first_imgWith Sakshi Malik finally ending India’s medal drought last night after scripting an incredible comeback from being 0-5 down to winning 8-5 against Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan and PV Sindhu making it to the women’s singles badminton final, a Silver is now guaranteed for India at the Rio Games. Here’s a look at the other individual medal winners for India since Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s Bronze back in 1952. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Khashaba Dadasaheb JadhavYear: 1952Discipline: WrestlingMedal: BronzeKhashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was the first athlete from India to win an individual medal at the Olympics. Jadhav was extremely nimble on his feet and that’s what made him different from the wrestlers of his time. Training under English coach Rees Gardner made him better since the 1948 Summer Games and finally four years later in Helsinki, it paid off.Leander PaesYear: 1996Discipline: Tennis (Men’s singles)Medal: BronzeIt was an inspired performance against the odds from an inspired 23-year-old Leander Paes. There were no expectations from him and he did what nobody expected. Paes lost an impressive semi-final but all was not lost as he defeated Brazilian Fernando Meligeni, world number 93. He went down in the first set but came back stronger to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and get India a Bronze medal in an individual event after four decades.Karnam MalleswariYear: 2000Discipline: Weightlifting (Women’s 69KG)Medal: BronzeMalleswari won the Bronze in women’s 69kg category with an overall lift of 240kg. She finished just behind winner Lin Weining of China and Hungary’s Erzsebet Markus. Malleswari started with 105kg and then lifted 107.5kg, followed by 110kg in her subsequent two attempts. She started off with 125 kg in the clean & jerk attempt and then increased it to 130 kg. In her third attempt, she went for broke by trying to lift 137.5kg. Malleswari couldn’t get a Gold but her effort was enough to help her bag the Bronze.advertisementRajyavardhan Singh RathoreYear: 2004Discipline: Shooting (Men’s double trap)Medal: SilverRajyavardhan Singh Rathore had qualified for the final round after finishing fifth with a tally of 135 points (46, 43, 46) from three rounds in the preliminary stage. In the finals, the 34-year-old army major gave India its first individual Silver medal at the Olympics. The army man managed a score of 179 (135 in qualifying and 44 in the final round) which gave him the Silver medal. Rathore managed to score 44 out of 50 in the final round.Abhinav BindraYear: 2008Discipline: Shooting (Men’s 10 metre Air Rifle)Medal: GoldAbhinav Bindra in his biography said that he’s the Rahul Dravid of shooting and he aims for perfection. In 2008, Abhinav Bindra made the nation proud and won India its first individual Gold medal in Beijing. Bindra was fourth after qualifying but a brilliant final round and after a near perfect 10.8 on his last, he pulled in front of Henri Hakkinen of Finland. Bindra shot a total of 700.5 in the finals to clinch Gold for his country.Vijender SinghYear: 2008Discipline: Boxing (Men’s 75kg)Medal: BronzeAt Beijing 2008, Vijender defeated Badou Jack of Gambia 13-2 in the round of 32 and followed that up with a win against Angkhan Chomphuphuang of Thailand 13-3 in the round of 16 to reach the Middleweight Boxing quarter-finals. He beat Carlos Gongora of Ecuador 9-4 in the quarters which guaranteed him a medal, the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer. However, he lost 5-8 to Cuba’s Emilio Correa in the semi-finals and shared the Bronze medal.Sushil KumarYear: 2008Discipline: Wrestling (Men’s 66kg Freestyle)Medal: BronzeSushil Kumar lost to Andriy Stadnik in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event in Beijing. This left the Indian wrestler’s medal hopes hinging on the repechage. He defeated Doug Schwab in the first repechage round and Albert Batyrov in the second round. In the bronze medal match, Kumar beat Leonid Spiridonov 3:1 to clinch Bronze for India. Kumar won three bouts within a span of 70 minutes to take the Bronze.Gagan NarangYear: 2012Discipline: Shooting (Men’s 10m Air Rifle)Medal: BronzeGagan Narang won Bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event with a total score of 701.1, becoming India’s first medal winner at the 2012 games. Narang was just behind Silver medallist Niccolo Campriani of Italy who scored 701.5. He shot 10.7, 9.6, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3  and 10.7 in the 10 rounds and 103.1 in the final.Vijay KumarYear: 2012Discipline: Shooting (Men’s 25 Rapid Fire Pistol)Medal: SilverVijay Kumar won Silver in the 25 metre rapid fire pistol event. He finished with an average score of 9.767 and had a score of 293 with 7 inner 10s in the first stage. Vijay won India’s second medal at London 2012.advertisementSaina Nehwal Year: 2012Discipline: BadmintonMedal: BronzeSaina Nehwal earned India’s third individual medal in London. Saina defeated China’s Wang Xin after winning the first game 18-21 and then won the second game 0-1 as the Chinese had to retire to due an injury.Mary KomYear: 2012Discipline: Boxing (Women’s Flyweight)Medal: BronzeMary Kom defeated Karolina Michalczuk of Poland 19-14 in the third women’s boxing match of the first round. In the quarter-final, she defeated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a score of 15-6. Kom faced Nicola Adams of UK in the semi-final but lost the bout 6-11. However, she stood third in the competition and garnered an Olympic Bronze medal.Yogeshwar DuttYear: 2012Discipline: Wrestling (Men’s 60kg Freestyle)Medal: BronzeYogeshwar lost to Russian B Kudukhov 1-0, 2-0 and was knocked out from the pre-quarterfinal round. He got a chance to contest in the repechage rounds as Kudukhov reached the finals of the event. In his first repechage round he went on to beat Franklin Gmez of Puerto Rico with a score of 1-0, 1-0. Yogeshwar then scored 7-5 to beat Masoud Esmaeilpour with an aggregate of counted points 3-1 in repechage round 2. He finally beat his North Korean opponent Ri Jong-Myong to clinch the bronze medal (0-1, 1-0, 6-0).Sushil KumarYear: 2012Discipline: Wrestling (Men’s 66kg Freestyle)Medal: SilverSushil Kumar won a Silver medal after losing the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. He had entered the final amid some controversy by beating Kazakhastan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semis. Sushil lost his final bout to his Japanese opponent with a score of 3-1.Sakshi MalikYear: 2016Discipline: Wrestling (Women’s 58kg Freestyle)Medal: BronzeSakshi Malik brought an end to India’s long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics by winning Bronze in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category. The 23-year-old overturned a 0-5 deficit to script an 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the Bronze medal bout. Earlier, Sakshi had crashed out of contention for the Gold medal after a one-sided 2-9 loss to Valeria in the quarter-finals. She however, started her bid for the Bronze by defeating Orkhon Purevdorj of Mongolia 12-3 in the Repechage round 2 and then went on to win the Bronze medal bout by defeating the Kyrgyzstani.last_img

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