Having secured seven medals, the Indian contingent scripted history at Olympics 2020. This has been the most successful campaign in India’s 120-year history at the Games. While the whole country is struggling to fight the pandemic, these elite athletes have done everything in their capacity to bring some joy and plenty of pride to the hearts and minds of the nation. These athletes trained hard, leaving no stone unturned and every sweat spent in the build-up to Olympics 2020 became totally worth it at the end.
In this piece, we are talking about the seven medals that India managed to win at the 2020 Olympics.
NEERAJ CHOPRA (GOLD MEDAL)
India were in seventh heaven when 23-year-old Javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra clinched just the second-ever individual event gold medal for India in his maiden Olympics campaign. Chopra was highly fancied leading up to this event but the dreams of a gold medal seemed far-fetched. Chopra didn’t compete in any international event till June 2021 as he was nursing a shoulder injury.
The way Neeraj dominated in an athletics event is something that people couldn’t even dream of a few years back. This victory ended a 121-year wait for an Olympic medal in athletics for the country. This was the cherry on top for the country as his gold marked India’s most decorated Olympic Games.
MIRABAI CHANU (SILVER MEDAL)
Mirabai Chanu’s silver medal in the 49 kg weightlifting event marked India’s first-ever medal on the very first day of an Olympic Games. Chanu had a disastrous campaign in 2016 as she failed to register even a single clean attempt. It was redemption time for the weightlifter as she was one of the few genuine medal contenders for the country.
The 27-year-old woman from Imphal district has done the country proud and is an inspiration to all 1.3 billion people of this country.
RAVI KUMAR DAHIYA (SILVER MEDAL)
Ravi Kumar Dahiya seemed down and out in the semi-final clash as the Indian wrestler trailed 2-9 going into the last few moments of the bout. But Dahiya was determined to turn it around and set up a final match in his Olympic debut. He did exactly that and also maintained India’s run of winning a medal in Wrestling in every edition since 2008 intact.
The final match seemed too far a step for now but it is certain that Ravi Kumar Dhaiya is a name we will hear of in the coming years.
PV SINDHU (BRONZE MEDAL)
PV Sindhu came in the Olympics 2020 on the back of an excellent showing in the 2016 Olympics. She had plenty of expectations riding on her this time around and the shuttler was one of India’s hopes for a sure-shot medal.
The 26-year-old added to her medal cabinet with a bronze medal in 2021 as she won the bronze medal match in straight sets. Sindhu scripted history at Olympics 2020 as she became the only Indian woman to win multiple Olympic medals.
LOVLINA BORGOHAIN (BRONZE MEDAL)
Lovlina Borgohain was in the shadows of her idol Mary Kom coming into the 2020 Olympics. The 23-year-old very soon started to emerge out of the shadows and joined Mary to become India’s second female boxer to win an Olympic medal.
Borgohain lost the semi-final bout against the eventual champion from Turkey but did enough to get a much-deserved bronze medal.
BAJRANG PUNIA (BRONZE MEDAL)
Bajarang Punia was one of the high-profile contenders going into Olympics 2020. It wasn’t as easy as the wrestler would have hoped for. Punia was struggling with his right knee which was strapped throughout the competition. Nevertheless, he set up a bronze medal against the wrestler from Kazakhstan and emerged victorious.
It was a clean 8-0 win for the India wrestler as he delivered India’s sixth medal in wrestling since 2008.
MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM (BRONZE MEDAL)
The most successful nation in the history of hockey at the Olympics has had to wait for a massive 41 years to get back a medal in the sport. The wait eventually was totally worth it as the men’s hockey team won the bronze medal match against a much-fancied German side. The match was straight from a script of a blockbuster, as the team were trailing 3-1 moments before half-time. Then the impossible happened. India scored four goals in a span of seven minutes to give themselves an unlikely lead.
After Germany made it 5-4 it seemed like they would go on and win the match but it was the Indian keeper PR Sreejesh, the rock between the sticks, whose solid defending won India its 12th Olympic medal in men’s hockey.
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