World’s biggest sporting event, the Summer Games is coming to an end today. The Closing ceremony of Tokyo Olympics 2020 will begin this evening at the National Stadium.
The Olympics which was delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was also the first one to be held without spectators.
For India, Bajrang Punia will lead the proceedings after being officially named as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. With one gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the Tokyo Games India registered its best-ever tally of 7 at the Olympics. India’s previous best tally was six at the 2012 London Games.
Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning Gold Medal in Men’s Javelin Throw Final with his 87.58m in throw in Tokyo Olympics 2020. He becomes 2nd Indian after Abhinav Bindra in Shooting to win an individual GOLD for India in the history of the Olympics. Courtesy of this medal, India finish with their best-ever medal tally at the Olympic Games.
Interestingly, Earlier in Paris Olympics 1900, Calcutta born Norman Gilbert Pritchard, a British-Indian athlete, who represented colonial India became the first Indian to win two silver medals in athletics. He won India’s first medal at the Olympics in the 200m and the 200m hurdles.
Coach of Neeraj Chopra, Uwe Hohn, a German track and field champ, is the only athlete to throw a javelin 100 metres or more, with his world record of 104.80 m.
While Chopra clinched India’s only gold medal at the Games,
Mirabai Chanu was the first Indian to win a medal at Tokyo 2020, with her silver in the women’s 49kg category. PV Sindhu then beat China’s He Bing Jiao to win bronze in badminton women’s singles. With the win, she also became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics. Lovlina Borgohain, was the next to add to the country’s tally, bringing home the bronze medal after she went down fighting in the women’s welterweight semi-finals.
India men’s hockey team created history by defeating Germany 5-4 to win their first Olympic medal since 1980. Wrestler Ravi Dahiya then stormed into the final of men’s freestyle 57kg with a stunning comeback win against Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev. Bajrang Punia won his bronze medal match against Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov to clinch India’s sixth medal before Neeraj Chopra sealed medal number 7 to make Tokyo 2020 truly memorable for India.
Indian athletes missed out on several instances to make India’s medal tally look more impressive. Kamalpreet Kaur finished a commendable sixth in the women’s discus throw final with best attempt of 63.70m. Another Indian in the fray, Seema Punia couldn’t qualify for the final as she finished 16th with a 60.57m throw.
Spirited Indian Women’s Hockey Team went Down Fighting In Bronze MatchIndian women’s hockey team put in a spirited performance in the bronze medal match against Great Britain but fell short of their first-ever Olympic medal after losing the match 3-4.
India’s top medal hope Vinesh Phogat lost to Belarus’ Vanesa Kaladzinskaya by fall in Women’s Freestyle 53kg Quarter Finals. Indian wrestler Anshu Malik lost her repechage match.
Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza missed out on the medal after finishing 23rd in the jumping final at the Tokyo Olympics.
In Athletics, National record holder Sandeep Kumar Two-time Olympian, clocked 1:25:07 to finish 23rd in Men’s 20 km race walking.
In Women’s 20 km race walking, National record holder Priyanka Goswami eventually finished 17th while compatriot Bhawna Jat ended at 32nd.
Avinash Sable shattered his own 3000m steeplechase national record but failed to qualify for the final while sprinter Dutee Chand produced a below-par performance to make an exit from the Tokyo Olympics.
Indian shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor failed to qualify for the final round as he finished 13th in the qualification round.
In Javelin, Annu Rani could not qualify for the women’s final at the Olympic Games, finishing 14th with a below-par throw of 54.04m while, Shivpal Singh registered a disappointing throw of 74.81 in his third and final throw and was placed at the 12th spot at the Qualification stage.
The Indian 4x400m relay quartet shattered the Asian record with a 3:00:25 effort in the Olympics heat race but failed to qualify for the final round by a whisker.
India’s 4x400m Mixed Relay team finished eighth in the second heat at the Tokyo Olympics.
Long-jumper Murali Sreeshankar failed to make the cut for the final as he finished 25th.
In Badminton, B. Sai Praneeth’s maiden Olympics campaign came to a disappointing end after he went down in straight games against Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw in the badminton men’s singles.
For the shuttler duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, even two wins out of three matches were not enough to qualify for the Badminton men’s doubles quarter finals.
In Tennis, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina were knocked out in the first round of women’s doubles by Ukranian twins Nadiia and Liudmyla Kichenok.
Indian sailors Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan finished way behind the leaders as they ended at 22nd and 33rd spot in the respective events after six races.
Rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh became the first Indian double sculls pair to reach the semi-finals at the Olympics. They finished 11th in the event, which is the best ever result for the country at the Olympic Games.
Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympic Games. She lost to fourth-seeded Manon Brunet of France in the second round at the Tokyo Olympics.
In Gymnastics, Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for the All Round finals of Artistic Gymnastics competition.
Indian judoka Sushila Devi’s challenge in the Tokyo Olympics came to an early end as she lost her contest to Hungarian Eva Csernoviczki.
In Table Tennis, though the players did better, they weren’t able to win medals.
In Swimming, and shooting Indians failed to live up to their reputation.
Fresh from winning five World Cup gold medals this year, Archer Deepika failed in her individual match-up against 20-year-old Korean An San, the eventual gold medalist, and lost in six minutes.
Indian boxers were expected to secure multiple medals at the Olympics 2021 but couldn’t. Only Lovlina Borgohain came back with a medal.