The final week of August has been memorable for sports in India, as the country secured medals in three major tournaments across different disciplines. This week has made the sports enthusiasts rejoice. August 29th holds special significance as the nation celebrates National Sports Day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard.
Let’s take a look at the achievements of three remarkable athletes who have made India proud:
Neeraj Creates History Neeraj Chopra, often hailed as India’s “Golden Boy,” achieved a remarkable feat at the World Athletics Championships. On August 27th, in Budapest, Hungary, he etched his name in history by winning a gold medal in the javelin throw event. Neeraj secured the first-ever gold for India in the World Athletics Championships. Competing at the Budapest National Athletics Centre, Neeraj set a target of 88.17 meters in the javelin throw event, earning him the coveted gold.
Having claimed championship titles in the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and Diamond League, Neeraj Chopra has now added a gold medal in the World Athletics Championships to his impressive list of achievements. He had previously won silver in the same championship, but this time, he changed the color of his medal to gold.
Young Chess Prodigy Strikes Silver On August 24th, 18-year-old chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa won hearts by securing a silver medal at the Chess World Cup. Though he faced defeat against world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the final, Praggnanandhaa’s performance showcased his immense potential for future victories. With this achievement, he became the youngest-ever player to qualify for the Candidates Tournament after Bobby Fischer and Carlsen.
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa became a grandmaster at the age of 12. Born on August 10th, 2005, in Chennai, he started playing chess at the age of three. Despite his father Rameshbabu’s battle with polio, the family’s unwavering support and love paved the way for Praggnanandhaa’s global recognition in the chess world.
First Badminton World Championship Medal Experienced Indian badminton player HS Prannoy clinched a bronze medal in the men’s singles event at the 2023 Badminton World Championships. Despite a tough semifinal match against Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn, Prannoy secured the bronze. This marks Prannoy’s first medal at the World Championships.
HS Prannoy joins the list of Indian male players who have won medals at the World Championships, following Kidambi Srikanth (silver), Lakshya Sen (bronze), B Sai Praneeth (bronze), and Prakash Padukone (bronze). Alongside, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have also brought glory to India with their medals in the women’s singles category.
These athletes have not only achieved personal milestones but have also brought pride to the nation through their exceptional performances in their respective sports.