Hamida Banu

  • 07 May 2024

Hamida Banu defeated wrestler Baba Pahalwan in 1954, leading to his retirement. Google commemorated her victory with a doodle on May 4, 2024.

  • Banu hailed as "India's first woman wrestler" for her groundbreaking achievements.
  • Born into a wrestling family near Aligarh, she won over 300 competitions in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Banu competed against men despite societal discouragement.
  • Her victory over Russian wrestler Vera Chistilin added to her international acclaim.
  • Known as the "Amazon of Aligarh," her diet, training, and bouts were widely covered.
  • Banu's daily diet included milk, soup, fruit juice, meat, almonds, butter, eggs, bread, and biryani.
  • She adhered to a disciplined routine, sleeping for nine hours and training for six.
  • Banu's fearless pursuit of wrestling challenged societal norms and cemented her legacy as a trailblazer in Indian sports.