2018 is an important year for Indian Athletes and sports, filled with action and hope for the upcoming challenges. All the Indian athletes who scuffle with pain or injury do their best to get back on the field and make the nation proud.
To perform at the same pace and energy, and give a better performance in sport is something very challenging. They have to sacrifice and give more than what they are expected.
Here are some of the Indian Athletes who performed beyond expectations :
Having missed his chance to complete a hat-trick of consecutive medals in Rio Olympics due to internal politics and shoulder injury, Sushil Kumar has proved his mettle in the first half of this year at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast Australia. Next up for this Indian sports legend is the Asian Games and World Championships.
He has given a evidence of himself by winning three uninterrupted Commonwealth Games gold medals, which he had won in Delhi (2010), Glasgow (2014) and now at CWG 2018 at Gold Coast. His last win is also a sign that he is back to full fitness.
“I have two Olympic medals. I have nothing to prove to anyone. In any case, I have an unfulfilled dream and I came near it in 2012 (London Games where he won a silver). I feel I owe it to the country to get gold at the Olympics,” he said, stating that CWG 2018 would be his run-up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Sakshi Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze award in the 58 kg classification, turning into the first Indian female wrestler to grab a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the nation.
She bagged the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, together with the bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha. Sakshi defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford in the final of the 62kg women’s freestyle category, as a matter of fact, she added another gold medal for India.
Tamil Nadu weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won a gold medal in the 77kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, taking India’s gold medal tally to three. Sathish was the fifth Indian weightlifter to join India’s medal count.
Sathish had also won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the same weight category, with the 149kg snatch and 179kg clean, totaling 328kg. His lift of 149kg in snatch continues to be the Games record. At Gold Coast, he had a combined total of 317 kg (144kg + 173 kg).
“I was in so much pain that even sitting was very painful for me. Everyone took care of me, gave me hope but I was not very confident. I had not trained that hard and my body was not at its best, and so how could I hope for a medal.”
Sathish expects more from himself at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Who would believe that a shuttler, who has gone on to defeat the likes of Chinese sensation Lin Dan, ex-World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, and current world champion Viktor Axelsen? However, Srikanth could not even cross the quarterfinals in the World Championships, or even cross the first stage of the BWF World Superseries Finals, held in Dubai in 2016. To his credit though, Srikanth was making a comeback from an injury lay-off at the tournament and was not fully back up to speed. in 2017, Kidambi Srikanth won four super series title back to back.
Kidambi Srikanth had given a courageous fight although it wasn’t enough as Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei came up and outraged in the men’s singles gold match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Srikanth, who won the first game, couldn’t make his advantage count and reconciled for a silver medal to add to the gold he won in the mixed badminton team event.
In women’s 10m air pistol Manu Bhaker grabbed the gold medal by traumatizing the games record while Heena Sidhu presented a thrilling comeback to bag silver at the 21st Commonwealth Games.
She shot made a record 240.9 to finish well ahead of her senior teammate Sidhu, who aggregated 234 at the Belmont Shooting Centre.
Bhaker was the mind-boggling most love to win the occasion, having packed away numerous gold medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico and the consequent Junior World Cup in Sydney.
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