Since the 1st of January 2016, a lot of Indian sportspersons have won multiple accolades around the world. Right from the cricket field to, the athletics track, Indians have had something to cheer for all year round. Here is a look at some of the most impressive victories for Indian Sports in the last 20 months.
VIJENDER SINGH’S WBO EXPLOITS
Standing 6 feet tall, Vijender Singh, decided that being an olympic medalist was not enough. An orthodox boxer in his fighting style, Vijender fought at all competitions possible but the desire to perform led him to turn to professional boxing.
Having joined the WBO (World Boxing Organization) in 2015, it is safe to say that he has made quite a name for himself in such a short time. In July of 2016, he won the vacant ‘The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. On the 5th of August 2017, he added the ‘WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title’ to his ever growing list of titles.
With an Impressive record of 9 wins in 9 bouts, he has won seven through KOs. In the short span of 23 months, he has already retained his Asian title for over a year. The 31 year old’s exploits have helped generate interest in the sport. Just to note, his last 3 WBO fights were held in India and drew huge crowds.
INDIAN MEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM GOES SUB 100
The Men’s football team of India made the entire country stand up and take notice of their progress, when it achieved a sub 100 rank for the first time since 1996. In the march of 2015, India had slumped to 173, its lowest rank ever. With a host of new players and better support from the fans the team jumped 76 spots to 97. This was India’s second venture into the top 100 countries of the 208 members of FIFA.
Having won the 2015 SAFF championship as well as the 2017 Tri-nation cup between Mauritius and Saint Kitts And Nevi, India has announced it’s arrival in South East Asia. Even though making it to Russia 2018 is not possible, the Indian football team’s wellwishers will hope for a better performance in the AFC qualifiers.
INDIAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
The women’s basketball team of India went viral for all the right reasons in the July of 2017. After beating Kazakhstan in the Final of the FIBA round B, the Indian team secured automatic qualification for the Group A FIBA Asia.
Though India has a long standing history in the sport, the A division will be a different ball game altogether. Featuring the top national sides, team India would need to be at their best to get results against much highly rated oppositions.
- The Indian Badminton players were in the form of their life in 2016 and that continued to the BWF World Championships, 2017.
- In the Rio Olympics 2016, PV Sindhu won India a silver. She lost the final to Carolina Marin but secured a medal to take our tally to 2 medals. That year her blistering form helped her win the Malaysia Masters and China Open, a grand Prix and Super Series event. In the BWF World Championships,2017, she secured a Silver after losing in the final to Nozomi Okuhara.
- HS Prannoy also came of age with as he went on to win the Swiss Open of 2016 and US OPen in 2017. On his way to these victories, he defeated Lei Chong Wei; the Current runner up of the Olympics and Chen Long, Current Olympic Champion.
- Saina Nehwal was also dominating on the court. In 2016 Super Series event, Australian Open she secured the 1st place and repeated the same result in the Malaysian Masters, a Grand Prix Gold event. In BWF world Championships, she lost in the semi-final to the eventual champion Nozomi Okuhara but secured a podium finish nevertheless.
These 20 months have been another excellent period for the Indian Cricket teams. The list of achievements for the women’s and men’s teams is as follows:
- Women’s Team: The Women’s team generated a lot of excitement with their entry into the World Cup Final 2017. They ended up as runners up to England. In 2016, the team won the Asian Championships. They are ranked 4th in the world.
- Men’s Team: 2016 Asian Championship was secured by India. That year, they won all their respective matches/series against all the test playing nations. In the process ended up as only the 3rd country ever to do so. They also claimed the numero Uno spot in test cricket after 10 years. As Of August 2017, they are on an 8 match unbeaten streak in tests. The Champions Trophy was where they lost out to their neighbouring Rivals, Pakistan.
The Summer Paralympics held consecutively after the Summer Olympics, proved to be a very fruitful event for the India Para-athletics contingent. The 19 athletes representing the country in 15 events was our largest contingent yet.
The team secured 4 medals which happens to be the highest tally ever for any Indian contingent in the Paralympics or Summer Olympics. The achievements were as follows:
- Varun Singh Bhatti, secured a Bronze medal in the high jump for the T-42 category
- Mariyapan Thangavelu, secured the Gold with a personal best in the same event
- Deepa Malik: representing India in the F-53 category, Shot Put, won a silver medal with a heave of 4.61 meters which also happens to be her personal best
- The Icing on the Cake was Devendra Jhajharia who secured a gold in the F-46 category’s Javelin event with a World Record mark at 63.97 meters
The 25 year old from Rohtak has achieved that only a few Indians can boast. In the Rio Olympics games the wrestler from Rohtak, Haryana, secured India’s first ever medal in Wrestling and in the process became the 4 Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Standing at 5 feet 4 inches she beat the reigning Asian Champion Aisuluu of Kyrgyzstan in the semifinal to win the bronze medal. In 2017, the Asian championships held in Delhi gave her the opportunity to better the bronze she had won in 2015 into a Silver.
This is a list of some of the best heights reached by Indian sportspersons since the 1st of January 2016. It is their dedication and commitment that has gotten them these achievements. Our support and appreciation will only help them from here reach greater heights for Indian Sports in the future.