Proudest moments of Indian Sports

● 1952 – Khashaba Jadhav, the first Indian to win an individual Olympic medal for India

Born in a family of wrestlers, Jadhav won a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics and became the first Indian to win a medal at this platform. His bright future in wrestling was visible ever since he won his first wrestling bout at the age of eight in just two minutes against a local champion wrestler. He won his Olympic medal after defeating players from Mexico, Canada and Germany. Unlike today, when players are welcomed with a lot of media attention, Jadhav was just greeted by his fellow villagers after the remarkable feat!

● 1960 – Milkha Singh broke the 400m Olympic record but lost the bronze by just 0.1 seconds

Who doesn’t know about this Flying Sikh’s contribution to Indian sports? And when we talk about some of India’s most memorable sporting moments, we cannot skip Singh’s performance in the 1960 Olympics where he broke the 400m Olympic record but still lost the bronze by just 0.1 seconds. He also won Gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.

● 1958 – Mihir Sen crossed the English Channel and became the first Indian to do so

Known as the first Indian to conquer the English Channel from Dover to Calais in 1958, Mihir also created history by being the only man to swim the five oceans in one calendar year in 1966. By the time of his death at the age of 66 in 1997, Sen also had his name recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for long-distance swimming. Enough reasons to feel proud of this amazing sportsman, we guess!

● 1975 – India won World Cup Hockey, Malaysia

In this historical victory against Pakistan on 15th March 1975, India won the Hockey World Cup held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a score of 2-1. Players like Ajit Pal, who was the captain of the team, and Aslam Sher Khan played a crucial role in this victory. India has 8 Olympic Gold Medals under its name which is a great achievement in itself.

● 1986 – P. T. Usha’s victory at Asian Games

P.T. Usha won four gold medals and one silver medal in the track and field events of the 1986 Asian Games. She was also awarded the trophy for the Best Athlete in the world. Her splendid victories made her a household name and brightened the prospects of female athletes in India. 

● 1983 – Cricket World Cup Victory

India created a much talked about history when it won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1983 by defeating the West Indies. In the nail-biting final, India lost the toss and was asked to bat first against WI, which arguably had the world’s best bowling attack at the time. India managed to score just 183 runs overall and were in low spirits. “Team, if this is not a winning total its definitely a fighting total,” Kapil Dev, the then captain of the team said. And, India did put up a brave fight, defeating the opponent by 43 runs in a remarkable way. Catch the highlights of that

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