K. D. Jadhav - Pocket Dynamo



Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was an Indian athlete. He's best referred to as a wrestler who won a medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He was the primary athlete from independent India to win an award at the Olympics. He was born on January 15, 1926.


He was the first-ever individual athlete from independent India to win a medal at the Olympics. Within the years before Khashaba, India would only win gold medals in hockey. He's the sole Indian Olympic medalist who never received a Padma Shri Award. Khashaba was exceptionally quick on his feet, which set him different from other wrestlers of his time. Coach Rees Gardner viewed this trait in him and coached him before the 1948 Olympic games.


He studied at the Tilak highschool in Karad district between 1940–1947. He grew up in a household that lived and was breathing wrestling. He even participated within the Quit India Movement providing shelter and a topographic point to the revolutionaries, circulating letters against British were a number of his contributions to the movement.


Defeating the wrestlers from Mexico, Canada and Germany, he won the Olympic bronze medal on 23rd July 1952 thus creating history by becoming Independent India's first individual medallist.


He resolved to unfurl the tricolour flag in Olympics on Independence Day Assumption, 1947. He died on August 14 in 1984.

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