Female athletes have done India proud with their performance at the Tokyo Olympics. With the overall contingent of 228 people, so far we have won 2 medals. One silver by Chani Saikhon Mirabai in Women’s 49 kg weightlifting and another bronze by PV Sindhu who also won her second Olympic medal.
Who are the other female Olympians?
India has won 15 Olympic medals out of which 7 have been bagged by women. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari is the first Indian woman to win an individual Olympic medal at the Olympics in 2000.
This year, more Indian female athletes have had success compared to their male counterparts. So far, Chani Saikhon Mirabai and PV Sindhu have clinched silver and bronze respectively. Lovlina Boroghain will win at least a bronze medal in the competition. Apart from that, the women’s hockey team has made history by making it to the semi-finals for the first time with a 1-0 win over Australia. Drag flicker- Gurjit Kaur converted India’s lone penalty corner in the 22nd minute to shun the Australians. Furthermore, we have Punjab’s Kamalpreet Kaur who has made it to the Women’s Discus Throw Final.
What is more interesting is that this year 56 women athletes have participated in the games. This is the highest number of female participants that India has ever sent to the Olympics.
During the 2000 Summer Olympics, India just fielded 19 female athletes, just under 30% of the contingent. Since then, the number has only gone up till the 2012 London Olympics, before taking a huge leap at the Rio Olympics.
However, the nation of India is ever proud of its daughters for bringing such laurels and taking the spirit of sports to another level.
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