Michael Phelps has won 23 gold medals till now and it’s a record as India has won the same number of a gold medal in 120 years of Olympics. Usain bolt won 3 gold medals in 16 days and it’s a record because Indian contingent can just snare 2 medals in total i.e. one silver and one bronze. Safe to say that Indian contingent had lean and dry Olympics?
Yes as it were the stars that did upset the country and the fans by missing out on a medal. Some missed it by a whisker whereas for others the qualification round was the end of the journey for them. Well now the Olympics journey is over and the Indian contingent has come back with 2 medals.
We do a post-mortem and try to find out who were the upset and who were the surprises in this tournament!
Dipa Karmakar –
The athlete from Agartala in Tripura was the biggest surprise in this Olympics. Performing the volt of death, risking her life for a medal shows here dedication, braveness, and courage to win a medal for the country. Though she missed on winning a medal but she had already created history by becoming first Indian athlete to qualify for Olympics.
From Rohtak to Rio, this girl from Haryana deserves a big round of applause for her grit and self-belief. After being trailing at the start of the completion, she did not lose hope and bounce back strongly to seal a bronze medal. It was the last 10 second of the game where she showed her power and won a medal. She was one of the surprises in RIO 2016.
The first timer in Rio Olympics, Parasulla Venkata Sindhu came out of the shadow of her seniors and now has become the poster girl of Indian badminton by winning a silver medal. Though she lost the final but not to forget he was up against No. 1 player. She won a silver medal in the Olympics and deserves every bit of praise.
Dattu Bhoknal –
He was the first Indian player to make headlines in Rio. Though he missed out on a medal but really made a name for him and country by making headlines in a sports rowing which is still unknown to many Indians. Finishing at the first place in men single scull was the biggest achievement for him and Indian fans. Surely he is a big thing to come in this field.
Hopes were high on Abhinav Bindra as fans were hoping a replica of 2004 Olympics from him but he could not live up to the expectations of the people. The leader of the Indian contingent participated in 10 m air rifle but he missed a medal in the end as he was ranked four. It was a big heartbreak for him and the fans here in India as people were sure of him bringing a medal but the script has some other story planned for the day.
He participated in two events but remained empty handed. The bronze medal winner of 2012 Olympics was ranked 23 in 10 m air rifle and failed to qualify to the next round. Though he qualified in the 50 m air rifle but was ranked 33 in the main event thus ending his journey there. His ouster was a big disappointment for the nation.
The only tennis player to participate in 7 Olympics underwent a lot of hurdles even before the start of Olympics, the effect of which was seen on the court as he and Boppana lot the first game, thus resulting in the exit of them after the first game itself. Hopes of winning the medal now has been delayed by a period of 4 years i.e. 2020 in Tokyo.
After winning her first match, she was up against the 61 ranked player but she was stunned by her as she lost the
match. Still, Saina should not be blamed as she was playing with an injury for which she has already undergone a surgery.
Again it was the luck which betrayed India’s hopes of winning a medal as Yogeshwar was suffering from fever before the match It was clearly seen that he was not fully fit and lost the first match thus losing out the chance to win the medal. This is for the second consecutive time that luck has betrayed us as in 2012 Olympics, just before the start of Gold event Sushil Kumar suffered from dehydration, thus he had to satisfy with a silver medal.
Indian hockey team
Kicking off the tournament with a win always feels good but returning back home empty handed do not. The silver medal winner of 2010 and 2014 commonwealth games, Indian hockey team qualified to quarter finals, thanks to the result of another match. Still, they could not do anything special and thus came back home empty handed.
She is one of the biggest disappointments for Indian fans as all were expecting for a medal from her but she finished 14th in the Women’s 10-metre air pistol and 20th in the Women’s 25-metre pistol in the qualification rounds and failed to enter the finals of both the events. Really her exit was a shocker for everyone.
She produced a stellar performance in the singles event winning first two-game against players of Lithuania and Italy but her medal hopes ended in round of 16 where she lost, thus ending medal hopes. Still young, she will have many more chances and we hope that she will surely learn from this and will win medals in upcoming Olympics.
Her image in media is none lesser than our star cricketers, she is most admired and followed sportswomen in India but she could not live up to expectations as she missed out on a medal. Though she and Boppana won few games but missed the mark when it mattered the most.