PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Mary Kom.. here are the five women to win a medal for India at Olympics

By: | Updated: August 19, 2016 5:16 PM

People who say that outdoor sports are men's genre will have to re-think after PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik's performance at Rio Olympic 2106 on Thursday.

pv sandhu, Sakshi Malik, The two female athletes, who made the nation proud, are one of the few female faces to reach such a milestone. While Sakshi became fourth, Sindhu became fifth female athlete ever to clinch a medal at Olympic games. (Reuters)

People who say that outdoor sports are men’s genre will have to re-think after PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik’s performance at Rio Olympic 2106 on Thursday. While wrestler Saskhi Malik brought the nation’s first medal in form of a bronze, PV Sindhu secured at least a silver by entering women’s badminton finals. The two female athletes, who made the nation proud, are one of the few female faces to reach such a milestone. While Sakshi became fourth, Sindhu became fifth female athlete ever to clinch a medal at Olympic games.

Before these two athletes, Mary Kom(boxing), Karnam Malleswari(weightlifter) and Saina Nehwal (badminton) were the only women to win a medal for India at Olympics. The first Indian woman to win a medal Olympic games was weightlifter Malleswari at the 2000 Sydney Games. She made nation proud as she lifted 110 kg in the snatch and 130 kg in the clean and jerk for a total lift of 240 kgs.

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The second medal from a woman came 12 years later, an energetic Mary Kom bagged a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The mother of two later had a movie made on life. Also in London 2012, a 22-year-old Saina Nehwal bagged India’s first Olympic medal in badminton. Saina’s opponent, world No 2 Xin Wang conceded the third-place play-off match due to a knee injury after taking the first game.

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