International Women’s Day 2019: Here are some Indian sportswomen who proved they’re at par with men
When we talk about sports, the first names that come to our minds are MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and others. Peoples’ minds dominated by cricket. As a country, India is far from being the example of a nation that prioritises female sportspersons. Yet, there are several Indian women who have excelled in sports. It was back in 1975 when the United Nations decided to dedicate March 8 to women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, let’s take some time to celebrate female sports personalities who are at par with their male colleagues and have made the country proud on numerous occasions.
Popularly known as the Dhing Express, this Assamese teen won the gold medal for Athletics at the 2018 Asian Games. She holds the current Indian national record for 400 meters sprints, completing the circuit in 50.79 seconds – a feat she achieved at the Asian Games. Besides the gold medal, Das also clinched a silver medal for the 4x400 meters mixed relay race. Hima was awarded the Arjuna Award for Athletics as well.
Following the Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu became the topic of discussion for many sports addicts. She rose to fame after winning silver for badminton at the Olympics. She is the first Indian woman to win silver at the event. In 2015, she was awarded the Padma Shri to recognise her achievements.
Harmanpreet is currently the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. She recently became the first woman to score a century at a T20 match during the 2018 World Cup. The 29-year-old Indian all-rounder is also a holder of the Arjuna Award.
She is the third of the Phogat sisters and the gold winner in the 50kg freestyle category at the @018 Asian Games. The 24-year-old wrestler is the first Indian woman to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games. She’s also an Arjuna Award winner.
Perhaps the most popular face in Indian boxing, Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and an Olympic bronze medallist. She currently holds a joint record as the most successful boxer at world championships, winning six golds and one silver medal.
The former world number one archer has won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games – one for the individual event and the other one for a team event. Deepika is currently ranked number five and is a winner of a Padma Shri, a recipient of the Arjuna Award for Archery.