Historic Day for India at Tokyo Olympics

7th August 2021.Penultimate day of Tokyo Olympics.What a day it turned out for India.Neeraj Chopra won historic gold medal in men’s javelin throw becoming only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold.Before that,Bajrang Punia won bronze in 65kg freestyle wrestling.In the cloudy afternoon at Kasumigaeski Country Club,Indian golfer Aditi Ashok won hearts of the entire nation by finishing 4th in golf.Let’s look at the 3 events in which Indians put up best show.


Neeraj Chopra created history by winning gold in men’s javelin throw with best effort of 87.58m which he achieved in the second attempt.To everyone’s shock,2017 world champion and gold medal prospect-Johannes Vetter bowed out of final eight throwers.Vetter had thrown 90m plus seven times this season.That eased the pressure on Neeraj.He looked relaxed and confident ever since he throwed his first attempt.Apart from two Czech throwers-Vadlejch and Vessely no one looked as a real threat to Neeraj.Both could not go past 87.58 and Neeraj sealed it.Entire country now celebrates his historic achievement.


India had hopes on Bajrang Punia as he contested bronze medal bout in 65kg freestyle.Bajrang beat 3rd seed Niyazbekov 8-0 to win bronze medal in his debut Olympics.Bajrang paid the price for too defensive in his semifinal against Aliev.However he attacked more today and was constantly trying to hold opponents legs.Efforts paid dividends as Bajrang controlled the bout and became the second Indian wrestler behind Ravi Dahiya to win a medal at Tokyo Olympics.


Aditi Ashok started round 4 at second position.Aditi ranked modest 200 carded 3 under 68 in weather hit final round on Saturday.She remained in the hunt for a medal till the final hole.Unfortunately,Ko of New Zealand made par in her final hole and Aditi’s dream for a medal ended.Despite 4th place finish,Aditi can held her head high.She has done country proud with her stupendous performance in a sport not many follow in India.


Finally India finished Tokyo Olympics with best ever show.India won 1 gold,2 silver and 4 bronze for a total of 7 medals surpassing 2012 London Games tally.Incidently,India climbed in top 50 in overall medals haul at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.



By Shailesh Padhye


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