Incredible sports achievement of India post-Independence

India has made lots of progress in the last 72 years be it science, information technology, education, healthcare, or any other field. When it comes to sports, India has made major strides post-independence. Here are some of the most significant sports achievements after 1947.

Winning the Olympic Gold Medal for Hockey in 1948

Though India had already won three Olympic Gold medals for Hockey in the year 1928-36. However, post-Independence India went on to win its first independent Olympic medal as a sovereign nation in 1948. India defeated England by the margin of 2-1 to lift the medal and gather worldwide praises.

 Winning the Football Gold Medal in 1951

Football is the most popular game in the world; and unfortunately, India has no standing in the current football scenario. But you will be surprised to know that the Indian football team won the gold medal for their supreme performance in the 1951 Asian Games. Many years later in 2018 Indian football again reached glory when Chhetri lead the team to many wins

India’s first individual Olympic medal in 1952

Between 1948 and 1992, 12 Olympic events took place and in all of these years, India won just one individual Olympic medal. KhashabaDadasaheb Jadhav won independent India’s first individual Olympic medal when he won freestyle wrestling bronze medal in 1952’s Helsinki Olympics.

 Flying Sikh won the first-ever CWG Gold

In 1958, Milkha Singh also known as Flying Sikh gave India its first Commonwealth Games Gold. He was the fastest runner in the 440 yards category in the 1958 CWG, Cardiff. Although Milkha Singh frequently breached world record timings he could not give his top performance in the Olympics.

 India’s 1983’s cricket World Cup win

World cricket was dominated by West Indies for a long time before India shocked the world in 1983. In the final of the world cup being played in England, Kapil Dev led the Indian cricket team to fiercely defeat the West Indies cricket team to lift the trophy. This won became the catalyst for the Indian cricket team’s performance later.

First lady boxer to clinch a medal at Olympics

Also known as Million Rupee Baby, Mary Kom is the only woman to win the World Amateur Boxing Championship six times, the only female boxer to win a medal in each of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer to lift eight World Championship medals. She won a Bronze medal for boxing in 2012’s London Olympics.

These are just a few of the many great Indian sports achievements of recent times.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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