Women in sports are rising. The top 10 Indian women athletes who inspired the nation
The Indian flag has reached new heights, thanks to Indian women athletes. They have remained strong in the face of difficulty and have raised the nation’s pride. Their perseverance and diligence serve as examples of what is meant by “women empowerment.”
Women in sports is a strategy to dispel stereotypes and give women athletes the platform they deserve. Here are the top 10 Indian sportswomen in our country.
1. The Phogat Sisters
The Phogat sisters and family are the most well-known athletes in India. Internationally renowned wrestlers include the six sisters from Balali, Haryana. Geeta, Babita, and Vinesh Phogat, three sisters, each won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in a different weight division. Ritu won a gold medal at the national championships, while Sangita has won numerous age-level international championships. Priyanka earned a silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships.
2. Deepika Kumari
She is the very definition of “the ultimate underdog story.” The first Indian archer (male or female) to be ranked first in the world is Deepika Kumari, the daughter of a rickshaw driver. Her first noteworthy accomplishment was at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she won two gold medals and two silver medals (women’s team) before going on to compete in the World Championships in 2011 and 2015.
3. Sania Mirza
She is without a doubt the greatest Indian tennis player of all time. Ten years ago, Sania Mirza, who was ranked in the top 30 in Women’s Singles, was regarded as the best tennis player in India. Top-10 female players including Martina Hingis, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Nadia Petrova were defeated by Sania. After winning the WTA Newcomer of the Year award in 2005, the winner proceeded to the fourth round of the US Open and the third round of the Australian Open.
4. Saina Nehwal
The golden girl of Indian badminton is acknowledged to be Saina Nehwal. In the Swiss Open Grand Prix, Thai Open Grand Prix, and Indonesian Open Super Series, she has won gold. She earned a bronze medal at the Olympics. Saina Nehwal has won more than 20 international and Super Series championships to date, and she has consistently ranked in the top 20 for more than ten years. Six years after being voted second in 2009, she was first. In addition to an Olympic medal, she also won gold at the Commonwealth Games, silver, and bronze at the World Badminton Championships.
5. PV Sindhu
Sindhu won a number of badminton tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games, All England Open, India Open Grand Prix Gold, and Asian and World Championships, to name a few. She reached the pinnacle of her career by helping her country earn a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games.
6. Mary Kom
A movie about the Manipuri icon Mary Kom has already been made. But The Olympic Bronze Medalist is much more than just a movie. The flyweight boxer has a rich resume of successes. Five times, two of them after becoming a mother and taking a vacation from boxing, she won the Amateur World Boxing Championship. Mary won a gold medal at the Asian Games and is also a Rajya Sabha member.
7. Jhulan Goswami
If there had been an Oscar for female cricketers in India, Jhulan Goswami would have easily won all of the nominations and prizes. Jhulan Goswami was assigned to a leadership role when she was selected as the national team’s vice-captain prior to the 2006 tour of England. In 2007, she was also named the ICC Women’s Player of the Year. She has received the Padma Shri and Arjuna Awards.
8. Dipa Karmakar
Distinguished Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is from Agartala. One of the trickiest vaults in gymnastics, Produnova has only been attempted by five illustrious female gymnasts. She competed for her country at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the Asian Gymnastics Championships in 2015, the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2016, and the Olympics in 2016. She has received the Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards.
9. Mithali Raj
Another athlete from India is Mithali Raj, who is regarded as the country’s all-time favourite female cricketer. In 20 years of international cricket, Mithali became the first Indian woman to bat right-handed. Mithali, who has achieved countless accolades and broken countless records along the road, will be remembered in history as one of India’s finest female athletes and sports icons.
10. Hima Das
Hima Das, an Assamese sprinter, set the 400-meter national record in 50.7 seconds at the 2018 Asian Games. She is the first female athlete from India to take home a gold medal from the IAAF World U20. 2018 saw this athlete win the Arjuna Award from the President of India. Hima Das defied the odds by making India proud despite her humble roots and general lack of opportunities.