Sure, the World Cup loss is unbearable but Cricket lovers should look beyond the game and see how popular Indian women sportspersons are today. They are breaking the glass ceiling with their incredible records, but we always overlook other sporting events in India that do not feature the most admired and followed Cricket players like Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni. The fact that some of the athletes have recreated history in just a span of two months tells us how big the game has become, all for good though. Female athletes have made their mark in the so-called men’s sports.
Here is a list of women in sport who broke records in 2019 and we are in sheer awe of them!
I want to start with the woman who is now being called the Indian Megan Rapinoe for openly admitting that she is in a same-sex relationship. Also, on July 9, Chand won a gold in the women’s 100-metre sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Naples, becoming the first Indian — man or woman — to win a 100-metre gold in a global event.
🏅 Picked it up! pic.twitter.com/Qwci6Uz5Yr
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) July 9, 2019
My personal favourite athlete Hima on July 7 won her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland, right after winning the women’s 200m gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix last week. The 19-year-old recorded her personal best of 23.97 seconds, is the badass among them all!
Congratulations #HimaDas on winning your second international gold in women's 200m with a top finish at #KutnoAthleticsMeet , Poland. Very proud of you, keep it up! pic.twitter.com/a9FaeeU0jd
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 7, 2019
Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat currently is the more dominant wrestler, she won her first gold medal after shifting to 53kg category at the Grand Prix of Spain. She is one of India’s medal hopefuls at the 2020 Tokyo Games, and is famous for her gold medal hauls in the Asiad and Commonwealth Games last year.
Great feeling to finish off with a Gold medal here in #Madrid at the #GranPremioDeEspaña! Good solid day of wrestling under my belt! Now onto the next one 💪🙏 pic.twitter.com/pnRP6FYxJY
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) July 7, 2019
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Indian Rugby team
The Indian women’s rugby team played a historic match and won dynamically as they claimed their first ever international women’s 15s victory with a 21-19 win over Singapore in the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division 1 on June 22.
The power of rugby! This is worth seeing again @rugbyindia women have recorded their first 15s victory at international level @brettgosper @rahulbose1 pic.twitter.com/Amw70O7oVk
— Asia Rugby (@asiarugby) June 22, 2019
After securing India’s first gold medal at CWG, weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on July 9 won gold at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship. The former world champion lifted a total of 191 kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the senior women’s 49 kg to grab the gold.
Gold medal 🥇in the Commonwealth Championship is a great start for me looking ahead mission Olympics. Thank you all for love & support.Special thanks to @IndiaSports @Media_SAI our federation, coach Vijay sir, support staff @OGQ_India @EdelweissFin @iosindiaoff @TheWelspunGroup pic.twitter.com/GAW8V2uSgG
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) July 10, 2019
Her father dies just before the big game but Indian women’s hockey team forward Lalremsiami opted to stay on with the team for their knockout games at the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima. She played semi-final and final on June 23 against Japan. This shows the strong will she possesses, and the determination that never dies. For India, this game was crucial since a win confirmed a berth for the team in the 2020 Olympic qualifiers scheduled for October.
“My immediate feeling when I came to know about his demise was to return home & give my father one last hug.But I was reminded of his words; he really wanted to see me play the Tokyo Olympics" – #Lalremsiani in a conversation with @RiaDas3 @TheHockeyIndiahttps://t.co/iDowetj0BR
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeople) July 3, 2019
Divya Kakran clinches gold in 68kg at the Asian U-23 Wrestling Championship by defeating Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia) 10-6. She silenced home crowd and then claimed the top honours in the 68kg category at the Grand Prix of Spain.
After 1 victory 🥇at spain 🇪🇸 now I am going Turkey 🇹🇷 for next level ( Ranking series) @PhogatRitu @KirenRijiju @acbushido pic.twitter.com/GGuACfZa2s
— Divya Kakran (@DivyaWrestler) July 10, 2019
At the Qasanov Memorial meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Navjeet Kaur won gold medal in discus throw.
🔔 UPDATE: DAY-01
Indian athletes at the XXIX International Meeting G. Kossanov Memorial in Kazakhstan.
MD Afsal – 800m 🥇
Gagandeep Singh – Discus Throw 🥇
Navjeet Kaur – Discus Throw 🥇
Mithravarun – Discus Throw 🥈
Jyothi – Hammer Throw 🥈
Anita – Hammer Throw 🥉 pic.twitter.com/dmGcWGYM3c
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) July 7, 2019
Centenarian Kaur showed us that age is just a number by winning three golds at the World Masters Athletics Championship. The 103-year-old athlete secured the top prize in Shot Put with a throw of 2.13 metres. She also clinched gold medals in the Javelin Throw and 60-metre Sprint events respectively.
This 101-year-old great-grandmother stole the show at the World Masters Games by winning the 100 meter gold https://t.co/38lk8mu9wz pic.twitter.com/E1TDNPUDnW
— CNN (@CNN) April 26, 2017
An overnight star, she wrote her biggest success story in the history of sports. Middle distance runner Gomathi, a farmer’s daughter, won gold in 800m (2:02.70) at the Asian Athletics Championship. The 30-year-old Gomathi, who hails from the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, created history by winning India’s first gold medal in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar in April.
This video of #GomathiMarimuthu powering herself to the 800m gold at the #AsianAthleticsChampionship2019 gave me goosebumps. See how she pushes herself in the last 200m to take everyone by surprise https://t.co/wi0xCeGYUU
— durga nandini (@nandinidurga) April 23, 2019
At 36, Mary Kom knows no defeat as she clinched gold (51kg) at the second India Open boxing tournament held at Guwahati in May. This was the London Olympic bronze medallist’s second gold from the India Open, adding to the 48kg gold she won last year in New Delhi.
Guwahati: Mary Kom and Shiv Thapa won Gold medals in 51kg women's category and 60 kg men's category respectively at the the second India Open boxing tournament, which concluded yesterday. pic.twitter.com/IiRkr7MIbZ
— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2019
Women’s archery compound team
The team consisting of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Raj Kaur won bronze after defeating Turkey at the Archery World Championships in Netherlands in June. With this win India collected its second medal at this year’s World Championships and is assured of a medal.
News Flash: Archery | Jyothi Surekha wins Bronze medal (Individual Compound event)in World Archery Championships; beats Yesim Bostan (Turkey) in a tiebreaker shootoff. pic.twitter.com/qpxFOB7AkZ
— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) June 15, 2019
Chitra returns in Doha and comes first in 1500m. It’s back-to-back medal for sports sensation as she won gold in 1500m (4:14.56) at the Asian Athletics Championship and two months later won gold again in the women’s 1500m at the Folksam Grand Prix in Sweden in June.
Time to Congratulate Indian athlete PU Chitra once again.
She has defeated Former Commonwealth Games Champion to win GOLD in the Women's 1500m at the Folksam Grand Prix in #Sweden.
All hail to the "Queen of Asia in the Mile". 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/aMnNYVjIez
— Nausheen Khan (@DrNausheenKhan) June 19, 2019
Chinappa bagged gold in women singles at the Asian Individual Squash Championships as she defeated Annie Au (Hong Kong) 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6. Joshna had lost a few matches to Annie before this, also won against Annie back in September 2017 during the Hong Kong International Open.