2. Milkha Singh
Taking part in the 200m and 400m category at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Milkha Singh first came into the athletics scene. However, the real turning point in his career came off the running track as he got the opportunity to meet Charles Jenkins, who had won the 400m event at those Games.
Two years later, a much-improved Milkha set records in the 200m and 400m category at the National Games in Cuttack and then continued to win the Gold at the Asian Games in Tokyo.
1958 became the better year for him as he won India’s first Commonwealth Games Gold in the 400m category with a timing of 46.6 seconds.
However, 2 years later at the Rome Olympics, in spite of putting in an exceptional performance in the 400m category, Milkha unluckily missed out an Olympic medal by the skin of his teeth.
3. Anju Bobby George
Anju Bobby George initially began her career in the Heptathlon event before she shifted categories to Long Jump. In 1996, Anju first came onto the scene in the Delhi Junior Asian Championships and won a gold medal in the Long Jump category. Three years later, she set India’s record in Triple Jump at the Federation Cup held in Bangalore and then won a silver medal at the South Asian Federation Games in Nepal.
At the National Circuit Meet in Thiruvananthapuram in 2001, she beat her own record in the Long Jump with a performance of 6.74m. She went on her fine run in 2001 by winning the gold medal in the Triple Jump and the Long Jump at the Ludhiana National Games.
One year later, at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, she won the Bronze medal with an effort of 6.49m and then won a gold medal in the Asian Games in Busan.
The year 2003 saw her create history as she became the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Championships with a bronze medal in Paris. In 2004, she also achieved her best in her first Olympic appearance in Athens with a jump of 6.83m. 11 years later, this is still a national record of India.
In 2005, she continued her good form by winning the gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon and another gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final with a leap of 6.75m.
She began her 2018 season with a silver medal at the Asian Indoor Championships and then continued to be better at the South Asian Athletics Championships in Kochi with a gold medal.