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01-10-2011, 01:42 AM #1
SPORTING ICONS who made INDIA proud over the DECADE
It was an unprecedented decade for Indian Olympic sports. From 2001 to 2010, India produced champions in Tennis, Boxing, Chess, Badminton, Shooting, Wrestling and Athletics. At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, India finished in second place. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou India won medals in 14 disciplines. It wasn't cricket alone that climbed the peaks of success. In this decade India's Olympic sportsperson made the tri-colour go up again and again.
Almost two decades after Prakash Padukone made the badminton world sit up with his stirring conquest, Pullela Gopichand emulated the maestro by winning the All-England title in 2001. And as the decade proceeded, the win turned out to be a path-breaking one.
Anjali Ved Pathak
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee Anjali Ved Pathak set the shooting range at the 2002 Commonwealth Games on fire winning four gold medals in the individual and pair events.
Anju Bobby George
Anju Bobby George created history in Paris in 2003 when she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal, a bronze, at the World Athletics Championships. She clinched third place in the women's long jump on her fifth attempt with a leap of 6.70 metres.
Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was the toast of the nation as the Armyman picked up a silver in the men's double trap event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. It was truly, as a commentator put it, 'a picture postcard moment'.
2005 was the year when Sania Mirza made the world take notice of her. The Hyderabadi soared to a career-high No. 31 in the WTA rankings, the first for an Indian woman tennis player.
Jeev Milkha Singh
2006 was undoubtedly the year of Jeev Milkha Singh. After a dry stint from 2000 to 2005, Jeev showed his mettle winning the Volvo China Open, the Casio World Open and the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.
Vishwanathan Anand became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then successfully defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010.
A score of 10.8 in his final shot made Abhinav Bindra a household name as he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Leander Paes, who won the French Open and the US Open men's doubles titles in 2009 continued to dazzle the tennis world. It was also the decade of Mahesh Bhupathi and news that they will once again team up together as the 'Indian Express' starting with the Australian Open in January 2011 could just be the best new year present for their fans.
While 2010 was a year full of achievements, the one enduring image of Indian sport will be the grit and achievement of Saina Nehwal. Not only did she become the first Indian woman shuttler to be a World No.2, she won a string of super series championships and won that all-important Gold medal No. 38 that propelled India to the second place on the medal tally for the first time.
This decade was not about a handful of sportspersons who did India proud. There were more and no one was more powerful among them as Sushil Kumar. After a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he became the 66kg freestyle World Wrestling Champion and also won the gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Disappointed with a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the World No. 1 Bhiwani boxer Vijender Singh won a gold in the Asian Games in China in the 75kg category.
The women's relay team
The women's relay team set the track on fire when the quartet of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Mandeep Kaur and A C Ashwini won the 4x400m relay gold at the 2010 Commonwealth and Asian Games.
Arjun Atwal conquered the Wyndham Championship in August, becoming the first Indian to win on the US PGA tour.
Somdev Devvarman created history by winning the tennis gold in the men's singles category at the 2010 Asian Games, a first by an Indian. He also teamed up with Sanam Singh to win the men's doubles event.
Ronjan Sodhi was crowned the Double Trap World Champion in Turkey and later came up with a silver medal performance in the CWG and a 'golden' one in the Asian Games.
MC Marykom, the woman boxer from Manipur and mother of two, won her fifth successive World Championship title in Barbados.
Gagan Narang became the new 'Goldfinger' for India with four golds in the Commonwealth Games shooting.
Indian hockey experienced both the highs and lows, both on the field and off it. While the women won the gold medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, the men won the Asia Cup in 2003. In 2010, the team celebrated back-to-back wins over arch-rivals Pakistan in men's hockey. India beat them in the World Cup in February, Commonwealth Games in October and the Asian Games in November.
It was a decade of superlative achievements. Some won because of the system, some despite. And as India start the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics, there's now a realistic chance of India emerging as a sports superpower in the next decade.
Hopefully, This year a new chapter will be written in Indian Sporting History..
and the dreams of Billions will b turned into Reality...
I know its too early too soon,
BEST OF LUCK
...being a human...
01-10-2011, 03:22 AM #2
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Very well done sir..
But why did u remove this
I guess frm nxt time onwards i'll hav to post simultaneously here as well.
But gr8 job i must say, u dint even change ne letter frm lower to upper case..