India finishes Tokyo Olympics at 48th spot, delivers best performance in 4 decades

The Indian contingent lived up to the expectations in Tokyo Olympics 2020 and with total of 7 medals, the athletes came up with their best-ever performance in the history of the Games. It was in London Olympics, in 2012, that India won 6 medals, the country’s highest tally for 9 years.

In Tokyo, India’s medal tally jumped from 5 to 7 on the final day of the event. The total of 7 medals sees India finish at the 48th spot on the medal tally.

Since the country winning more gold medals is placed in the higher position, India finished at the 48th spot. Had Neeraj Chopra not signed off with the golden glory, India would have been placed at the 64th spot. But courtesy of his 87.58m throw, India came up with its best performance in 4 decades and jumped to the 48th spot.

Since India has only managed to win 2 gold medals in over 40 years, the country mostly ranks low in the medal tally. Courtesy of Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal win in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, India finished at the 51st spot. India was placed at 57th and 67th spot in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.

A gold medal win saw India breaking into the top 50 this year. Interestingly, India had finished at 23rd spot in Moscow Olympics, where it only won 1 medal – a gold in hockey. North Korea, which won 5 medals, had finished at 26th spot as the country’s athletes had failed to win gold.

Apart from Neeraj, wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) and Bajrang Puna (bronze), weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (silver), shuttler PV Sindhu (bronze), Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (bronze) and the men’s hockey team brought home the medal glory.


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