India@75: 75 Memorable Sports Moments

Here is a look at some of the key moments of Indian sports in the past 75 years 🇮🇳

  1. 1951 Asian Games: Only 4 years after independence, India hosted the 1st ever Asian Games in New Delhi 🇮🇳 11 nations participated in it and India won a total of 51 medals.
  1. 1952 Olympics: Independent India’s 1st individual medal – K.D. Jadhav wins Bronze in Wrestling
  1. 1956 Olympics – In the 1950s & 60s, Indian football team was a good team at global level. And they finished 4th at 1956 Olympics.
  1. 1957 Polo World Cup: India won the Polo World Cup in 1957.
  1. 1960 Olympics: Milkha Singh finished 4th in 400m event at 1960 Rome Olympics. The Indian sprinter missed out on Bronze by 0.1 second.
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  1. 1964 Olympics: Jeremy Bujakowski becomes the first athlete to represent India at 1964 Winter Olympics in Austria.
  1. 1962 Asian Games – Indian football team wins Gold at 1962 Asian Games in Indonesia.
  1. 1966 Davis Cup: India finished Runners-Up at the 1966 Davis Cup. India lost the final to Australia.
  1. 1951 Asian Games: Sachin Nag wins Gold in Swimming. He won the Gold in 100m freestyle event. Till date, this is the only Gold medal in Swimming for India in Asian Games.
  1. Indian Hockey at Olympics: Indian Men’s Hockey team won 8 Gold medals between 1928 and 1980 Olympic Games.
  1. Highest Ranked Indian player till now – Ramanathan Krishnan became World No. 6 in Men’s Tennis ranking in 1950s.
  1. 1975 Hockey World Cup – India win Men’s Hockey World Cup for the 1st time. Till date, it is the only time India has won Hockey World Cup.
  1. 1980 All India badminton Championships – Prakash Padukone wins 1980 All England Badminton Championship.
  1. 1983 Cricket World Cup: This is one of most important sports moments of independent India. In 1983, against all expectations, India lift 1983 Cricket World Cup.
  1. 1984 LA Olympics: PT Usha finishes 4th in Women’s 400m hurdles. She missed out on a medal by 0.01 second.
  1. 1982 Asian Games: India wins Gold in Golf. This was India’s first big achievement in the field of Golf.
  1. 1982 Asian Games: India wins 3 Gold medals in Equestrian.
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  1. 1986 Asian Games – PT Usha wins 5 medals – 4 Golds & 1 Silver at 1986 Asian Games.
  1. 1994 World Weightlifting Championship: Karnam Malleswari becomes the first Indian to win a gold at the World Weightlifting Championships.
  1. 1996 Olympics – Leander Paes wins Bronze in Men’s Singles event at 1996 Olympics. Till date, this is the only Olympic medal in Tennis for India.
  1. 1999 – Anil Kumble picks all 10 wickets in an innings in a Test match against Pakistan
  1. 1999 Tennis Grand Slams – Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi dominate the Men’s Doubles and reach finals of all 4 grand slams. They end up winning Wimbledon & French Open.
  1. 2000 Sydney Olympics – Karnam Malleshwari wins Bronze. It is India’s first Olympic medal in weightlifting.
  1. 2000 FIDE World Chess Championship: Viswanathan Anand wins 2000 World Chess Championship.
  1. 2001 All England Championship: Pullela Gopichand becomes 2nd Indian to win All England Championship. His win kick starts rise of badminton in India.
  1. 2001 India v/s Australia Test series: In one of the greatest test series comebacks, India beat Australia 2-1. In the second test match at Kolkata, India beat Australia even after following on in the 2nd innings.

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  1. Some important achievements are missing….. Michal Ferera, Pankaj Adwani, Geet Sethi in billiards and snooker, Beating Australia in Australia in Davis cup and going on to be runners u losing to Sweden. World Championship of cricket in 1985. India’s dominance in Kabaddi, Anil Kumbles 10 wicket, etc. etc…..

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