Greatest Indian Women Athlete

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Who do you think greatest Indian women athlete?

Sania Mirza
5
17%
Saina Nehwal
9
30%
Pusarla V. Sindhu
5
17%
Dipa Karmakar
8
27%
Anju Bobby George
0
No votes
P.T. Usha
2
7%
Mary Kom
1
3%
Karnam Malleswari
0
No votes
Other
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 30

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by gbelday » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:26 pm

Atithee wrote: Re: Sania, the fact that she has so few votes here in a rabid fan base is telling. That's all from me folks.
That's may be because the question isn't clear. I wouldn't vote for Sania too if we were talking only athleticism. I considered achievements, global reach of the sport, competition, support/coaching, longevity, peer group etc.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by Sin Hombre » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:57 pm

I voted for Saina.

Trailblazer
Olympic and WC medalist
WR #1
Top 10 player for a decade (longevity)

I do hope Aditi Ashok (not mentioned at all) and Sindhu can take over that mantle in the coming years.

Also surprised at the lack of mentions for Mithali Raj.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by prasen9 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:30 pm

Hey, my question was clear. Which athlete's resume would you want yourself or your son or daughter have? You can only choose one and you will have exactly that.

But, I suppose people can answer whatever question they perceive. Given the title, "greatest" will possibly be redefined according to individual values.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by Sin Hombre » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:14 am

Just to answer your particular question, that would be Aditi Ashok.

Outdoor sport with good earning potential and can have a long career with relatively fewer injuries. Also, not as high profile a sport in India which means no possibility of being mass recognized and having to face unnecessary scrutiny by a success starved Indian public.

Nothing to do with the thread title though.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by rajitghosh » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:31 am

http://www.ptusha.org/achievements

Here is a list of PT Usha's achievements. The sensations that Dipa and Sindhu are today, Usha was in the mind-80s. She did far more that run that 1 race at Los Angeles. Since then India has not produced a track athlete of her caliber (male or female). The few successful ones have all been field athletes.
Having said that I voted for Saina.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saina_Nehwal
Attached is her achievements. 23 international titles is no joke. 10 of those are Super Series titles. Add to that a Junior World Championship, a World Championship silver, an Olympic bronze and an Uber Cup bronze and you have something to be proud about. Just to give you a perspective Prakash Padukone had about 9 titles.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by sameerph » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:39 am

Usha's achievements were great. But, if you notice carefully her major achievements were at Asian level. At world level her best was 4th place finish at LA Olympics in a depleted field. When everyone was available the best was a SF at world championships in 1987. At the world level, Anju Bobby George had better results with a medal at world championships, world athletics final and commonwealth games.

Again both of them were on an average at a ranking of 8-10 in 1 athletic event. ( Usha a bit lower). If you consider all women athletes competing it would work out to be among top 100 athletes.

Comparably, I would consider Sania's achivements of being in top 30 in womens tennis singles and then being world #1 in doubles a bit higher. Sindhu and Saina's a lot higher.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by rajitghosh » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:04 am

In some of the earlier threads, far too much was being made about athleticism. At the highest level, mental strength (killer instinct) separates a champion from good performers. Saina has that. Among men, Leander and Kohli are 2 players who have it in abundance, in Sachin's case it was absent. I don't think Sania has mental strength either.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by Atithee » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:48 am

The one thing against Saina's greatness is the inability to conquer the Chinese in general. That's where Sindhu has the edge and may end up inching past Sania.

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by gbelday » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:30 am

This Indian woman is shattering the glass ceiling for celebrity pay
http://www.msn.com/en-my/money/markets/ ... li=BBr8Mk9

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Re: Greatest Indian Women Athlete

Post by prasen9 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:04 am

It is an interesting poll. Everytime I see a Saina person vote, one Dipa person seems to come out of the woodwork and votes (or vice-versa) :-)

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