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CELEBRATING 73 YEARS OF INDIAN SPORTS ON NATIONAL SPORTS DAY

"YOU DON'T PLAY FOR THE CROWD, YOU PLAY FOR THE COUNTRY"
-MS DHONI
International Sports Day
On August 29, which is celebrated as National Sports Day, Way2NewsMp remembers India's greatest moments in sports.

1948 (POST-INDEPENDENCE)
India won their 1st Olympic gold at the London Olympics in field Hockey

1951
Independent India hosted 1st Asian Games in Delhi
Indian national football team won gold at the Asian Games

1952
Khashaba Jadhav became India's first individual Olympic medalist (bronze) India won their 5th hockey gold medal with Balbir Singh Sr. scoring 9 goals at Helsinki Olympics Rita Davar finishes runner-up at junior Wimbledon Gool Nasikwala won women's singles and doubles titles at the inaugural Asian Table Tennis Championships


1958
Milkha Singh became the first Indian athlete to win an individual gold at the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff Mihir Sen became the first Indian to swim across the English Channel Billiards player Wilson Jones becomes India's first world champion in any sport Lila Ram won gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in men's heavyweight wrestling

1962
India won their 2nd football gold medal at the Asian Games Padam Bahadur Mall is the 1st Indian boxer to win a gold medal at the Asian Games

1975
India won the hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur

1980
India won their last Olympic gold medal in hockey Prakash Padukone wins the All England Open Badminton Championships

1983
Kapil Dev-led Team India stunned the world by winning the 1st World Cup

1986
P.T. Usha wins 5 medals at the Asian Games in Seoul

1987
Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman ever to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket


1990
India won the gold medal in men's kabaddi at the Beijing Asian Games

1996
Leander Paes won India's 2nd individual Olympic medal

1997
Mahesh Bhupathi became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam title

1999
Anil Kumble became the only 2nd bowler after Jim Laker to pick all 10 wickets in Test match innings

2000
Karnam Malleswari became the 1st Indian woman to win an Olympic medal (bronze) in weightlifting in women's 69kg category at the Sydney Games

2004
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became independent India's first individual Olympic silver medallist at Athens

2005
Sania Mirza became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title

2007
India won the inaugural cricket World Twenty20 Championship

2008
Abhinav Bindra became the 1st Indian to win an individual gold medal in men's 10m air rifle & Vijender Singh became the 1st Indian boxer to win bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.
The BCCI starts the Indian Premier League in the Twenty20 format

2009
India won the Nehru Cup in football

2010
CAMAN Sachin Tendulkar scored the first-ever double century in a ODI match against South Africa

2011
India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup at home

2012
Mary Kom won a bronze medal in women's boxing at the London Olympics Sushil Kumar became the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals.
Saina Nehwal won bronze in London Olympics

2015
Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman and ranked as world's No. 1 in badminton


2016
PV. Sindhu won a silver medal in badminton at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics Sakshi Malik became the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal (bronze)

2018
Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to clinch a gold at Asian Games and Gold Coast CWG in a year.
Hima Das became the first-ever Indian woman to win an athletics gold on the international stage.
PV Sindhu became the first Indian to clinch a Badminton World Tour Finals gold.

2019
Sunil Chhetri became the 2nd highest international goalscorer among active players.
Amit Panghal won India's first ever silver at Men's Boxing World Championships.
Leander Paes became most successful doubles player in Davis Cup.

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