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6 sportspersons who took India to the history books in 2018

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2018 saw the emergence of talented, young sportspersons from across the country. We take a look at the faces and stories that were ahead of the game.

If 2017 was about the fairytale rise of Indian women’s cricket, which saw the team reach the finals of the coveted ICC World Cup for the first time, 2018 was about podium finishes in non-cricket sports, and the emergence of talented, young sportspersons from remote corners of the country.

This year witnessed two marquee sporting events - the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, and the Asian Games that took place in Indonesia.

India finished third at the Commonwealth Games with 66 medals (26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze) in what was its third best display in the history of the Games. At the Asian Games, India’s medal tally stood at 69 (15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze). It was the country’s best-ever haul in the history of the Games. India also equalled its highest-ever gold tally of 15 metals.

Many performers across many events — wrestling, shooting, boxing, javelin throw, table tennis, weightlifting, athletics, etc. — grabbed eyeballs for their grit and determination that took them past the finishing line. But, some stood out and went on to become hashtags on Twitter and cover faces of magazines - both measures of their expanding presence in public consciousness.

These are YourStory’s Top Newsmakers in Sports for 2018.

Hima Das (athletics)

Eighteen-year-old Hima Das made history at the Asian Games when she finished her 400m race in 50.79 seconds to win Gold. (This is also a national record now.) Prior to that, in July, she........

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