Born To Shine: Stars of India at Tokyo Olympics

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And that’s a Gold for India after 12 years of drought, said the commentators when every Indian skipped a heartbeat with each throw of Neeraj Chopra.

Indian Contingent, 127 athletes strong, delivered its dynamic performance at the TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS, rewriting the history of India at the Olympics with the highest number of medals in hand.

When the world cried of Pandemic, Olympics set in with a ray of happiness. The games were being held with fear, having athletes monitor their health constantly.

When the whole of Japan said a NO, The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese Government said a YES to the Quadrennial event.

Indian athletes, after five years of constant hard work and training, produced a show that the country will never forget.

The 16 days long event ended with seven medals haul for India.

The typhoon of Tokyo that rushed itself while Aditi Ashok was playing her last winning shot, which would have made the most unforeseeable entry to the medals list, washed off within an hour.

But winds blew again for India within a couple of hours after debutant Neeraj Chopra pierced the Night sky with his spear, making it an anthem finish for the nation.

As Tokyo Games came to an end, let us open the books for athletes who pushed India’s rank from 69 th to 48th:

Hero Of the Army: Neeraj Chopra | Athlete

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While there were more enormous records with more prominent names beside it, surrendering to pressure, the 23-year-old Javelin Thrower from a small town of Haryana created history in Gold with a medal of Gold.

Neeraj Chopra became the only second Indian to win an individual gold medal in the Olympic games.

After idealizing stories of Milkha Singh and P.T. Usha about being almost there for decades, India finally relished and revelled the moment with its first Gold ever in track-and-field. Thank you to the man who won hearts, Neeraj Chopra, for his 87.58m long throw.

He is a Subedar with four Rajputana rifles in the Indian army but has been an inline performer with momentous Gold in the junior world championships of 2016 and a record holder of 86.48m in the under-20 world, which still stands high as him.

His medal frame also includes golds from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian games, besides a top finish in the 2017 Asian Cup.

Not only this, he has won millions and millions of hearts with his excellent performance and is looked upon as a role model by kids.

I slept with the gold medal close to my pillow, said Neeraj Chopra, an overweight kid to Olympic gold medalist, to express his happiness.

Silver Medal Lifter: Mirabai Chanu | Weightlifter

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The pint-sized Weightlifter lifted India’s rank and spirits as she opened India’s account in Tokyo Games.

The Weightlifter secured a silver for the nation and ended the 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal, clutching in the 49Kg category.

Exorcising the ghosts of the 2016 Rio games where she failed to make a clean life, Chanu lifted 202kgs in total.

Wearing her mother’s gift, reclamation was even more satisfying for the Manipuri girl who once lifted logs.

Fighter of Silver but Man of Gold: Ravi Kumar Dahiya | Wrestler

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Ravi Kumar Dahiya produced an excellent and stunning-high audacity performance at the finals.

After Sushil Kumar, the debutant delivered an enduring performance but lost to win India’s second silver medal-winning Wrestler.

Not letting Silver go off, Dahiya gave an incredible stamina-filled performance even after being bitten by the Kazakh. He lost the finals but won smiles.

Smash Like a Girl: PV Sindhu | Badminton

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After the historic Silver of Rio 2016, all eyes were on Sindhu. Seen on a low in the early stages of Tokyo, she was still one of the strongest contenders of India.

Yet, she delivered the best performances, securing a Bronze to become the first Indian woman and second overall in the country to reach this height.

Playing dominating in Tokyo, she lost only two matches in the semifinals out of six.

The Smash Girl has always been a star performer at big-ticket events every time.

Drag flickers and penalty corners: Men’s Hockey Team

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Forty years of pain, disappointment and tears ended with India’s historic bronze. The current team did not even exist when India had last won its Olympic medal in Hockey.

Though not gold, but strong enough to rejuvenate the country’s national game and sentiments and hopes attached to it.

Goalkeeper PR Shreejeesh lived the tournament while Manpreet was inspired with his excellence, which stood like a wall to the German team.

While Tokyo saw the most nail-biting match of Hockey, Indians lifted themselves with a 7-1 defeat to Australia to play semis and show Germany out its way in the bronze-medal game.

No one could stop Manpreet’s boys from standing on the podium.

The Boxing Girl: Lovlina Borgohain | Boxer

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Affected with Covid, the tall girl from one of the seven sister states of India couldn’t be stopped even by the virus from winning a medal.

Competing in Boxing, she carved a world for herself, securing the lone boxing medal for India.

A day before she left India, Hain was infected with the virus, but her determination and strong willpower held her upright to the Olympics.

With the medal, she became the third Indian Boxer, after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom, to finish at the podium in the Olympics.

The Real Fighter: Bajrang Punia | Wrestler

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Bajrang secured the bronze medal, not living up to cloud nine expectations of becoming the first Indian Wrestler to win a Gold.

Opponents were intelligent to attack him on his legs, Knowing of his knee injury. But in the Bronze medal fight, the Jhajjar (a district in Haryana) Boy produced an overwhelming show to make it to the podium.

The scoreboard of 8-0 is sufficient to depict Wrestler’s journey.

India’s success remains incomplete without some heroes who were so close yet so far. India saw many first times in this Olympic Games.

From the bottom place in Rio, India qualified and went on to play the semis for the first time in the History of Women’s Hockey.

Aditi Ashok, who had her mother as her caddie and Deepak Punia, who was just 10 seconds away from a medal for his nation delivered impressive performances.

For the first time, an Indian Fencer (Bhavani Devi), female Indian sailor Nethra Kumanan, and two swimmers Sajan Prakash and Sridhar made it to the Olympics, raising the qualification standards.

Every Indian is proud of these heroes, and Every Kid looks upon them in sports.

Thank you, Superstars, for your tremendous performances for your nation.

India is on cloud seven; India is Proud!
Radhika Aggarwal
Radhika Aggarwal
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