SPORTS WOMEN ROLE MODELS

1] P.T.Usha

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P.T. Usha is a Track and Field athlete from the State of Kerala. Born in 1964 associated with Indian Athletics since 1979. In Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1982 she got Silver Medal in 100 m and 200 m. At Asian Track and Field Championship (ATF) at Kuwait in the next year she took gold in 400 m. She won 13 Gold medals in successive ATF meets. In 1984 Olympics held at Loss Angeles she lost her bronze medal by 1/100th of a second. In 10th Asian Games held at Seoul she won 4 Gold and 1 Silver in Field and Track events. She has been awarded Padmashree and Arjuna awards. She works with Indian Railways. She coaches young athletes at her Academy in Kerala.

2]Kunjurani Devi

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Kunjurani Devi the bespectacled 46-year-old is perhaps the most celebrated Indian woman in weightlifting. She was also the first woman to win the Arjuna award in 1990. She also shared the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Leander Paes in 1996-1997. Even though she faced difficulties when she when she decided to pursue the profession, she stood strong and worked tirelessly to achieve success.

 

 

3]Mary Kom

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M.C. Mary Kom is common known a Mary Kom. Born in 1983 in Kangatheri in Manipur state she had keen interest in Athletics since child hood. In 2008 she won silver medal in Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India. She won Gold in Asian Indoor Games in 2009 at Vietnam. In 2010 she won Gold in Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Kazakstan. She is five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in all six world championships and she’s also the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in the Asian Games (2014). In London Olympics she won Bronze medal. She has been nominated as Member of Parliament in Rajyasabha in 2016 by Hon. Narendra Modi’s Government.

4]Sita Sahu

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Sita Sahu the great sprinter won 2 bronze medals at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens at the young age of 15. Unfortunately, due to the ignorance and lack of concern from authorities, the girl now sells gol gappe in Dhobiya Tank in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. She has great qualities which were not fully utilized due lack of support from the establishment. She truly deserves a recognition from us!

 

5]Asha Roy

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Asha Roy born in 1990 is famous Indian sprinter. Born in Ghanshyampur she is daughter of a vegetable seller. Against all the odds her father inspired her to pursue Athletics. In 2011 National Championships she emerged as the fastest women. In 100m she won gold with a time of 11.85 Seconds and in 200 m she won gold with a time of 24.36 Seconds. She is currently the fastest women on the Indian track, setting a record at the National Open Athletics Championship in Kolkata in 2011.

 

6]Sakshi Malik

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Sakshi Malik the Olympic medallist has become a symbol of women empowerment and a
role model in her home state of Haryana. Sakshi Malik is an Indian wrestler, became the pride of India, after winning a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics 2016. Sakshi competed in the 58 Kg category and scored an emphatic win. She is also the first Indian women wrestler to have achieved an award at the Olympics. In the yesteryear, Sakshi managed to won a silver medal at the 2014 Common wealth games in Glasgow and also a bronze at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha. Her father Sukbhir Malik is an employee with Delhi Transportation Corporation while mother Sudesh Malik is a government servant. Her grandfather was also a wrestler. Malik started her training at the age of 12 under a coach named as Ishwar Dahiya. In the beginning, she had to face many troubles from the locals in the village who would believe that wrestling is not meant for girls. The 5 feet 4 inch tall Sakshi, was determined about her goal and was clear about proving her detractors wrong.

7]PV Sindhu

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PV Sindhu becomes first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal in badminton. PV Sindhu had taken Indian badminton, the country’s high-performing sport for a while now, a notch higher. PV Sindhu became India’s first woman to win an Olympics silver medal in 2016, creating history and pulling an entire country out of its Games gloom with a stunning display of talent, power and grace. It’s been 12 years since the flag on the podium — used to both flaunt talent and wipe tears — has been something other than that of China. And the Olympics summit clash couldn’t have managed two better women in the ring.

8] Deepa Karmakar

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Deepa Karmakar is an artistic gymnast who represented India in 2016 world Olympics at Rio. She is the first Indian Gymnast ever to compete in Olympics in 52 years. Earlier she won Bronze Medals in Commonwealth Games in Glassgow. Born in 1993 she is from Agartala in Tripura. She started practicing gymnastics at the early age of 6 years under coach Nandi. Since 2007 she had won 77 medals. In 2016 Rio Olympic she became first Indian Women to qualify for the Poll Vault event. She narrowly missed bronze and finished 4th in the finals.

9] Deepa Malik

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Deepa Malik is born in 1970 in village Bhaiswal, Sonepat district of Harayana. Her father is veteran infantry colonel B. K. Nagpal. She had natural liking for adventure sports and took to biking and motoring at an early age. She married to veteran cavalier Colonel Bikram Singh. She is associated with Himalayan Motorsports Association ( H.M.A). She had undertaken 8 days 1700 km drive in sub zero temperatures which included a climb to 18000 feet. In 2016 Paralympics she won Silver Medal in shot put. She become first Indian women to won medal in Paralympics. She is honored with Arjuna award by Indian Government.

10] Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal is born in 1990 in Hissar in Harayana. After completing her schooling in Hissar her family shifted to Hyderbad. In Hyderabad she took proper coaching in sports. She is also brown belt in karate. In 2006 she become under 19 National Champion. After that win she continuously improved her performance and won around 22 world known titles. Her titles include India Asian Sattelite, Phillipines Open, Swiss Open, Thailand Open, China Open, Australia Open, India Grand Prix, Hong kong Open and many such titles. She has represented India in Asian Games, Olympics, Commonwealth Games and many such International sports events. She has conferred Padmabhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award by Indian Government.

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