In seventh heaven with seven stars: Meet India’s medal winners at Tokyo 2020August 9, 2021
Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal in the men’s javelin throw Saturday brought joy to a billion hearts across the country. Some had tears of joy in their eyes watching him on the podium while a lot more had goosebumps listening to the Indian national anthem being played at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.
His stellar performance on the penultimate day of the Tokyo Games helped India reach its best-ever tally at the quadrennial event and end its memorable journey with seven medals, including two silver and four bronze medals.
- Mirabai Chanu, Silver, 49 kg weightlifting
It was Mirabai Chanu, who opened the account with a silver in the women’s 49kg weightlifting category when she lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg). The 26-year-old, hailing from Nongpok Kakching village at the foothills of Imphal East district in Manipur, ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal on the first day, ensuring India began with a bang.
- PV Sindhu, Bronze, Badminton Women’s Singles
PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman and only the second Indian athlete — after Sushil Kumar — to win two individual Olympic medals. The ace shuttler from Hyderabad beat China’s He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to win the bronze medal in the women’s singles competition.
- Lovlina Borgohain, Bronze, Women’s welterweight·Boxing
Lovlina became only the third Indian pugilist to ensure a podium finish at the Olympic Games [after Vijender Singh (2008) and Mary Kom (2012)] when she defeated Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in the quarter-finals to assure herself of a medal. In the semi-final, she suffered a 0-5 loss to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli to return home with the bronze. The 23-year-old from Barpathar village in Golaghat district of Assam, won the first Olympic medal in Indian boxing in nine years.
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Silver, men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling
RAvi, 23, became the second Indian debutant to win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Competing in the men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling, Dahiya clinched silver and became the seventh Indian to win a silver medal at the Olympics in an individual event. The Sonipat-born grappler had to settle for the second spot after he lost 7-4 to two-time world champion Zavur Uguev (ROC).
- The Indian men’s hockey team, Bronze
India men’s hockey team which was starved of an Olympic medal, since the gold at the 1980 Moscow Games, claimed the bronze medal when they beat Germany 5-4 in an enthralling match. It was India’s fifth medal at Tokyo 2020 Games.
- Bajrang Punia, Bronze, Men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling
Wrestler Bajrang Punia, also in his debut appearance at the quadrennial event, beat Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov in the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling playoff to claim the bronze medal. Punia, who belongs to Khuddan village in Jhajjar district, pinned Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov.
It was India’s sixth medal of the Tokyo Olympics – equalling their best-ever haul at a single edition of the Olympics.
7 . Neeraj Chopra, Gold, Javelin Throw
Neeraj Chopra became India’s second individual Olympic champion — after Abhinav Bindra — with his men’s javelin throw gold at Tokyo 2020. He is also independent India’s first Olympian to win a medal in athletics/track and field. With his herculean effort, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals (without a gold) in the 2012 London Games.
This is the first time that India has managed to secure seven medals across varied sporting events. With 126 athletes across 18 sports disciplines, India had sent its biggest-ever contingent to Tokyo Olympics. Indian athletes participated in 69 cumulative events across, the highest ever for the country.