The Complete List of Indian Olympic Medal Winners

Indian Olympic Medal Winners
Written by Sainath Nuvvula

Indian Olympic Medal Winners

Indian Olympic medal winners – India first participated at the Olympic games in 1900, with a lone athlete (Norman Pritchard) winning two medals- both silver- in athletics. The nation first sent a team to the Summer Olympic Games in 1920 and has participated in every Summer Games since then. India has also competed at several Winter Olympic Games beginning in 1964.

Indian athletes have won a total of 26 medals, all at the Summer Games. For a period of time, India national field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, winning eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1928 and 1980. The run included 8 gold medals total and six successive gold medals from 1928–1956.

INDIAN OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS – INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

MEDAL INDIAN OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS GAMES SPORT       EVENT
Silver Norman Pritchard 1900 Paris Athletics Men’s 200 metres
Silver Norman Pritchard 1900 Paris Athletics Men’s 200-metre hurdles
Bronze Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav 1952 Helsinki Wrestling Men’s Freestyle Bantamweight
Bronze Leander Paes 1996 Atlanta Tennis Men’s singles
Bronze Karnam Malleswari 2000 Sydney Weightlifting Women’s 69 kg
Silver Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 2004 Athens Shooting Men’s double trap
Gold Abhinav Bindra 2008 Beijing Shooting Men’s 10 m Air Rifle
Bronze Vijender Singh 2008 Bejing Boxing Men’s 75 kg
Bronze Sushil Kumar 2008 Bejing Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle
Silver Vijay Kumar 2012 London Shooting Men’s 25 Rapid Fire Pistol
Silver Sushil Kumar 2012 London Wrestling Men’s 66 kg Freestyle
Bronze Saina Nehwal 2012 London Badminton Women’s singles
Bronze Mary Kom 2012 London Boxing Women’s flyweight
Bronze Gagan Narang 2012 London Shooting Men’s 10 m Air Rifle
Bronze Yogeshwar Dutt 2012 London Wrestling Men’s 60 kg Freestyle
Bronze Sakshi Malik 2016 Rio Wrestling Women’s 58kg freestyle
Silver PV Sindhu 2016 Rio Badminton Women’s Singles

INDIAN OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS – TEAM EVENTS

MEDAL TEAM GAMES SPORT EVENT
Gold National team 1928 Amsterdam Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1932 Los Angeles Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1936 Berlin Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1948 London Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1952 Helsinki Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1956 Melbourne Field hockey Men’s competition
Silver National team 1960 Rome Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1964 Tokyo Field hockey Men’s competition
Bronze National team 1968 Mexico Field hockey Men’s competition
Bronze National team 1972 Munich Field hockey Men’s competition
Gold National team 1980 Moscow Field hockey Men’s competition

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NEXT OLYMPIC GAMES

The 2020 Summer Olympics is officially called the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. The host city of 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The games are planned to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo.

Motto: Discover Tomorrow

2016 Summer Olympics

Indian Olympic Medal Winners

The 2016 Summer Olympics is officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The host city was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Motto: A new world

Mascot :

  • Vinicius is the official mascot of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and Tom is the official mascot of the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
  • Vinicius’s design represents Brazilian wildlife, combining aspects of cats, monkeys, and birds, while Tom’s design represents Brazilian plant life.

Rio became the first South American city to ever host the Summer Olympics, the second city in Latin America to host the event after Mexico City in 1968, and the first since 2000 to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • The United States topped the medal table for the fifth time in the past six Summer Olympics, winning the most golds (46) and most medals overall (121), as well as its 1,000th Olympic gold medal overall.
  • Great Britain finished second and became the first country of modern Olympics history to increase its tally of medals in the subsequent games after being the host nation.
  • China finished third.

MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES

The original Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D. when Roman emperor Theodosius I banned all pagan festivals (the Olympics celebrated the Greek god Zeus). On June 23, 1894, French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris to a gathering of international sports leaders, proposed that the ancient games be revived on an international scale. The idea was enthusiastically received and the Modern Olympics were born. The first Olympics were held two years later in Athens, where 245 athletes from 14 nations competed in the ancient Panathenaic stadium ttoolarge and ardent crowds. Americans captured nine out of 12 track and field events, but Greece won the most medals with 47.

THE WINTER OLYMPICS

The move toward a winter version of the Olympics began in 1908 when figure skating made an appearance at the Summer Games in London. Ten-time world champion Ulrich Salchow of Sweden, who originated the backwards, one revolution jump that bears his name, and Madge Syers of Britain were the first singles champions. Germans Anna Hubler and Heinrich Berger won the pairs competition.

ATHENS (1896 Olympics)

Among the remains uncovered was the ancient stadium where the original Olympic Games were celebrated from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D., when Roman emperor Theodosius I banned all pagan festivals. Athletics played an important role in the religious festivals of the ancient Greeks, who believed competitive sports pleased the spirits of the dead. The festivals honouring gods like Zeus were undertaken by many Greek tribes and cities and usually held every four years.

FUN FACTS OF OLYMPICS

  •  Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games.
  • The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
  • The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colours, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
  • Up until 1994, the Olympics were held every four years. Since then, the Winter and Summer games have alternated every two years.
  • The first Olympics covered by U.S. television was the 1960 Summer Games in Rome by CBS.
  • No country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games

 

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