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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

First Indian Woman To Receive An Asiad Gold Medal


Kamaljeet Sandhu is a former woman Indian athlete who won gold medal at 1970 Asian Games in 400 m race.She ran the distance in 57.3 seconds. She was the first Indian woman to win gold medal at any Asian games. She hails from Punjab state in India. She received Padma Shri award in 1971. She participated in 1972 Olympics too.

Full name: Kamaljit Sandhu (-Kooner)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: August 20, 1948 in Firozpur, Punjab, India

Country: IND India

Sport: Athletics


1970 was an outstanding year for the girls of Punjab. Kamaljit Sandhu, a superb athlete, won the gold medal for the 400 metres during the Asian Games at Bangkok. She ran the distance in 57.3 seconds. That year she also won two national tides for the 200 and 400 metres. The records she set remained unbroken for ten years. Girls from Punjab have certainly dominated the scene in volleyball, hockey and basketball.The Volleyball Federation of India was formed in 1951, and two years later the Women's National Championship was introduced.

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