Indian Olympic contingent’s campaign at the Tokyo Olympics came to an end on the penultimate day of the sporting extravaganza in style. With Neeraj Chopra‘s historic gold medal in the men’s javelin throw, India registered its best-ever performance at the Olympic Games with seven medals.
Toppling its London Olympics tally of 6 medals, India scripted history at Tokyo with a gold, two silvers and four bronze medals to show for their efforts. While India expected the medal tally to breach the two-digit mark this time around, it was not to be the case. But the Indian athletes impressed one and all with their showing.
In Pics: PM Narendra Modi meets Indian Olympic contingent
After hosting the Indian Olympians as special guests at the Independence Day ceremony at the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indian Olympic contingent at his residence. PM Modi could be seen candidly chatting with the athletes as he congratulated them for their stellar performance in Tokyo.
23-year-old Neeraj Chopra ended India’s 121 years wait for its first track and field medal at the Olympic games. Chopra bagged the gold medal in javelin throw with a monstrous 87.58m throw in his maiden Olympic appearance. With it, he became only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal at the quadrennial event joining Abhinav Bindra in an elite list.
After 41 long years, India has finally managed to secure a podium finish. At the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team put up a sensational performance to clinch the bronze medal. In the third-place game, India faced off with European powerhouse Germany in a fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat thriller and came up on the top with a stunning performance.
PV Sindhu won a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in women’s singles badminton, after winning a nail-biting match against China’s He Bingjiao. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win 2 medals at the Olympics, and only the second Indian athlete to win 2 medals at the Olympics. Sindhu is also only the fourth woman in badminton history to win medals in consecutive Olympics.
While the nation had many expectations from the wrestling contingent, India managed only two medals. Ravi Dahiya bagged silver medal in the freestyle 57kg while Bajrang Punia clinched the bronze medal in the 65kg category. Among others, Deepak Punia managed to reach the semifinals while the female grapplers including strong gold medal contender Vinesh Phogat failed to make it past the quarterfinals.