Google doodle honours wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, India's first athlete to win an Olympic medal

Google doodle honours wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, India's first athlete to win an Olympic medal

Google celebrated the birth anniversary of Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav.

Google on Sunday is honouring one of India's greatest wrestlers Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav with a special doodle on what would have been his 97th birthday.

The wrestler is the first from independent India to win an Olympic medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

Sharing the relevance of the doodle, Google India took to Twitter and stated, "Today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrates Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav and here's why you should remember him. Was India's first Olympic medalist in an individual sport (wrestling). Earned the nickname Pocket Dynamo for mastering the dhak technique."

The doodle features a sketch of the wrestler. It shows him ready to fight his opponent.

According to the Google doodle website, Jadhav was born in the village of Goleshwar in Maharashtra in 1926. He began following in the footsteps of his father, who was a well-known wrestler in the village, at the age of 10. At a very young age, Jadhav also proved himself as an excellent swimmer and runner. He proved his skills as a wrestler as he completed his studies. Though he was only 5'5'', he was one of the best and was particularly good at dhak-a wrestling moves.

As he continued on his success streak, the Maharaj of Kolhapur funded his participation in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. During his first performance at the Olympics, the wrestler secured the sixth position. It was the highest position India had secured at the time.

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However, that was not enough for Jadhav. He spent the next four years training and finally earned a bronze medal for India in the 1952 Olympics.

Later, he went on to work as a police officer. He was posthumously awarded the Chhatrapati Puraskar.

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