Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is considered one of India's most promising contemporary marksmen; and possesses the distinction of winning India's first individual silver medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Shooting. Born in January 29, 1970 in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Atmore's father is a Colonel in the Indian Army named Col. Laxman Singh Rathore and his mother Manju Rathore is a teacher.
Thadathuvila Chandapillai Yohannan
Thadathuvila Chandapillai Yohannan, the very famous athlete of India was born on 19th may 1947. T. C. Yohannan is always remembered for bringing a new dimension in the field of Long Jump in India. He started his career in the year 1974 and gave a brand new dimension in the Teheran Asian Games held in that year. He started to love the game of Athletics in his early childhood when he took part in the Inter-School Meets on behalf of the Ezhukone Panchayat in the year of 1964.
Manavjeet Singh Sidhu
Manavjeet Singh Sidhu, also known as Manavjeet Singh Sandhu, is a well known sport shooter from India who has gained expertise in trap shooting. He was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in the year 1998 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006. Manavjeet Singh was honoured for his brilliant and consistent performance in sport shooting through the last few years. The individual gold and team silver at the 2006 World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia, was one of his top achievements. Manavjeet Singh Sidhu completed his education from the Lawrence School in Sanawar. He started his sport shooting career at a young age and was immensely inspired by Gurbir Singh Sandhu, his father. Gurbir Singh was also an ace shooter of international repute and a winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award.
Vikas Gowda is amongst the most renowned Indian discus throwers. Vikas was born in Mysore and was brought up in Frederick, Maryland in the United States. His personal best throw was achieved in May 2007 in Salinas, which is 64.96 meters. He participated at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but couldn't manage to reach to the finals. He also won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Anil Kumar is a well known Indian discus thrower and his personal best throw is 64.37 m, which he attained in Szombathely in July 2007. Anil Kumar was born on 20th June 1975. Anil Kumar has participated at the Asian games of the year 1998 held at Bangkok, Thailand and he finished at the 2nd place. At the Asian Championship held in the year 2000 at the Djakrta, Indonesia, he has also participated and finished at the 1st position. In the year 2002, the Asian games held at Busan, South Korea, Anil Kumar has also taken part and came 3rd. At the Asian championships held at Manila, Philippines in the year 2003 he has participated and finished at 3rd position. He has also participated at the 2005 Asian Championships held in Incheon, South Korea and came at the 3rd position. In the same year he took part in the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, where he received the first prize.
. Henry Rebello is a world renowned Indian Triple jumper. He contended in independent India's first Olympics participation which was held in London in 1948. Rebello was a genuine medal prospect, but his first leap in the final was damaged due to an injury. In the year 1980, he retired as a Group Captain from the Indian Air Force.
Gopal Saini, a former athlete of India, still holds national record in men 3000 meter Steeplechase event held at Tokyo in the year 1981 with timing of 8.30.88 minutes. He originally hails from Rajasthan. In the year 1981, he was conferred Arjuna award, which is the highest prestigious award in the field of sports and of course the most desired award for the players, for their achievements.
Sriram Singh was born on 14th November in the year 1948 in Badnagar, Rajasthan. This Indian middle distance runner, Sriram Singh joined Rajputana Rifles in the year 1968. In the Rajputana Rifles he came under the influence of the coach Ilyas Babar. It was Babar who swayed him to shift his focus from 400m to 800m.
Shiny Abraham (Wilson) is a former Indian athlete who was the National Champion in 800 m for 14 long years. During 1980s, she won many gold medals at the Asian level and established various records. Shiny was one of Asia's finest 400 m and 800 m contestants. She has represented India over 75 international competitions. A veteran of 4 Olympics, Shiny was declared the best woman athlete at the SAF games in Chennai in 1995. However, she was accused of changing lanes during the 800metres at the 1986 Asian games. Shiny Abraham admitted her mistake by making a frank and honest confession.
K P Thomas
K P Thomas an ex-athlete, mentor and coach is lovingly called Thomas Master .K P Thomas trains one hundred and seventy young athletes all for free in his school in Koruthode in Kerala . He has been involved with training and coaching ever since be bid adieu to professional athleticism. His career has moved on from sportsman to being a coach. He has been a source of inspiration for many young athletes and his guidance has been of immense help for upcoming talents.
Jayanta Talukdar is a well known and reputed archer from India. He was born in the year 1987 and has become one of the most prominent names in the field of Indian Archery. Talukdar hails from Guwahati from where he was picked up by archery coaches at a talent hunting camp. At a training camp in Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, he came first among 50 boys thus impressing the coaches with his physical strength and focused attitude. He soon found his place in the Junior National Archery team of India.
Vijay Kumar is a renowned Indian sport shooter, who won two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the event, he won gold for the individual 25 m rapid-fire pistol competition and the pairs' competition with Pemba Tamang in the same event. He won a bronze medal in the 2006 Asian Games, even though he became fourth in the competition. In 2007, at the Asian Championship, Vijay Kumar finished second in 25 m center fire pistol. At the 2009 ISSF World Cup Beijing, he won a silver medal in rapid fire pistol, after he was beaten by 0.1 points by Keith Sanderson. Kumar won 3 gold medals and one silver medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi. For his great accomplishments in the field of sport shooting, he was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 5the year 2007. Vijay Kumar has the credit of winning 24 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 24 bronze in different national shooting events.
Ranjith Kumar Jayaseelan
Ranjith Kumar Jayaseelan is a well known athlete and sportsperson from India. He was born on 2nd September in the year 1974. Ranjith Kumar Jayaseelan participated in the Men's Seated Discus Throw EAD at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The 2006 Commonwealth Games were conducted in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was held from 15th March 2006 to 26th March 2006. The sporting tournament was perhaps the biggest sporting event to take place in Melbourne. Discus Throw is a track and field athletics competition event where an athlete throws a heavy disc known as discus, in an effort to mark a farther distance than competitors. Ranjith Kumar Jayaseelan won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games with a throw of 29.88 meters.
Norman Gilbert Pritchard
Norman Gilbert Pritchard, also known as Norman Trevor, was the first athlete from India to take part in the Olympic Games. The well known Indian athlete also featured in several films in Hollywood and Broadway shows. Norman Pritchard was originally a British and permanently went to England in the year 1905. He was born on 23rd June 1875 in Kolkata to the parents George Petersen Pritchard and Helen Maynard Pritchard. He has studied at the St Xaviers College, Kolkata. He made the first hat-trick in an open football tournament in the country in a match for Saint Xavier's against Sovabazar in July 1897. During his early life, Norman Gilbert Pritchard was employed as an accountant and resided in Alipore.
Sabir Ali, is a former athlete of India, who has won a silver medal in javelin throw in the first SAF games held in Kathmandu in the year1984. After acknowledging the outstanding performance of Sabir Ali, Indian Government in the year 1981, conferred him the highest prestigious sports award, the Arjuna award. He originally hails from Maharashtra state.
Makhan Singh was born on 1st July in the year 1937. In Bathulla village situated in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, he was born. He was one of the renowned Indian athletes of the 60s. As a result of his famous victories over Milkha Singh at the 1964 National Games held in Kolkata, he became famous. In National Games, he has won a number of gold medals. In the 1962 Asian Games, he has represented his native country. Makhan Singh died on January 21 in the year 2002.
In the year 1959, he won a Bronze in the National Games held at Cuttack. That was his first taste of success. In the following year, he then hit the high spots with the National Games held at Delhi. He won gold in the short sprint and Silver in the 300 metres at the tournament. With this success he was to continue in following time the National Games. In the year 1960, he has won a Gold and a Silver at Madras, 4 Gold at Jabalpur in the year 1962 and 2 Gold and one Silver at Trivandrurn in the year 1963. His greatest triumph is considered to be the 1964 National Games held in Calcutta. In the tournament apart from scoring a stunning win over Milkha, he picked up four Gold Medals for an impressively personal tally. In the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, he represented India. He won relay gold in 4 x 400 metres and a Silver in the 400 metres at the tournament.
Chetan Anand Buradagunta
Chetan Anand Buradagunta is a popular Indian badminton player, and considered as one of the next best talent after Prakash Padukone, Syed Modi and Pullela Gopichand. He had been extremely successful in badminton and won National Badminton champion four times in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He possesses the career best ranking of no. 11, though his ranking dropped to 54 since October 2010 as a result of ankle injury. Chetan is also a proud recipient of Arjuna Award.
K M Binu
K.M. Binu, born as Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Binu, is a track and field athlete from Kerala, India and he specialises in the 400 and 800 m events. He holds the present 400 m national record of 45.48 s which was achieved at the Athens Olympics on 20th August 2004. Binu broke the 44-year-old Indian National Record that was set by Milkha Singh with a timing of 45.73 s at the Rome Olympics in 1960. He is the brother of renowned sports person K. M. Beenamol and the siblings won medals in a major international competition at the Busan Asian Games, 2002. K.M. Binu won the men's 800 m silver medal and his sister won the gold medal in the women's event. He was born on 20th December 1980 in Idukki district, Kerala. K.M. Binu, for his commendable performances, he has received the Arjuna Award in 2006, the country's highest sports award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in the year 2002.
Devendra Jhajharia is the first ever gold medalist at the Paralympics from India. Jhajharia is a one armed javelin thrower from Churu District in Rajasthan. In his childhood, he had lost his left hand in an accident. At a very young age, Devendra met a mishap while climbing the tree. In the tree he did not notice an electric wire and touched it and the Doctors had to amputate his left arm as it was badly burnt.
Rajwinder Kaur is a well known sprinter from India who has attained expertise in the 400 m track event. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Kaur finished 7th in the 4 x 400 m relay together with team mates K. M. Beenamol, Chitra K. Soman and Sathi Geetha. The team had set a national record of 3:26.89 minutes, with Manjeet Kaur running in place of Sathi Geetha. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Kaur also ran for the Indian team and won a silver medal at the tournament. Her personal best time is achieved in June 2004 in Chennai, which is in 400m and is achieved in 51.57 seconds.
(Last Updated on : 06-07-2013)
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