Flashback in pictures: Indian heroes at the Olympics

Updated: 07 August, 2016 23:06 IST
  • Dhyan Chand:
    The hockey legend was part of the national hockey team that won India's first gold medal at the Olympics (Pic/ Archives)
  • Balbir Singh Sr:
    This centre-forward was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning hockey teams, in London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956).
  • Karnam Malleshwari:
    The Indian former weightlifter won a bronze medal in Sydney 2000 in the 60kg weightlifting category. She became the first Indian woman to do win a medal.
  • Leander Paes:
    India's biggest tennis star won a bronze medal in Atlanta 1996 and thus ended a drought after 44 years. He won in the men's singles event.
  • Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
    The Indian shooter was the second individual to win a silver medal. He did so in men's double trap shooting event in Athens 2004.
  • Sushil Kumar:
    Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar won the bronze medal in Beijing 2008 and did one better by clinching the silver medal in London 2012 in the men's 66 kg freestyle category.
  • Abhinav Bindra:
    The first ever Indian to win a gold medal at the Olympics. The star shooter won his medal in the men's 10 m air rifle event in Beijing 2008.
  • Vijender Singh:
    The Haryana boxer became the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal. He did so by clinching the bronze in Beijing 2008.
  • Mary Kom:
    The female boxer won a bronze medal in London 2012 in the women's flyweight division.
  • Gagan Narang:
    The Indian shooter won a bronze medal in London 2012 in the men's 10m air rifle event.
  • Yogeshwar Dutt:
    The Indian wrestler became the third wrestler to win a medal when he did so in London 2012 in the men's 60 kg freestyle category.
  • Saina Nehwal:
    The female badminton ace clinched a bronze medal in London 2012 in the women's singles and became the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic medal.
  • Vijay Kumar:
    The Indian shooter clinched a silver medal in the men's 25 rapid fire pistol event in London 2012.
  • Milkha Singh:
    The 'Flying Sikh' missed the bronze medal by a whisker after finishing fourth in the 400m event at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
  • PT Usha:
    Like Milkha SIngh, the 'Payyoli Express' missed out on a bronze in 400m event. For her the gap from a medal was a 1/100th of a second.
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About The Gallery

As we gear up for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics which begin tomorrow, we travel back in time to look at some of the Indian athletes that have made the country proud over the years

First Published: 04 August, 2016 15:00 IST