The charge of India's Olympic brigade

Sania Mirza — REUTERS
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Saina Nehwal — Getty Images
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The Indian men's team pose after winning the bronze medal at the Hockey League World Final in Raipur. — Getty Images
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Vijender Singh — Sushil Kumar Verma
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Aditi Chauhan — Special Arrangement
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Anirban Lahiri — Getty Images
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Aditi Ashok — K. BHAGYA PRAKASH
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Narsingh Yadav — Sandeep Saxena
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Apurvi Chandela — Sandeep Saxena
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While cricket, both on and off the field, held the country’s imagination throughout the year, 2015 also saw Olympic sports stake a claim to a share of the spotlight. From the crowning of Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza (women’s doubles) as numero unos in their respective sports to Anirban Lahiri’s European tryst on the golf course; from Indian hockey clawing back into the top echelons of the world to Aditi Chauhan making waves on a different turf — individuals and teams put their best foot forward in the year preceding the Rio Games. Here’s a look-back at the peaks Indian sports and sportspersons touched.