India at the Olympics

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India at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  IND
NOC Indian Olympic Association
Website www.olympic.ind.in
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The Indian Hockey team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, later going on to defeat Germany 8-1 in the final

India first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a lone athlete (Norman Pritchard) winning two medals- both silver- in athletics. The nation first sent a team to the Summer Olympic Games in 1920, and has participated in every Summer Games since then. India has also competed at several Winter Olympic Games beginning in 1909


Overview[edit]

India started participating in the Olympics in 1900. Indian athletes have won a total of 26 medals, all at the Summer Games. For a period of time, India national field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, winning eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1928 and 1980. The run included 8 gold medals total and six successive gold medals from 1928–1956.

India's National Olympic Committee, the Indian Olympic Association, was created in 1927.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, India won its first ever individual gold medal when Abhinav Bindra won the 10m air rifle event.

The 2012 Summer Olympics saw an 83-member Indian contingent participating in the games, and set a new best for the country with six total medals. Wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian with multiple individual Olympic medals since Norman Pritchard in 1900. However, both of Norman Pritchard'a medals were silver, while Sushil Kumar had one silver and one bronze.

On 4 December 2012, the IOC banned the IOA due to election issues. The Indian athletes could, however, represent themselves in the Olympics as independent participants. This ban was lifted on 11 February 2014, and all medals won in 2012 were awarded to India.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name/Team Games Sport Event
 Silver Pritchard, NormanNorman Pritchard France 1900 Paris AthleticsAthletics Men's 200 metres
 Silver Pritchard, NormanNorman Pritchard France 1900 Paris AthleticsAthletics Men's 200 metre hurdles
 Gold National team Netherlands 1928 Amsterdam Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Gold National team United States 1932 Los Angeles Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Gold National team Nazi Germany 1936 Berlin Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Gold National team United Kingdom 1948 London Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Gold National team Finland 1952 Helsinki Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Bronze Jadhav, Khashaba DadasahebKhashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav Finland 1952 Helsinki WrestlingWrestling Men's freestyle Bantamweight
 Gold National team Australia 1956 Melbourne Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Silver National team Italy 1960 Rome Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Gold National team Japan 1964 Tokyo Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Bronze National team Mexico 1968 Mexico Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Bronze National team West Germany 1972 Munich Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Gold National team Soviet Union 1980 Moscow Field HockeyField hockey Men's competition
 Bronze Paes, LeanderLeander Paes United States 1996 Atlanta TennisTennis Men's singles
 Bronze Malleswari, KarnamKarnam Malleswari Australia 2000 Sydney WeightliftingWeightlifting Women's 69 kg
 Silver Rathore, Rajyavardhan SinghRajyavardhan Singh Rathore Greece 2004 Athens ShootingShooting Men's double trap
 Gold Bindra, AbhinavAbhinav Bindra China 2008 Beijing ShootingShooting Men's 10 m Air Rifle
 Bronze Singh, VijenderVijender Singh China 2008 Beijing BoxingBoxing Men's 75 kg
 Bronze Kumar, SushilSushil Kumar China 2008 Beijing WrestlingWrestling Men's 66 kg Freestyle
 Bronze Narang, GaganGagan Narang United Kingdom 2012 London ShootingShooting Men's 10m Air Rifle
 Silver Vijay Kumar United Kingdom 2012 London ShootingShooting Men's 25 Rapid Fire Pistol
 Bronze Saina Nehwal United Kingdom 2012 London BadmintonBadminton Women's singles
 Bronze Mary Kom United Kingdom 2012 London Boxing Boxing Women's flyweight
 Bronze Yogeshwar Dutt United Kingdom 2012 London WrestlingWrestling Men's 60 kg Freestyle
 Silver Kumar, SushilSushil Kumar United Kingdom 2012 London WrestlingWrestling Men's 66 kg Freestyle

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1896 Athens did not participate
1900 Paris 0 2 0 2 17
1904 St. Louis did not participate
1908 London did not participate
1912 Stockholm did not participate
1920 Antwerp 0 0 0 0 -
1924 Paris 0 0 0 0 -
1928 Amsterdam 1 0 0 1 23
1932 Los Angeles 1 0 0 1 19
1936 Berlin 1 0 0 1 20
1948 London 1 0 0 1 22
1952 Helsinki 1 0 1 2 26
1956 Melbourne 1 0 0 1 24
1960 Rome 0 1 0 1 32
1964 Tokyo 1 0 0 1 24
1968 Mexico City 0 0 1 1 42
1972 Munich 0 0 1 1 43
1976 Montreal 0 0 0 0 -
1980 Moscow 1 0 0 1 23
1984 Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 -
1988 Seoul 0 0 0 0 -
1992 Barcelona 0 0 0 0 -
1996 Atlanta 0 0 1 1 71
2000 Sydney 0 0 1 1 71
2004 Athens 0 1 0 1 65
2008 Beijing 1 0 2 3 50
2012 London 0 2 4 6 55
Total 9 6 11 26

Medals by Summer Sport[edit]

     Leading in that Sport

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Field hockey 8 1 2 11 1
Shooting 1 2 1 4 33
Athletics 0 2 0 2 71
Wrestling 0 1 3 4 43
Boxing 0 0 2 2 64
Tennis 0 0 1 1 28
Weightlifting 0 0 1 1

56

Badminton 0 0 1 1 9
Total 9 6 11 26

Notable losses[edit]

See also[edit]

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