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India At The Tokyo Olympics 2020: Best Medal Tally In 40 Years

‘What an Olympic medal tally’ – that’s what every Indian is feeling right now while looking at the extraordinary performance of Indian players at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Yesterday, i.e. 8th August, the Olympics game bid goodbye to Tokyo with a promise of meeting again at the 2024 Paris games. With the best Olympics performance in 40 years, India stood firm at the 48th position while the USA secured the 1st position in the medal tally of the Tokyo Olympics 2020

The seven samurai of India gave a terrific experience and upheld the Indian flag at one of the world’s leading sporting events organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that are held every four years, alternating between the summer and winter Olympics every two years.

With 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze – Indian players delivered a tremendous performance. Let’s look at the stories of players who defied all odds and made India proud at the Tokyo Olympics:

Neeraj Chopra

Do you remember the winning six of MS Dhoni at the Wankhede Stadium? Well, Neeraj Chopra’s javelin throw touching 87.58 m at the Olympics gave the same feeling. The golden man of India, Neeraj Chopra, has another identity of being subedar Neeraj Chopra after he joined the Indian Army in 2016. Born on 24th December 1997 in Panipat, Neeraj took up track and field athlete while trying to lose weight. Neeraj Chopra scripted history after winning a gold, ending India’s 100-year long wait of obtaining gold at the elusive athletics at the world’s top sporting stage. Neeraj also became the 2nd Indian to bag an individual Olympic gold medal after Abhinav Bindra. 

Mirabai Chanu

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a monstrous 202-kg combined lift in the 49-kg weightlifting category. Born on 8th August 1994 in the Imphal east district of Manipur, Mirabai Chanu is the youngest of five siblings who gained all the strength by carrying the firewood up and down the hills. During her attempts, she lifted 87 kg in snatch and 115 kg in clean & jerk and won the silver medal in weightlifting. The 26-year old was the only Indian weightlifter to get qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. A young 12-year old child lifting heavy logs whose strength is one day, noticed by a former International weightlifter and coach Anita Chanu and who finally secures a silver medal for India, Mirabai Chanu has had an inspiring journey. 

Ravi Kumar Dahiya

The fifth Indian wrestler to claim an Olympic medal, Ravi Kumar Dahiya quietly grabbed the nation’s attention with his stunning performance in the men’s freestyle 57 kg event in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Saving the best for the last, Ravi Kumar defeated Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semifinal bout. Born on 12th December 1997, Ravi hails from the Nahri village in Sonipat, Haryana. He came from agrarian family background and started wrestling at the tender age of 10. Ravi Kumar Dahiya became the 2nd ever Indian to secure a silver Olympic medal in Wrestling after Sushil Kumar. 

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Men’s Hockey Team

Every Indian’s heart rose with pride after the men’s hockey team secured a bronze medal, ending a 41-year wait of winning an Olympic medal in hockey. The last time India won an Olympic medal in hockey was in 1980, which was also the last gold medal secured by India. The edge of the seat match of India-Germany and India registering a win was possible due to the brutal training of the men’s hockey team. To tackle the Tokyo heat, the team was locked up inside the Sports Authority of India centre in Bengaluru. The Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh also instructed his team to practice in the afternoon to get used to the heat. 

PV Sindhu

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, known as PV Sindhu, is one of the two Indian badminton players to win an Olympic medal. Born on 5th July 1995, Sindhu has a long list of achievements, the latest being securing the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. In 2016, PV Sindhu broke all records and became the first female Indian athlete to win a silver Olympic medal at Rio Olympics. 

Lovlina Borgohain

With a grand Olympics debut, Lovlina Borgohain secured a bronze medal in the 69 kg women’s boxing category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The 23-year old became the third Indian boxer to secure an Olympic medal after Vijendra Singh and MC Mary Kom. Lovlina hails from the Golaghat district of Assam and was born on 2nd October 1997. She even became the first-ever sportswomen from Assam to qualify for the Olympics and brought a medal in boxing after a 9 years-long wait. 

Bajrang Punia

Though Bajrang Punia missed out on gold and silver, he made sure to register India at the Olympics podium by securing bronze for the country. The 27-year-old wrestler put forth a strong performance against Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan and clinched a bronze in the men’s 65 kg freestyle category. Born in Jhajjar, Haryana, Bajrang Punia became the only Indian wrestler to have won three world championship medals. 

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