India has been a manufacturer of World Class wrestlers including Hawa Singh, Dara Singh, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, etc. Wrestling has always been a sport in which India has excelled time and time again. One such prominent figures in Indian wrestling was Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav.
Born on 15th January 1926 in Satara district of Maharashtra, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was the first individual medalist from independent India to win an Olympic medal. Norman Pritchard won two silver medals for colonial India in 1900 but Dadasaheb was the first individual to win a bronze medal for independent India.
India had been a major contributor in the world of Hockey and has won Olympic gold medals for the same, but Dadasaheb was the one to break this jinx and emerged as one of the greatest Indian wrestlers of all time.
He started his Olympic career in the 1948 edition but was unfortunate to end his stint without a medal to his name. However, he was able to grab the eyeballs of Englis coach Rees Gardner with his impressive show in the event and trained him since then till the 1952 Olympics. On August 14, 1984, at the age of 58, he met with a road accident where he lost his life.
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