Cricket certainly is the most popular sport in India. While cricket and the cricketers have brought laurels to India, some achievers in sport other than cricket have made news around the world.
Winning over three dozen medals at international events is a task that can only be imagined by most athletes. An Indian, differently-abled champion, has managed to achieve that dream. The never-ageing Leander Paes seems to find a winner in every partner he plays with while at the World Dwarf Games, India’s athletes have stood tall like perhaps none others have managed.
From the archives of Limca Book of Records, here are some amazing feats of India in the world of sport…
Rich haul of medals in boxing career
MC Mary Kom has won a record five World Championships (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010), a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, gold at four Asian Championships (2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012), a gold at the 2009 Indoor Asian Games, a bronze at the 2010 Asian Games. She also won the gold medal in women’s 51 kg category at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014.
100 partners on the tennis court
India’s veteran tennis ace Leander Paes (43) crossed yet another milestone in his career when he played with his 100th partner, Mercel Granollers (Spain) at the Nottingham Open (UK) championship on June 25, 2015.
Standing tall at the World Dwarf Games
The Indian squad won 23 medals – 12 gold, seven silver and four bronze – and was ranked 6th on the medal tally at the 6th World Dwarf Games in Michigan, USA held from August 3-10, 2013. Joby Mathews won five gold medals at the 6th World Dwarf Games at Michigan, USA from August 3-10, 2013. He won the medals in badminton (singles and doubles), shot put, javelin throw and discus throw.
39 international medals for champion Gayakwad
Differently-abled Sharath Gayakwad from Bengaluru has won 55 medals at national meets and 39 international medals till August 2015. He is also the first to achieve qualifying time for the 2012 London Paralympics.
Only cueist to wrest 14 world titles
India cueist Pankaj Advani made history on Sept 27, 2015 by becoming the first player in the world to win the most titles in the long and short formats of both billiards and snooker. Thirty-year-old Advani outplayed Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist by 1,168 points. Bengaluru’s ‘Golden Boy’ is the only cueist to win 14 world titles.
India’s only team golf title in the US
Former Test cricketer Kapil Dev led India to the TAG Heuer Invitational Golf title in Boston in Sept 2004. The team comprising Kapil Dev, Nikhil Dewan, Rakesh Rao and Rohit Duggal shot seven 65-under to win ahead of China, Indonesia, South Africa and two teams from North America, among others.