Indian tennis Leander Paes created history by winning a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics on 3 August 1996. He made the Indians proud by defeating Brazil’s Ferlado Manigni 3-6, 6-2,6-4. This happened after 44 years when an Indian player has won a medal in a singles competition. Earlier, KD Jadhav had won a bronze medal in wrestling in 1952. When Leander Paes arrived in Atlanta, he was only 23 years old. At that time his world ranking was 126. He did not win a single Grand Slam singles match.