The Olympics are going on in full swing in 2021 and it looks like things are finally getting warmed up for India. Initially, Mirabai Chanu won us a silver medal in weightlifting with her stellar performance and strength. And now, India is winning more and more.
Currently, China sits at the top of the table with a total medal tally of 74 medals with 34 of them being Gold Medals. Meanwhile, India is still at a low of 5 total medals but won with great efforts and mind-blowing work from athletes.
P.V Sindhu won us a Bronze medal in Women’s Singles Badminton taking our medal tally one medal higher. The women have been pulling off great things one after another and it’s a proud thing for India without a doubt.
Recently, the void in our past hockey performances was also finally filled. As well as another medal in Wrestling was brought in after nearly winning a gold. The matches were exciting and filled with adrenaline. Here’s all you need to know.
Men’s Hockey Bronze
India’s Men’s Hockey team brought down Germany’s team with a strong performance after a massive history of no medals. In fact, this is the very first time the Indian Hockey team has won a medal since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Initially, the scores were not looking good for India. But two penalty corners from Hardik Singh and Harmanpreet Singh worked brilliantly. These managed to get us a 3-3 score by halftime. Germany had the lead early on in the match.
However, they struggled to get a drastic lead, and later, the scores were leveled off by the Indian team. Germany went on to receive a penalty corner in the last few crucial minutes of the game. The atmosphere was dripping with tension.
And yet, Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh denied to goal gracefully leading to an amazing victory for the Indian Hockey team. A bronze in the sports after decades of nothing to show. This is definitely a turn in the tide for the Indian Hockey Federation. And we hope to see more and more in the upcoming years.
And in Wrestling, Ravi Dahiya made a hearty promise to bring home a Gold Medal in the 2024 Paris Olympics. This time, however, he fell to Russia’s Zavur Yuguev. He worked hard and earnest but was defeated by a margin of 4-7 in the final match.
Pictures of him being bitten by Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev quickly went viral. The incident happened in the semi-finals of the Bantamweight match in freestyle wrestling. Was this intentional? A way to make Ravi lose his grip in the match?
The incident was investigated after Ravi managed to win the semi-finals in spite of it. The United World Wrestling body made a statement on Thursday. Turned out that the action was deemed prohibited yet unintentional.
As a result, no action was taken. Ravi looked dissatisfied in his pictures after clinching the silver medal. But the country surely recognizes and appreciates his efforts. A future Gold definitely awaits this man and that’s a given.