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Hari Chand- India’s barefoot Olympian whose record remained unbeaten for more than 30 years

Hari Chand, India’s finest long-distance runner, was two-time Olympian and won double gold at 1978 Bangkok Asian Games. Born in rural Punjab, Hari Chand’s father Jaggu Ram wanted him to become a wrestler. But Hari, who as a boy loved to chase rabbit across the village fields, turned out to …

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Eileen Ash- the ‘remarkable woman’ of English Cricket who lived 110 years of ‘extraordinary life’

Eileen Ash passed away as the oldest Test cricketer after debuting for England in 1937; ECB payed tribute stating her “a remarkable woman who led an extraordinary life”. Born at Highbury in London, Eileen Ash started playing Cricket at the age of 5. Ash had made her debut against Australia …

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‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias: an extraordinary Track and Field Olympian who excelled in Golf and was proficient in a handful of other sports as well

Sometimes regarded as one of the greatest athletes ever to have lived, ‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias, byname of Mildred Ella Zaharias, holds more records and medals than any other 20th-century athlete. Mildred Ella Didrikson achieved particular success in Basketball, Baseball and Track and Field. However, she is most widely known because …

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