List Of The First Woman In The Field Of Sports Of India

List of The First Woman In The Field Of Sports Of India

Last Updated: 23 July 2020

If we talk about sports, women’s participation in games existed both in amateur and professional categories.

Indian women have been participating in various international games throughout the world for centuries in all varieties of sports.

In the twentieth century, female participation and popularity in sports expanded significantly. Especially in the last 25 years, they reflected the changes in modern societies that emphasize gender equality. 

Indian women are none less than women from another country. They have been participating in several sports and have honored the country by bringing a medal back home.

There are several sports where even men couldn’t bring any medal yet that our Indian woman has achieved success.

Sports like Gymnastic, we have our Dipa Karmakar who have represented our country for the first time in decades.

These champions have had established records & won titles on the national and international stage.

Read the list of First Woman Champions that India has ever produced, who brought Laurels to their Motherland.

List Of First Woman Champions


No.RoleNameSport
1First Woman to Qualify for Olympic (1984)Shiny AbrahamRunning
2First Indian Woman to Win the First Medal at the Olympics (2000)Karnam Malleswari Weightlifting
3The World Number One in 10m Air Rifle (2002)Anjali BhagwatShooting 
4First Indian woman to win a Gold medal at Asian Games (1970)Kamaljeet SandhuRunning
5First Boxer to Win An Olympic Medal (2012)Mary KomBoxing
6First Indian Athlete to Win a Gold Medal on International track (400M)Hima DasRunning
7The First woman to be ranked by the WTA as India’s No. 1 player in both Single and DoubleSania MirzaTennis
8The First Indian Badminton Player to win an Olympic Medal (2012)- BronzeSaina NehwalBadminton
9First Indian to win a Silver Medal in Badminton at the Olympics (2016) P.V. SindhuBadminton
10First Indian Female gymnast in the History of the GamesDipa KarmakarGymnastics
11India’s first-ever Gold Medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games (2010)Geeta PhogatWrestling
12First Indian Female Wrestler to Win a Bronze Medal at the Olympics (2016)Sakshi MalikWrestling
13First Indian Woman Wrestler To Win Asian Wrestling Championship Gold medal (2018)Navjot KaurWrestling
14First Indian Woman Wrestler to win Gold in the Asian Games (2018)Vinesh PhogatWrestling
15First Gold Medalist Archery in the Women’s individual in 2010 Commonwealth gamesDeepika KumariArchery

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No.RoleNameSport
16First Indian Woman to play Professional PokerMuskan SethiPoker
17First Indian Woman to reach the Final of 400m Hurdles in Los Angeles Olympics (1984)P.T. UshaRunning
18First Indian Chess player to hold the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman GrandmasterVijayalakshmi SubbaramanChess
19India’s First Fastest Woman Runner (100m-11.32s)Dutee ChandRunning
20First Woman to Score a Century in a Women’s Twenty20 International match (2018)Harmanpreet KaurCricket
21First-ever Indian Sportsperson to win a gold medal for Heptathlon in Asian Athletics Championshipsfirst (2017)Swapna BarmanMix
22First Female Cricketer to Surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIsMithali Raj Cricket
23India’s First Female Racer and National Racing ChampionAlisha AbdullahF1
24First Indian Female Swimmer to qualify for two separate events in an Olympic CompetitionShikha TandonSwimming
25First captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket team (1976)Shantha RangaswamyCricket
26India’s First athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics (6.70m)Anju Bobby GeorgeLong Jump
27First Indian basketball player to play professional basketball outside of IndiaJeena SkariaBasketball
28First Indian to win the British Squash Championship title U19 (2003)Joshna ChinappaSquash
29First Indian woman to cross the barrier of 50 meters in South Asian Games (1987)Razia SheikhJavelin throw
30First Female cricketer to surpass the 6000 run mark in ODIsMithali Raj Cricket
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