The festive season has already arrived in India and it’s all about the women power with the various goddesses like Durga, Kali etc. who all have shown what women can do. Not only in the mythology, the women power has spread now in every corner of India. In terms of Education, Technology, Art and Culture, everywhere feminine are slowly but surely decreasing the gap with the masculine, so it is in the arena of Sports.
In the recently concluded Olympics and Paralympics, we have seen the domination of Indian Sports-women in terms of making our country proud and getting the medals. Some of them won medals, some of them came so close but made a real recognition of themselves and made India proud. Today we shall take a look at 6 Indian women who enhanced India’s pride in the international arena amphitheater named The Olympics.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu:
We know her in the name of PV Sindhu and she was the golden girl for India in this Olympics. The 21 year old worked hard and won a Silver medal in Badminton, making herself the first ever Indian woman to win a Silver at the Olympics. She united the whole nation to watch her match, billions of hearts were praying for her victory and she rallied through to the finals, beating Okuhara of Japan. In the final she came close, but unfortunately lost against Carolina Marin but nevertheless made the country proud. Her Silver in the biggest stage hopefully will inspire many more aspiring talents and we may witness many more medals from Badminton in the coming games.
Malik qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating China’s Zhang Lan in the semifinal of the 58 kg category at the Olympic World qualifying tournament in May 2016. At the Olympics, she won her Round of 32 bout against Sweden’s Johanna Mattsson and Round of 16 bout against Moldova’s Mariana Cherdivara. After losing to eventual finalist Valeria Koblova of Russia in the quarterfinal, she qualified for the repechage round where she defeated Pürevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her first fight. She won the bronze medal after a 8–5 victory over the reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, despite trailing 0–5 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff, and became India’s first female wrestler to win an Olympic medal. It was a minute that has turned her life and has made India proud. The sacrifices and the preparation she underwent paid off in the biggest stage of all.
This story is a fairy tale. India have had a dismal run in the Gymnastics every year. It’snot the fault of the participants, it’s because of our piss poor infrastructure, lack of professionalism and next to zero financial support. But history was written when the 24 year old Tripura girl Dipa qualified for the finals in the Gymnastics Vault department. Among the 8 Finalists her rank was 8th. The dream was still alive and she got so near. An outstanding first volt kept her in the hunt after the 1st round, while a little landing flaw in the second Pedrunova Vault cost her a medal. But it was her biggest success that she made the whole country sit in front of their TV Set to watch Gymnastics, that’s a massive achievement. Dipa may not have come back with a medal but she has really been an emerging role model for many of our next generation aspirants.
Aditi was another surprise package for India who did exceedingly well in Golf. The 18 year old was at the Silver medal position at one stage but couldn’t hold her place. But at a tender age the way she fought was laudable.
Lalita Babar is a long distance runner and she did exceedingly well in her 3000 mtr Steeplechase event. She qualified in the heat and finished 10th in the finals. But her performance could have been better if the Indian officials were a bit more responsible. There was no support for her while her run and no Indian support staffs were there to give her water while she was tired and in dire need of it. She was let down by her own staffs and that inevitably played a part in her run. But still her performance was impressive and maybe in the future days we will see better displays from both the player and the staffs.
There was another Deepa who made India proud but unfortunately haven’t got the limelight she deserved. It is the 46 year old Deepa Malik who won a Silver in the Paralympics this year, that was held just after the main event in Rio. Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman to win a Medal at the Paralympics. Her event was shot put and she made India proud. The Arjuna Awardee was felicitated by her state government Haryana after her historical victory in Rio.
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