Best of Tokyo 2021 Olympics



Indian sports year: The Tokyo 2020 Olympics had created a dramatic prelude to its resumption in 2021, after being postponed last year. Fans could barely contain their excitement and as the world’s biggest event finally unfolded, Indian athletes scored a grand volley of victories that completely captured the heart of the country. Follow live updates on InsideSport.IN

This year, the Games were held with COVID-19-induced restrictions from July 23 to August 8 and all sports were played behind closed doors. About 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries competed in the Olympics while Japan witnessed athletic excellence in 33 sports. Newly added sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics competition included karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. Baseball / softball has made its appearance again after missing the previous two Olympic Games.

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Meanwhile, the Tokyo Paralympic Games featured 22 sports and ran from August 24 to September 5. Badminton and taekwondo have been newly included for the 2020 Paralympic Summer Games.

At the Olympics and Paralympics, India recorded a record medal harvest as the country’s athletes achieved their all-time best performances in Japan.

Indian Sports Yearender: The sparkling summit of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

At the Olympics, India recorded its best record with seven medals (one gold, two silver and four bronze). The highlight of the Games for India was without a doubt the javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who won the gold medal for the country. Flamboyant Chopra took first place on the podium with a throw of 87.58m. With this, he became the first Indian Olympian to win the yellow metal in athletics and only the second individual gold medalist after Abhinav Bindra.

Another highlight for the country was the Indian men’s team which won the bronze medal and ended the 41-year famine. Manpreet Singh and Co. finished second in Pool A winning four of five group stage matches and beat Great Britain 3-1 in the quarter-final before losing 5-2 to Belgium in their historic semi-final. However, the Indians made a remarkable comeback to secure a 5-4 victory over Germany and claim a historic bronze medal at the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the Indian Eves, who suffered three losses in the opening games, arguably won the biggest surprise as they beat Australia’s world number three in what was their first-ever Olympic Games quarter-final. . Rampal Rani and Co. lost both the semi-final and the play-off for the bronze medal to Argentina and Great Britain, respectively. Hence, finishing fourth at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Indian Sports Yearender: The sparkling summit of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

In the golf event, Aditi Ashok also narrowly missed an Olympic medal after finishing a brilliant 4th place in the women’s individual stroke play. On the final day, the 23-year-old birdied five to place fourth out of fifteen under 201 ahead of Australia’s Hannah Green and Dane Pedersen who tied for fifth. The Indian finished the last day with 68 (-3) at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Commuter PV Sindhu also made history when she became the second Indian athlete to win two individual Olympic medals. She beat Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match which lasted 52 minutes. Sindhu had returned earlier with a silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Indian Sports Yearender: The sparkling summit of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

The other medalists for India were wrestler Bajrang Punia (bronze), weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (silver), boxer Lovlina Borgohain (bronze) and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver).

After the Olympics ended, the Tokyo Paralympic Games gave Indian fans a big peak.

The sheer display of passion, will and unwavering effort of Indian athletes was brought to light as the country shone brightly, winning a total of 19 medals, including five gold, eight silver and six bronze, marking his best performance to date. Paralympic Games.
India sent its largest contingent of 54 para-athletes in no less than 9 sport disciplines to the Games. Badminton and taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both represented by India.

Since its first appearance at the Paralympic Games in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total until the 2016 edition in Rio. The country has now dramatically improved that total number of 7 medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games alone.

Indian Sports Yearender: The sparkling summit of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

Out of a total of 162 nations, India finished 24th in the overall medal standings, while its 19 medals are ranked 20th based on the number of medals.

The gold medalists of the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Paralympic Games were: Avani Lekhara in the SH1 standing 10m air rifle, Pramod Bhagat in the SL3 men’s singles badminton, Krishna Nagar in the men’s singles SH6 badminton, Sumit Antil in the men’s javelin throw F64 and Manish Narwal in 50m SH1 Mixed Pistol.

The silver medalists were: Bhavinaben Patel in ladies’ class 4 table tennis, Singhraj Adhana in mixed 50m SH1 pistol, Yogesh Kathuniya in men’s F56 disc, Nishad Kumar in men’s high jump T47, Mariyappan Thangavelu in men’s high jump T63, Praveen Kumar in men’s high jump T64 jump, Devendra Jhajharia in men’s F46 javelin and Suhas Yathiraj in men’s SL4 badminton.

Indian Sports Yearender: The sparkling summit of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

The bronze medalists were: Avani Lekhara in the women’s 50m SH1 3-position rifle, Harvinder Singh in the men’s individual recurve archery, Sharad Kumar in the men’s T63 high jump, Sundar Singh Gurjar in the men’s javelin throw F46, Manoj Sarkar Men’s Singles Badminton SL3 and Singhraj Adhana in the SH1 10m Men’s Air Pistol.

The records set by Indian medalists are as follows: Sumit Antil – World record in men’s javelin F64 (Gold), Avani Lekhara – Tied the world record and set a Paralympic record in the R2 Women’s 10m Air Standing SH1 (Gold), Manish Narwal – Paralympic pistol record P4 mixed 50m SH1 (gold), Nishad Kumar – Asia record in men’s high jump T47 (silver) and Praveen Kumar – Asian record in high jump men T64 (silver).

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