisingly, the Indian hockey team won the first gold medal for India after independence, reclaiming the top spot on the Olympic podium in London in 1948. A new star emerged this year. Balbir Singh Sr. led India to the final with 19 goals in three matches. Balbir Singh's brace in the final was instrumental in India's 4-0 victory over Great Britain.

7. Helsinki 1952

The Indian hockey team won their fifth Olympic gold medal in a row, overcoming the midnight sun and bitter cold. Balbir Singh Sr set a new record for most goals scored by an individual in an Olympic men's hockey final when he scored nine goals in three games, including five in the Olympic men's hockey final against the Netherlands.

8. Helsinki 1952

With his bronze medal in the men's freestyle bantamweight category, wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav became India's first individual Olympic medalist. It was just a reward for the hardworking wrestler, who had to go from pillar to post to raise funds for his Olympic trip and had to prove himself on the biggest stage of all.

9. Melbourne 1956

The Indian hockey team won six Olympic gold medals in a row in Melbourne in 1956. India did not concede a single goal during the tournament, and captain Balbir Singh Sr. played in the final despite a fracture in his right hand, as India defeated Pakistan 1-0.

10. Rome 1960

In Rome in 1960, India's unbeaten gold streak in hockey came to an end when the team lost 1-0 to Pakistan in the final and had to settle for a silver medal.

 11. Tokyo 1964

In 1964, the Indian hockey team quickly returned to the top of the Olympic podium, winning gold in Tokyo. India won four games and drew two in the group stages before defeating Australia in the semi-finals. For the third time in a row, they faced Pakistan in the final and won 1-0 thanks to a penalty stroke goal.

12. Mexico City 1968

The Indian hockey team was gradually losing ground as hockey gained popularity in Europe, and the bronze medal in Mexico in 1968 was the first sign. India won a walkover against Mexico, Spain, and Japan before losing 2-1 to Australia in the semi-finals. India won the bronze medal with a 2-1 win over West Germany, finishing outside the top two for the first time in Olympic history.

13.  Munich 1972

In Munich in 1972, the Indian hockey team won its second consecutive Olympic bronze medal. India won four matches and drew two before facing Pakistan in the semi-finals. After the attack on the Israeli team, their semi-final was moved up two days, disrupting the team's rhythm, and they lost 2-0 to Pakistan. They regrouped, however, and defeated the Netherlands 2-1 to take bronze.

14. Moscow 1980

After a disappointing seventh-place finish in Montreal in 1976, the Indian hockey team was re-energized for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. In the preliminary rounds, India won three and drew two matches with a smaller field. In the final, the Indian team defeated Spain 4-3 to win the gold medal.

 15. Atlanta 1996

India had gone three editions without a medal before a young Leander Paes brought them back to winning ways in 1996 with bronze. Paes won the bronze medal match against Fernando Meligani after losing in the semi-finals to Andre Agassi.

16.  Sydney 2000

Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari won bronze in the 54kg category, becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. She had lifted a total of 240 kilograms, with 110 kilograms in the ****** and 130 kilograms in the clean and jerk.

17.  Athens 2004

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an army officer, was the first Indian shooter to win an Olympic medal. The United Arab Emirates' Shaikh Ahmed Almaktoum took an unassailable lead, and Rathore's final attempt was to hit both of his flying clay targets in the men's double trap. Both were successfully downed by the army colonel, ensuring India's first individual silver medal at the Games.

18. Beijing 2008

When Abhinav Bindra won a historic gold medal in the men's 10m air rifle event in Beijing in 2008, it was India's most euphoric moment at the Olympics. With his final shot, the Indian shooter hit a near-perfect 10.8, securing India's first individual Olympic gold medal.

19.  Beijing 2008

Vijender Singh became India's first Olympic boxer to win a medal. The Haryana native defeated Ecuador's southpaw Carlos Góngora 9–4 in the quarterfinals to secure a bronze medal, but he lost 5–8 to Cuba's Emilio Correa in the semifinals.

20. Beijing 2008

After losing his first bout, Sushil Kumar went on to win three bouts in the repechage round in under 70 minutes to take bronze. For the first time in 56 years, India won an Olympic medal in wrestling.

21.  London 2012

Gagan Narang won bronze in the men's 10m air rifle at London 2012 after narrowly missing out on the final round in the previous Olympics due to countback. Gagan Narang competed in a tense final with China's Wang Tao and Italy's Nicolo Campriani in front of a global audience before finishing third.

22.  London 2012

Sushil Kumar, India's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony, was the country's biggest medal hope in 2012. He battled through severe body aches to make it to the final before succumbing to exhaustion. Sushil Kumar finished second in the final after losing to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, making him India's only two-time Olympic medalist.

23. London 2012

Vijay Kumar, who was little known before the Games, won a silver medal in the 25m rapid pistol and cemented his place in history. Vijay Kumar was tied with China's Ding Feng going into the final round, but he outshot Feng to advance to the final round. Vijay Kumar had to settle for silver after a step too far with Cuba's Lauris Pupo.

24. London 2012

Mary Kom, a legend even before her first Olympics in London 2012, won bronze in the flyweight category to commemorate the first edition of women's boxing at the Games. The Manipur-born boxer was on a tear until she was stopped in the semi-finals by eventual champion Nicola Adams of Great Britain.

25.  London 2012

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who had competed in three Olympics by London 2012, finally realized his childhood dream when he won bronze in the 60kg category. In the final repechage round, he beat North Korean Ri Jong Myong in just 1:02 minutes.

26. London 2012

When her opponent, China's Wang Xin, was forced to retire hurt during the semi-final match, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal.

27. Rio 2016

Saina Nehwal's achievement undoubtedly boosted India's badminton story, as PV Sindhu advanced to the 2016 Summer Olympics final before losing to Carolina Marin of Spain in a tense 83-minute duel.

28.  Rio 2016

Sakshi Malik, a late addition to India's Olympic team, became the country's first female Olympic wrestler to win a medal. She won the 58kg bronze medal by defeating Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova 8–5, giving India its third Olympic wrestling medal in a row.

29. Tokyo 2020

Mirabai Chanu, an ace weightlifter, put the disappointment of Rio 2016 behind her to win silver in the women's 49kg category with a total lift of 202kg. It was her first Olympic medal, and she became the second Indian weightlifter to do so after Karnam Malleswari. In Tokyo, it was India's first Olympic medal.

30. Tokyo 2020

Lovlina Borgohain won a bronze medal in the women's 69kg event at Tokyo 2020, after losing in the semi-finals to top seed Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey. Lovlina Borgohain had secured a medal by defeating Chinese Taipei's Nien-Chin Chen in the quarter-finals.

31. Tokyo 2020

PV Sindhu, the Indian badminton queen, became the first Indian woman and only the second Indian athlete, after Sushil Kumar, to win two individual Olympic medals. PV Sindhu won the bronze medal in the women's singles after defeating He Bing Jiao of China 21-13, 21-15. It was India's third medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, one more than at the Rio 2016 Games.

32.  Tokyo 2020

Ravi Kumar Dahiya finished second in the men's 57kg freestyle wrestling final after losing to two-time world champion Zavur Uguev of ROC. When Ravi Kumar Dahiya beat Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev in the semi-finals, he was assured of an Olympic medal. He was down 2-9 at one point before making an incredible comeback to win the gold medal.

33. Tokyo 2020

The Indian men's hockey team has won an Olympic medal for the first time in 41 years, since winning gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. After falling behind 3-1 at one point, India rallied to defeat Germany 5-4 and win the bronze medal. It is India's third Olympic bronze medal, following victories in 1968 and 1972, and their 12th overall.

34.  Tokyo 2020

Bajrang Punia, a wrestler, became the third Indian debutant to win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Bajrang Punia won bronze in the men's 65kg freestyle wrestling playoff over Kazakhstan's Daulet Niyazbekov. It was India's sixth medal of the Tokyo Olympics, matching their best haul at a single edition.

35. Tokyo 2020

With his gold in the men's javelin throw at Tokyo 2020, Neeraj Chopra became India's second individual Olympic champion after Abhinav Bindra. It was India's first-ever Olympic track and field medal. India's seventh medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was their best-ever haul at a single edition of the Games.With a throw of 87.58 metres, Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal.


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