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Performance of Indians in Olympics

India first participated in Olympics in 1900 in Paris. The country was represented by Norman Pritchard, an Anglo Indian who was holidaying in Paris during that time. He bagged two silver medals in 200m. dash and 200m hurdles. Then after a gap of 20 years India again participated with two athletes in 1920 Antwerp Olympics and with eight members in 1924 Paris Olympics.

But the more organised, official representation by India, was made in 1928 Amsterdam, with the formation of Indian Olympic Association in 1927. Dorabji Tata was the first president and Dr A C Northern of Young Men’s Christian Association, Madras was the secretary. That year, Indian Hockey team participated in their first Olympic hockey event and won the gold medal under the captaincy of Jaipal Singh.

For the next 6 successive Olympics spanning 28 years from 1928-1956, Indians retained their gold medal for the hockey event. Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand played a major role in Indian victory in the first three successive wins. It was definitely the golden era of Indian Hockey in Olympics, during which India played 24 matches and won all 24, scored 178 goals (at an average of 7.43 goals per match) and conceded only 7 goals. India again won two more gold medals in Olympic hockey in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

In athletics, six Indians and the 4×400 women’s relay team have reached the finals of their events in Olympics. They are Norman Pritchard in 1900 (two silvers in sprint and hurdles), Henry Rebello in 1948 London (Triple Jump), Milkha Singh 1960 Rome ( fourth place in 400 metres), Gurbachan Singh Randhawa 1964 Tokyo (fifth place in 100 m hurdles),  Sriram singh 1976 Montreal ( seventh in 800m), P.T Usha in 1984 Los Angeles ( fourth in 400m hurdles) who unfortunately lost her bronze by 1/100th of a second and the 4 member squad of the 400m. women’s relay P.T.Usha, M.D.Valsamma, Vandana Rao, Shiny Abraham reached seventh place, the same year.

India competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. The Indian Olympic Association sent a total of 73 athletes, 48 men and 28 women, to compete in 14 sports. Men’s field hockey was the only team-based sport in which India had its representation in these Olympic games. India competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. India was represented by the IOA . A contingent of 56 athletes represented India, and had a support staff of 42 officials. On 11 August 2008, Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the men’s 10 m air rifle shooting event.

India competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. The IOA sent the nation’s largest delegation to the Games in Olympic history.[ A total of 83 athletes, 60 men and 23 women, competed in 13 sports. Men’s field hockey was the only team-based sport in which India had its representation in these Olympic games. India also marked its Olympic return in weightlifting, after the International Weightlifting Federation imposed a two-year suspension for the nation’s athletes in Beijing because of a doping scandal.

India’s medal tally in Olympics:

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank

1896 Athens

did not participate

1900 Paris

0 2 0 2 17

1904 St. Louis

did not participate

1908 London

did not participate

1912 Stockholm

did not participate

1920 Antwerp

0 0 0 0

1924 Paris

0 0 0 0

1928 Amsterdam

1 0 0 1 23

1932 Los Angeles

1 0 0 1 19

1936 Berlin

1 0 0 1 20

1948 London

1 0 0 1 22

1952 Helsinki

1 0 1 2 26

1956 Melbourne

1 0 0 1 24

1960 Rome

0 1 0 1 32

1964 Tokyo

1 0 0 1 24

1968 Mexico City

0 0 1 1 42

1972 Munich

0 0 1 1 43

1976 Montreal

0 0 0 0

1980 Moscow

1 0 0 1 23

1984 Los Angeles

0 0 0 0

1988 Seoul

0 0 0 0

1992 Barcelona

0 0 0 0

1996 Atlanta

0 0 1 1 71

2000 Sydney

0 0 1 1 71

2004 Athens

0 1 0 1 65

2008 Beijing

1 0 2 3 50

2012 London

0 2 4 6 55
Total 9 6 11 26

 

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