Justalkin about Indian sportspeople who slayed in 2018.
Vinesh Phogat be the woman because she is the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. 2018 has also been the year of shaadis, hasn’t it? Vinesh Phogat tied the knot with national level wrestler Somvir Rathi in Haryana. Sports meets sports, aww!
Next up let’s talk about shooting. Rahi Sarnobat was the second Indian shooter to bag a gold medal after 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary at the Asian Games 2018.
The legend of Mary Kom continued through 2018 as she added so many wins to her medal cabinet. She won a record equalling 6th gold at the World Boxing Championship in November and a gold at her Commonwealth Games debut.
Manika Batra took the country by storm. She finished the Commonwealth Games with a total of four medals including two gold, one silver and one bronze.
Saina Nehwal, veteran badminton star, had a strong year after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury. Her year began with her beating co-star PV Sindhu in the Commonwealth Games final, and she became the first ever Indian to have two gold medals in the badminton singles category at the Commonwealth Games. She also got married in 2018. God, 2018, enough with the weddings already!
PV Sindhu won five silvers last year and also managed to overcome her finals jinx. Earlier in the year she scripted history because she became the first ever Indian to win a silver medal in any women's singles badminton events at the Asian Games 2018.
Virat Kohli sets the field and the internet on fire. He ended the year as the number one ranked batsman in Tests and one-day internationals for the second time running. He became the first Asian captain to register Test wins in Australia, England and South Africa, all in the same calendar year, 2018.
Newcomer Prithvi Shaw whose story is quite the touching one is an exciting new talent; everyone is comparing him to Sachin Tendulkar. 2018 was the start of something amazing as he became the youngest Indian centurion on debut and here's looking forward to all that he is going to achieve.
2018 saw a lot of firsts. Like the first ever Indian to win a gold medal in women's heptathlon event at the Asian Games. Swapna Barman made headlines with this historic gold and of course the difficulties that she had to face. We say more power to this rock star.
And then there's Hima Das who has given the country some serious Olympic medal hopes with her performance this year. End of the season at world number 23 and second in Asia, not bad at all Hima.
Dattu Baban Bhokanal
Let’s row row row our boat towards someone who really has been a hero of sorts. Dattu Baban Bhokanal is a rowing star and has overcome everything that life has thrown at him to win a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. In fact, he represented India at the Rio Olympics while his mother was in a coma. Talk about dedication and commitment to the sport.
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