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Karnam Malleswari

Karnam Malleswari was born on June 1, 1975 in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. She is a prominent Indian weightlifter and the first Indian women to win a bronze medal in the Summer Olympic 2000. She won the world weightlifting title in the year 1995, in her class of 54 kg. She also won the 1995 Asian Championship and won a silver medal in 1998 Asian Games.

Karnam Malleswari received the Arjuna Award in 1994 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 1995-1996. For her vast contribution to Indian sports the Government of India conferred her with the Padma Shri in 1999.
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