Google Doodle today celebrates the birth anniversary of Gama Pehalwan, one of the most renowned wrestlers of pre-independent India. An undefeated wrestling world champion, he was also known as Rustam-e-Hind besides his ring name The Great Gama.
Even Bruce Lee is a known admirer and incorporates aspects of Gama’s conditioning into his own training routine, Google said.
He had many notable achievements. Remarkable was the Indian version of the World Heavyweight Championship in 1910 and the World Wrestling Championship in 1927.z Gama’s workout routine included 500 lunges and 500 pushups at only 10 years old.
For years he remained unnoticed. In 1895 ‘Gama’ got the fame for his performance when he challenged then-Indian Wrestling Champion, middle-aged Raheem Bakhsh Sultani Wala, another ethnic Kashmiri wrestler from Gujranwala, Punjab Province, Colonial India.
In 1922 his life took a U-turn when, during a visit to India, the Prince of Wales presented Gama with a silver mace.
Gama spent his life in Lahore till he died. In 1960 great wrestler passed away. Today google doodle celebrates his victories and dedication shown in the ring, also the inspiration he became to all the Indians.
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