Unsung Sports Heroes

Unsung Sports Heroes

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SWAPNA BARMAN
There is no gain without pain” is the biggest realty of the 12-toed Indian athlete Swapna Barman’s life. Getting appropriate footwear has always been an obstacle for this athlete. Coming from a poor family and choosing a sport that is not well-acknowledged in our nation, struggled to find support,yet made her mark in international arena
VIKAS GOWDA
Discus thrower and shot putter, VikasGowda won a bronze medal at the New York Grand Prix 2012, becoming the first Indian ever to win a medal in the prestigious Diamond League. At 2014 Common Wealth Games he clinched Gold, making him second Indian athelete to win Gold after Milkha Singh.
 
 
MAKHAN SINGH
Only a few times did Milkha Singh lose out to an opponent at the continental level, leave alone the national one. But Makhan Singh did pull off that feat in the 1962 National Games, taking over the tag of the “Flying Sikh” at least for a while. He also won gold and silver at the 1962 Asian Games and 16 medals at the Nationals. However, his career was destroyed after he lost his leg in an accident. Singh passed away in 2002 and his wife had to sell all his medals to make ends meet.
MURLIKANTPETKAR
India’s first ever individual gold medallist in the Paralympics, MurlikantPetkar set the bar for all future athletes from the country. His story is one of determination and hard work. Petkar was a part of the Indian Army and lost his arm during the 1965 war against Pakistan. But bullet wounds didn’t hinder his willingness to live the dream. Not only did Petkar win the 50m freestyle 3 event in style, he also went on to set the world record in the process. In the same Paralympics, Petkar also participated in the javelin and slalom events with distinction.
 
 
SHANKAR LAXMAN
Two Olympic gold medals and one silver, along with two Asian Games gold and one silver – Shankar Laxman was one of the most acclaimed hockey goal-keepers of his time. He was nick-named ‘the Rock of Gibraltar’ for his solidity in goal. Lakshman was the first goalkeeper to captain an International hockey team. Despite winning the Padma Shri, he lived his ending years in extreme poverty, before finally succumbing to his death due to gangrene.
SARWAN SINGH
The 1954 Asian Games saw Sarwan Singh win gold in the 110m hurdles event. But just after he achieved the feat, Singh’s career hit a downslide of monumental proportions, as he lost his leg in an accident. For 20 years after that, he worked as a taxi driver. When he retired, Singh had a meagre pension of Rs 1,500. This situation forced him to sell his Asian Games gold medal.
 

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