Indian Champions at London Olympics 2012.

More than 200 countries participate in the Olympic Games. These are considered to be the world’s most prestigious sports’ competition. Olympics were first held in Greece, in 776 BC. They are held every four years, with two years apart for Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games. The symbol of Olympics consists of 5 rings, which represent the 5 continents. The colours of these rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red. The Olympic Flag has these rings with a plain white background.

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History of India at Olympics:

India had first participated in Olympics in the year 1900. Norman Pritchard was the only athlete who had participated then. The Indian Men Hockey Team had created a history at the Olympics by winning a total number of 26 medals, which included eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1928 and 1980, including six successive gold medals from 1928–1956. Apart from the Men Hockey Team, other Indian legends at Olympics are: Norman Pritchard, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, Rajvardhan Singh Rathore, Abhinav Bindra, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar, Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Yogeshwar Dutt.

India at London Olympics 2012

1. Gagan Narang.

Born in Chennai, Gagan was brought up in Hyderabad. His achievements include gold medals at the Afro-Asian Games (2003), Commonwealth Games (2006 and 2010), and Asian Games (2010). He has also won gold and bronze medals at the ISSF World Cup (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010). At London Olympics 2012, Gagan Narang opened the medals’ account for India, by winning a bronze medal 10m Air Rifle event.

2. Vijay Kumar.

Vijay Kumar comes from Barsar village, which is located in the Hamipur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. A military man by profession, Vijay Kumar is also a top-notch sport shooter. Previously, he has also won bronze, silver and gold medals at the commonwealth Games (2006 and 2010), and Asian Games (2006 and 2010). He won a silver medal for India at the London Olympics 2012 at the 25m rapid fire pistol event.

3. Saina Nehwal.

Hyderabad girl, Saina, started playing badminton at the age of 8. Since then, there has been no looking back. Saina has a number of national and international records in her kitty. She also holds the record for being the only Indian badminton player to have won a medal at Olympics. Coached by former badminton champion, Pullela Gopichand, Saina was awarded the Khelratna award for the 2009-10 year. She won a bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012, when Wang Xin left the game, retired hurt.

4. Mary Kom.

Also known as ‘Magnificent Mary’, this Indian boxer has inspired thousands of girls. Mary hails from Kangathei, Manipur. She was brought up in a place, which did not even have electricity supply at times. But this never bothered Mary. She has won several medals at the Asian Games, Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships, Asian Cup Women’s Boxing Tournament, etc. A mother of two, Mary won a bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012 in the Women’s Flyweight event. She also holds the record for being a five-time world champion.

5. Yogeshwar Dutt.

Yogeshwar hails from the Bhainswal village, Sonipat district in Haryana. He started wrestling at the age of 8. He has previously won gold and silver medals at Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. He has also won medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. At London Olympics, Yogeshwar won a bronze medal in the Men’s 60kg Freestyle Wrestling event by defeating Ri Jong-Myong of North Korea.

6. Sushil Kumar.

Sushil started his wrestling training at the age of 14. He has previously earned bronze, silver and gold medals at the Asian Championships, Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Championship and World Championship. Having won his previous Olympic medal in 2008, Sushil repeated the history at the London Olympics 2012. He won a silver medal at the London Olympics, by losing the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan.

Such are our heroes, who promise more and more medals to the country in the coming tournaments. They are a pride of every Indian today.

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