JAPAN. Tokyo: India showed its best-ever performance in the Olympics with a haul of seven medals. Along with this, India’s gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics after 13 years was the icing on the cake. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the country’s first gold medal in athletics. With his spectacular performance, the dashing young man won the hearts of people around the world.
The Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony took place on August 8. With commendable efforts to the road of glory, some sportspeople came close to victory but couldn’t make it to the podium.
Let us look at the medalists and those who came closer to the glory but couldn’t attend the podium spot.
Neeraj Chopra: The boy with a Golden Arm
Sensational Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra became the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics. The 23-year-old lad from Haryana has been a consistent performer since the beginning. A Subedar with 4 Rajputana Rifles in the Indian Army, Chopra also won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 Asian Championships. Chopra holds a world record of 86.48m throw in the Under-20 world championship.
Mirabai Chanu: The pint-sized wonder
Mirabai Chanu opened India’s medal account on the first day of the competition of the Tokyo Olympics. The talented weightlifter from Manipur lifted the spirits of the entire nation as she ended a 21-year wait for a medal in weightlifting. She clinched a silver medal in the 49-kg category on July 24.
Ravi Dahiya: The perseverant grappler
The 23-year-old grappler from Haryana effortlessly stormed into the final of the men’s 57kg freestyle event. He fetched a silver medal even after having an injury. Dahiya’s immense strength, stamina, and technical prowess impressed one and all.
PV Sindhu: the princess of Indian badminton
PV Sindhu became the second athlete to have two Olympics medals in her kitty. The 26-year-old shuttler won a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics. Sindhu was considered as one of the strongest contenders heading to the Tokyo Olympics. The 26-year-old etched her name among the all-time greats after winning the women’s singles bronze medal to add to the silver she won at Rio de Janeiro five years back.
Men’s Hockey Team: A new dawn for Indian hockey
After 41 years, the Indian men’s hockey team won the bronze medal after defeating Germany. After four decades of disappointment, the hockey team brought a new dawn for Indian hockey.
This is the country’s 12th Olympic medal in the sport that attaches so much sentimental value to it.
Lovlina Borgohain: young and fearless boxer
Competing in her maiden Olympics, Lovlina Borgohain carved a niche for herself in the history of Indian women’s boxing by clinching a bronze. Borgohain won India’s lone boxing medal at the Tokyo Games. She became India’s third boxer to win an Olympics medal.
Bajrang Punia: The crowd favorite
Wrestler Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang defeated Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov 8-0 on Saturday in the bronze medal match. Bajrang, who was India’s flag bearer during the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, on Sunday promised to keep working hard “to keep the flag of India high”
Along with the medal winners, some athletes couldn’t win medals but made a special place in people’s hearts. Fencer Bhavani Devi made history in the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to participate in the Olympic Games. Golfer Aditi Ashok finished 5th at the Tokyo Olympics and surprised everyone with her exceptional feat.
Indian women’s hockey team had their “Chak De India” moment after they defeated three-time champions Australia to reach the semi-finals. The Indian eves couldn’t win a medal but won everyone’s hearts with their performance.