Neil Armstrong, first man on moon, dies at 82 (5th Aug 1930 to 25th Aug 2012)

Name: Neil Armstrong

DOB: 5th Aug 1930

Died: 25 Aug 2012

Nationality: American

Occupation: Navel Aviator , Test Pilot

Time in Space: 8 Days, 14Hours, 12 Minutes & 31 Seconds

 

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Lance Armstrong banned for life, career vacated

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong’s career on Friday including his record seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

USADA said it expected cycling’s governing body to take similar action, but the International Cycling Union was measured in its response, saying it first wanted a full explanation on why Armstrong should relinquish titles he won from 1999 through 2005.

The Amaury Sport Organization that runs the world’s most prestigious cycling race said it would not comment until hearing from USADA and the UCI.

Armstrong, who retired a year ago, said Thursday that he would no longer challenge USADA. He denied again that he ever took banned substances in his career.

– Curtsy NDTV

Mary Kom – The Million Dollar Baby

ImageName: Hmangte Chungneijang Mary Kom

DOB: 1st March 1983

Birth Place: Kangathei, Manipur India

Height: 5ft 2 in

Weight: 51 kg

Medal record
Competitor for India
Women’s boxing
Women’s World Amateur Boxing Championships
Gold 2010 Bridgetown 48 kg
Gold 2008 Ningbo City 46 kg
Gold 2006 New Delhi 46 kg
Gold 2005 Podolsk 46 kg
Gold 2002 Antalya 45 kg
Silver 2001 Scranton 45 kg
Asian Women’s Boxing Championship
Gold 2012 Ulaanbaatar Flyweight
Gold 2010 Astana Flyweight
Gold 2005 Kaohsiung Pinweight
Gold 2003 Hissar Pinweight
Silver 2008 Guwahati Pinweight
Asian Games
Bronze 2010 Guangzhou Flyweight
Indoor Asian Games
Gold 2009 Hanoi Pinweight
Witch Cup
Gold 2002 Pécs Pinweight

Facts:

* Kom initially tried to hide her interest in boxing from her family, since it was not considered a suitable sport for a woman. However, after her victory in the Manipur state women’s boxing championship in 2000, her career became public.

* Kom began competing at the international level at the age of 18, only a year after she started boxing.

*On 3 October 2010, she, along with Vijender Singh, had the honour of bearing the Queen’s Baton in its opening ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of Delhi.

*She is married to K Onler Kom and has twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar.

Awards

  • Arjuna Award (Boxing), 2004
  • Padma Shree (Sports), 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award 14.4. 2008 Mon
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Felicitation by Zomi Students’ Federation (ZSF) at New Lamka YPA Hall in 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009[19][20]
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30.7.2009 Thur)
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award

Usain Bolt- The Running Machine


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Name: Usain Bolt

DOB: 21 August 1986

Residence: Kingston, Jamaica

Height: 6ft 5 in

Weight: 94 kg

Sports: Tracks and Sprints

Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  Jamaica
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London 100 m
Gold 2008 Beijing 100 m
Gold 2008 Beijing 200 m
Gold 2008 Beijing 4×100 m relay
World Championships
Gold 2011 Daegu 200 m
Gold 2011 Daegu 4×100 m relay
Gold 2009 Berlin 100 m
Gold 2009 Berlin 200 m
Gold 2009 Berlin 4×100 m relay
Silver 2007 Osaka 200 m
Silver 2007 Osaka 4×100 m relay
World Athletics Final
Gold 2009 Thessaloniki 200 m
CAC Championships
Gold 2005 Nassau 200 m
World Junior Championships
Gold 2002 Kingston 200 m
Silver 2002 Kingston 4×100 m relay
Silver 2002 Kingston 4×400 m relay
Pan American Junior Championships
Gold 2003 Bridgetown 200 m
Silver 2003 Bridgetown 4×100 m relay
CARIFTA Games (Junior)
Gold 2004 Hamilton 200 m
Gold 2004 Hamilton 4×100 m relay
Gold 2004 Hamilton 4×400 m relay
Gold 2003 Port of Spain 200 m
Gold 2003 Port of Spain 400 m
Gold 2003 Port of Spain 4×100 m relay
Gold 2003 Port of Spain 4×400 m relay
World Youth Championships
Gold 2003 Sherbrooke 200 m
CAC Junior Championships (Youth)
Gold 2002 Bridgetown 200 m
Gold 2002 Bridgetown 400 m
Gold 2002 Bridgetown 4×100 m relay
Gold 2002 Bridgetown 4×400 m relay
CARIFTA Games (Youth)
Gold 2002 Nassau 200 m
Gold 2002 Nassau 400 m
Gold 2002 Nassau 4×400 m relay
Silver 2001 Bridgetown 200m
Silver 2001 Bridgetown 400m
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World Cup
Silver 2006 Athens 200 m

Facts:

Usain St. Leo Bolt, born 21 August 1986), is a Jamaican sprinter and a five-time World and four-time Olympic gold medalist.

*Bolt was born on 21 August 1986 in Sherwood Content,a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica, and grew up with his parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, his brother Sadeeki,and his sister Sherine.

*Bolt is one of only 8 athletes, (along with Valerie Adams, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

I was slowing down long before the finish and wasn’t tired at all. I could have gone back to the start and done it all over again.

—Usain Bolt’s thoughts on his 100m sprint at the 2008 Olympics, published in his autobiography Usain Bolt 9.58

Awards:

  • IAAF World Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009
  • Track & Field Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009
  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: 2009, 2010
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2008, 2009
  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 2009 and 2010.

Michael Phelps – The Swimming Sensation

Michael Phelps – The gold Machine – star Swimmer

Name: Michael Fred Phelps II

DOB: 30th June 1985

Height: 6 foot 4 inch

Weight: 88 Kg

Sports: Swimming

Strokes: Back Stroke, Butterfly,

Free Style, Individual Medley
Clubs: North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Medal record
Men’s swimming
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens 100 m butterfly
Gold 2004 Athens 200 m butterfly
Gold 2004 Athens 200 m medley
Gold 2004 Athens 400 m medley
Gold 2004 Athens 4×200 m freestyle
Gold 2004 Athens 4×100 m medley
Gold 2008 Beijing 200 m freestyle
Gold 2008 Beijing 100 m butterfly
Gold 2008 Beijing 200 m butterfly
Gold 2008 Beijing 200 m medley
Gold 2008 Beijing 400 m medley
Gold 2008 Beijing 4×100 m freestyle
Gold 2008 Beijing 4×200 m freestyle
Gold 2008 Beijing 4×100 m medley
Gold 2012 London 100 m butterfly
Gold 2012 London 200 m medley
Gold 2012 London 4×200 m freestyle
Gold 2012 London 4×100 m medley
Silver 2012 London 200 m butterfly
Silver 2012 London 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze 2004 Athens 200 m freestyle
Bronze 2004 Athens 4×100 m freestyle

Facts:

* Phelps began swimming at the age of seven, partly because of the influence of his sisters and partly to provide him with an outlet for his energy.

*While training, Michael needs an Olympic sized breakfast! He eats two egg-and-cheese sandwiches, a bowl of grits, a large omelet and a tall stack of chocolate chip pancakes.

* In November 2004, at the age of 19, Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Salisbury, Maryland.[194] He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired the following month and was granted probation before judgment and ordered to serve 18 months’ probation, fined $250, obligated to speak to high school students about drinking and driving and had to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) meeting.

*After the 2008 Olympics, Phelps used his $1-million Speedo bonus to set up the Michael Phelps Foundation. His foundation focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles

* Phelps became a superstar at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, winning eight medals (including six gold), tying with Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin (1980) for the most medals in a single Olympic Games. Phelps scored the first of six gold medals on August

* With 39 world records (29 individual, 10 relay) as of December 19, 2009, Phelps has set more records than any other swimmer, surpassing Mark Spitz’s previous record of 33 world records (26 individual, 7 relay)

Phelps has also received the following awards:

  • Swimming World Magazine World Swimmer of the Year Award: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • American Swimmer of the Year Award: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Golden Goggle Male Performance of the Year: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Golden Goggle Relay Performance of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Golden Goggle Male Athlete of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008
  • USOC SportsMan of the Year Award: 2004, 2008
  • James E. Sullivan Award: 2003
  • Laureus World Sports Sportsman of the Year Award (Nominated): 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 2008

Vijender Singh- The Boxing Superstar (INDIA)

Name: Vijender Singh Beniwal

DOB: 29 October 1985

Birth Place: Kaluwas, Bhiwani Distt, Haryana

Occupation: Boxer (Middleweight) , Policeman

Spouse: Archana Singh

Height: 182 cm

Awards by Government of India: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratan Award, Arjun Award, Padam Shri.

Competition Won:

Medal record
Competitor for  India
Men’s Boxing
Olympic Games
Bronze 2008 Beijing Middleweight
World Amateur Boxing Championships
Bronze 2009 Milan Middleweight
Commonwealth Games
Silver 2006 Melbourne Welterweight
Bronze 2010 Delhi Middleweight
Asian Games
Gold 2010 Guangzhou Middleweight
Bronze 2006 Doha Middleweight

Important Facts:

* Singh’s interest in boxing was inspired by his brother, who took up the sport in 1996 and was able to gain a place in the Indian Army in 1998 on the strength of his boxing ability.

* Coming from a poor family, it was one of the main avenues to get a job.Supported by his parents, who did not insist that he prioritise his education after they realised his sporting talent, what began for Singh as a pastime became his career.

Thanks to the media, people have started taking boxing seriously over the past two years. Everyone knows my name now because my achievements have been highlighted. Lekin boxing ka toh kuch promotion hi nahin hota India mein. (But boxing is still not promoted in India!) We don’t have boxing academies, we don’t even have proper boxing rings. I have lost count of the times I have approached the government and the sporting authorities for support, but nothing has happened. […] In this country, everyone is hung up on cricket. Forget about boxing, India is doing so well in other sports too. Saina Nehwal is a great badminton player, the Indian tennis team has just won a Davis Cup tie, lekin hamare liye support kahan hai? (but where is the support for all of us?)
* His father, Mahipal Singh Beniwal, is a bus driver with, while his mother is a homemaker. His father worked overtime to pay for the education of Vijender and his elder brother, Manoj.
*Vijender appeared on Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s game show 10 Ka Dum. He was accompanied by Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat. Other appearances includes the fourth season of the Indian dance reality show Nach Baliye with actress Bipasha Basu.

* Vijender has qualified to represent India at the London 2012 Olympic Games.