London Olympics 2012: Round-Up of Indian Achievers Who Created History [PHOTOS]
By IBTimes Satff Reporter | August 14, 2012 12:39 AM EST
The 2012 London Olympics Games formally came to an end on Sunday, with a grand closing ceremony while assuring to return four years later with the same enthusiasm.
India ended its 2012 London Olympics feat with six medals, four of which are bronze and the rest silver. On the other side of the Summer Games event few of the Indian athletes scored well at their respective sports discipline, though none was able to make it to the top spot.
Here a look at some of the amazing Indians who exhibited an exhilarating performances in London. Among them, boxer Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar top the achivers' list for their exemplary feats.
Five-time world champion Kom was the only Indian to participate in the first women's boxing in the Olympics. She was classified in the 48 kg boxing category before shifting to the 51kg class at the London Games. She eventually left a strong mark at the games by winning a bronze medal in the debut boxing event for women.
On the boxing front, 2010 World wrestling Champion Sushil Kumar achieved his own feat in terms of individual performance at the Olympics.
After fighting four rounds on the last day of the mega-sporting event on Sunday, Sushil finished second at the men's 66kg category freestyle wrestling event, and thus became the first Indian to have retained a win for the second time in a row.
Sushil already has a bronze Olympic medal to his credit, which he scored four years ago in Beijing after winning three straight bouts in repechage.
The boxer started off well even in the London Olympics and stormed into finals after taking down three of the world's finest grapplers. The 30-years-old looked confident as ever as he struck down all his opponents on the fray, reviving India's hopes of finally winning a gold medal, which sadly didn't materialize.
Indian fans can't forget shooter Vijay Kumar's contribution in raising the country's medal count. Vijay, who is a soldier in the Indian army, surprised everyone after he shot to silver at the rapid fire pistol event.
As an Olympic debutant, Vijay kept a low profile while several of the big shooters hogged the limelight during the pre-Olympics built-ups. At the time when the other ace-shooters didn't score well at the arena, Vijay surprised his contenders and emerged as a dark horse at the event.
Vijay scored 30 points at the finals of the rapid fire pistol and settled for a silver finish. He thus created a record of being the second Indian to have won a silver medal in the shooting event at the Olympics after shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
Rathore is a silver medallist in the men's double trap shooting even at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Meanwhile, Vijay has bagged three gold medals and a silver one in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Saina Nehwal was successful in raising a considerable fan base for herself after winning an Olympic medal in a country obsessed with cricket.
The 22-year-old Indian shuttler won a bronze in the badminton women's singles at the 2012 Summer Games and created history by being the first Indian woman to enter women's badminton singles semifinals in Olympics.
Ace-shooter Gagan Narang had the privilege of earning the first medal for the country at the London Olympics. He opened up India's medal tally after he shot a total of 701.1 to win a bronze medal in the men's 10m air rifle.
International wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt was another athlete to leave a mark at the games and also one for himself in the right eye. He added a bronze to the nation's medal count with a victorious spin at the 60 kg freestyle wrestling event, while hanging on rephange round.
Dutt, who is a police officer by profession, was defeated by defending world champion Besik Kudukhov in the earlier round and was edged out. However, his medal hopes were kept alive as he was qualified for the repechage and muscled his way to a bronze medal by winning consecutive matches.
It was India's first Olympic medal in the wrestling event. He has four golds to his credit, two of which he bagged in the Men's wrestling events in 2003 and 2010 commonwealth Games and the rest two medals from the 2008 and 2012 Asian games.
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