Karnam Malleswari Biography, Awards

 
 

Karnam Malleswari is an Indian weightlifter. During her career, spanning ten years, she has won 11 gold and three silver medals besides the prestigious Olympic bronze. She has been the National Champion for nine years (twice in the 52 kg category and seven times in the 54 kg category).


Malleshwari participated in the 'National Junior weight lifting championship', and stood first. In 1992, she participated in the Asian championship which took place in Thailand, and won three silver medals. She also won three bronze medals in the world championship. She won a bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney lifting 110 kg in the Snatch and 130 kg in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 240 kg, which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.


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