MEET THE INDIAN WINNERS OF THE 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS
This year, India was prouder than ever to finish the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with 7 medals! With four bronze medals, two silvers, and one gold medal, India concluded this year’s Olympics with India’s best overall ranking. Mirabai Chanu, Lovlina Borgohain, PV Sindhu, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Bajrang Punia, Neeraj Chopra, and the members of the Indian Hockey Team are the talented athletes who honored this country.
Mirabai was the first athlete who won a bronze medal for India. She competed in the Women's 49 kg Weightlifting. At the age of 26, not only did she win her first silver medal for weightlifting in the Olympics, but also India’s first silver in weightlifting. As a child, many in her village discouraged her from weightlifting as they didn’t see it fit for a woman. But her mother supported her along the way and helped her achieve her dreams.
By beating China’s He Bing Jiao, PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win 2 Olympic medals for India. One silver in the 2016 Olympics and one bronze in the 2020 Olympics. Ranked the second-best female badminton player, PV Sindhu continues to make India proud.
After nine years of no medal in Indian boxing, Lovlina broke that streak and came home with a bronze in welterweight boxing at the 2020 Olympics. Though she originally began her career as a kickboxer along with her sisters, she later on won several bronze medals in welterweight boxing.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya
At the age of 23, Ravi Kumar Dahiya won a silver medal in the Men's 57kg freestyle wrestling. Other than the Tokyo Olympics, Ravi has won 2 golds, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze medal in several international and domestic competitions from 2015-2021. Though Ravi lived in a village far away from his training facility, his father would bring him food and milk every day from long distances. His father continues to support and encourage him till today.
Men’s Hockey Team
The Indian hockey team claimed the fifth medal for India at this year’s Olympics when they beat Germany 5-4. Manpreet Singh is the captain of the hockey team who was constantly discouraged by his brothers at a young age from playing hockey, as they thought he’s wasting his time and will not be good enough. Once, they even locked him in a room before his match to prevent him from playing! He escaped and eventually won the game!
Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal in Men's 65kg wrestling in his debut performance in the Olympics. Punia started wrestling at a young age since his father was a local wrestler in their village. Throughout his career, he has won 6 golds, 7 silvers, and 5 bronze medals from worldwide and asian championships!
Last but definitely not least, 23 year old Neeraj Chopra won the last medal for India—a gold! Not only did his gold medal surpass India's last record of six medals in the Olympics, but his medal also made him the first Indian medalist—let alone champion—in track and field and javelin throw. Neeraj made the nation absolutely thrilled after finishing the Olympics on a great note. Now, he is the second Olympic champion from India.
This year, India brought along the most Indian athletes ever to participate in the Olympics—126 participants across 69 individual events. With India securing 7 medals, this makes the highest number of medals for our country in the history of the Olympics.