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Individual Paralympic Medal Winners of Indian Descent

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)

Note: Pl do send us if you have any picture of Cfn MuraliKant Petkar & Sr. Bhimrao Kesarkar

Individual Olympic Medal Winners of Indian Descent

Top (Left to right)

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

Bottom (Left to right)

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

Major DhyanChand

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.


Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, his first Olympic event. Although he couldn’t fare quite well at the event being less experienced at the time, he learnt a lot from the competition to prepare him well for the future meets. After winning Gold in Cardiff, Wales, and UK in the 1958 Commonwealth games and accepting the gold with a full head of hair, due to his Sikh faith, he became known throughout the world of Athletics. Around the same time, he was invited to run in Pakistan but was unsure due to the events of his childhood. He was persuaded as people were afraid of the political ramifications if he refused on these grounds. He decided to run. In the race Milkha Singh destroyed his opposition, easily winning. This is where he became known as the 'Flying Sikh'. He won Gold Medals in both 200m and 400m events at the Tokyo Asian Games 1958, clocking 21.6 seconds and 47 seconds respectively. At the Cardiff Commonwealth Games held the same year, he improved his 400m timing to 46.16 seconds, and grabbed a Gold Medal again. Farhan Akhtar has acted in the biopic "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" made on the life of Milka Singh.

Vijay Amritraj

Amritraj was born in Chennai, India to Maggie Dhairyam and Robert Amritraj. He and his brothers, Anand Amritraj and Ashok Amritraj, were among the first Indians to play in top-flight international tour tennis. They did their schooling in Don Bosco Egmore,Chennai, and later graduated from Loyola College, Chennai. In 1976, the brothers (Vijay and Anand) were semi-finalists in the Wimbledon men's doubles. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1983. He compiled a career singles win-lose record 384-296, winning 16 singles titles to go along with 13 in doubles. He beat the best, including John McEnroe at his peak in 1984 (in the first round in Cincinnati). He had five career wins over Jimmy Connors in their 11 matches. He reached his career high ranking in singles of world no. 16 in July 1980.   http://www.vijayamritrajfoundation.org/

Ramesh Krishnan

Ramesh was born in Madras, India, and is the son of Ramanathan Krishnan, who was one of India's leading tennis players in the 1960s. Ramesh emulated an achievement of his father's by winning the Wimbledon junior title in 1979. He also won the French Open junior title that year, and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world. Ramesh retired from the professional tour in 1993. Over the course of his career, he won eight top-level singles titles and one doubles title. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 23 (in January 1985).

Prakash Padukone

Prakash is the first Indian to be credited with winning All England Championship in the year 1980, the same year when he won both Danish & Swedish opens as well, post which he was ranked world no. 1 in Badminton. Prior to this, he had won Commonwealth Gold medal in 1978. The only player to have won National championship consecutively for 7 years in a row. Post retirement, he coached the Indian Badminton team for couple of years. He was awarded Arjuna Award & Padmashree. "Touch play" is his biography by Dev S Sukumar. He co-founded Olympic Gold Quest in 2001 with Geet Sethi, a foundation to identify & support Indian athletes who have proven track records & have huge potential of winning Olympic medals. Prakash lives in Bangalore, Karnataka. http://www.olympicgoldquest.in/

Geet Sethi

One of the best billiards player India has ever produced. Geet has won many world billiards championships including IBSF World championship, ACBS Asian championship, Asian Games Gold Medallist, National Billiards & Snooker championships. Geet has been awarded with Padmashree, Khel Ratna award & Arjuna award. He has authored a book by the name of Success vs Joy. He co-founded Olympic Gold Quest along with Prakash Padukone. Geet lives in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. http://www.olympicgoldquest.in/ 

Vishwanathan Anand

Anand is an Indian chess Grandmaster and the current World Chess Champion. Anand is also popularly known as the 'Tiger of Madras'. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, at a time when the world title was split. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. With this win, he became the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament, and Match. He then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov. Anand is one of five players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, and in April 2007 at the age of 37, he became the world number-one for the first time. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008, holding the number-one ranking for a total of 15 months. In October 2008, he dropped out of the world top three ranking for the first time since July 1996.

Sachin Tendulkar

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. 

Karnam Malleswari

Born in 1975, Malleswari, is an Indian weightlifter, who has achieved no mean feat than winning an Olympics Bronze in 2000. Prior to winning the Olympics bronze, she won 3 Silver medals at the Asian Championship that took place in 1992 in Thailand. Apart from this she has won many medals at various World & Asian championships specially the Gold medal that she won by creating a new world record by lifting 113 kgs in clean & jerk in 1993. She has been awarded with Arjuna Award & Padmashree. 

Saina Nehwal

Saina is the first Indian girl to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. Saina Nehwal made history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open with a stunning victory over higher-ranked Chinese Wang Lin in Jakarta. (The Super Series tournament is roughly equivalent to a Grand Slam in tennis). She is World number 2 as of 2011. Saina won the Indonesian Open in 2012. This is the 3rd time that she has won it. She has also qualified for the London Olympics 2012.

Sushil Kumar Solanki

Sushil Kumar Solanki did India proud yet again when he won the Silver medal at London Olympics in 2012 after having won Gold at World Wrestling Championship in 2010 & Bronze at Beijing Olympics in 2008. He is the lone Indian to achieve this feat. Sushil Kumar was born into a Solanki Jat family and hails from the village Baprola in New Delhi. Kumar's father Diwan Singh Solanki was an MTNL bus driver and mother Kamla Devi a housewife. He was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep and his father who was himself a pehlwan (wrestler). Sandeep quit wrestling as the family could only support one wrestler. Kumar trained at the akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium from the age of 14. With minimal funds and poor training facilities for wrestling in India, even for the 2008 Olympic team, his family made sure he obtained the necessary dietary supplements by sending him tinned milk, ghee and vegetables. We do remember these people when they achieve something after fighting on their own but eventually until they earn it, they are all unknown to us. (Ravish ki report on Indian wrestling will help you understand that)

MC Mary Kom

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.

Baichung Bhutia

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.

dipika Rebecca pallikal

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

Joshna Chinappa

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

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