Overall India has won 8 medals at the Paralympics.
The first Indian to have won any medal in the Paralympics was Cfn Murlikant Petkar. A craftsman in the EME branch of Indian Army, Cfn Petkar got disabled during the 1965 Indo-Pak war due to several bullet injuries. He won Gold in the 50 m free style swimming during the 1972 Germany Paralympics which was just the 4th edition of such games.
This was followed by 4 medals at the 1984 Paralympics where 3 medals (1 Silver - Shotput & 2 Bronze - Javelin & Discus) were won by Joginder Singh Bedi & 1 silver (Javelin) was won by Bhimrao Kesarkar. This feat made Joginder Singh Bedi to be the Indian to have won maximum Medals at any Olympics & Paralympics put together.
It was only after 20 years since 1984 that Devendra Khajharia & Rajinder Singh Rahelu won 2 medals for India in 2004 followed by 1 medal won by Girisha in 2012.
Above Left to right:
Joginder Singh Bedi, Devendra Jhajharia (Gold in Javelin 2004), Rajinder Singh Rahelu (Bronze in powerlifting 2004), Girisha Nagarajegowda (Silver in High Jump 2012)
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Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav (1952 Helsinki) - Bronze in Bantamweight Wrestling
Leander Paes (1996 Atlanta) - Bronze in Lawn Tennis
Karnam Malleshwari (2000 Sydney) - Bronze in 69 kg Weightlifting
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004 Athens) - Silver in Double Trap Shooting
Vijender Singh Beniwal (2008 Beijing) - Bronze in Middle Weight Boxing
Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing) - Gold in 10m Rifle Shooting
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Vijay Kumar (2012 London) - Silver in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Shooting
Sushil Kumar (2008 Beijing & 2012 London) - Bronze & Silver respectively in 66kg Freestyle Wrestling
Saina Nehwal (2012 London) - Bronze in Badminton
Yogeshwar Dutt (2012 London) - Bronze in 60kg Freestyle Wrestling
Gagan Narang (2012 London) - Bronze in 10m Air Rifle Shooting
MC Mary Kom (2012 London) - Bronze in 51kg Fly Weight Boxing
Dhyan Chand Singh was born in Hindu family on August 29, 1905 in Prayag, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. His father Sameshwar Dutt Singh was in the Indian Army, and he played hockey in the army. Who knew that this Army boy would once be regarded as the greatest player of all time in Hockey. Chand won 3 Olympic gold medals (1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles, and 1936 Berlin) and was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, in 1956. Although India boasts of Hockey as its key Game yet a lot, still, needs to be done to uplift the game within the Continent unlike Cricket that is treated as religion by most of the Indians. Hope that day will come soon.
An Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket. He is the only player to score a double century in the history of ODI cricket. In 2002, just 12 years into his career Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one day international (ODI) batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards. In September 2007, the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against. Tendulkar was the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman's Eleven. He is sometimes referred to as Little Master or Master Blaster. Sachin Tendulkar, helped shape up India's run up to the World Cup in 2011 culminating with a final win. Indian team dedicated the world cup 2011 to him. Sachin is currently a Rajya Sabha MP from Congress.
Sachin was awarded Bharat Ratna in 2014.
M C Mary Kom is probably the most consistent world champion that India has ever produced and the ace woman boxer is hungry for more even after winning her fifth consecutive World Boxing title. Mangte Chungneijang Merykom also known as MC Mary Kom or Mary Kom, is a female boxer from Manipur, India who is supported by Olympic Gold Quest. Mary Kom, a mother of two, came back from a two-year sabbatical to clinch her fourth successive World Amateur boxing gold in 2008, a feat that prompted the AIBA to describe her as 'Magnificent Mary'. She was earlier an athlete and switched to boxing after the success of fellow Manipur boxer Dingko Singh. MaryKom has also qualified for the London Olympics 2012.
Directed by Omung Kumar, Priyanka Chopra is playing the lead role in a movie dedicated to Mary Kom, expected to be released on 2nd Oct 2014.
Former Captain of the India Football team, Baichung, is also called as Sikkimese Sniper because of his tremendous Shooting skills. He was also described as "Gods' gift to Indian Football" by IM Vijayan, former captain & a renowned Indian Football player himself. In support of the Tibeten Freedom movement, he had boycotted the Olympic torch relay. He has played for private clubs like Mohun bagan & East Bengal Club. He captained the Indian team that defeated teams like Syria, Kyrgystan to win the Nehru Cup & also the LG Cup in Vietnam in 2002. He is also the first Indian to play professional Football in England.
Baichung will be fighting his maiden political battle during the 2014 General elections as a TMC (Trinamool Congress) candidate from Darjeeling, West Bengal.
With a top ranking of World # 10, Dipika Pallilal, hailing from Kerala. is the crowned ace squash women player of India, having won her 6th WSA title in 2013. Having played semi finals of Australian Open & being the runners up in "Tournament of Champions", both in 2012, she is certainly poised to attain greater heights in future.
She has also won German, Dutch, French, Scottish & Australian open on the European Junior Squash circuit.
She is engaged to Indian Cricketer Dinesh Karthik.
For further career info: http://www.squashinfo.com/players/953-dipika-pallikal
With career best ranking of # 19, Joshna Chinappa, hailing from Tamil Nadu, is currently the 2nd best woman squash player in India. She won her first WSA title, Winnipeg Winter Open trophy, in 2014. She is crowned to be the first India woman to win British Squash championship in U-19 category & also is the youngest Indian Women's National Champion.
For further career info: http://www.squashinfo.com/players/402-joshana-chinappa