Determination, hard work, bravery and of course injuries are some synonyms which can be associated with a sports person’s life. Only the spirit of sportsmen can teach you that withdrawing is a loser’s attitude.
They not only rise from their struggling situations but also gather enough steam to leave their opponents high and dry. So, here is a list of sportspersons who have prospered after initial trials and tribulations.
Incredible stories in the sports history
1. Hima Das:
Being a farmer’s daughter, Hima Das’ story will make you believe that hard work never let’s one lose. The doughty sprinter made history when she won an unprecedented gold for the country. She aced the women’s 400 m event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
2. Virat Kohli:
Here is another great sportsman with an incredible story. This run machine of Indian cricket team broke Sachin Tendulkar’s world record for being the fastest to get 10,000 one-day international runs. Sachin Tendulkar reached the milestone in 259 innings, whereas Indian cricket captain Kohli only took 205 innings to achieve this goal.
P.V. Sindhu, the Indian badminton player, holds the winner’s trophy after beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s badminton singles final at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, in 2018.
4. Luka Modric:
Luka Modric, Croatian footballer, has overcome many obstacles in his lifetime and became the world’s best player for 2017/18 after securing the Best FIFA Men’s Player and received the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
This prestigious award kept changing hands between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, in 2018, people witness a new winner in Luka Modric.
5. Mary Kom:
Mary Kom, the mother of three children, became the most successful boxer in the history of the Women’s World Boxing Championships. Furthermore, her unprecedented six time world champion has helped her rank number one in the rankings made by the International Boxing Association.
Olympic medal winner knows that loosing and winning are part and parcel of life. She indeed learns from her failures and try to overcome it in life.
6. Károly Takács:
The story of Károly Takács is another inspiring one. He was the first shooter to win two Olympic gold medals in the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event. And the inspiring part is that he won both with his left hand after his right hand was seriously injured.
When his right hand got severely injured, he didn’t let this to give up so easily and started training with the left hand. No one imagined that he could win a gold medal with his left hand. And to everyone’s great surprise, he won. Now that is undoubtedly a comeback.
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7. Yuvraj Singh:
This Indian cricketer was at the peak of his career when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. Everybody thought that this sportsman could not return to the cricket ground.
Nevertheless, his confidence and faith were high. He staged a heroic comeback after recovering from cancer when he made a smashing come back on the T20 match where he earned an unbeaten 77 off 35 balls.
8. Monica Seles:
One of the greatest comeback stories is that of Monica Seles. Monica won the French Open when she was only 16. She was one of the best women’s tennis star of the early 1990s.
But everything changed when a Steffi Graf fan stabbed her during a game in Hamburg. However, she returned to the ground in 1995 and again raised as an indomitable tennis player.
9. Manika Batra:
Manika Batra, another inspiring sports person, became the first Indian woman to win a Gold in table tennis singles at the Commonwealth Games. Batra won Singapore’s Mengyu Yu with a score of 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7.
10. Naomi Osaka:
Another sportsperson Naomi Osaka who idolised Serena Williams beat Serena to clinch the Women’s Singles title at the US Open in 2018. She again won the Australian title in January 2019. Moreover, Osaka, who is now 21, became the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam.