Olympics: India team Highlights

The 2020 summer Olympics were originally scheduled to be held between 24 July and 9 August 2020. However, after being postponed, the Games are currently being held in Tokyo Japan between 23 July and 8 August 2021.

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Largest Ever Indian Squad

The India contingent includes 122 competitors, it’s the largest ever squad to any Olympics, in archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.

At the time of writing this article, India have won two medals and remains in the race for some more, in events such as boxing, track and field, and field hockey.

Olympics Sports

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Wins Silver in Weightlifting

On the opening day of the games, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu gave India a great start by winning a silver medal in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting event.

Chanu who was expected to do well in the Olympics after winning a gold medal at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim California did not let her fans down, in Tokyo, by lifting a total of 202 kg (including 115 kg in clean and jerk and 87 kg in the snatch).

In the process, Chanu became the second Indian to win a weightlifting medal at the Olympics after Karnam Malleswari who won a bronze medal at the 2000 games in Sydney.

PV Sindhu Grabs Bronze Medal in Badminton

Sindhu had a brilliant run to the semi-finals of the women’s singles event in badminton, wherein she met the world’s number one ranked T.Y. Tai of Chinese Taipei. Sindhu lost 21-18, 21-12 after leading Tai by a comfortable margin in the first set.

However, Sindhu did not let her semi-final loss dishearten her and turned in a brilliant performance to beat China’s B.J. He 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match.

Earlier, in the 2016 Olympics, Sindhu had bagged a silver medal, losing in a tight final match to Carolina Marin of Spain. By winning the bronze medal in Tokyo, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals.

Lovlina Borgohain Assured of a Medal in Boxing

On the 30th of July, boxer Lovlina Borgohain beat Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in the women’s welterweight category to enter the semi-finals thus assuring India of another medal.

Medal Prospects Alive in Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey and Women’s Discus

Men’s Hockey

India’s men’s hockey team have put themselves in contention for a medal by finishing second in their group. India won their last group match against England 3-1.

They have thus entered the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1972 wherein they will be up against world champions Belgium. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, 3 August.

Women’s Hockey

The women’s hockey team sprang a pleasant surprise when they entered their first Olympic semi-final: ninth-ranked India beat second-ranked Australia 1-0 in an intense match on 1 August to enter their first Olympic semi-final.

Women’s Discus

Remarkably, India also got in line for a medal in athletics when Kamalpreet Kaur entered the women’s Discus Throw final after she achieved 64m in the qualifying event. This was well short of her throw of 65.06m that had helped her qualify for the Olympics.

In the Indian Grand Prix in June, Kamalpreet threw the discus even further to set her career-best mark of 66.59m. If Kamalpreet manages to win a medal, she would give India its first Olympic medal in a Track and field event.

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