It was in 1952 at the Helsinki Olympics that India got its first woman Olympian – Mary D'Souza. She took part in the 100m and 200m races, in which she came fifth and seventh respectively. It was 48 years later in the 2000 Sydney Olympics that an Indian woman finally found her place on the podium. Let’s take a look at five Indian women who made the nation proud at the Olympics.
Karnam Malleswari was the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Known as the ‘iron lady’ Karnam won the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She retired after participating in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Saina Nehwal was the first India woman to win an Olympic medal in badminton. She won a bronze medal at the 2012 Beijing Olympics and went on to become the world no. 1 in badminton in 2015.
Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to win an Olympic medal in boxing at the 2012 Beijing Olympics in the 51 kg fly weight category. She also has 13 gold medals from other international competitions.
Sakshi Malik became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal for wrestling at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 58 kg freestyle category.
PV Sindhu bagged a silver medal at the 2016 Beijing Olympics in Badminton. She was the first Indian female athlete to win a silver medal at the Olympics.
Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 09:00 AM