India bagged Record Six Medals in London Olympics 2012 as Sushil Kumar Settled for Silver
Sushil Kumar, the star Indian grappler, won India its sixth medal on the very last day in London Olympics 2012. The wrestler bagged the silver after his Japanese opponent Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu overpowered him 3 – 1 in the gold medal bout in the 66-kg freestyle category on 12 August 2012.
With this victory Susheel Kumar also got his name written in the sports history annals of the country as became the first ever Indian sportsperson to win individual medals in two successive Olympic Games. Kumar had won a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games.
In a separate 60 – kg wrestling event, Yogeshwar Dutt, another Indian wrestler won India a bronze medal. Dutt defeated North Korea’s Ri Jong Myong in the bronze medal bout on 9 August 2012.
With the two medals in wrestling India took the total number of its medals in London Olympics 2012 at a record haul of six medals. Shooter Vijay Kumar bagged the silver medal in the 25 m Rapid Fire event, while MC Mary Kom, five – time world women’s boxing champion, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and rifle shooter Gagan Narang won India bronze medals. Gagan Narang opened India’s account at the medal tally after he won bronze in shooting event on 30 July 2012.
In a major setback to the country’s Olympic campaign, India’s men’s hockey team finished 12th and at the bottom most as they lost all their six matches. It was the worst – ever performance by the Indian hockey team in the history of Olympics. Prior to this the worst ever performance of the Indian Hockey team came in 1996 Atlanta Olympics when it had finished 8th.
Besides, major medal hopes for the country such as Beijing Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra in shooting and Deepika in Archery also could not meet with the expectations of the people, as they squarely failed to deliver a medal winning performance. Beijing bronze medalist Vijender Kumar also failed to recreate the magic in the boxing ring as he lost to Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev 17-13 in the quarterfinals.
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