Indians are known for their affinity for sports. Luckily, we have a huge bunch of talent in each state. The only problem is that of recognition which is exclusively preserved for cricketers. Cricket players are everywhere – from field to small and big screen. Only a few are aware of some of the brilliant records made by non cricket sports stars.
Let us pay a tribute to the wonderful players who made India proud. Here are 5 world records set by Indian non cricket players:
- 5 Gold Medals from Asian Track
This is deemed as one of the proud moments for India. If you have heard about the Payyoli Express or the Queen of Indian Track and Field, you must be aware of the immensely talented P.T. Usha. Born in a small village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala, Usha is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes of India.
At the tender age of 12, she started training under Coach O.M. Nambiar. With consistent winning of medals, P.T. started creating a name for herself in the field of track in 1980s and later on at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. She made history as being the first Indian woman to reach the Finals in the Olympic Games. There was no looking back since then. In the year 1985, she set a World Record by taking home 5 gold medals from the Asian Track and Field Meet at Jakarta, Indonesia. The record remains unbroken till date as the maximum number of gold medals earned by a female in a single track meet.
- 45.8 Seconds in 400 Metres Race
Milkha Singh, also referred to as “The Flying Sikh” has ruled the Indian sports world for being the foremost athlete for around a decade. Even though the talented personality missed gold medal at Rome Olympics in the year 1960, his expertise was accredited across the globe. After winning four gold medals in Asian Games, he won a huge number of accolades for his incredible contribution to Indian sports. In the 1960 Rome Olympics, he ran faster than the standing world record. He is also known for clocking a world record 45.8 seconds in one of the 400 metres preliminaries in France.
- Won Chess World Championship Playing in all Formats
He is inarguably the greatest Indian chess Grandmaster. Vishwanahan Anand is one of the world’s greatest chess players. This is definitely a delight for those who want to see their country prospering in sports other than cricket. The recipient of Padma Vibushan, the nation’s second highest civilian honour, this chess master has won the World Chess Championship five times for the years 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012. This made him the undisputed World Champion between the years 2007 to 2013. Anand has won the Chess Oscar six times for the years 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. In fact, Anand is the only world champion who won the world championship via playing in all diverse formats including Match, Tournament, and Knockouts.
- Seven World Records in the Field of Mountaineering
Bachendri Pal, pride of India and a great woman mountaineer made history for Indian women on 23 May 1984 by being the first ever to summit Mount Everest. She was the 5th woman in the world to do so. The following year, Bachendri led an Indo-Nepalese Everest Expedition team of women that created 7 world records to create a revolutionary change in the field of Indian mountaineering. The brave woman from small village of Nakuri in Garhwal, has received many awards and recognition all through her mountaineering career.
- 5 Goals in 6-1 Victory of India over Netherlands
Balbir Singh Sr., a member of 3 gleaming Olympic gold medal winning teams has his Olympic record (individual) for most goals in Men’s hockey unbeaten:
- London (1948)
- Helsinki (1952 Vice Captain)
- Melbourne (1956 Captain)
Balbir Singh set the record by scoring 5 goals in India’s 6-1 victory over the Netherlands (1952 Olympic Games).