Sep 4, 2021

Spearhead

The javelin pierced the night sky and landed 87.58m away from Neeraj Chopra. It was to be the throw of success — a throw which brought India its second individual Olympic gold medal after Abhinav Bindra’s 10m air rifle win in Beijing 2008.

Briefing

Last Word

Philip Noel-Baker's unique double: A Nobel Prize and an Olympic medal

Philip Noel-Baker who was Britain’s flag-carrier at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp won the silver in the 1500 metres. In 1959 he won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long-standing contribution to the cause of disarmament and peace.”

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An Olympic medal not a dream anymore

The ability to pick itself up and play robust hockey after the 1-7 loss to Australia in the league stage, and the 2-5 loss to Belgium in the semifinals, revealed the strong character of the Indian team.

Fitnesswise

Choosing the right exercise to produce results

Train based on your ability and background, not your age or peer pressure, since there are lots of variations in the competence and training level among people of the same age group and fitness levels.

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Tusharkanti Behera: ‘Odisha is committed to promoting sports and nurture sporting talent’

The Odisha government is focused on providing the best infrastructure and facilities to the athletes and budding sportspersons right from gram panchayat level to state level, says the State’s Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera in an interview.

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Lovlina Borgohain: ‘I’ve to go into competitions as a stronger boxer’

Lovlina, the first Olympic medallist from Assam and the only one from the nine-member Indian boxing squad to taste success in the Japanese capital, is not satisfied with her achievement. She wants to give a better performance and win the gold medal in Paris 2024.

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PV Sindhu: The goal is to win the gold at Paris Olympics

“The planning and preparations for that will begin in earnest after a short break. For the time being, let me bask in this moment of glory of being a double Olympic medallist,” says P. V Sindhu who won a bronze medal at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics.

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A gold, a few pluses and many minuses

Neeraj Chopra provided the right impetus to Indian athletics at a time it seemed to have depended too much on hype in the media and social media rather than real top-class performances on the global stage.

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A fresh beginning for Indian women’s hockey

When the girls cried on the turf after losing a cracker of a contest 3-4 against Britain in the bronze medal match, the whole of India was moved to tears. It was as brave as any team could have fought in the Olympics. The girls had won the hearts of the nation with their courageous performance.

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India men's Olympic hockey bronze: Replacing individual brilliance with collective efficiency

In my view, two important decisions by India saw a turnaround in their fortunes at Tokyo. One was a tactical change and the other was a rotation in personnel.

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Retracing Neeraj Chopra's golden day at Tokyo Olympics

At 9:42 pm JST, “Gold medallist and Olympic champion, India - Neeraj Chopra,” said the announcer as Neeraj, clad in all-blue overalls, stepped onto the top of the podium. He punched the air with both fists and roared in jubilation. He received his medal, touched his forehead to it and kissed it before wearing it.

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Sunil Gavaskar on the joy of India's 1971 Test series win over England

This was the first time India won a Test in England. It was the first time in 28 Tests since June 1968 that England was defeated. Sunil Gavaskar recalls the momentous win.

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Indian wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics: A bittersweet experience

Ravi Kumar Dahiya provided the country its second silver medal from wrestling while Bajrang Punia earned the fifth bronze to take India’s overall medal count from the sport to seven, even as the biggest women’s squad that outnumbered the male wrestlers let down in a big way.

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The Ravi Kumar Dahiya story - where wrestling precedes all else

Ravi Dahiya’s laser focus helped him overcome several obstacles, including idol Sushil Kumar's arrest, Covid-19 interruptions and the lack of proper sparring due to visa issues while travelling from Poland to Russia, in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

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Arigato Gozaimasu, Tokyo: Godzilla, Simone Biles and the Olympics reporting experience

The Indians came back with a record haul of seven medals and Neeraj Chopra’s gold was the icing on the cake. Excerpts from the reporter's diary in Tokyo.

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Tokyo Olympics: Best of the Best

Pandemic or no pandemic, spectators or no spectators, the show went on at the Olympics in Tokyo. Several stars ensured that the Games was a success, the coronavirus notwithstanding. Sportstar picks the brightest stars from the second-half of the Tokyo Olympics.

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Cricket recap: Australia 62 all out against Bangladesh!

Australia’s miserable run in T20Is continued in the tour of Bangladesh as they lost to Bangladesh 1-4. in the fifth T20I, the five-time ODI World Cup champion folded for 62.

Statsman

India's Tour of England: A new low in Nottingham for the host

England’s total while batting first in the opening Test match at Nottingham was 183. This is now England’s lowest at home against India while batting first. Their previous lowest was the 198 also at Nottingham in July 2007.

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India at Tokyo Olympics, Week 2: When Aditi Ashok missed a medal by a whisker

Aditi Ashok, ranked 200th in the world, gained immense respect from the golfing world during the course of her journey to the fourth spot.

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: Ashwin getting overlooked time and again a good thesis subject

As soon as the Olympics were over and our heroes returned to a rousing welcome, never mind the pandemic, cricket was back, though not quite the centrestage, as India resumed its quest for points in the World Test Championships.

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Tokyo Olympics: The Friendship Games

An Olympic medal is the ultimate achievement in most sports, but the Games are also about friendship, relationships, and human dignity and the Tokyo Olympics was no different. 

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Neeraj Chopra: Want to thank coaches Klaus, Uwe Hohn for guiding me to gold in Tokyo

Indian Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, who bagged the top prize in the men's javelin event on Saturday, recounts his road to glory at the Tokyo Games.