The entire sporting fraternity rooted for the Indian contingent over the last 14 days, so did we at CricTracker.
After the COVID-19 pandemic led to its delay, the Tokyo Olympics enthralled everyone from July 23 to August 8. Though they weren’t expected to top the medal’s tally, the focus was also on India. The Asian country had 124 participants in 18 sports and a lot was expected of them. In the end, they had their most successful Olympic campaign, winning one gold, two silvers, and four bronzes.
While Neeraj Chopra won the gold, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Dahiya won the silver medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, wrestler Bajrang Punia, and the men’s hockey team walked away with the bronze medals. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, table tennis players Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal, archer Atanu Das and many others also showed their class.
After the two-week spectacle, CricTracker decided to pay tribute to the Indian contingent. Though it’s a cricket-centric platform, we understand the enormity of India’s achievement in Tokyo. Even during a pre-day show on Sony during India’s opening Test against England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, former Indian hockey captain Viren Rasquinha was invited.
The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Harsha Bhogle also discussed India’s achievements at the Olympics. Cricketers from around the world shared tweets as well when the players performed well. Hence, one can comprehend the titanic platform the Olympics is. The entire sporting fraternity rooted for the Indian players over the last 14 days, so did we at CricTracker.
On that note, let’s take a look at five records Team India made in Tokyo:
1. Aditi Ashok becomes India’s most successful golfer at the Olympics
In Tokyo, Golf wasn’t one of the sports India were expected to get a medal in. In the men’s individual category, Anirban Lahiri finished 42nd, but it was the 23-year-old Aditi Ashok, who stole the limelight. Despite starting as the 200th ranked golfer, she stayed in contention for a medal after the first three rounds.
Being placed second, she was on the verge of entering the history books. However, Aditi missed out in the final round and finished fourth among the 60 golfers at the golf course in Saitama. While World No.1 Nelly Korda won the gold medal, Japan’s Mone Inami and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko won the silver and bronze respectively.
In the final round, she churned out a 3 under 68 score to go with five birdies, but her valiant efforts weren’t enough to get her a medal. However, despite not finishing at the podium, she walked away as India’s most successful golfer at the Olympics.
Back in 2016, she became the youngest golfer in Rio at the age of 18 years and finished 41st. Five years later, she gave the best a run of their money. Ashok might not have won a medal, but has given India hope of succeeding in a sport where they haven’t had much success.