Tokyo Olympics: India’s Extraordinary Performance

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Not one, not two, but SEVEN! India's total medal tally at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 reached an incredible seven. Beating the count of six medals at the 2012 London games, this was the highest-ever medal haul in varied sporting events that the country has ever seen. One can definitely say that the stars really did favour team India and made sure that they put up a historic performance.

After the one-year delay owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics 2021 finally started. Incredibly talented and hard-working athletes and sportspersons from all over the world made their way to Tokyo, intending to attain glory and name at the quadrennial sporting extravaganza. In the Tokyo Olympics 2021, India's grand tally of achievements is seven; India won big and got one gold, two silver and four bronze medals, which is fantastic. 

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Let's get to know the players who made sure India won seven glorious Olympic medals

 

Neeraj Chopra- Gold (Birth Date- 24th December 1997)

India had been long starving for a medal in athletics, which 23-year old Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra grabbed for the country. Neeraj Chopra, like a typical Capricorn, was driven by the zeal to do the best. His discipline and hard-working nature allowed him to prove his worth in the grandest stage of them all. Neeraj Chopra's historic gold medal in men's Javelin throw of 87.58m brought glory to the country. People say- 'save the best for the last', and this saying certainly turned out to be accurate at the Tokyo Games as Neeraj Chopra won the seventh medal for the country, and that too a gold medal. This 23-year old has been a consistent performer and has many astonishing achievements under his belt. 

 

Mirabai Chanu- Silver (Birth Date- 8th August 1994)

The fantastic weightlifter from Manipur, Mirabai Chanu, managed to make India proud by ending the long wait for a medal in weightlifting. Like a true Leo, Mirabai Chanu courageously faced her competitors and was triumphant. This impressive weightlifter brought home a shining silver medal in the 49kg category. Impressively enough, she was also the first Indian to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, raising the spirits of all Indians. 

 

Ravi Dahiya- Silver (Birth Date- 12th December 1997)

India saw another win when 23-year old wrestler Ravi Dahiya won a silver medal. Ravi Dahiya, like a typical Sagittarius, set a lofty goal of wanting to achieve an Olympic medal, and with his hard work and determination, managed to win one. Ravi Dahiya charged into the final of the men's freestyle 57kg event, wherein he had a stunning comeback win against Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan. His immense strength, astonishing stamina, and technical prowess left a remarkable impression on all. 

 

PV Sindhu- Bronze (Birth Date- 5th July 1995)

Undoubtedly, ace shuttler PV Sindhu, one of the strongest medal contenders, delivered excellent results. PV Sindhu, a Cancerian, has qualities such as patience, tenaciousness, and inexhaustible energy, making her the perfect candidate for victory. PV Sindhu won bronze in badminton women's singles by defeating China's He Bing Jiao. She added the bronze to the silver that she had won at Rio de Janeiro previously. With this impressive win, she became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics. 

 

Men’s Hockey Team- Bronze 

The men's Hockey Team of India managed to emerge victorious after decades of disappointment and clutched the bronze medal. The team performed admirably and was able to grab an Olympic medal in Hockey after a gap of 41 years by defeating Germany. It's safe to say they made the whole country proud.

 

 Lovlina Borgohain- Bronze (Birth Date- 2nd October 1997)

India's latest boxing sensation, boxer Lovlina Borgohain etched her name on the Tokyo Olympics by adding to India's tally of medals as she brought a bronze medal for the country. This was India's lone boxing medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Lovlina Borgohain's birth date makes her a Libra, and like a typical Libran, she is ambitious, motivated, intuitive, balanced, and determined. These qualities helped her to emerge as a winner. 

 

 Bajrang Punia- Bronze (Birth Date- 26th February 1994)

Wrestler Bajrang Punia was a favourite heading into the Tokyo Olympics, and he made the country proud by winning a bronze medal. According to his birthday, Bajrang Punia’s zodiac sign is Pisces, which means he is observant, persistent, and intuitive by nature. Like a typical Piscean, his persistence and willpower ensured his success. His winning was nothing short of an impressive feat as he managed to bag a medal for India in the world's grandest sporting spectacle. Bajrang Punia defeated Kazakhstan's Daulet Niyazbekov and ensured his victory.

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Honourable Mentions: Those You Came Very Close! 

With seven medals won by team India, Olympics 2021 saw India give its best-ever performance. While India bagging seven models is its best performance in Olympic history, we can't forget about those great Indian sportspersons who put their best foot forward and came really close to winning. 

First of all, the Indian women's hockey team showcased a marvellous performance and had a remarkable journey at the Tokyo Olympics. They won fourth position. While they couldn't win their maiden Olympic medal, they indeed won everyone's hearts. Wrestler Deepak Punia couldn't win a medal, but he certainly made a mark on every Indian's heart. Golfer Aditi Ashok competed with the best golfers in the world. Even though she didn't win a medal, she did manage to make all the Indians proud, who turned on their TV sets to see her play. Despite losing an Olympic medal, Mary Kom still remains a winner for many Indians.

It will be correct to say that all these sportspersons made India proud out there at the Tokyo Olympics. These determined individuals surely managed to etch their names in the history books for their spectacular performances. 

India finished at the 48th position in the Tokyo Olympics, surpassing past performances and showcasing its best-ever performance. Undoubtedly, one can say that India truly saw its best-ever performance in the Olympics with a haul of seven medals, including a shimmering gold. Not only was it possible because of the dedication, perseverance, and years of hard work of the players and their coaches, but also because the cosmic powers were really in favour of team India. 

Hopefully, India will get to see more such wins in the future! 

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