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Karnam Malleswari

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Karnam Malleswari

Born: 1 June 1975

  • She is a retired Indian weightlifter.
  • She is the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics.
  • In 1995, she received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour, and in 1999, the civilian Padma Shri award.
  • She won the world title in the 54 kg division in 1994 and 1995 and placed third in 1993 and 1996.
  • In 1994, she won silver at the World Championships in Istanbul and in 1995 she won the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Korea in the 54 kg category.
  • She won the title in China that year with a record lift of 113 kg at the World Championships.
  • Even before her Olympic win, she was a two-time weightlifting world champion with 29 international medals, which includes 11 gold medals.
  • At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she lifted 110 kg in the “snatch” and 130 kg in the “clean and jerk” categories for a total of 240 kg.
  • She won the bronze medal and became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.
  • She is also the first and only Indian woman weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.

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