First in Sports - India

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AchievementSportsperson
The first Indian to win an individual medal at the Olympic GamesKD Jadhav
The first Indian to win a gold medal at the Olympic GamesAbhinav Bindra
The first Indian woman to win an individual medal at the Olympic GamesKarnam Malleswari
1st Indian to win Olympic medals at two consecutive Olympic GamesSushil Kumar
The first Indian to become a world champion in billiardsWilson Jones
The first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth GamesAshish Kumar
The youngest Indian to captain its test cricket teamMansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
The first Indian to swim across the English Channel Mihir Sen (1958)
The first Indian woman (also Asian woman) to swim across the English Channel Aarti Saha (1959)
The first woman in the world to swim the seven seasBula Chaudhary
The first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian GamesKamaljit Sandhu
The first Indian women athlete to win a medal at a world event (Bronze at World Athletics Championship, 2003)Anju Bobby George
1st recipient of Dhyanchand Lifetime Achievement Award Aparna Ghosh
1st Indian recipient of International Cricket Council's Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (also the first in the world)Rahul Dravid
1st Indian recipient of Wisden Leading Cricketer in the WorldVirender Sehwag

FIRSTS IN BADMINTON

AchievementSportsperson
The first Indian woman to be ranked World No. 1 in BWF world rankingsSaina Nehwal
The first Indian to be ranked World No. 1 in BWF world rankingsPrakash Padukone
The first Indian to win the All England Open Badmintong ChampionshipPrakash Padukone
The first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the OlympicsSaina Nehwal
The first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and also to win a Super Series tournament, (by clinching the Indonesia Open).Saina Nehwal
The first Indian to win the gold at BWF World ChampionshipsP.V. Sindhu

FIRSTS IN TENNIS

AchievementSportsperson
The first Indian (also the first Asian) to win the Wimbledon junior Singles titleRamanathan Krishnan (in 1954)
The first Indian to win a Grand Slam title (French Open mixed doubles title in 1997)Mahesh Bhupathi
The first Indian to achieve a career Grand Slam in mixed doublesMahesh Bhupathi (2006)
The first Indian to achieve a career Grand Slam in doublesLeander Paes (2012)
The first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam titleSania Mirza

FIRSTS IN CHESS

AchievementSportsperson
India's first Grandmaster and also the first Indian to win the FIDE World Chess ChampionshipVishwanathan Anand
The first Indian to win the under 10 World Chess ChampionshipP. Harikrishna
The first Indian woman to receive the Grandmaster's titleKoneru Humpy
The youngest Indian to win the Grandmaster titleParimarjan Negi (13 years 3 months and 22 days)

 

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Test Yourself

1. The 1st Indian to win a Grand Slam title was Leander Paes
2. The first recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is Viswanathan Anand
3. The first Indian to become a world champion in billiards was Pankaj Advani
4. The first Indian to swim across the English Channel was Mihir Sen
5. The first Indian to win the Under 10 World Championship was Vishwanathan Anand
6. The first woman in the world to swim the seven seas is Aarti Saha
7. The first Indian woman to win a medal at the Asian Games was Kamaljit Sandhu
8. The first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal is Saina Nehwal