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Karnam Malleswari – Olympics Medal Winner

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A popular name in the strenuous sport of weight lifting, Karnam Malleswari was born on June 1st, 1975, in Srikakulam, located in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

A headstrong, determined soul, she developed an interest in the painful, rare-for-girls sport of weight lifting since early childhood, and despite hailing from a conservative family, she had full support from her mother, who encouraged her to pursue her dreams. At the tender age of 13, she represented her state in the sport and by the year 1992, she had participated in the Asian Championships at Thailand, where she won a silver medal.

The rest of her achievements followed on its own accord, as she won a list of honors and awards, which include the Arjun Award in the year 1994, The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1996, and the Padma Shri Award, in 1999.

She set a record by being the first Indian woman ever to win a medal at the Olympics for weightlifting, when she won a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Apart from these, she has also won two gold medals and one bronze medal at the 1994 World Championship at Turkey, and also three gold medals at the Asian Championship, held at Korea.

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