Career Highlights: Vijender Singh became a household name in 2008 when he became the first Indian boxer to bag an Olympic medal – a bronze at Beijing. Singh started his Olympic career as an 18-year-old when, after a series of impressive performances at the national level, he was selected for the 2004 Athens Games in the Welterweight division. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it past the first round. His first major international success, however, came at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at Melbourne where he won the silver and narrowly missed out on the gold in the finals. At the 2006 Asian Games, Singh won the bronze losing by a slim margin in the semi-final. It was this win that earned him qualification into the 2008 Beijing Games. At the Olympics, he defeated Carlos Gongora of Ecuador 9-4 in the quarter-finals which won him his historic bronze medal. Following this achievement, Singh was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour. In 2009, he clinched the bronze at the World Amateur Boxing Championships and after a string of successful performances became the No. 1 boxer in the world. In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution towards boxing and he is credited for bringing back the sport to India. In the Champions of Champions tournament held in China, Singh won the silver medal in the 75kg Middleweight final. In the same year, at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships, he along with five fellow Indian boxers won gold medals. He clinched the bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games at Delhi and bettered the performance with a gold medal the 2010 Asian Games. He qualified for the 2010 London Olympics at the Asian Championships this year and will be looking to better his performance this time around.