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Great Indian Oympians - By K Arumugam & Gulu Ezekiel Hardcover – 2012

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Indian Olympic history is more than one hundred years old. India has never boycotted any Olympics and was able to segregate sports from global politics. It has expectedly produced numerous stars who graced the Olympic horizon. Beginning with the 1900 Olympics, ‘Great Indian Olympians’ travels through the entire history of the Games keeping in step with the evolution of sporting talent of international caliber in the country. The story begins with Norman Pritchard – the mystery man of the Indian Olympic scenario. Was he the country’s very first sporting hero..one of the all-time great? It then goes on to Henry Rebello – the reluctant athlete who was forced to dabble in sports for fear of being thrown out of school; Milkha Sigh – the flying Sikh; hurdler GS Randhawa; the heroic Sriram Singh; PT Usha – who lost the Los Angeles Olympics medal by one-hundredth of a second; and Leander Paes and Karnam Malleswari – sports persons born to greatness. And the more recent Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, independent India’s first individual silver medalist. This third edition has been updated to include profiles of India’s first-ever individual gold medalist, shooter Abhinav Bindra and his fellow Beijing Olympics medalists, boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sudesh Kumar. Also among the stars are Dhyan Chand – the wizard of hockey; Leslie Claudius – the last of the Anglo Indians to play for the country; Mohd. Shahid, the man who tried to salvage India’s shaky hockey team; Balbir Singh; Balkrishan Singh; Shankar Laxman, Charanjit Singh and many others. This is a saga of the lives and times of the heroes of the country.

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Field Hockey Publications; Third edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,84,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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