Today the kids interacted with KarnamMalleshwari. Lots of discussion around fitness, food habits, training regime, the dedication needed to become a champion. Discussions around biases in sports… managing competition… sportspersons in the room got some valuable advice on how to continue their training..
Thought of the day “if you want to do something and work hard towards it, you will achieve it”
KarnamMalleswari is a retired Indian weightlifter. She is the first woman in the history of Indian Olympics to win a medal.
Malleswari won the world title in the 54 kg division in 1994 and 1995 and placed third in 1993 and 1996.
In 2000, Sydney Olympics, Malleswari lifted 110 kg in the “snatch” and 130 kg in the “clean and jerk” 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.
Prior to the Olympics, in 1994 she won gold in a World Weightlifting Championships in Istanbul and in 1995 she won the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Korea in the 54 kg category. She won the World Weightlifting Championships title in China, in the year 1995 with a record lift off 113 kg. Even before her Olympic win, she was a two-time weightlifting world champion with 29 international medals, which includes 11 golds medals.
Along with the national and international medals, she was also awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1999, Arjuna Award in 1994, and Padma Shri in 1999.