India has given its best-ever performance in these Games by winning 7 medals including one gold in Tokyo Olympics. Earlier, India had won 6 medals in the 2012 London Olympics, but then no gold came. India has won the gold medal after 13 years. A look at the performance and career of the medal winners for India in the Tokyo Olympics-
Bajrang Punia: Bronze Medal
Bajrang Punia had a strong claim in the gold medal race. Everyone was thinking that they must have brought gold medals. But this could not happen due to the defeat in the semi-finals. But Bajrang Punia managed to win the bronze medal and added a medal to India’s bag.
He was passionate about wrestling since childhood and used to get up at two o’clock after midnight and reach the arena. With such passion, when he was 34 kg, he used to fight with a 60 kg wrestler and beat him.
Ravi Dahiya: Silver Medal
Born in Nahari village of Haryana’s Sonipat district, Ravi proved his mettle and technique by winning a silver medal in men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling. Ravi Dahiya trains at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium, where India has already got two Olympic medalists – Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt.
His father Rakesh Kumar sent him to Chhatrasal Stadium at the age of 12. His father used to reach Chhatrasal Stadium, 60 km from his house, every day with milk and butter. He secured an Olympic ticket by winning a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championship and then won the 2020 Asian Championship in Delhi and defended the title this year in Almaty.
Mirabai Chanu: Silver Medal
Mirabai Chanu was the first to start winning the Tokyo Olympics and get the medal. He gave this happiness to India after 21 years by winning the silver medal in the 49kg category. This 26-year-old player removed the disappointment found in the Rio Olympics (2016) by lifting a total of 202 kg.
PV Sindhu: Bronze medal
Sindhu was already considered a strong contender for the medal and she did not disappoint anyone by winning the bronze medal. The 26-year-old, who had previously won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is the first woman in the country and the second overall to win two medals at the Olympics.
Men’s Hockey Team: Bronze Medal
After 41 years, the men’s hockey team made the whole of India happy by winning the bronze medal in the Olympics. Lightly everyone expected more than this but winning a bronze medal is also a big deal.
After defeating Belgium in the semi-finals, the team defeated Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal play-off. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh performed brilliantly throughout the tournament with the inspiring captaincy of Manpreet.
Lovlina Borgohain: Bronze Medal
Assam’s Lovlina created history by winning a bronze medal in her maiden Olympics. She is the third Indian player after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win a medal in boxing. 23-year-old Lovlina’s journey with sports started from Baro Mukhiya village in Golaghat district of Assam where she wanted to become a kick-boxer as a child.
Neeraj Chopra: Gold Medal
Neeraj Chopra, who won India the first gold in Tokyo Olympics 2020, made all Indians happy. On Saturday, India got its first Olympic medalist in the track and field event with a throw of 87.58m.
He has been performing consistently since winning the historic gold medal at the 2016 Junior World Championships with an under-20 world record of 86.48m.
His other achievements include gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. He topped the 2017 Asian Championship.