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Photos: India’s best-ever Olympic performance

Published on Aug 09, 2021 01:36 PM IST
  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games drew to a close on August 8 and India seems to have saved her best for the last at the Games. Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in track-and-field at the biggest stage of world sports. Chopra’s monstrous throw of 87.58m saw him clinch the biggest prize with ease at the men’s javelin throw event on August 7. India capped off its best-ever performance in the Olympics with a haul of seven medals, including a gold. A look at India’s medalists and the notable mentions who created history at the Tokyo Games.
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Neeraj Chopra in action during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Athletics men's Javelin throw Final at Olympic Stadium, on August 7, 2021. Chopra on August 7 threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the Olympics. He began his quest for a medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of the first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m.(Aleksandra Szmigiel / REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Neeraj Chopra in action during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Athletics men's Javelin throw Final at Olympic Stadium, on August 7, 2021. Chopra on August 7 threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to pick the gold at the Olympics. He began his quest for a medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of the first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m.(Aleksandra Szmigiel / REUTERS)

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Neeraj Chopra during the medal ceremony for the men's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo on August 7. This is India’s first track-and-field medal in the Olympics and Chopra became only the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold in the Olympics.(AP / PTI) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Neeraj Chopra during the medal ceremony for the men's javelin throw at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo on August 7. This is India’s first track-and-field medal in the Olympics and Chopra became only the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold in the Olympics.(AP / PTI)

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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum on July 24. Chanu lifted the spirits of the entire nation as she ended a 21-year wait for a medal in weightlifting, clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open India's account on the very first day of the Tokyo Games.(Chris Graythen / AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum on July 24. Chanu lifted the spirits of the entire nation as she ended a 21-year wait for a medal in weightlifting, clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open India's account on the very first day of the Tokyo Games.(Chris Graythen / AFP)

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Ravi Kumar reacts after winning against Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Freestyle men's 57kg Wrestling Semifinal at Makuhari Messe Hall A, in Chiba on August 4. The 23-year-grappler from Nahri village of Sonepat district in Haryana stormed to the final of the men's 57kg freestyle event. Although he fetched a silver, his immense strength and stamina along with technical prowess impressed one and all.(Piroschka Van De Wouw / REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Ravi Kumar reacts after winning against Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Freestyle men's 57kg Wrestling Semifinal at Makuhari Messe Hall A, in Chiba on August 4. The 23-year-grappler from Nahri village of Sonepat district in Haryana stormed to the final of the men's 57kg freestyle event. Although he fetched a silver, his immense strength and stamina along with technical prowess impressed one and all.(Piroschka Van De Wouw / REUTERS)

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PV Sindhu with her bronze medal during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Badminton women's Singles Medal Ceremony at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, in Tokyo on August 1. The 26-year-old etched her name among the all-time greats after winning women's singles bronze medal to add to the silver she won at Rio de Janeiro five years back. She became the first Indian woman and second overall from the country to achieve the feat.(Leonhard Foeger / REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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PV Sindhu with her bronze medal during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Badminton women's Singles Medal Ceremony at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, in Tokyo on August 1. The 26-year-old etched her name among the all-time greats after winning women's singles bronze medal to add to the silver she won at Rio de Janeiro five years back. She became the first Indian woman and second overall from the country to achieve the feat.(Leonhard Foeger / REUTERS)

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Indian men’s Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh reacts after the field hockey bronze medal match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, on August 5. Four decades of pain and disappointment was washed away as the Indian men's hockey team clinched the bronze, the country's 12th Olympic medal in the sport that came after a gap of 41 years. (Gurinder Osan / PTI) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Indian men’s Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh reacts after the field hockey bronze medal match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, on August 5. Four decades of pain and disappointment was washed away as the Indian men's hockey team clinched the bronze, the country's 12th Olympic medal in the sport that came after a gap of 41 years. (Gurinder Osan / PTI)

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Bajrang Punia competes against Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals of men's freestyle 65kg wrestling match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Japan, on August 6. A favourite heading into the Games, Bajrang didn't quite live up to the sky-high expectations of becoming the first Indian wrestler to win the gold, but the 27-year-old did return with a bronze medal-- an impressive feat in a nation starved for success at the grandest sporting spectacle.(Gurinder Osan / PTI) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Bajrang Punia competes against Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the semi-finals of men's freestyle 65kg wrestling match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Japan, on August 6. A favourite heading into the Games, Bajrang didn't quite live up to the sky-high expectations of becoming the first Indian wrestler to win the gold, but the 27-year-old did return with a bronze medal-- an impressive feat in a nation starved for success at the grandest sporting spectacle.(Gurinder Osan / PTI)

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Lovlina Borgohain celebrates after the fight against Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei during women's Welterweight Boxing Quarterfinal at Kokugikan Arena on July 30. Competing in her maiden Olympics, Borgohain carved a niche for herself in the history of Indian women's boxing by clinching a bronze. With the feat, she became only the third Indian boxer ever, after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom, to finish on the podium at the quadrennial showpiece.(Ueslei Marcelino / REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Lovlina Borgohain celebrates after the fight against Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei during women's Welterweight Boxing Quarterfinal at Kokugikan Arena on July 30. Competing in her maiden Olympics, Borgohain carved a niche for herself in the history of Indian women's boxing by clinching a bronze. With the feat, she became only the third Indian boxer ever, after Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom, to finish on the podium at the quadrennial showpiece.(Ueslei Marcelino / REUTERS)

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The Indian women’s Hockey team lines up to sing their national anthem during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Bronze medal match against Great Britain at Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo on August 6. From a bottom-place finish at Rio 2016, the Indian women's team capped a remarkable journey at Tokyo Olympics, finishing a creditable fourth. This was also a historic moment as the Indian women’s team entered the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time.(Hamad I Mohammed / REUTERS) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The Indian women’s Hockey team lines up to sing their national anthem during Tokyo 2020 Olympics Bronze medal match against Great Britain at Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo on August 6. From a bottom-place finish at Rio 2016, the Indian women's team capped a remarkable journey at Tokyo Olympics, finishing a creditable fourth. This was also a historic moment as the Indian women’s team entered the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time.(Hamad I Mohammed / REUTERS)

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Aditi Ashok watches her drive from the 11th tee in round 4 of the women’s golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 7. Aditi Ashok captured the imagination of the entire country as sports lovers turned on their tv sets in the wee hours to watch golf. Ranked 200 in the world, the 23-year-old from Bengaluru competed toe-to-toe against the best golfers in the world to finish a credible fourth.(Yoshi Iwamoto / AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Aditi Ashok watches her drive from the 11th tee in round 4 of the women’s golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 7. Aditi Ashok captured the imagination of the entire country as sports lovers turned on their tv sets in the wee hours to watch golf. Ranked 200 in the world, the 23-year-old from Bengaluru competed toe-to-toe against the best golfers in the world to finish a credible fourth.(Yoshi Iwamoto / AFP)

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