Women's Day: News24 salutes 10 sports women who made India proud

New Delhi, March 8: In India, sports was traditionally a male dominant field. But now breaking all the odds a number women athletes jumped in this area to bring pride to the country. This Women's Day we will tell you about 10 Women athletes who have brought laurel to the country.

1. Manu Bhaker

The youngest Indian shooter Manu Bhaker has made the country proud by shooting her way through her second consecutive gold medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup at Mexico City.

This 16-year-old girl is the youngest Indian shooter to win a World Cup gold.  

The Haryana girl shot a total of 237.5 to defeat Alejandra Zavala Vazquez. She won her second gold with her game partner Om Prakash Mitharval for the 10m air pistol mixed team event.

2. Aruna Budda Reddy:

The 22-year-old Aruna Reddy is the first Indian gymnast to bag an individual medal in the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne. She finished third after Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysslef and Australia’s Emily Whitehead, with a score of 13.649, in the women’s vault event. 

Aruna, who hails from Hyderabad, cites Dipa as her inspiration. She will also be the part of the Indian contingent at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

3. Dipa Karmakar 

Hailing from Tripura, Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian woman to have represented the country in gymnastics. She brought India on the international map in gymnastics when she achieved the fourth place in Women’s Vault Gymnastics at the Rio Olympics 2016.

She is one of the five women to have successfully attempted the extremely difficult Produnova vault, which is also called the ‘vault of death.’

4. Mary Kom 

Mary Kom was born in 1983 to a poor farmer family in Manipur. She was good in athletics, but her parents were not interested in allowing her to take up boxing as a sport. 

But when her photograph appeared in a newspaper after she had won the state boxing championship, her father found out that she was playing the sport and decided to support her decision. Mary Kom won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and became the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the Olympics. 

She is also a five-time 'World Amateur Boxing champion' and the only female boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships. 


5. Mandeep Kaur Sandhu

The 19-year-old boxer, Mandeep Kaur Sandhu won Gold in the 52 categories at the Junior Boxing World Championship held at Taipei, in May 2015.

Hailing from a farmer family of Chakar, a village in the Ludhiana District of Punjab, Mandeep Kaur’s elder brother inspired her to wear boxing gloves. They did not even have the money to pay for her boxing gloves but despite the hardships, Mandeep overcame every problem.


6.Saina Nehwal

The former world no. 1 Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal has won over twenty-three international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. 

She also reached the world no. 2 ranking in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to take the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India to achieve this place. She represented India three times in the Olympics and won a bronze medal in her second appearance.


7. P V Sindhu

P. V. Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player, who is currently World no 3 in the BWF World Ranking. 

In 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal (other being Saina Nehwal). She also won a silver medal at the 2017 BWF World Championships and, in 2017, became first Indian ever to win Korea Open Super Series.


8. Mithali Raj

Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team in Tests and ODI. 

She is the highest run-scorer in women's international cricket and the only female cricketer to exceed the 6,000 run mark in ODIs. Mithali is the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs. She is also the first captain (men or women) to lead India to an ICC ODI World Cup final twice in 2005 and 2017.


9. Sakshi Malik

The Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country.

Previously, Sakshi had also won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.


10. Deepika Kumari

Deepika Kumari is the current World number 5, and former number one archer has struggled hard to reach this place. She became the world champion in archery after she won the Archery World Cup in 2012.

Deepika Kumari father was an autorickshaw driver and mother was a nurse at Ranchi Medical College. As a child, she started her initial archery practice by throwing stones at mangoes. she used to make bamboo bows and arrows for practice. But it was at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur that Deepika was able to start her professional archery journey.