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National Girl Child Day: Women athletes who made India proud

On National Girl Child Day, let us look at some inspiring women athletes who are gaining global recognition for India and inspiring millions of girls across the country.

Sania Mirza is one of India’s most beloved tennis players, who was formerly ranked No. 1 in the women's doubles rankings. A Padmashri and Padma Bhushan awardee, Mirza was a runner up in the Australian Open 2017 mixed doubles.
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Sania Mirza is one of India’s most beloved tennis players, who was formerly ranked No. 1 in the women's doubles rankings. A Padmashri and Padma Bhushan awardee, Mirza was a runner up in the Australian Open 2017 mixed doubles.

Pusarla Venkata (PV) Sindhu, a Padmashri awardee, is currently world no 3 in the BWF World Ranking. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. In 2017, PV Sindhu became the first Indian ever to win Korea Open Super Series. (Picture: Reuters)
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Pusarla Venkata (PV) Sindhu, a Padmashri awardee, is currently world no 3 in the BWF World Ranking. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. In 2017, PV Sindhu became the first Indian ever to win Korea Open Super Series. (Picture: Reuters)

Anshu Jamsenpa is the first woman in the world who scaled the Mount Everest twice in a season, that too within just 5 days. She was chosen as an ambassador of the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan by the government. (Picture: Reuters)
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Anshu Jamsenpa is the first woman in the world who scaled the Mount Everest twice in a season, that too within just 5 days. She was chosen as an ambassador of the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan by the government. (Picture: Reuters)

Aanchal Thakur became the first Indian in history to win a medal in international skiing event, when she won a bronze medal at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup which was held in Turkey. (Picture: Reuters)
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Aanchal Thakur became the first Indian in history to win a medal in international skiing event, when she won a bronze medal at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup which was held in Turkey. (Picture: Reuters)

A Padma Bhushan Awardee, Saina Nehwal is a former world no. 1 badminton player, with 23 international titles to her name, including 10 super series. In 2017, she won gold medal in Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold. (Picture: Reuters)
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A Padma Bhushan Awardee, Saina Nehwal is a former world no. 1 badminton player, with 23 international titles to her name, including 10 super series. In 2017, she won gold medal in Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold. (Picture: Reuters)

Five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, Mary Kom is one of the most inspiring athletes in India. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Recently Mary Kom won a gold medal in Asian Women’s championship, 2017..
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Five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, Mary Kom is one of the most inspiring athletes in India. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Recently Mary Kom won a gold medal in Asian Women’s championship, 2017..

In 2017, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team reached the finals of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, against Australia. The team delivered a great performance on the pitch and helped in elevating the importance women’s cricket in India. (Picture: Reuters)
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In 2017, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team reached the finals of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, against Australia. The team delivered a great performance on the pitch and helped in elevating the importance women’s cricket in India. (Picture: Reuters)

First Published on Jan 24, 2018 08:42 pm
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