Will Of Iron – Karnam Malleswari

Hello All!

I am back with the third Olympic Individual Winner of our country. Do read my earlier post on Olympic Heroes of India.

Karnam Malleswari became the first ever Indian Woman to win an Olympic medal for the country. She won a Bronze medal in women’s weightlifting 69 kilograms category at Sydney Olympics. It was the only medal won by India in Sydney Olympics.

As It happened

September 19, 2000, Sydney, Australia


(Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)


During practice Malleswari used to lift more weight than the weight she lifted in Bronze medal match. At Sydney, Malleswari started with lifting 105 kilograms in the snatch event. Later she went for 107.5 Kg. In the final attempt she lifted 110 Kg and thus became the first ever woman Bronze medal winner of India.

Life Of The Champion

Karnam Malleswari was born in a small village of Andhra Pradesh. She began weightlifting at young age. During her career as a weightlifter she has been a national champion for the record 9 times. It is a huge achievement for any athlete. Interestingly her sister Krishna Kumari was also a national level weightlifter.

Markus, Lin, Malleswari

19 Sep 2000: (L to R) Erzsebet Markus of Hungary (Silver), Weining Lin of China (Gold) and Karnam Malleswari of India (Bronze) on the podium after the Womens 69kg Weightlifting at the Convention Centre in Darling Harbour on Day Four of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Scott, Barbour/ALLSPORT


Malleswari owes her success to her family. They supported and encouraged throughout her career. Malleswari’s mother Shyamala has been a great anchor who took care of her diet. As diet plays a vital role for an athlete especially in weightlifting.

Malleswari’s win at Sydney boosted great confidence and enthusiasm among young Indian women.


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