Good Sports: Record Medal Haul for India
India’s Olympic campaign began slowly, but ended with a flourish, sparking national euphoria on the penultimate day of competition, as javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won India’s first gold medal in athletics with a personal-best throw of 87.58 meters.
The historic medal, only the second individual gold ever for India, was the country’s seventh at the Tokyo Olympics, breaking its previous record of six at the 2012 London Olympics. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya won silver medals, while badminton star PV Sindhu, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, wrestler Bajrang Punia, and the men’s hockey team won bronze.
The men’s hockey team created plenty of excitement as they claimed their first Olympic medal in 41 years. The women’s hockey team came close to winning a medal, as did golfer Aditi Ashok. “Competition was really tough, but you should never get scared by looking at your opponents,” Chopra said during a celebration in New Delhi following the Olympics. “Just give your 100 percent and don’t be scared of anybody.”
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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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