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Gold medal 

NEERAJ CHOPRA

Location: Panipat, Haryana

Previous medals: 

Gold – Asian Games 2018, Commonwealth Games 2018, Asian Championships 2017, South Asian Games 2016, World Junior Championships 2016

Silver – Asian Junior Championships 2016

• India’s first ever gold medallist at the Asian Games in 2018, at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and at the Olympics in 2021.

• Neeraj threw 87.58m to win the gold in the men’s Javelin Throw event at Tokyo Olympics. Czech Republic’s JakubVadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely won the silver and bronze respectively.

• Neeraj regards former Czech Republic javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra as his inspiration.

• Neeraj has been training under Dr. Klaus Bartoneitz since 2019.

• Neeraj is the current National Record holder with a throw of 88.07m which he achieved in Patiala in 2021.

• Neeraj’s talent was identified in 2010 at a Panipat gym by fellow Javelin thrower Jai Chaudhary.

 

Silver medals

RAVI DAHIYA

Location: Nahri, Sonepat

Previous medals: 

Gold – Asian Championships 2020, 2021

Silver – World U23 Championships 2018

Bronze – World Championships 2019

• Ravi won the silver medal at Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 57kg wrestling category after going down to Zaur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the final match.

• Ravi started his wrestling journey in Nahri, Sonepat, under the tutelage of Brahmachari Hansraj.

• Ravi is only the second wrestler after Sushil Kumar to win a silver medal at the Olympics.

• Ravi is the third wrestler from the Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi to win an Olympics medal after Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt.

• Ravi was inducted at the Target Olympic Podium Scheme in 2019.

• Ravi has been training under Kamal Malikov and JagminderSingh prior to the Olympics.

 

MIRABAI CHANU

Location: Imphal East, Manipur

Previous medals:

Gold – World Championships 2017, Commonwealth Games 2018

Bronze – Asian Championships 2020

• Mirabai lifted a total of 202kg across the Snatch and Clean and Jerk categories in the Women’s 49 kg category to finish with a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

• Mirabai was being coached tutored by coach Vijay Sharma at the SAI NSNIS Patiala centre in the build up to the Tokyo Olympics.

• Mirabai won the Khel Ratna Award in 2018 as well as the Padma Shri.  

• Just months prior to the Olympics, an international training camp was organized for Mirabai in St Louis, USA, for injury rehabilitation under Dr Aaron Horschig.

• Mirabai won the Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medal.

 

Bronze medals

LOVLINA BORGOHAIN

Location: Golaghat, Assam

Previous medals: Bronze - World Championships 2018, 2019; Bronze – Asian Championships 2017, 2021

• Lovlina got defeated by Turkey’s Surmeneli in the Tokyo Olympics women’s welterweight semifinals to clinch the bronze medal.

• Lovlina was being coached by Mohd Ali Qamar and RafelleBergamasco in the build up to the Olympics.

• Lovlina idolizes the legendary Muhammad Ali.

• Padamchandra Boro, a SAI boxing coach from Assam got Lovlina into boxing from kickboxing.

• Lovlina is the first woman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics.

PV SINDHU

Location: Telangana, Hyderabad

Previous medals: 

Silver – Rio Olympics, World Championships 2017, 2018, Asian Games 2018, Commonwealth Games 2018; 

Gold – World Championships 2019, Commonwealth Games 2018 (Mixed team)

• Sindhu is the only woman from India to win two successive Olympic medals.

• Sindhu won the Women’s Badminton singles bronze medal match against Beng Jiao of China at Tokyo 2020.

• Sindhu won the Khel Ratna award in 2016, Padma Bhushanin 2020 and the Padma Shri in 2015.

• Sindhu’s coach for Tokyo 2020 was Korean Park Tae Sang.

• Sindhu’s role model is fellow badminton player Lin Dan.

BAJRANG PUNIA

Location: Jhajjar, Haryana

Previous medals: 

Gold – 2018 Asian Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships 2017, 2019

Silver – 2018 World Championships, Asian Championships 2020, 2021

Bronze – 2019 World Championships, 2018 Asian Championships

• Bajrang defeated Daulet of Kazakhstan to win bronze in the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling at Tokyo 2020.

• Bajrang won the Arjuna Award in 2015, Padma Shri in 2019 and the Khel Ratna in 2019.

• Bajrang was being coached by Jagmander Singh and Emzarios Bentinidis ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

• Bajrang started wrestling at the age of 7.

• Bajrang’s role model is American wrestler Jordan Burroughs.

• Bajrang was inducted in TOPS in November 2018.

MANPREET SINGH

Location: Mithapur, Punjab

Previous medals: 

Gold – Asia Cup

Silver – Commonwealth Games 2014, Hockey Champions Trophy 2016

• Manpreet is an Arjuna Award winner.

• The Indian men’s hockey team won the Bronze medal match 5-4 against Germany to win the Tokyo 2020 bronze.

• This is India’s first medal in hockey since 1980 Olympics.

• Manpreet started playing hockey since the age of 9.

• The Indian men’s team, under coach Graham Reid, has been training at the SAI NCOE Bangalore in the build up to the Olympics.

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