After last year's Olympic bronze, boxer Vijender Singh proved he was not a flash in the pan. Vijender silenced his critics when he won a bronze medal in the World Championships in September, the first-ever medal for India in the Championships.
Later in the month, the Bhiwani boxer added yet another feat becoming the world's number one boxer in the middle weight (75kg) category, the first Indian ever to do so.
He was awarded the Khel Ratna along with Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar and women's four-time world champion boxer Mary Kom.
In Image: England cricketer Monty Panesar, (L) Indian Olympic Games and World Championship bronze medallist boxer, Vijender Kumar, (2nd L) India's Olympic Gold medallist and world champion air rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra, (C) British Olympic athlete and Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, (2nd R) and Indian World Cup winning cricket captain and all rounder, Kapil Dev, (R) attend the launch of the XIX Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, outside Buckingham Palace October 29, 2009 in London.
Sports Year-ender 2009