Karnam MALLESWARI

India IND

Weightlifting

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Sydney 2000
  • Year of Birth
    1975
Olympic Results

Biography

Karnam MALLESWARI

Indian weightlifter Karnam Malleswari holds the distinguished honour of being the first woman from India to win a medal at the Olympics.

Her career’s crowning achievement came at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Lifting 110kg and 130kg in the ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’ categories respectively to total 240kg, Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win a prestigious Olympic bronze medal.

The historic achievement made her an instant household name and the masses named her ‘The Iron Lady’. She remains, till date, the only Indian woman weightlifter to have won an Olympic medal.

“This medal didn’t feel my own, but the whole country’s,” she says. “Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee called me later that day. He congratulated me and called me ‘Bharat ki beti’ (daughter of India).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

#AC
Middleweight (≤63 kilograms)
Middleweight (≤63 kilograms) Weightlifting
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sydney 2000

B
Light-Heavyweight (≤69 kilograms)
Light-Heavyweight (≤69 kilograms) Weightlifting