Which Indian Player Won the First Olympic Medal in Badminton?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Saina Nehwal is the first Indian player who won an Olympic medal in the game of Badminton. She is a professional badminton player from India. Saina Nehwal has achieved several milestones in the field of badminton for India. As one of India’s most successful badminton players, Nehwal is also credited for increasing the popularity of the sport in India in recent years. In 2016, the Government of India (GoI) conferred her the Padma Bhushan which is India’s third-highest civilian award.

First Indian to Win Olympic Medal in Badminton

Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to win the 1st Olympic medal in badminton in London in 2012. She has become the face of Indian badminton since then. She also owns several other titles, such as:

  • Saina Nehwal has acquired 24 international titles containing 11 tiles in superseries. She is also the first Indian to reach the finals of the BWF World Championship, achieving the title of the only Indian to win the BWF World Championship.
  • In 2015, she crossed the Number 1 world ranking, becoming the second Indian and first Indian female player to achieve this feat.
  • She has represented India 3 times in the Olympics, earning a bronze medal the second time.
  • Saina is the youngest athlete and the first Indian female to win a 4-star tournament in 2006.
  • She also acquired the title of the first Indian to win the two commonwealth games singles gold medals in 2010 and 2018.

Thus, we can conclude that Saina Nehwal has made an indispensable contribution to the world of Badminton for India and the world. She is one of the most talented players and nothing less than a sports icon.

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