Vijender Singh Beniwal is Indian boxer who is well known as the first India boxer to win an Olympic medal, a feat he achieved in Beijing four years ago when he made a semi-final finish for a bronze medal. Vijender showed raw talent at a very young age and went through a refining process at the Bhiwani Boxing Club where he was coached by the Indian Boxing Coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu in professional boxing. Having won medals in different competitions at the national level, Vijender was picked to train and compete at several international level competitions such as the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. His moment of glory came when he was awarded a bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 was the highlight of his career- his first ever Olympic bronze medal. In 2009, Vijender was felicitated with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Following his Olympic accomplishment, Vijender picked up a bronze at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold at the the 2010 Asian Games. To top it all of, he was conferred with the Padma Shri title for outstanding contribution to Indian sports. Though he competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he was knocked off in the quarter finals.