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Norman Pritchard

Pritchard brought glories to his Land when he represented India for the very first time in the 1900 Olympics. He was also the first Indian and first Asian to win an Olympics Medal. During the second official Summer Olympics in Paris, Pritchard came second in the 200 meters and second in the 200 meters hurdles. (The gold medal was won be Tewksbury of the United Sates and Alvin Kraenzlein of the United States, respectively).

In the 1900 summer games, Pritchard also set a world record in the second heat of the 200 meters hurdles which was bettered by Kraenzlein in the final.

Some other great achievement by this versatile athlete were:- he won the Bengal province 100 yards sprint title for seven consecutive years from 1894 to 1900 and set a meet record in 1898-99. He also won the 440 yards run and the 120 yards hurdles. Norman served as Secretary of the Indian Football Ass

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P.T. Usha

From her early school days, P.T Usha showed sparks of her athletic talent by winning track events. At the age of 12, she represented her district for the Kerala State Government Sports School for Women. Just three years later, she participated in the National School Games and won an individual medal.

She made her international debut at the age of 16 in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. However, her performance in the 1980 Moscow Olympics was lacklustre. But, she gathered her strength and confidence from that outing to do something that no Indian had ever done - at her next Olympics, she became the first Indian sportswoman to enter the >Olympics final and that too at the prime age of only twenty.

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Lt. Col. RVS Rathore

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Born on January 29,1970 in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Rajyavardhan’s father Laxman Singh Rathore is a Colonel in the Indian Army and his mother Manju Rathore is a teacher. Though nick-named `Chilly` at home, according to his parents, he is a soft-spoken and down to earth person.

During his early years Rathore’s inclination was towards cricket. He was such a good player that he was almost selected in the Madhya Pradesh state cricket team for the famous Ranji Trophy in India. However, discouraged in the field of cricket by his mother, he appeared for the National Defense Academy examinations, which he qualified.

After becoming an army personel,

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Mahesh Bhupathi : the 'dark horse' Legend

Mahesh's early days:
Mahesh's predilection for tennis began during his childhood days, when he would accompany his father, C.G. Krishna Bhupathi (a well known coach in Indian Tennis circuit) for practice every day. His childhood in his father's words was one which encompassed two things - tennis and sleeping - and Mahesh was good in both!

Mahesh received his education in Dubai, Muscat and US where he made his mark in the University of Mississippi team. He started his international tennis career at the tender age of 14 and has steadily gone a notch higher each time, breaking records with a nonchalance and ease that comes naturally to the gifted Mahesh.

Professional Career;
Turning professional in 1995, Mahesh is considered to be one of the best doubles tennis players in the world with 10 Grand Slam titles to his credit. His ma

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Sania Mirza

Sania began playing tennis at the tender age of 6 under the guidance of her father Imran Mirza and turned professional in 2003. She is the highest ranked female tennis player from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. According to the latest WTA rankings, she is currently ranked 31st in Singles and 21st in Doubles.

After turning professional, this young sensation has shown exceptional talent in the racquet sport. Her first major victory was during the 2003 Wimbledon Championship, when she teamed up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia and won the Girls Double title. The following year, she finished runners up at the Asian Tennis Championship.

Year 2005 was a break-through year for Sania, as she became the fir

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