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Youngest medalists for India in the history of the Olympics

India first competed in the Olympic Games in the year 1900. Norman Pritchard, a British-Indian athlete, was the sole representative of India in that edition of the Summer Games. He brought laurels to the nation by clinching two silver medals in Athletics – Men’s 200 meters and 200-meter hurdles. In addition, he became the first Asian-born athlete to win a medal in the Olympics. Since 1920, the country has taken part in every edition of the games. To date, the nation has won 35 medals in the mega-sporting event

For India, Field hockey has been the most dominant sport. The men’s hockey team has claimed the most number of medals for the nation than any other sport. From 1928 to 1980, the nation captured an incredible eleven medals in twelve Olympic games. The nation is also the most successful team in field hockey with eight gold, one silver, and three bronze medals. Their most recent glory in hockey was the bronze medal triumph in Tokyo Olympics 2020. 

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Youngest medalists for India in the history of the Olympics

Besides Hockey, India has enjoyed success in Wrestling, Weightlifting, Badminton, Shooting, and Boxing in the Olympics. In the shooting sport, India claimed its first individual gold medal in the form of Abhinav Bindra. Bindra won the gold for India in the men’s 10m air rifle competition, thus scripting history. The country has been doing quite well over the recent years in Wrestling, having won at least one medal in the sport since 2008. In Badminton, the country has bagged at least one medal since 2012 through Saina Nehwal’s bronze (2012) and PV Sindhu’s silver (2016) and bronze (2020). India grabbed its second individual gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics when Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin throw.

Indian athletes have won 23 Olympic individual medals. Since Norman Pritchard, PV Sindhu, and Sushil Kumar have won the Olympic medal twice, this implies that 20 athletes have achieved success for the country in the games. Out of this, eight athletes captured the prestigious medal before even turning 24. It is important to note that ace shuttler PV Sindhu is the youngest medalist from India. She achieved this feat when she was 21 years, 1 month, and just 14 days old. Among the men, two-time Olympian Vijender Singh is the youngest as he won the bronze medal when he was just 22 years, 9 months, and 24 days old. We will now look at the list of youngest medalists from India before turning 24.

AthleteEditionEventAgeMedal
PV SindhuRio 2016Badminton – Women’s Singles21 years, 1 month, 14 daysSilver
Saina NehwalLondon 2012Badminton – Women’s Singles22 years, 4 months, 18 daysBronze
Vijender SinghBeijing 2008Boxing – Men’s Middleweight22 years, 9 months, 24 daysBronze
Leander PaesAtlanta 1996Tennis – Men’s Singles23 years, 1 month, 17 daysBronze
Neeraj ChopraTokyo 2020Athletics – Men’s Javelin Throw23 years, 7 months, 14 daysGold
Ravi Kumar DahiyaTokyo 2020Wrestling – Men’s 57 kg Freestyle23 years, 7 months, 24 daysSilver
Lovlina BorgohainTokyo 2020Boxing – Women’s Welterweight23 years, 9 months, 28 daysBronze
Sakshi MalikRio 2016Wrestling – Women’s 58 kg wrestling23 years, 11 months, 14 daysBronze

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