Indian Women Athletes & Teams That Made India Proud
I. Rahi Sarnobat
Rahi Sarnobat created history when she became the first Indian female shooter to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games. However, her list of achievements isn’t limited to just this win, this 27-year-old has two golds from the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, and a bronze from the 2014 Asian Games to her name. Based out of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, Sarnobat is also the first Indian woman to bag a gold at the World Cup.
As awe-inspiring as Sarnobat’s journey sounds, all these wins didn’t come to her easily. In 2016, Sarnobat battled a major elbow injury, but sprung right back in 2018 when she brought home a gold.
II. Ekta Bhyan
Ekta Bhyan clinched gold in the women’s club throw event at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta. She also bagged a gold in the Indian Open Para Athletics Championship earlier this year. Bhyan decided to take up sports after an accident and was coached by Amit Saroha in club and discus throw. She has also represented India at the 2017 IPC Para Athletics World Championships and currently works as an employment officer with the Haryana Government.
III. Dutee Chand
Current national champion in the women’s 100 metres, Dutee Chand is a sprinter from Odisha. She is also the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the 100 meters event in the Summer Olympics. Sprinting goes become a challenge for Chand owing to a condition known as hyperandrogenism, but it has never come in the way of her achieving what she puts her mind to. In 2018, Chand won a silver meal in women’s 100 metres at the Jakarta Asian Games. This was India’s first medal in 20 years at this event.
V. Deepika Kumari
Deepika Kumari is currently ranked World No. 5 in her sport. She has also formerly held World No. 1 title, won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and qualified for the 2010 Summer Olympics. Kumari, who is from Ratu Chati village near Ranchi, suppossedly practised archery while aiming for mangoes with stones when she was a young girl. Also, due to budget constraints, she would use bows and arrows made at home with bamboos. It is probably her resourceful nature that helps her become a leading sportswoman. Kumari was awarded the second most prestigious sports award – Arjuna Award – in 2012 followed by the Padma Shri in 2016.
VI. Women’s Cricket Team
2018 has been an interesting year for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. The team represented India in the Asia Cup finals an also reached the semi finals of the Women’s World T20, where they managed to win all their group matches and in the process garnered immense appreciation.