indian sprinting at olympics


When it comes to sprinting, most Indians only know about Milkha Singh and Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha. Ignoring the winning performances of Norman Pritchard at the 1900 Summer Olympics where he won 2 silver medals representing India, the sprinting performances of Singh and Usha are the best in Olympics for Indian sprinters. Milkha Singh finished 4th in the 400 m finals at the 1960 Summer Olympics and Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha finished 4th in the 400 m hurdles at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Both of them missed a bronze in their respective categories by 1/100th of a second.

What most Indians don’t know is that there are several other Indians who have qualified for sprinting events and quite a few have reached the semi finals and finals too. Below is the list of all who have represented India at Olympics in sprinting events for both men and women with mentions of their semi final or final finishes. If i have missed any name(s), kindly bring it to my attention in the comments section. Sprinting consists of 100 m, 80/100/110 m hurdles, 4×100 m relay, 200 m, 400 m, 400 m hurdles and 4×400 m relay.

Men’s 100 m

  • Norman Pritchard – 1900 – SF
  • Purma Banerjee – 1920
  • Wilfred Hildreth – 1924
  • James Hall – 1924
  • Terence Pitt – 1924
  • R Burns – 1928
  • Bunoo Sutton – 1932
  • Ronald Vernieux – 1932
  • Eric Whiteside – 1936
  • Eric Prabhakar – 1948
  • Lavy Pinto – 1952 – SF
  • Raj Joshi Tilak – 1960
  • Kenneth Lawrence Powell – 1964
  • Adille Sumariwalla – 1980

Women’s 100 m

  • Nilima Ghose – 1952
  • Mary D’Souza – 1952
  • Mary Rao – 1956
  • Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha – 1980
  • Dutee Chand – 2016

Men’s 110 m hurdles

  • Norman Pritchard – 1900 – Final – Did Not Finish
  • Cheruvari Kottieth Lakshmanan – 1924
  • Abdul Hamid – 1928
  • Bunoo Sutton – 1932 – SF
  • Jim Vickers – 1948 – SF
  • Chand Ram – 1956
  • Jagmohan Singh – 1960
  • Gurbachan Singh Randhawa – 1964 – Final – 5th
randhawa

Gurbachan Singh Randhawa finishing 5th in the finals behind Hayes Jones (USA), Blaine Lindgren (USA), Anatoly Mikhailov (USSR) and Eddy Ottoz (Italy)

Women’s 80/100 m hurdles

  • Nilima Ghose – 1952

Men’s 4×100 m relay

  • Bunnoo Sutton, Ronald Vernieux, Mehar Chand Dhawan, Dickie Carr – 1932
  • Anthony Francis Coutinho, Makhan Singh, Kenneth Lawrence Powell, Rajasekaran Pichaya – 1964 – SF
  • Anna Durai, Rajeev Balakrishnan, Ajay Raj Singh, Anil Kumar Prakash – 2000

Women’s 4×100 m realy

  • Valdivel Jayalakshmi, Vinta Tripathi, Saraswati Dey, Rachita Mistry – 2000

Men’s 200 m

  • Norman Pritchard – 1900 – Final – Silver
  • James Hall – 1924
  • Terence Pitt – 1924
  • Wilfred Hildreth – 1924
  • R Burns – 1928
  • James Hall – 1928
  • Ronald Vernieux – 1932
  • Eric Whiteside – 1936
  • Lavy Pinto – 1952 – SF
  • Milkha Singh – 1956
  • Milkha Singh – 1960
  • Kenneth Lawrence Powell – 1964
  • Subramanian Perumal – 1980
  • Dharambir Singh – 2016 (DISQUALIFIED FOR DOPING)

Women’s 200 m

  • Mary D’Souza – 1952
  • Saraswati Saha – 2004
  • Srabani Nanda – 2016

Men’s 400 m

  • Purma Banerjee – 1920
  • Terence Pitt – 1924
  • James Hall – 1928
  • Gyan Bhalla – 1936
  • Ivan Jacob – 1952
  • Milkha Singh – 1956
  • Milkha Singh – 1960 – Final – 4th
  • Paramjit Singh – 2000
  • Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Binu – 2004 – SF
  • Muhammad Anas – 2016

Women’s 400 m

  • Stephie D’Souza – 1964
  • Kamaljit Sandhu – 1972
  • Mercy Kuttan – 1988
  • Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol – 2000 – SF
  • Mandeep Kaur – 2008
  • Nirmala Sheoran – 2016

Men’s 400 m hurdles

  • Abdul Hamid – 1928
  • Jagdev Singh – 1956
  • Amrit Pal – 1964

Women’s 400 m hurdles

  • Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha – 1984 – Final – 4th
  • Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha – 1988

Men’s 4×400 m relay

  • Makhan Singh, Amrit Pal, Ajmer Singh, Milkha Singh – 1964
  • Lijo David Thottan, Jata Shankar, Purukottam Ramachandran, Paramjit Singh – 2000
  • Mohammad Anas, Ayyasamy Dharun, Kunhu Muhammed , Arokia Rajiv, Mohan Kumar, Sumit Kumar- 2016

Women’s 4×400 m relay

  • Vandana Rao , Shiny Abraham , Manathoor Devasia Valsamma, Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha – 1984 – Final – 7th
  • Vandana Rao, Mercy Kuttan, Vandana Pandurang Shanbagh, Shin Kurisingal Abraham – 1988
  • Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, Rosakutty Kunnath Chacko, Shiny Abraham, Jyotirmoyee Sikdar – 1996
  • Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, Rosakutty Kunnath Chacko, Paramjeet Kaur, Jincy Philip – 2000
  • Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol , Sathi Geetha, Manjeet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Chitra Kulathummuriyil Soman– 2004 – Final – 7th
  • Tintu Luka, Nirmala Sheoran, Anilda Thomas, Machettira Raju Poovamma, Ashwini Akkunji, Debashree Majumdar, Jisna Mathews – 2016
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