Women at the OlympicsThis is the year of Indian women at the Olympics.
After sterling achievement of Dipa Karmakar in gymnastics and Sakshi Malik's bronze medal in wrestling, India is waiting anxiously for the final outcome of PV Sindhu's gold or silver in the badminton finals today.
Karnam Malleswari was the Indian woman to ever win an Olympic medal who won a bronze medal in weightlifting at the Sydney Olympics in the year 2000. In the London Olympics in the year 2012, Mary Kom had won a bronze medal in boxing and Saina Nehwal a bronze medal in badminton.
The 2012 Olympic Games in London were the first Olympics where every participating country had sent female athletes and in which women had competed in all sports in the program.
Women were first allowed to compete at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. By 2010, only three countries, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Qatar had never sent female athletes to the Olympics. However, in the London Olympics Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Qatar also included 1, 2 and 4 female athletes respectively.
The only sport in the Olympic program in which men and women compete together is the equestrian disciplines.