These young women athletes are pride of India
They are young, they are talented, they have an amazing sense of sportsmanship, and they do not belong to Men’s Cricket Team. Our female athletes have been making India proud for years, but the list is getting younger and longer with each passing day. Let’s have a look at our female force on the field…
India’s star sprinter Hima Das, nicknamed Dhing Express, is truly our golden girl. Das has won five gold medals in a span of less than three weeks in July this year alone. She clocked a timing of 52.09 seconds to complete the 400m race at the Nove Mesto Athletics Meet in Prague. The Assam runner also bagged gold in the 200m race in Poland, 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet, Czech Republic and at the Kutno Athletics Meet.
She is India’s top woman wrestler with golds in both Asian and Commonwealth Games. Just recently she won two consecutive gold medals in Yasar Dogu International Istanbul and Grand Prix of Spain. Hailing from Haryana’s famous Phogat family, Vinesh is cousin sister of Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari whose life was documented in Aamir Khan’s super hit film Dangal.
This national sprinter from Odisha is the current national champion in the women’s 100 metres event. Dutee Chand is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games. In 2019, she became the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the Universiade, clocking 11.32 seconds in the 100m race.
Though currently ranked World No 5 in archery, Deepika Kumari has tasted the title of World No 1 with wins at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also qualified for the 2010 Summer Olympics. Kumari hails from Ratu Chati village near Ranchi, and apparently practised archery while aiming for mangoes with stones when she was a young girl. Kumari was awarded with prestigious Arjuna Award in 2012 followed by the Padma Shri in 2016.
This 23-year old girl from Jalpaiguri became the first ever Indian sportsperson to win a gold medal for Heptathlon in the Asiad. In the 2018 Asian Games hosted in Indonesia, she also secured a 50.63 m in Javelin Throw, which remains her personal best till date. She also crossed a total of 6,000 points in the Heptathlon event and became only the fifth woman ever to achieve this feat.
This Kolhapur girl created history when she became the first Indian female shooter to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games. Rahi Sarnobat has also won two golds from the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, and a bronze from the 2014 Asian Games. She’s the first Indian woman to bag a gold at the World Cup.
Gymnastics as a sport was a far fetched thought on Indian soil, but Dipa Karmakar changed that when she won a bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Since then she’s become the face of Indian gymnastics. Hailing from Agartala, Karmakar secured 4th position in women’s vault gymnastics at 2016 Rio Olympics and stunned the audience for successfully landing the Produnova, which is said to be the most difficult vault in women’s gymnastics.
Sneha Sharma And Mira Erda
Women can drive, and nobody proves this better than Sneha Sharma and Mira Erda. The girls created history when they were chosen among the 55 drivers from 25 countries who got shortlisted to participate in the prestigious W Series in 2019. W Series is the first ever single-seater racing championship for women encourage motorsport among females.
After an accident in 2003, when she lost her limbs and became wheel-chair bound, Ekta Bhyan decided to take up a sport. Coached by Amit Saroha in club and discus throw, she clinched gold in the women’s club throw event at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta. She also bagged a gold in the Indian Open Para Athletics Championship earlier this year and has represented India at the 2017 IPC Para Athletics World Championships.
The Bengaluru girl is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016). In 2018, she also delivered her career best performance in an LPGA Major Championship in the Evian Championship, held in France.