Of the many unforgettable champions, the most robust and versatile woman to rise the name of India to global level is KarnamMalleswari. Born on June 1, 1975 in a village of Andhra Pradesh, Karnam Malleswari practiced Weight lifting right from the age of 12. She did her schooling in ZPPG High School in Amadalavalasa.
Trained under a Games Project conducted by Sports Authority of India, Malleswari was then included in the National Camp. Since that day, Karnam Malleswari’s contributions to India as an athlete cannot be explained simply in numbers. It was in the year 1992; she created a record and became the first Indian woman to win a world title on behalf of India in Sports. Malleswari also brought home a Bronze Medal from the Sydney Olympics 2000, Weight lifting in the 69kg class.
Malleshwari was coached by Leonid Taranenko, a renowned weightlifter, and through his guidance she mase numerous achievements. Proudly called the “Iron Girl of Andhra Pradesh” Karnam Malleswari was honored with Arjuna Award (1994-95), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1995-96) and Padma Shri Award (1999).
A few of her achievements are:
- Asian Championships, Japan1996: Gold Medal
- World Championships, China,1995: Gold Medal
- Asian Championships, S. Korea -1995: Three Gold Medals (in the 54 Kg Clean-And-Jerk)
- World Championships, Istanbul -1994: Two Gold Medals And One Silver Medal
- Asian Championships, Korea – 1994: Three Gold Medals
- Asian Games – 1998: Silver Medal (In The 63 Kg Class Clean-And-Jerk)
- Asian Games – 1997:Silver Medal (In The 54 Kg Class, Clean-And-Jerk)