Nalin Malik was the first Indian swimmer to compete in the Olympics
Seven Indian swimmers participated in the 1948 London Olympics. Three Indians Sachin Nag, Dilip Mitra and Isaac Mansoor entered the men’s 100m freestyle. But all finished last in their heats. In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Dolly Nazir and Aarti Saha, two Indian women swimmers entered the swimming pool for the first time in the Olympics. After this, no Indian swimmer could make a place in the Olympics for a long time. Khajan Singh competed in the Seoul Olympics 1988, but finished 28th in the men’s 200m butterfly event.
Sangeeta Puri, who represented India in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, had previously participated in the Central and Caribbean American Games for Trinidad and Tobago. Sangita Puri was 16 years 236 days old when she participated in the Olympics and thus became India’s youngest Olympic swimmer.
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