List Of First Woman In India In Sports (2023 Update)

List of First Woman In Sports

Last Updated: 6 April 2023

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 other countries. 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 our Indian woman has achieved success.

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

These champions have had established records & won titles on the national and international stages. Read the list of First Woman Champions that India has ever produced, who brought Laurels to their Motherland.

List Of First Woman Champions

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 Woman to Qualify for Olympics (1984)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 Athlete to Win a Gold Medal on International Track (400M)Navjot KaurWrestling
14First Indian Woman Wrestler to win Gold in the Asian Games (2018)Vinesh PhogatWrestling
15First Indian Woman Wrestler To Win Asian Wrestling Championship Gold Medal (2018)Deepika KumariArchery

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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 Woman to Score a Century in a Women’s Twenty20 International Match (2018)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-ever Indian Sportsperson to win a gold medal in Heptathlon in Asian Athletics Championships (2017) Shikha TandonSwimming
25The first 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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