Women's Day special: These new ladies in sports have made India proud

Mar 08, 2018, 08:50 IST
  • Women's Day special: These new ladies in sports have made India proud

    Beyond the Sania Mirzas and the MC Mary Koms, mid-day salutes a new crop of champion women who excelled on the global stage in the recent past

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  • Women's Day special: These new ladies in sports have made India proud

    Women's cricket team : Mithali Raj & Co put up a stupendous show to finish runners-up at the ICC Women’s World Cup in July last year at London. Batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur (right) stood out thanks to a breathtaking 115-ball 171* in the semi-final against Australia. Kaur, 28, became the first Indian player (in both men’s and women's) to score 150-plus in the knockout stage of an ICC event. The Indian eves came agonisingly close to bringing home the trophy and fell at the final hurdle, losing by nine runs to England. On the recent tour of South Africa, the Indians achieved a historic double, beating SA 2-1 in the ODI series and 3-1 in the T20Is.

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  • Women's Day special: These new ladies in sports have made India proud

    Manu Bhaker : Haryana's teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker has re-written the history books of Indian shooting after bagging two gold medals at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Bhaker, 16, marked her senior World Cup debut with a gold medal in the 10m air pistol final, scoring 237.5. She then teamed up with Om Prakash Mitharval to pocket her second gold in the mixed team event. Last December, Manu beat veteran Heena Sidhu to win gold in the 10m air pistol final at the Nationals in Kerala.

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  • Women's Day special: These new ladies in sports have made India proud

    Mehuli Ghosh : Bengal's teen shooter Mehuli Ghosh has bagged two bronze medals at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. She shot her first bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle final with a score of 228.4. She then teamed up with compatriot Deepak Kumar to shoot 435.1 and clinched her second bronze at the World Cup, in a five-team mixed team competition. The arkswoman’s fine showing performance comes a year after she took the junior continental title in the Asian Championship. Mehuli is also a double gold medal-winner at the Nationals.

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    Navjot Kaur : Punjab grappler Navjot Kaur scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold, at the Senior Asian Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, earlier this month. Kaur, 28, who suffered a career-threatening knee injury in 2016, outclassed Japan’s Miya Imai 9-1 in a lop-sided final bout of the 65kg freestyle category.

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    Ankita Raina : Ahmedabad-born Ankita Raina, 25, showed there's more to Indian women’s tennis than Sania Mirza, with a stellar show in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Playoffs in Delhi last month. India’s No. 1 women’s singles player, Ankita, grabbed eyeballs as she tamed Kazakhstan’s Yuliya Putintseva, currently ranked 81, having touched 27 last year, and China’s World No. 120 Lin Zhu. Her victories ensured India retained their place in the group.

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    Saikhom Mirabai Chanu : Manipur’s Saikhom Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 22-year drought with a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California. Chanu, 23, who failed to lift 48kg in all the three attempts in the clean and jerk section at the 2016 Rio Olympics, lifted a new world record of 194kg (85kg snatch and 109kg clean-and-jerk) last year to become only the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to achieve the feat.

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Beyond the Sania Mirzas and the MC Mary Koms, mid-day salutes a new crop of champion women who excelled on the global stage in the recent past

 

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