Olympics: A Global Concoction

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Olympics- THE CRAZE AROUND THE SPORTS FESTIVAL 

“Olympics”, inspired by the ancient Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece, is an international sports festival held every four years.

Its primary purpose is “to cultivate human beings through sport and contribute to world peace”. The formal story of the same began in 1896 in Athens, Greece. 

As the closing ceremony graced our television screen with illuminating lights to form the Olympics rings, it’s time we take a look at a few highlights you might have missed about the Olympics, 2020 held a year late in 2021.

Olympics: A Global Concoction
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Age is just a number.

“12” seems to be such a minimal number when it comes to age, but big enough to create History.

Yes, I am talking about Kokona Hiraki, the youngest medalist and Hend Zara, the youngest competitor at the Olympics, both aged 12 years, who are indeed a source of inspiration.

While we ponder over our whereabouts at 12years, let’s take a look at the oldest too, Andres Hoy, who became the oldest medalist at 62, winning individual bronze at the event, followed by the 66-year-old Mary Haan, the oldest participant at this year’s Olympics. 

The Firsts

The podium is made of recycled plastic, making it the first of its kind in Olympic History.

France wins its first-ever gold in men’s volleyball 

US women’s volleyball team wins gold for the first time

It was the first gold medal for Poland’s Kajetan Duszynski as he crossed the finish line in three minutes and 09.87 seconds. 

This year, five new sports make their way for the Olympic Games- Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, baseball, and surfing. 

India’s hockey team fought tooth and nail as the men’s team broke the medal drought after 41 long years taking back a bronze followed by gold bagged by Neeraj Chopra.

 Legacy continues  

As Kenya wins gold in the men’s category of the marathon, King of marathons, Eluid Kipchoge, continues to defend his title.

He’s only the third person to win consecutive Olympic marathons, finishing in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 38 seconds.

The US continues to remain at the top of the medal count 

Elaine Thompson, five-time Olympic champion, continues to retain her Olympic title as she goes back home with gold in 100 and 200m again, having won the same at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

Russians win second consecutive gold in women’s team-FENCING 

No-Medal

World’s number one Novak Djokovic goes home without a medal as he lost the bronze medal in tennis to Spain, later pulling out of doubles with an injured shoulder.

Bonjour Paris

Japan is the only Asian country to host the summer games twice in its History. This year, as the pandemic hit us, Japan truly outdid itself as a host in such difficult times.

We now look forward as the Olympic flag takes its first step in its journey towards Paris, Summer of 2024.

Guruksha Gurnani
Guruksha Gurnani
An economics graduate amidst pandemic still whining about the farewell that didn’t take place. Unfinished letters, manuscripts, and poems adorn my library. Writing isn’t just a skill, it’s a safe haven after an exhausting day at work. This is home.

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