All my Indian brothers would agree that planning to go to the gym, actually going to the gym, be sticking to a gym regime and be lifting weights above 50 kgs' mark are four different things altogether and we've all largely failed at keeping up with these audacious goals.
Now, consider pissing off a female who can lift 108 kgs in one go. I bet that no guy with a sane mind would ever like to do that. Well, females are better when it comes to the psychological strength and comfortably on par (when they're at it) with males in meeting the physical standards as well.
Today, when the whole nation is bursting with anger for the heinous crimes against females in the cities of Unnao and Kathua, the same nation is also cherishing the victories of women in CWG 2018. Irony enough?
So my message is to all the men out there who can be future perpetrators of such crimes...
"Watch out your filthy moves coz women on this list are the mirror to the strength of feminism today and if every other girl becomes like them, criminals would not just be hanged, but their pen** would be chopped off and burnt while their as*es would be punched like never before."
35 years of age
5-Time World Champion
Asian Games Medalist
Olympic Bronze Medalist
Mother of Three
Commonwealth Games Champion.
MC Mary Kom won the first ever women's boxing gold medal at Commonwealth and dedicated her victorious comeback after three years to three of her kids who are the dearest to her.
37 years of age!
Broke CWG record!
Won 50m Rifle Gold for the nation!
That's Tejaswini for you and she comfortably proved that age is just a mere number. Her father was an officer in the Indian Navy and the discipline she carries is just an inheritance from him.
With her grandfather and her father both being former presidents of the National Rifle Association of India, Shooting came naturally for her. The 26-year-old won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and went on to better her record by bagging a gold this time in down under.
The 28-year-old former world no.1 pistol shooter, Dr Heena Sidhu, is India's Olympic 2020 hope and with her golden win at the Commonwealth Games 2018, we're sure she'll bring us the gold medal in 2020 as well.
PS: She also won a 10m Air Pistol Silver. But, if a class like her won silver, who won gold?
Here's the answer...
16-year-old Manu became the youngest ever Indian to win a gold at the ISSF World Cup 2018 when she bagged two golds. That victory gave us high hopes and Manu did not disappoint the nation. And yes, she also beat her senior Heena Sindhu in the same event.
Remember the lady I was talking about who could lift 108 kgs at one go? Well, here's your champion and if you look at the video of her lifting that humongous weight, you'll start paying heed to all her events. She is strong beyond limits and to your pleasant surprise, let me add that she is not alone...
Padma Shri award winner and 23-year-old Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has already won the world championship and is on her way to impressing everyone and making her mark as India's best in the 48 kg category.
If you have not cut your nails yet, watch their final match (21-14 15-21 21-15) and I bet you'll bite them all. I'll not talk about Satwik's amazing contribution here in this article for obvious reasons but Ashwini definitely nailed it like a pro.
PS: Ashwini Ponnappa earlier won a Women's Doubles gold in CWG 2010 when she paired up with Gutta Jwala.
Manika Batra who led Indian Women's TT Team did the impossible when they beat three-time champion Singapore 3-1 in the CWG 2018 team finals. Mouma Das & Madhurika Patkar also gave their best throughout in the tournament when the Indian female side beat England 3-0 and almost outplayed the competitive side in the semis. This was the second time after 2010 CWG when they reached the finals and the first time when they won it.
Indian women definitely deserve all the respect and we men, must accept that they're not just emotionally but physically also at par with us, if not always better. But again, it's not a competition between Indian men and women; it's larger than that coz it's we vs. the world in the field of sports and I bet India will soon top the medal tally in the coming future.
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