Indian Participation in Olympics

Indian participation in Olympics started in 1900-well before the South Asian country gained independence from British imperial rule. The first Independent Indian participation in Olympics occurred in 1948.

Pre-Independence Olympic Achievements

The first Indian Olympian medalist was Norman Pritchard. He won 4 silver medals at the 1900 Paris Olympics. Two silver medals were won in Men's 200 meters. Two were achieved in the 200 meters hurdles. The first gold medal for India was won by the National Indian hockey team in the 1928 Olympic Games held in Amsterdam.


India's Olympic participation history is dominated by the country's proven skill in hockey. Hockey players have brought home a total of 17 medals. The Indian hockey team proved particularly adept during the period from 1928 to 1980. The Indian Olympic hockey team won 11 medals in 12 Olympiads during that period. Six successive gold medals were bought home from 1928 to 1956.

Other Games

India also exhibited sparks of brilliance in other games during its Olympic participation tenure. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won the bronze medal in wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Leander Paes won a bronze medal in tennis during the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, United States of America. He won in the Men's singles tournament.

Karnam Malleshwari won bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. She won the Women's 69 kilogram segment. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won a silver medal in shooting in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Rathore competed in the Men's double trap segment.

Indian participation in Olympic Games is overseen by the Indian Olympic Association. The association was founded in 1927.

List of participants and events
GoldIndian Hocky Team1948LondonField hockeyMen's competition
GoldIndian Hocky Team1952HelsinkiField hockeyMen's competition
BronzeJadhav, Khashaba DadasahebKhashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav1952HelsinkiWrestlingMen's freestyle bantamweight
GoldIndian Hocky Team1956MelbourneField hockeyMen's competition
SilverIndian Hocky Team1960RomeField hockeyMen's competition
GoldIndian Hocky Team1964TokyoField hockeyMen's competition
BronzeIndian Hocky Team1968MexicoField hockeyMen's competition
BronzeIndian Hocky Team1972MunichField hockeyMen's competition
GoldIndian Hocky Team1980MoscowField hockeyMen's competition
BronzePaes, LeanderLeander Paes1996AtlantaTennisMen's singles
BronzeMalleswari, KarnamKarnam Malleswari2000SydneyWeightliftingWomen's 69 kg
SilverRathore, Rajyavardhan SinghRajyavardhan Singh Rathore2004AthensShootingMen's double trap

Olympic Medals and Sports
Field hockey81211
Total Medals84517

Last Updated on 6/6/2012