India’s First in Sports

  • Indian to swim across the English Channel: Mihir Sen, 1958
  • Woman to swim across the English Channel: Arati Saha, 1959
  • Anju Bobby George: First Indian Athlete ever to win a Medal in World Championships in Athletics.She Won the Bronze Medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris.
  • Formula One driver: Narain Karthikeyan
  • Formula One team: Force India F1
  • A1 GP race victory: Narain Karthikeyan, Zhuhai, China, 2007
  • Person to equal world record in Archery: Limba Ram, 1992
  • Person to walk across the Mongolian Gobi Desert: Sucheta Kadethankar who achieved the feat in 51 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes in 2011
  • Ashish Kumar, first Indian to win a medal in both Asian games( 12 to 27 November November 2010, Guangzhou(China)) and Commonwealth games (Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010). He won Bronze medal in both games.
  • Shiva Keshavan, first Indian to win two gold medals for India in winter sports at the Asia Cup in Japan in 2011 and 2012; also a four-time Olympian and has set the new Asian speed record on ice at 134.3 km/h and track record of 49.590 seconds
  • Santhi Soundarajan: first World Peace Sports Festival Ambassador from India and first Indian woman to win a medal at Asian Games
  • Aanchal Thakur gives India its 1st international bronze medal in skiing.
  • Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian gold medal.
  • Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold medal.
  • Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman badminton player to win an Asian Games medal.