11 Shining Moments Of Indian Athletes At Rio Olympics (Medal Or Not)

Posted on August 22, 2016 in PhotoNama, Sports

By Writu Bose:

In a cricket-crazy nation like ours, Rio Olympics came like a whiff of fresh air for the Indian sports fanatics. A 120 member contingent represented India at the Olympics this year, and let’s not even discuss the excitement and enthusiasm it instilled! Despite the often pessimistic and sexist coverage by the Indian media, there was clearly a buzz around this year’s games. While India closed the medal tally with one bronze and one silver, the past two weeks were full of highs and lows for our athletes at Rio.

Here are 11 of the most memorable moments Indian fans cherished at the Rio Olympics.

1.That moment when P. V. Sindhu became the first Indian athlete to win a silver in badminton at the Olympics (and a whole nation cheered her on!)

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2. When wrestler Sakshi Malik won India’s first medal in women’s wrestling (and first medal at the Rio Olympics) – by winning her match fabulously in the last few seconds.

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Image source: Lars Baron/ Getty Images

3. When Dipa Karmakar united a whole nation in pride as she performed the ‘Produnova’ or ‘Death Vault’ at the Olympics, and finished fourth in style. Psst: Only 4 other women in the world can perform the ‘Produnova’.

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4. When 18-year-old golfer Aditi Ashok stormed into the golf finals, after taking up the sport professionally only 8 months ago! She was also the only Indian female golfer at the Olympics.

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Image source: Scott Halleran/ Getty Images

5. When Dattu Bhokanal finished 4th in the men’s single sculls event. Dattu wasn’t aware of the Olympics 4 years ago and he worked as a stone-cutter in a Maharashtra village for 10 years, where he used to fear water!

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Image source: Alexander Hassenstein/ Getty Images

6. When Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna gave it their all to beat Andy Murray and Heather Watson to enter the tennis mixed doubles semis. They didn’t make it to the finals but their performance was a sheer treat.

Image source: Julian Finney
Image source: Julian Finney/ Getty Images

7. When 25-year-old Manish Singh Rawat fought like a champion in the 20km race walk to finish 13th.

Image source: Sportskeeda
Image source: Sportskeeda

8. When Mairaj Ahmad Khan, from Khurja, in Bulandshahr district, Uttar Pradesh, became the best Indian shotgun performer at Rio.

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Image source: Google

9. When Yogeshwar Dutt made it to the finals in the men’s 65 kg wrestling event despite multiple injuries and a severely wounded eye. There was not a single moment when he didn’t inspire.

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Image source: Paul Gilham/ Getty Images

10. When Kidambi Srikanth lost the quarter-final match, but not his spirit. “I gave everything and tried everything I know. #iamteamindia” he said on Facebook.

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Image source: Richard Heathcote/ Getty Images

11. The 2008 Beijing Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra finished fourth in the 10m air rifle event, despite the fact that he had to use a backup rifle since the one he had practised with got damaged. If this doesn’t portray his awesomeness enough, I don’t know what else ever would!

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Image source: Google

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