Tokyo Olympics 2020: India finishes 48th, best in four decades

India finished 48th in the medals table with seven medals including one gold, two silver, and four bronze


NH Web Desk

Tokyo Olympics, the most unusual Games of all time which took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, came to an end on Sunday with a glittering closing ceremony in the Japanese capital. India finished 48th in this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2020, its highest ranking in about 4 decades.

This year's performance was remarkably better than that at Rio, where the Indian contingent was placed 67th with just 2 Olympic medals. Overall, India finished 48th in the medals table with seven medals including one gold, two silver, and four bronze. USA took the top spot with 113 medals, China (88) came second and hosts Japan (58) are third.

Here are the seven Indian medallists who made the nation proud at the sporting world's greatest stage:

Neeraj Chopra (Javelin gold)

India's campaign got over a day before on Saturday with Neeraj Chopra scripting history as he became the first gold medalist from the country in an athletics event.

Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting silver)

The weightlifter from Manipur gave India a brilliant start to the Games as she clinched the silver medal on Day 1 of Tokyo 2020 in the 49kg category. This was the first time India won a medal on the opening day of the Olympics.

Ravi Dahiya (Wrestling silver)

The Haryana wrestler won India silver in the men’s 57kg freestyle event after he lost in the final to Russian two-time defending world champion Zavur Uguev.

PV Sindhu (Badminton bronze)

Sindhu won the bronze in women's singles by beating China's He Bing Jiao in the medal match.

Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing bronze)

Olympics debutant Borgohain became the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Games by clinching bronze at Tokyo 2020.

India men's hockey team (Bronze)

The hockey jinx was finally broken at Tokyo 2020 as the men's team captured its first Olympic medal in 41 years after beating Germany in the medal match.

Bajrang Punia (Wrestling bronze)

He won the men’s 65kg freestyle event bronze by beating Kazakhstan's Daulet Niyazbekov 8-0.

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Published: 10 Aug 2021, 12:38 PM