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As India completes 70 years of Independence, India Today celebrates the laurels won by the country at global events in the world of sports. India remains the only team to have won eight gold medals in men's hockey at the Olympics. The country has won the Cricket World Cup twice while Abhinav Bindra remains India's only individual gold medallist in Olympics.

From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men's hockey team remained unbeaten winning six gold medals in succession with a 30-0 unbeaten streak.

Khashaba Jadhav became India's first individual Olympic medallist after Independence when he finished with bronze in wrestling (bantamweight) at the 1952 Helsinki Games.

In 1958, Milkha Singh became the first Indian athlete to win an individual gold at the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff. Mikha, also known as The Flying Sikh, is best remembered for his fourth-place finish in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Olympic Games.

In 1983, Kapil Dev-led Team India stunned the world by winning the World Cup at Lord's. India defeated the favourites and the two-time defending champions West Indies by 43 runs in the final to win the mega prize.

After 16 years, Leander Paes broke India's jinx at the Olympics, when he settled for bronze medal in men's singles tennis.

Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal when she finished third to get a bronze in weightlifting in women's 69kg category at the Sydney Games.

In 2008, Abhinav Bindra created history by bagging gold in men's 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Games. His gold remains the country's first and only individual gold medal till date. India's two other rising stars boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar also finished with bronze medals.

In 2011, India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup at home. An out-of-form MS Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order and played the captain's knock as India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.

In the 2012 London Games, India produced their best ever medal hauls to bring home six medals - two silvers and four bronze. Shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Sushil bagged silver medals while shooter Gagan Narang, boxer Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shuttler Saina Nehwal settled for bronze medals.

Source: indiatoday.intoday.in

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