The list of sportspersons who made India proud in the Olympics features women at front and center. India’s first medal in the Olympics was silver from weightlifter Mirabai Chanu. She became the first-ever Indian weightlifter to win a silver in the Olympics, and the second to win an Olympic medal, after Karnam Malleshwari. A second medal was clinched by badminton player PV Sindhu who won bronze. This was her second Olympic medal, as she had, in 2016 won a silver medal, becoming the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal. Boxer Lovlina Borgohain had won bronze as well.

Women Power at the Games

There have been other Indian sportswomen who have accomplished great things in the Olympics, despite narrowly missing medals. There are also some strong contenders for upcoming events. The women’s hockey team had been noted for their great performance and had only narrowly missed the bronze medal. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat had a strong performance till the quarterfinals. Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur had impressed audiences with her performance, attaining the sixth position.

Women, in general, have come a long way in the Olympics. When the modern Olympic games began in 1896 in Greece, women were not allowed to participate. The founder of the Olympic games-France’s Pierre de Coubertin could not envision women in the games. However nowadays, women are at the forefront of the games, and Indian women have numerous victories to their names. Before the current iteration of the games, several Indian sportswomen like Mary Kom, PV Sindhu, and Sakshi Malik have made India proud at the games. The Tokyo Olympics has been the most gender-equal Olympics so far, with 49% of the athletes being women. And Indian women like Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, and Lovlina Borgohain have definitely done their part in inspiring thousands across the country.

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Bio-Nileena Sunil is a graduate in English literature and communication from Chinmaya College, Tripunithra. She is presently pursuing her post-graduate studies from Christ University Bangalore. She is passionate about writing and is interested in literature, sports and current affairs.

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