Our Indian athletes put on some of the best performances on the pitch in 2021. Whether it was at the Tokyo Olympics, the World Championships or on the Australian cricket grounds. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sporting moments of 2021 for the country.
# 1 Neeraj Chopra’s gold in Tokyo
Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field for India after independence when he won the men’s javelin throw in Tokyo with a stunning 87.58m throw . It is a time that Indians will cherish forever.
# 2 PV Sindhu wins his second Olympic medal
The country’s favorite commuter, PV Sindhu, won her second Olympic medal in Tokyo, taking the bronze medal in a back-to-back victory. With the victory, Sindhu became the first Indian commuter to win back-to-back Olympic medals. She also became the first Indian athlete to win two Olympic medals.
# 3 Kidambi Srikanth makes history at the World Championships
The first Indian male swimmer to make the final of the BWF World Championship final, Kidambi Srikanth made history by becoming the first Indian male swimmer to win silver at the prestigious badminton tournament.
# 4 Indian paddlers shine at Asian Championship
The Indian men’s table tennis team of G Sathiyan, Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, Sanil Shetty and Manav Thakkar made history by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Championship. It was the country’s second medal after 1976.
# 5 India’s historic victory in the Gabba Test
Earlier this year, the Indian men’s cricket team beat Australia at Gabba Stadium in a test match. This is a historic victory for the Indians as they became the only cricket team to defeat Australia in Brisbane since 1998.
# 6 Rising star of India, athlete Shaili Singh
The very talented long jumper Shaili Singh won the silver medal at the World Championships in Under-20 Athletics. The 17-year-old only failed to make history by barely 1cm, but the 6.59m jump was Shaili’s personal best.
# 7 A first for the Indian women’s chess team
The Indian women’s team made history at the FIDE Women’s World Chess Team Championship, winning a silver medal. The team consisted of Dronavali Harika, R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev, Mary Ann Gomes and Bhakti Kulkarni. It was India’s very first medal at the tournament.
# 8 when Aditi Ashok hooked the whole nation to golf
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics. Even though she couldn’t win an Olympic medal, Aditi’s performance in Tokyo saw the nation of 1.3 billion people wake up at 4 a.m. to watch the golf star in action. Despite being ranked 300, it has given the world’s best golfers a run for their money.
# 9 Indian men’s and women’s hockey team triumph in Tokyo
Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams made history at the Tokyo Olympics. The men’s team won the bronze medal to end India’s 41-year drought without any medals at the Olympics. While the women’s team failed to win a medal, they became the first Indian women’s hockey team to reach an Olympic semi-final in history. These two achievements were enormous for the teams as well as for our country.
# 10 Teenage Wrestler Anshu Achieves World Championship
19-year-old Anshu Malik won the silver medal at the world wrestling championships. The teenager also became the tournament’s first Indian female finalist. it was a heroic performance from the young wrestler, who became the only fifth indian woman to win a worlds medal and so far the best.
As a wonderful sporting year draws to a close, all Indian sports fans will look forward to 2022 and hopefully new records will be set.