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13 Female Athletes Who Made India Proud And Set New Benchmarks On The Sporting Stage

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Somak Adhikari
Somak AdhikariUpdated on Mar 08, 2020, 12:11 IST

Women have made India proud in many fields. Be it sports, medicine, academics, activism or politics. When it comes to sports, there is a long list of ladies who have kept the Indian flag flying high. The fact that they had to fight so many factors to achieve their dreams makes their contribution only more special. Remember, they had to go against tradition, stereotypes, patriarchy, conservative minds and not to mention the obstacles in their path just because they were women. Nonetheless they triumphed. In their battle on the sports arena and in life, these ladies came out on top.

On this Women's Day it is time to remember all those ladies who have and still are putting the nation on the map across disciplines. They are doing this for our glory and it is time we recognised their efforts.?

The list is endless. Here are some of them:?

1. Sania Mirza (tennis)?

?One of the best doubles players in the world she was also ranked No. 1 at one time. Lethal on any surface, she is leaving behind a legacy to be proud of.?

2. Mary Kom (boxing)?

?A six-time World Champion and an Olympic medallist, even at 37 she is not showing any signs of slowing down.?

3. Saina Nehwal (badminton)?

?The first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic medal, the lady who put Indian badminton on the map in the last decade.?

4. PV Sindhu (badminton)?

?She won silver in at the 2016 Games and is going for gold this time. She is also the current World Champion.

5. Hima Das (track and field)?

?On a spree with medals in 2019, she is a good bet for a podium finish in Tokyo.?

6. Dutee Chand (track and field)?

?Blessed with speed, she is one of our best runners known for shattering records.?

7. Dipa Karmakar (gymnastics)?

?Setting new benchmarks for the sport in India, she is a world class athlete.?

8. Manu Bhaker (shooting)?

?Still not an adult, she has been World Champion several times. Certainly the future of Indian shooting.?

9. Deepika Kumari (archery)?

?Has won several medals and championships to keep the flag flying high.??

10. Anju Bobby George (track and field)?

?Success at the top level brought her to the limelight.?

11. PT Usha (track and field)?

?The lady who almost won an Olympic medal. Her success in Commonwealth Games and Asian Games made India shine in athletics.?

12. Mithali Raj (cricket)?

?Broke all stereotypes to become a legend in the game.?

13. Dipika Pallikal (squash)

?The unsung hero of Indian sports who has quietly been making a name for herself in squash.?

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