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India first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a lone athlete(Norman Pritchard) winning two medals in athletics. However, India has won only 20 Olympic medals until the 2008 Beijing Games - 9 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze.


Here's looking at some of the most memorable moments for India in the Summer Olympics.

Abhinav Bindra's gold medal at Beijing: At the 2008 Beijing Olympics,Abhinav Bindra won the gold for the Men's 10m Air Rifle final after shooting a total of 700.5. He scored 596 (fourth) in the qualifying round and out-scored all other shooters in the finals with a round of 104.5.



Leander Paes beat Fernando Meligeni to win the bronze medal to become the first Indian to win an individual medal since KD Jadhav won bronze at the 1952.



In 1928, the team won its first Olympic gold medal and until 1956, the Indian men's team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, winning six gold medals in a row. In total, the Indian field hockey team has won eight Olympics gold medals — the highest among all national teams. The team won silver at the 1960 Rome Games and the bronze at the 1968 and
1972 Games.



Karnam Malleswari won a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney lifting 110 kg in the Snatch and 130 kg in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 240 kg, which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.



At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, 'The Flying Sikh' finished second in all of his 400m races prior to the final, improving his time on each occasion.


Rajyavardhan Rathore won the silver medal in Men's Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Rathore is the first Indian (post independence) to win an individual silver. Rathore's silver medal win was a turning point in the history of Indian Olympic Sports.



Sushil Kumar's bronze: He lost to Andriy Stadnik from Ukraine in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event, leaving his medal hopes at the 2008 Beijing Games, before beating Leonid Spiridonov of Kazakhstan to win the bronze.



Vijender Singh's bronze: At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he defeated Badou Jack of Gambia 13–2 in the round of 32. In the round of 16. Singh beat southpaw Carlos Gongora of Ecuador 9–4 in the quarterfinals which guaranteed him a medal, the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer.




Devendra Jhajharia, a one-armed javelin thrower from Rajasthan, is India's only gold medallist at the Paralympics. He won gold medal in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens.

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