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India's sporting icons of the decade



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It was an unprecedented decade for Indian Olympic sports. From 2001 to 2010, India produced champions in Tennis, Boxing, Chess, Badminton, Shooting, Wrestling and Athletics. At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, India finished in second place. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou India won medals in 14 disciplines. It wasn't cricket alone that climbed the peaks of success. In this decade India's Olympic sportsperson made the tri-colour go up again and again.

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Almost two decades after Prakash Padukone made the badminton world sit up with his stirring conquest, Pullela Gopichand emulated the maestro by winning the All-England title in 2001. And as the decade proceeded, the win turned out to be a path-breaking one.
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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee Anjali Ved Pathak set the shooting range at the 2002 Commonwealth Games on fire winning four gold medals in the individual and pair events.
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Anju Bobby George created history in Paris in 2003 when she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal, a bronze, at the World Athletics Championships. She clinched third place in the women's long jump on her fifth attempt with a leap of 6.70 metres.
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Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was the toast of the nation as the Armyman picked up a silver in the men's double trap event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. It was truly, as a commentator put it, 'a picture postcard moment'.
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