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Google Doodle Celebrates 97th Birth Anniversary Of Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav.

Google honours Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav with a doodle.
On January 15, an Indian wrestler named Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav celebrated his 97th birthday with a Google Doodle. Jadhav, also known as “pocket dynamo,” is well-known for being the first Olympian from an independent India. The wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was honoured by a Google Doodle on his 97th birthday.

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The Pocket Dynamo,
  • a sportsperson from India named Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav.
  • His most famous success was his bronze medal in wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
  • The first athlete from an independent India to return home with an Olympic medal
  • After Norman Pritchard, who competed for colonial India in 1900 and won two silver medals.
  • He was the first individual Indian athlete to win an Olympic medal.
  • India had only won gold in the team event of field hockey before Khashaba.
  • The only medalist from India who has never received a Padma Award
  • Being exceptionally swift on his feet set Khashaba apart from other wrestlers of his time.
  • An English coach named Rees Gardner worked with Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav prior to the 1948 Olympics after noticing this quality in him.
  • A resident of the adjacent Goleshwar village in Karad, Dadasaheb Jadhav was.
  • For his services to wrestling, Khashaba Dadasaheb  was given the Arjuna Award posthumously in 2000.
Biography and Age 

he was born on January 15, 1926, and he died at the age of 58 on August 14, 1984.

The youngest of the famous wrestler Dadasaheb Jadhav’s five sons, Jadhav, was born in the Maharashtrian village of Goleshwar in the Karad Taluka of the Satara District. Jadhav attended Tilak High School in Karad Taluka, Satara District, between 1940 to 1947. Wrestling was a way of life in the home where Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was reared.

In addition to giving the insurgents a place to stay and hide, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav took part in the Quit India Movement by disseminating letters that were critical of the British. On August 15, 1947, Independence Day, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav made the decision to fly the tricolour during the Olympics. …

 Old age and death
After entering the police department in 1955 as a sub-inspector, Jadhav triumphed in numerous wrestling contests. In addition, he retired from his position as an assistant police commissioner and instructed national sportsmen in sports. With time, Jadhav’s efforts became blurry. The national hero was killed in a car accident on August 14, 1984, bringing an agonising end to his life. His premature passing was not what he deserved, but his outstanding performance and sincere efforts will live on forever. The wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was honoured by a Google Doodle on his 97th birthday,

Game and Career 
  • After starting to wrestle in 1948,  Jadhav’s first notable triumph came at the 1948 London Olympics, where he placed sixth in the flyweight division.
  • Up till 1948, the first Indian to place so highly in the individual category.
  • Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s sixth-place finish was no small accomplishment at the time, despite the fact that he was new to mat wrestling and the international regulations of wrestling
  •  first experience on a large stage came in the 1948 London Olympics; the Maharaja of Kolhapur paid for his travel.
  • Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav placed sixth in the flyweight division despite having no experience grappling on a mat.
Olympic medal 

After the gruelling encounter, Rashid Mammadbeyov of the Soviet Union was asked to fight Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav. A worn-out  failed to inspire, and Mammadbeyov took advantage of the opportunity to advance to the final even though there should have been at least a 30-minute break between fights according to the rules. Unfortunately, there was no Indian official present to argue the case.

On July 23, 1952, the first individual medal winner for Independent India won the bronze medal after outdueling wrestlers from Canada, Mexico, and Germany.

Awards & Honors for Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav
  • In honour of him,  was a part of the torch relay for the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.
  • He received a posthumous Chhatrapati Puraskar from the Maharashtra government in 1992–1993.
  • He earned the Arjuna Award after his passing in 2000.
  • The newly built wrestling venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi carries  Jadhav’s name in honour of his accomplishment.
  • Google created a Google Doodle in honour of  Jadhav’s for his 97th birthday, January 15, 2023.



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