International Women's Day: Indian Women Athletes Who Made Us All Proud

| March 8 , 2018 , 15:02 IST

On the occasion of International Women's Day, here is our tribute to some of the Indian Athletes who've carried hopes and dreams of a nation on their backs. We salute and thank them for their efforts.

Badminton stars PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who have won myriads of tournaments and getting plaudits at major international events such as Olympics and World Series.

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Sania Mirza broke onto the Tennis scene in 2004 being a torchbearer for the women tennis players in India.

Women Wrestler such as the Phogat Sisters (Geeta and Babita) and Sakshi Malik are some of the various wrestlers hailing from India who've done well at the world-class level.

Former World Champions Mary Kom laid the way for fellow Indian Boxers both male and female to take up the sport, where athletes have performed exceptionally well.

Shooters such as Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu and Aruna Reddy have earned honours worldwide.

2016 Rio Olympics Games sensation Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian to compete in Gymnastics in 52 years. Aruna Reddy recently won a bronze medal in World Gymnastics Tournament in 2018.

Cricketing pioneers Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur's heroics in the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 were appreciated throughout the nation. They lost a close final match to England.

Current Women's Hockey captain Rani Rampal and vice-captain Sunita Lakra have laid down the foundation for a fresh culmination of youth and skill within the roster.

Krishna Poonia became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in track and field events of Commonwealth games when she won in Short-put. PT Usha arguably was the first world-class sprinter India ever produced.

In Paralympics, Deepa Malik made the nation proud as she won a silver medal for her performance in Short-put in 2016 Summer Paralympics.

Deepika Pallikal's resume in squash is comparable to the best in the world, while Aanchal Thakur's bronze medal feat in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup defied expectations.