It has been an exciting and eventful year in the world of sports for India and our Indian sportswomen deserve a special mention.
These incredible Indian sportswomen have made the nation proud by their phenomenal performances at international events.
1. PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu became a household name in India post her remarkable feat at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Earlier this year, Sindhu scripted history once again by becoming the first Indian to clinch gold in the BWF World Badminton Championships. The glorious victory came after winning 2 bronze (2013 and 2014) and 2 silver (2017 and 2018) medals at the world meet.
Sindhu is now gearing up for bagging the gold at Tokyo Olympics next year.
2. PU Chitra
The ace sprinter ran her season’s best (4 minutes 12.65 seconds) to win the 1500m gold at the Folksam Grand Prix (Sweden) earlier in June. Chitra had also bagged the gold at the Asian championships in Doha earlier this year.
3. Hima Das
Nicknamed the Dhing express, Hima Das bagged 5 successive gold medals (4 for 200m sprint and 1 for 400m event) in different meets held across the Czech Republic and Poland in July.
Das has managed to secure a place in the top-20 list of fastest sprinters under 20 (in 200m event) and is also one of the top 10 under 20 runners in the world in 2019.
4. Dutee Chand
National record holder Dutee Chand bagged a gold medal at the 30th Summer University Games held in Italy earlier this year. Her glorious win made her the first Indian to clinch a 100m gold at a global event.
Recently, Chand proved her mettle once again by shattering the 100m national record 59th National Open athletics championships, claiming the gold medal by clocking 11.25 seconds in the final.
5. Mary Kom
Undoubtedly, one of the most incredible sports stars in the country, Mary Kom gave us another reason to celebrate as she became the only boxer to clinch record 8 World Championship Medals. Kom added another World Cup medal to her tally by defeating Valencia Victoria ( Columbia) in the quarter-finals at the World’s Women’s Boxing Championship. Kom now has 6 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, making her the most successful athlete in the competition’s history!
6. Manasi Joshi
Para -badminton player Joshi defeated three-time world champion Parul Parmar and bagged gold at the women’s singles SL3 final of the BWF Para-Badminton World Championship.
The ace shuttler is now using her visibility to advocate for better opportunities and resources for people with disabilities.
We wish these athletes all the best as they gear up for their next challenge!