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  1. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav
  2. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was an Indian athlete. He is best known as a wrestler who won a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.He was one of the First athlete from India who has won ...Wikipedia
  3. BornJanuary 15, 1926, India
  4. DiedAugust 14, 1984, Karad

Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav

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Khashaba Jadhav
BornJanuary 15, 1926
DiedAugust 14, 1984 (aged 58)
NationalityIndia India
Olympic medal record
Men's wrestling
Competitor for  India
Bronze medal – third place1952 HelsinkiBantamweight
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav (Marathiश्री. खाशाबा दादासाहेब जाधव, born January 15, 1926–August 14, 1984) was an Indian athlete. He is best known as a wrestler who won a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.He was one of the First athlete from India who has won medal in Olympics[1]
The medal which was given to Jadhav was the first to be won by any Indian.[2] Since 1900 when Norman Pritchard won two silver medals in athletics, India had won gold medals only in field hockey, a team sport. He is the only Indian Olympic medalist to have never received a Padma Award.Jadhav was fleet footed, which made him different from other wrestlers of his time. English coach Rees Gardner saw this trait in him and trained him prior to 1948 Olympic games


Born in a village called Goleshwar Tal in Satara district in Maharashtra, KD Jadhav was the youngest of the five sons of a renowned wrestler Dadasaheb Jadhav. At the age of 8, he defeated the local champion in just 2 minutes and went onto became the undisputed champion of his area.He did his schooling in Tilak High School in Karad district between 1940-1947.He grew up in a household that breathed and lived wrestling.

Wrestling career[edit]

His father Dada Saheb was a wrestling coach and he made Khashaba initiate wrestling at the age of five. His wrestling mentors in college were Baburao Balawde and Belapuri Guruji. His success in wrestling did not avoid him from getting good grades. He participated in quit India movement.He resolved to unfurl the tri color flag in olympics on Independence Day August 15, 1947.
Starting his wrestling career in 1948, he first broke into lime-light at the 1948 London Olympics when he finished 6th in the flyweight category. He was the first Indian to achieve such a high a position in the individual category until 1948. Despite being alien to wrestling on a mat as well as under international rules of wrestling, Jadhav’s 6th-place finish was no mean feat at that time.
For the next four years, Jadhav trained even harder for the Helsinki Olympics where he moved up in weight and participated in the 125 lb bantamweight category which saw wrestlers from twenty-four different countries. He went on to defeat wrestlers from countries like Mexico, Germany and Canada, before losing his semi-final bout, but he came back stronger to win the bronze medal which made him the first ever individual Olympic medalist of independent India.
Four years later, before the selection for Helsinki Olympics, Jadhav alleged that nepotism among officials prevented him from getting selected for the Olympics. According to him, they intentionally gave him one point less than the eventual winner at the Madras Nationals, and this ruled him out of the Olympics. He did not bow down to corrupt officialdom and appealed to Maharaja of Patiala seeking justice. Fortunately the Maharaja of Patiala loved sports, saw his point, and arranged his entry in Olympic trials where he floored his opponent and won an entry in the Olympics. For the 1952 Games he and his family went around the village begging for contributions to enable him to flirt with destiny.Khardikar, principal of the Rajaram College, where Jhadhav studied, mortgaged his home for Rs 7,000 to send his former student to the Olympics. Despite repeated requests to Morarji for only Rs 4000, there was no help forthcoming from any quarter."He would have easily won the gold at Helsinki," said Sampat Rao Jhadhav, his cousin who was with Khashababhau when he left for Helsinki to compete in the bantamweight category."It was difficult for him to adjust to the mat surface. After two rolling fouls he missed out on the gold medal which was his for the taking. (The gold was won by Japan's Ishii Shobachi while Russia's Rashid Mamedekov clinched the silver.) Moreover, there was no interval between the two bouts and to fight with two world class wrestlers without appropriate rest was more than a Herculean effort," added Rao.But an Olympic medal is an Olympic medal. And a first is always special. The victory procession at the Karad railway station was a see-it-to-believe scene recalls Rao."There were dhols along with a 151 bullock cart procession right from the outskirts of Goleshwar to the Mahadeva temple which is normally a 15 minute walk. It took seven long hours that day and no one was complaining. We have not seen joyous scenes like that either before or after that day. There was a feeling of pride and every villager was basking in that moment of glory. Khashababhau brought the small village of Goleshwar, earlier a dot on the map, to the fore. The whole world knew and recognised Goleshwar as the village which gave India its first-ever Olympic champion."
Although India’s hockey team collected a gold at the Helsinki games, Jadhav was the primary attraction when India’s contingent returned home after the Olympics. Jadhav was facilitated by his college and all the wrestling Gymkhanas of Kohlapur. The principal of Shahaji Law College, Kolhapur, Prof Dabholkar mortgaged his own house to fund Jadhav’s participation in the Olympics. Jadhav had not forgotten this favour and on his return, he organized a wrestling competition in which he took part himself. He won several bouts in these competitions and handed over the prize money to his professor and persuaded him to use the money to buy back his house.
In 1953 Japan wrestlers toured India and he defeated the world champion Unemori and continued his winning streak.

Post olympics[edit]

In 1955, he joined the police force as a sub-inspector where he won several competitions held within the Police department and also performed National duties as a sports instructor. Despite serving the police department for twenty-seven years and retiring as an Asst. Police Commissioner, Jadhav had to fight for pension later on in his life. For years, he was neglected by the sports federation and had to live the final stages of his life in poverty. He died in a road accident in 1984.

International competitions[edit]


In 2010, a wrestling venue at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi was named in Jadhav's honor.[3]
He did receive recognition in the form of awards, with Arjuna Award in 2001 being the most prominent.


Olympic veer K D Jadhav by Sanjay Sudhane, National Book Trust.


Actor and now producer Riteish Deshmukh is all set with plans for his second production—a biopic titled Pocket Dynamo. The film will be based on the life of a wrestler Khashaba Jadhav, who won independent India’s first Olympic medal in 1952.
The film is titled Pocket Dynamo on the basis of the name Khashaba was referred to. Riteish acquired the rights for the film from Khashaba Jadhav Vikas Sanstha, a trust formed by Ranjit Jadhav, son of Khashaba Jadhav. Confirming the news through an official statement,
Speaking about the sportsman, Riteish says, “He has quite a noteworthy journey and earned our country its first international medal but in time, his name and story was something that was lost. He is a hero who deserves to be remembered and honoured. We will work hard to do justice to the portrayal of his achievements.”
The script for the film, to be made and released in Marathi and Hindi, is currently being worked upon.

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 Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav First Olympic Medal Winer For India
Khashaba Jadhav
The first person to bring Olympic glory to India in the individual category in the sport of wrestling – a sport with a legacy in the Marathi culture
Born: 15 January 1924

The first Indian to write India’s name in the individual category in the Olympics, wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav alias K. D. Jadhav was born in Goleshwar village, a small village on the banks of the Krishna River in Karad taluka.
He did his schooling in Tilak High School in Karad between 1940-47. Since his grandfather, Nanasaheb, was an excellent wrestler, Khashaba grew up in a household that breathed and lived wrestling. During his school days, he achieved success in sports like weightlifting, swimming, running, gymnastics and Malkhamb apart from wrestling.
Since his father, Dadasaheb, was a wrestling coach, Khashaba was initiated into wrestling from the tender age of five. His mother was simple, quiet, humble, reticent and accommodating - qualities that Khashaba imbibed in his life. In spite of the family barely making two ends meet, Khashaba would travel to the neighbouring villages to see the wrestling matches held in the fairs. In 1934, at the age of eight, he won his first bout in a mere two minutes against the wrestling champion in the match held at the Rethare village. He received formal training in wrestling in Tilak College and it was at this juncture that he resolved to become a distinguished wrestler. He wrestling mentors in this college were Baburao Balawde and Belapure Guruji. His success in wrestling did not prevent him from achieving good grades in academics.
He also participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. Providing shelter and a hiding place to the revolutionaries, circulating letters against the British were some of his contributions to the movement.
His career in wrestling started in the period 1948-1954 when he started studying in Rajaram College at Kolhapur. His remarkable wrestling skills won him laurels in the inter-college and inter-university competitions. Through persistence and perseverance, he also achieved success at the national level, and qualified to participate in the Olympics. On India’s first Independence Day, 15th August 1947, he resolved to unfurl the Indian tri-colour in the Olympics.
In those times, sports was not commercialised, and the concept of sponsors did not exist. Sports administration and professionalism were unknown in the country. Therefore he had to overcome several obstacles to participate in the Olympics at his own expense. He collected the required funds through contributions from friends, teachers, students of his alma mater, people of his village and from the erstwhile Chhatrapati of Kolhapur. He even personally visited people collecting funds for his participation in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. Even the then Government did not extend any support to Khashaba in 1952. Khashaba overcame these trying times - preparing for the foreign trip, collecting funds, winning over those who opposed his visit, practicing his techniques on the mat – to participate in the Olympics.
He stunned the audience in the 1948 Olympics in London by defeating the Australian wrestler in the first few minutes of the bout and came in sixth in the 52 kg flyweight category. He was the first Indian to achieve this high a place in the individual category until 1948. Considering that the technique of wrestling on the mat was unheard of in the country, his success was indeed commendable. The role played by his coach Prof. Govind Purandare of Rajaram College as his guide and mentor proved to be crucial.
Instead of being discouraged by his sixth place in the London Olympics, he increased the tempo of his preparation for the next Olympics in Helsinki. Khashaba participated in the 125 lb bantamweight category which saw wrestlers from twenty-four countries. Defeating the wrestlers from Canada, Mexico and Germany, he won bronze medal on 23rd July 1952 thereby creating history by becoming the country’s first individual medal winner (Another wrestler and Khashaba’s colleague, Krishnarao Mangave, also participated in the same Olympics in another category but missed the bronze medal by just one point).
The people of Goleshwar, Karad and Kolhapur accorded him a warm welcome on his return in August of 1952. There was a cavalcade in a vehicle drawn by 101 bulls from Karad to Goleshwar. He was even felicitated by Rajaram College and all the wrestling gymkhanas in Kolhapur
Prof. Dabholkar of Shahaji Law College, Kolhapur had mortgaged his house to fund Khashaba’s participation in the Olympics. Khashaba had not forgotten this favour and on his return organized wrestling competitions in which he participated. He won several bouts in these competitions and consequently prize money. He then persuaded the Prof to use the money to buy back the house. This episode not only highlights the erstwhile circumstances but also highlights the high standards of sincerity, co-operation and commitment to the sport.
Japan wrestlers toured India in the year 1953. In the bouts that ensued, Khashaba defeated the world champion Unemori and continued his winning streak.

In 1955, he joined the police force as a sub-inspector. He won several competitions held within the Police department. He also performed National duties as a sports instructor. He was honoured by making him a part of the torch run at the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. However, his feats did not adequately earn him the respect and appreciation he deserved. He served the police force for twenty-seven years and retired as an Asst. Police Commissioner from erstwhile Bombay. In spite of his meritorious service, Khashaba had to fight for his pension – a deplorable lack of rectitude for a person of his stature and respect.
He was honoured with several awards later viz. the Fie Foundation Jeevan Gaurav Award (in 1983), the Meghnath Nageshwar Award (in 1990, posthumously), the Shiv Chhatrapati Award (in 1993, posthumously) and the Arjuna Award (in 2001, posthumously). In memory of his memorable win at the Olympics, a sculpture of Khashaba was erected in Kolhapur in 1960. A wrestling gymkhana has also been established in the village of Goleshwar to continue his legacy.
He died in an accident in Karad. It took fifty years for India to win its next Olympic medal in the individual category, which makes Khashaba’s bronze effort, achieved in trying circumstances, even more commendable
Died: 14 August 1984
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