The glory of Olympics is such that it brings the best out of an athlete and nothing makes a country proud more than its sporting achievements in Olympics. India had a lot of such moments when we missed the Olympic medals by a whisker. Some of the best such moments have been captured here.
Indian Men’s Football Team – 1956, Melbourne
We had a very strong team of football in the 50s. They had even qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1950. In 1956 Olympics, India defeated the hosts Australia in the quarters with an awesome hat-trick by Neville D’Souza which was the first by an Asian nation at the Olympics. The team then lost the Bronze medal match but that match could have started a golden era of Indian football.
Milkha Singh (400 metres) – 1960, Rome
When a monk like runner was speeding through the heats of the race, he was destined to stand on the podium. Any person from the crowd could have anticipated that. But the finals were different and the most thrilling races of all time. 4 people broke the Olympic record in the same race which was 45.9 before the race. Milkha clocked 45.6 and lost the bronze by .1 secs. This was also a national record which was not broken for the next 44 years.
P.T. Usha (400 metres hurdles) – 1984, Los Angeles
Milkha Singh until now was history with his margin of 1/10 secs. Because nothing can get more close than this race. It finally ended with a photo finish. Her time of 55.42 still stands as a national record. She was competing in 400m hurdles and finished first in the semifinals of the race. A whole nation had a massive heartbreak that day.
Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi (Tennis: Men’s Doubles) – 2004, Athens
In 2004 Athens Olympics, the Indian men were on fire when they beat teams with tennis stars like Andy Rodick and Roger Federer. Their sail gave hope to Indians for a bronze medal and in what you call, one of the tightest matches of Tennis history, they lost the final set with by 16-14
Devendro Singh (Boxing: Light Flyweight) and Vijender Singh (Boxing: Middleweight) – 2012, London
For the first time, a contingent of Indian boxers who could participate in 7 out of 10 weight categories was sent for the Olympics. And as expected, 2 boxers made the cut to quarter finals in the likes of Vijender Singh and Devendro Singh. Devendro lost 18-23 to Paddy Barnes of Ireland, and there was no second medal for Vijender either as he lost 13-17 to Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan.
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