Indian Shooting Champion: Gagan Narang

Blog by: Suryakant. Tripathi.

Gagan Narang first burst onto the scene, when he won the Gold at the Afro-Asian Games that were held in Hyderabad in 2003. Despite having a poor Athens Olympics, where he failed to qualify for the finals, the Chennai-born shooter made a sterling comeback at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, winning 4 Gold medals- 2 in the 10m Air Rifle event and 2 in 50m 3 Position event. His 2006 then got even better, when he secured a bronze each in the 10m Air Rifle team category and the 50m 3 Positions individual and team category respectively.

He qualified for the finals of the 2008 World Cup, after winning a gold in the World Cup earlier in the year, where he created the universe record, courtesy his perfect score of 600 in the qualification round and 103.5 in the finals.

However, the Olympic medal continued to Gagan as he failed to qualify for the finals again in the Beijing Games in 2008, but despite that disappointment continued to put in good performances, winning the silver in the 10m Air Rifle event in both the individual and team category at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. For his excellent achievements, Gagan was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2011.

His watershed moment finally arrived 2 years at the London Olympics, where he clinched the bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle event. That meal was the first of India’s 6 medals at the Summer Games that year.

Following his bronze win at London, Gagan won a silver in the 50m Rifle Prone category and a bronze in the 50m Rifle 3 Position category. With the Rio Games next year, also expected to be his final Olympics, one can hope for Gagan to put in his best forward and hopefully, win successive medals in the Summer Games.

Indian Wrestling Champion: Sushil Kumar

Blog by: Suryakant. Tripathi.

Sushil Kumar was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep. The family could support only one person and Sandeep was the one who backed out. Sushil started training with minimal funds and poor training facilities. However, his family helped him to prepare for national and international competitions.

He claimed the top spot in Commonwealth Champions on five occasions. He won gold twice at the 2010 & 2014 Commonwealth Games.

His best effort came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he clinched bronze in the 66 Kg category. In the 2012 London Olympics, he went one better to win the silver medal thus becoming the first Indian to win back-to-back individual medals at the Olympics.

Awards:
Arjuna award – 2005
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – 2009
Padma Shri – 2011.

Indian Wrestling Champion: Yogeshwar Dutt

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Yogeshwar Dutt hails from Haryana and has worked his way to be considered one of the best wrestlers in the world. He started wrestling when he was eight years old. He has won several medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

His best effort at the Asian Games came this year in Incheon where he clinched gold in the 65-Kg freestyle category. He had earlier won bronze in the 2006 Doha Asiad.

At the Olympics, he tasted his first success when he won bronze at the 2012 London games in the 60-Kg freestyle category.

Awards:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – 2012
Padma Shri – 2013.

Indian Wrestling Champion: K D Jadhav

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

He is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in wrestling when he clinched bronze in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was fleet footed which made him stand out from other wrestlers of the time.
Jadhav had missed out on a medal in the 1948 London Olympics where he finished in 6th place in the flyweight category.

The Indian government presented him the Arjuna award in 2001. He was in the eyes of many a forgotten hero.

Know about Pilates

Blog By: Manasi Joshi

 

Pilates (pronounced as pɪˈlɑːteɪz) was founded by Joseph Pilates. He practised during World War II on the interns. He published two books related to his training method. Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising That Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education in 1934, and Return to Life Through Contrology in 1945.

A great way to strengthen your core muscles, it is great for your spine and improves flexibility, balance and posture.

Pilates helps to improve performance for dancers and sports persons. It helps to avoid injuries and helps in recovering too.

Principles of Pilates

Concentration

Pilates demands intense focus. You have to concentrate on what you’re doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements. This is not easy, but in Pilates the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.

 

Control

The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment. All exercises are done with control, the muscles working to lift against gravity and the resistance of the springs and thereby control the movement of the body and the apparatus. The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.

 

Centering

For practitioners to control their bodies, they must have a starting place: the center. The center is the focal point of the Pilates method. Many Pilates teachers refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body – encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs — as the “powerhouse”. All movement in Pilates should begin from the powerhouse and flow outward to the limbs. This is the main focus of Pilates. It does this to strengthen the rest of the body. This can have effects for years to come if you are consistent with the exercise.

 

Flow or efficiency of movement

Once precision has been achieved, the exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina. In other words, the Pilates technique asserts that physical energy exerted from the center should coordinate movements of the extremities: Pilates is flowing movement outward from a strong core

 

Precision

Precision is essential to correct Pilates: concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise. The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many halfhearted ones. You will gain more strength from a few energetic, concentrated efforts than from a thousand listless, sluggish movements.

 

Breathing

Breathing is important in the Pilates method. In Pilates exercises, the practitioner breathes out with the effort and in on the return. In order to keep the lower abdominals close to the spine; the breathing needs to be directed laterally, into the lower rib cage. Pilates breathing is described as a posterior lateral breathing, meaning that the practitioner is instructed to breathe deep into the back and sides of his or her rib cage. When practitioners exhale, they are instructed to note the engagement of their deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and maintain this engagement as they inhale. Pilates attempts to properly coordinate this breathing practice with movement, including breathing instructions with every exercise.

 

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Indian Track & Field Champion: Anju Bobby George

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Anju Bobby George began her career initially in the Heptathlon event before shifting categories to Long Jump. She first came onto the scene in the Delhi Junior Asian Championships in 1996 where she won a Gold in the Long Jump category. 3 years later, she set the national record in Triple Jump at the Federation Cup that was held in Bangalore and then won the Silver medal at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Nepal.

In 2001, she beat her own record in the Long Jump, with a performance of 6.74m at the National Circuit Meet in Thiruvananthapuram. She continued her fine run in 2001, by winning the Gold in Triple Jump and the Long Jump at the Ludhiana National Games.

A year later, she won the Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester with an effort of 6.49m and then backed that performance with a Gold in the Asian Games in Busan.
2003 saw her create history when she became the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Championships when she won bronze in Paris with an effort of 6.70m. She also achieved her personal best in her first Olympic appearance in Athens in 2004, with a jump of 6.83m, that saw finish at the sixth spot. Incidentally, 11 years later, this is still an Indian national record.

She continued her good form in 2005, winning the Gold at the Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon and the won another Gold at the IAAF World Athletics Final in the very same year with a leap of 6.75m.
She clinched the Silver medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 and then won another Silver at the Asian Athletics Championships,which also helped her to qualify for the World Championships in Osaka  in 2007, where she finished 9th.
She began her season in 2008 with a Silver medal at the Asian Indoor Championships and then went one better at the South Asian Athletics Championships in Kochi, where she won Gold.

For her stupendous achievements, she was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002-03 and following her fine performance at the World Championships in 2003, she was also awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna as well.

Indian Track & Field Champion: Girisha Nagarjagowda

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Born with a disability in his left leg, Girisha Nagarjagowda  won a Silver medal in the men’s high jump F-42 category at the 2012 Paralympic Games that were held in London.
The 27-year-old scaled a height of 1.74m using the scissors technique, and courtesy that effort became the 8th Indian to win a medal at the Paralympics.

2012 brought few more laurels for the Girisha as he secured Gold at the Para Athletics Championships that were held in Kuwait and also won a Silver medal at the Para Athletics Championships.

For his achievements, Girisha was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013.

Indian Track & Field Champion: Vikas Gowda

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Vikas Gowda first burst on the scene at the  2002 World Junior Championships in Jamaica, where he finished 12th in Discus Throw and 8th in the Shot Put.
But the turning point in Gowda’s career came when he moved to Maryland in the United States and his growth as a discus thrower began when he clinched the 2006 NCAA National Championship title.

In his maiden Commonwealth Games appearance, Gowda finished 6th in the Discus throw and 5th in the Shot Put and in the Asian Games, the very same year, again finished in the 6th position.

Gowda didn’t have a great time in his maiden Summer Games in Beijing in 2008 whereHis breakaway performance at the international stage came when he clinched the bronze at the following Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010, with an effort of 63.13m and then backed that performance up with a even better show at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, clinching the Silver medal with a throw of 63.69m.

In the Asian Championships, that followed  next year, Gowda won yet another Silver medal but in the very same year, he had a disappointing World Championships, finishing 7th with an effort of 64.05m.
Gowda suffered back-to-back disappointments at the Olympics when he finished in the 8th position in London in 2012, but the Asian Championships in Pune were back to his rescue the following year as he clinched a Gold with a performance of 64.90m
He carried forward his good show at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year, winning the Gold once again, with an effort of 63.64m, thereby becoming only the second athlete after Milkha Singh to win an individual medal at the Games.
In the Asian Games that followed in Incheon, Gowda won yet another medal, this time a silver with an effort of 62.58m. He recently won yet another Gold at the Asian Championships, that were held in Wuhan, China with an effort of 62.03m

Having tasted success at almost every level of competition, Gowda will be hoping that he can secure the Olympic medal in Rio next year and fulfill any athlete’s most sought-after ambition.

Indian Chess Champion: S. P. Sethuraman

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

S. P. Sethuraman is an Indian chess grandmaster. He was born on 25th Feburary 1993 in Chennai.

He achieved his three Grandmaster norms with shared second place and 8/10 at the Parsvnath Open in New Delhi in 2009, third place and 6.5/9 at the Paris International Championship in 2010 and winning the Voivoda Cup in Legnica with 7/9 in the same year.

Sethuraman won the 2004 Asian under-12 championship in Singapore and the 2009 World U16 championship in Antalya. In 2014 Sethuraman took team bronze medal with the Indian team at the 41st Chess

Olympiad in Tromsø and won the Indian National Premier Championship. With this win, he qualified for the Chess World Cup 2015, where he knocked out Sanan Sjugirov in round one and compatriot Pentala Harikrishna in the second round,* before being eliminated by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the third one.