First Women Olympic Medal Winner – Karnam Malleswari

First Women Olympic Medal Winner – Karnam Malleswari

Karnam Malleswari is also called “India’s Daughter” (Bharat Ke Beti) when she wins the Olympic bronze medal. Karnam Malleswari was also named ‘The Iron Lady’ by the public against their historic achievement. Karnam Malleswari wins this medal in Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 240 kg, she lifted 110 kg in the snatch category and 130 kilograms in the clean and jerk, becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic bronze medal. She remains the only Indian female weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.

Karnam Malleswari was born on June 1, 1975, in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. He started his career at the Junior Weightlifting Championship, finishing at the number one position. Malleswari won 3 silver medals in the 1992 Asian Championships.

Malleswari married in 1997 and moved to Yamunanagar, Haryana, for a short break from competitive weight lifting. When she returned to participate in the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998, she won a silver medal. Although she could not win an award at the 1999 Athens World Weightlifting Championships, she grabbed the bronze medal despite controversy in India’s Olympic team for 2000.

She wins the following award:-
>Arjuna Award (1994).
>Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (1995).
>Padam Shri Award (1999).

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