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First female weightlifter to win bronze medalBorn in the Vosavanipeta hamlet of Andhra Pradesh, Karnam Malleswari was inclined towards sports since childhood. His family members also supported him a lot. Karnam Malleswari started his training in the direction of sports at the age of 12. The whole world knew his name when Karnam achieved this position in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In a total of 240 kg, she lifted 110 kg in the snatch category and 130 kg in the clean and jerk, becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic bronze medal.
People said – The Iron LadyWhen Karnam returned to India after the historic victory, people affectionately called her ‘The Iron Lady’. She remains the only Indian female weightlifter to ever win an Olympic medal. When she came to India, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed her as the daughter of India. She herself says that this medal makes the whole country proud, not just me. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called me later that day. He congratulated me and called me ‘India’s daughter’.
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