There are many women athletes in India who believes in the saying “Girls don’t bring Dowry, they bring Medals !!!”
Here are some example of such brave women who carved their name in the history of sports in India:
- DEEPIKA KUMARI-ARCHERY
- DIPIKA PALLIKAL-SQUASH
She has won six WSA titles and was the first Indian woman to break into top-10.She also became the first Indian to reach finals of Tournament of Champions; she won the gold medal for India in 2014 Commonwealth Games along with Joshua Chinappa. She was conferred with the Arjuna Award and Padmashri Award by the Government of India.
- HUMPY KONERU-CHESS
She was the youngest Indian woman Grand-master and is currently ranked at no.3 in the world. She was also the second female player to cross 2600-mark Elo rating. She has the Arjuna award in her cabinet and also held the record of the youngest ever woman Grand-master between the years 2002-08.
- ANJALI BHAGWAT-SHOOTING
She is one of the best ever sportsperson India has produced. She was world no.1 in 10m air rifle; she won the World Cup in 2003; she was the only Indian to win ISSF’s Champion’s Trophy in Air Rifle Men & Women Mixed event in 2002. She has 31 Gold, 23 Silver, 7 Bronze medals in her international career. She also has Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Arjuna award to her name.
- SANIA MIRZA-TENNIS
She is the best tennis player (female) India has ever produced. She is the only Indian woman to have made a mark in International tennis. Armed with a powerful forehand, she is currently the world no.1 in doubles and her highest singles ranking is world no.27; she has three Mixed Grand Slam titles to her name. Though marred by many controversies, she has held her head high and fought them as they come.
- SAINA NEHWAL-BADMINTON
She is the first Indian women and first Indian after Prakash Padukone to achieve world no.1 ranking and also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament. Her notable achievements include Bronze in Olympics’12 and a Gold medal in Delhi Commonwealth Games. She has been awarded the Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Padmashri award by the Government of India.
- ANJU BOBBY GEORGE-ATHLETICS
She is the first Indian to win a medal in World Championships in Athletics. She also won the gold medal in Asian Championships and Asian Games. She was honored with Padmashri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award.
- KARNAM MALLESWARI-WEIGHTLIGHTING
She became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Olympics when she won a Bronze medal in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. She also won a silver medal in Asian Games’98. She has all three prestigious awards to her name.
- MARY KOM- BOXING
She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion and the only Indian woman to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games; she went on to win Bronze for India in Olympic Games’12. She had won a Gold medal for India in Incheon Asian Games. In addition to the three awards, she also has Padma Bhushan to her name.
- P.T.USHA- TRACK AND FIELD
She is one of the best track and field athletes India has ever produced. In 1984 Olympics, she narrowly missed a medal. She has won 101 International medals which include 4 Gold medals in Seoul Asian Games. She has a number of awards and achievements to her name including Best Athlete in Asia, Adidas Golden Shoe Award, etc in addition to awards from the Indian Government.