Khashaba Jadhav forgot the story of India’s first individual Olympic medalist

Khashaba Jadhav forgot the story of India's first individual Olympic medalist

If someone wrote a legend which was not written, would it start like this.

The year was 1948. Raja Ram College, Kolhapur, a small student of a village near the sports teacher, said that he wanted to compete in wrestling in the annual sports meeting.

Take a look at his body and adopt the teacher by saying that he can not allow a weak player in the team.

The 23-year-old man reached the college’s director, who gave him another chance. It was just the occasion that Dadasaheb Jadaf needed to prove the mistake of the rejecters. In the post-game game, the biggest and strongest wrestler fell to win this event.

Or will it start a game in Lucknow in 1952, which will be between the FlyingWet Champion and the marginal lean competitor? Niranjan Das of Bengal had a length of 6 feet, muscle and strength.

On going into the game, Jadhav was about 5.5 feet, and was clearly subdued. But within seconds, the slave was on the ground. Stunned, Das argued that he was not ready for the match and asked to return the game. It is lost again.

It was a one-time wrestling competition, as he had played recently, between Sushil Kumar, Olympic medal winner and Narasimha Yadav.

Despite defeating Das, Jadhav found that he was ignored in the 1952 Olympic lineup. He wrote to Maharaja Patiala, who was the guardian of wrestling, and had a saying in the choice.

The Maharaja persuaded the authorities to make them fit again. For the third time, Jadhav defeated Das and qualified for the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

The 27-year-old player kept making history, becoming the first Indian to win an Olympic (Bronze) medal in a single game.

(India won the team for the first time under the leadership of Palper Singh in the 1948 London Summer Olympics).

Although in the later years many Indians did not receive Olympic glory, but Jadaf’s story was faded with our athletic consciousness.

But it is still alive in Kolhapur, where, along with the god of the game Hanuman, a framed picture of Jadhav will be found.

Vishnu Goshilkar, former wrestling winner and winner of the Maharashtra Kumari tournament, started in 1991, says, “To date, in each student, teachers tell stories of their students about a platform to inspire them, and show that one How the winner is made. ”

In Goleshwar, five rings in a building in a public square tell you about the rights to brag the Olympic in the village. It is the birthplace of Garhv, which was born in January 1926. His house, where his son Ranjeet, a farmer and his family are called today, the residence of the Olympics.

The home living room is full of medals, medals and souvenirs. A major picture of Jadaf standing on the podium at the 1952 Olympic Awards ceremony is most special.

Dadhav’s father, Dadashev, was also a wrestler when he introduced the boy to the game at the age of five. Though he encouraged all his five sons to fight wrestling, but he looked at the spark of his third son.

Wrestling spells were common in village fairs, making sure that the boy learned early in front of Deng. Seldom a small board lost a game.

Dada Saheb started his training for brother-in-law early in Gulehwar.

Ranjit said, “After his primary education, he enrolled at Tilak Secondary School in Karad, about 5 km from our village, due to lack of transport, he was going to school.” “He lost some years, but studied until graduation, which was rare for wrestlers,” his son says.

Ranjit remembers his father as a gentleman, when he was provoked, he did not even lose. In 1948, during the state wrestling tournament in which Jadhav was a rival, the organizers announced that there was a prize of Rs 1, but he rejected the challenge.

“Other players were insulted and withdrawn, but they remained … I was provoked against a major Mumbai racket of Rakshi.

Indoor Encoder, where Jadhav accelerates wrestling skills in Goleshwar, is contained in chaos.

The windows are broken into a room’s building and the dust and cobweb breathes air. The land has been bypassed by the garbage. Between the brotherhood, the velvet pillar still stands, as reminds of lost time.

Although the generation which saw Jadhaf, his quest for his glory continues, that village is still inhabited in the memories of his heroes.

Though Jadhav’s 99 years old Jadhav’s memory may be lost for a long time, his childhood friend’s name brings a glow in his eyes and a smell on his wrinkled face. “We will vyayam simultaneously (exercise) twice a day for four hours together.

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