Olympian Neeraj Chopra not only won the gold for India but also surpassed the previous 2012 London Game’s best haul of six medals. With his gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event, the medal tally of India went up to 7 which is the highest in the Olympics so far. Now India has 1 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze Olympic medals.
In the 2012 Olympic Games, India won six medals (2 silver & 4 bronze). It was the highest tally of India’s winning medals at the Olympics, till today. But, today it has changed with the golden throw of Neeraj Chopra at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Javelin thrower of age 23 years old made history with the Olympic gold medal. He became the first Indian Olympian to win the gold in athletics since India started participating in the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium (1920).
Athletes who won medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games for India are Mirabai Chanu, Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, PV Sindhu, Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain, and the Men’s Hockey Team.
Among 126 athletes across 18 disciplines of sports, India holds its biggest contingent to the 2020 Olympics. Athletes participated in a total of 69 cumulative events which is the highest ever for the country.
India brought its first medal in weightlifting which was a silver medal won by Mirabai Chanu.
The 7th day in the quadrennial event came with the second Bronze medal for India in boxing that was secured by Lovlina Borgohain. After that, PV Sindhu, the ace shuttler, defeated Bing Jiao of China and won the Bronze.
Here is the list of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Winners from India
Gold Medal – Neeraj Chopra (Event: Men’s Javelin Throw)
Silver Medal – Mirabai Chanu (Event: Women’s 49 kg Weightlifting)
Silver Medal – Ravi Kumar Dahiya (Event: Men’s 57 kg Freestyle Wrestling)
Bronze Medal – Lovlina Borgohain (Event: Women’s Welterweight Boxing)
Bronze Medal – PV Sindhu (Event: Women’s Singles Badminton)
Bronze Medal – Men’s Hockey Team of India
Bronze Medal – Bajrang Punia (Event: Men’s 65 kg Freestyle Wrestling)
At this time, several Olympians were notable firsts who participated in the Tokyo Olympics. It happened in history for the first time, a fencer from India named Bhavani Devi qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games. She won the first match by 15/3 against Tunisia’s Nadia Azizi to become India’s first fencing player to win the match. But she lost the second match by 7/15 against Manon Brunet of France.
Nethra Kumanan is the female Sailor who qualified for the Olympic Games in India. Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash were the first two swimmers who qualified for the Olympic Games with the achievement of Qualification Standard (QA) ‘A’ in terms of swimming.