India’s Best Performance in Olympics
Imagine the Indian flag standing tall in the Olympics stadium. Even just thinking about it gives all of us goosebumps.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 made this a reality, not once or twice, but an incredible seven times. The Olympians came home with seven medals- one gold, two silvers, and four bronzes. With the highest number of medals, this is India’s best performance in Olympics, so far. We secured 48th rank on the medal tally in Tokyo and in terms of the overall medal won, we now stand at 33, which is our best in four decades.
The Seven Wonders Of India – India’s Best Performance In Olympics Till Date
The best performance of India in Olympics would have only been a dream, if it weren’t for the incredible performances of these stars. These names have not only made Indians feel proud, but every sports fan out there.
- Neeraj Chopra: This is the man who created a historic moment for India by bagging the gold medal in the javelin throw with a stunning throw of 87.58 meters. He has become the second Indian to win an Individual Olympic Gold Medal after Abhinav Bindra. He jumped 14 places in the world rankings from 16th position to 2nd position because of this single medal. But this medal weighs more value than that, as India’s last gold medal dates way back in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Mirabai Chanu: The 21 years wait for a medal in weightlifting ended on the very first day of the Tokyo Olympics 2021. She wrote her name on the silver medal by lifting a total weight of 202kg (87kg – 115kg) in the 49kg category. Mirabai Chanu made the entire nation proud, giving India its second medal in weightlifting after the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya: Ravi is our next star performer who clinched a silver medal for India with his immense will and strength. This Indian freestyle wrestler received the silver in the men’s 57kg category, giving India its fourth medal. This is India’s second silver in wrestling after Sushil Kumar in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
- PV Sindhu: The marvellous performance shown by PV Sindhu gave India its second medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. This time she claimed a bronze medal, becoming the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. She dominated the women’s badminton singles event from the very start but lost two games, both in the semi-finals.
- Lovlina Borgohain: She bagged a bronze in her first-ever Olympics, giving India its third medal in boxing after Mary Kom in 2012 and Vijender Singh in 2008. Her medal in the women’s welterweight 69kg category spread the wave of happiness among Indians for the third time in the journey of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
- Bajrang Punia: Bajrang Punia gave another medal to India in wrestling by securing a bronze in the 65kg category. He was one of the strongest medal contenders heading to the Olympics, and he delivered as expected. This was India’s sixth medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
- Men’s Hockey Team– This bronze medal that filled the eyes of every Indian was the much-awaited medal in hockey. After 41 years, the spirit of the game was once again alive with the 12th Olympic medal in the sport. It is the only medal claimed by a team in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Other Commendable Performances
Our accomplishments in the Tokyo Olympics are incomplete without mentioning the unsung heroes of the Tokyo Olympics 2021. In a competition so tough, claiming the fourth, fifth or even sixth position is also a massive win.
- Aditi Asho: The young golfer got very close to win a medal in the women’s individual stroke play event, however she couldn’t stand for long. She came fourth, not a medal winner, but definitely a name to remember. She currently ranks at 200th in the world.
- Women’s Hockey Team: This year’s Olympics was great for hockey. Though the Women’s hockey team couldn’t secure a medal, they reached the semi-finals for the first time ever in Olympic history.
- Deepak Punia: He was just 10 seconds away from grabbing a medal, but destiny had different plans. He lost and bagged the fifth position in the men’s freestyle wrestling in the 86kg category, giving a tough fight as he always does.
- Kamalpreet Kaur: One name to look up for in the next Olympics is Kamalpreet Kaur. Thanks to her tremendous performance in the women’s discus throw in the 2020 Summer Olympics. She landed at the sixth position, showing the power of Indian athletes to the world.
Massive wins, some losses, and lots of epic performances to rewind and rewatch, this Olympics itself was a huge celebration. It created many memories, but has also raised our expectations for the Paris Olympics 2024. We all know it was India’s best performance in Olympics. But as they say, records are meant to be broken. All we have to see is, how soon?
But before preparing for the next Olympics, let us all take a moment to celebrate the unmatchable win of India in Tokyo Olympics 2021.