India finished 48th on the medal tally at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. This is the highest ranking in the last four decades. If you look at the total number of medals won by the country, India would have finished 33rd. However, the year ranking is done based on Gold medals won by the countries.
At the Beijing Olympics 2008, India ranked 51st, which was the country’s previous best where India won three medals which included shooter Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal. In the London Olympics, India finished at 57th even after winning more medals than Beijing as the medal table ranks countries by gold, silver, and bronze and India couldn’t manage the gold. Tokyo Games gave one gold, two silver, and four bronze in the country’s account. 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra won first athlete gold in javelin, 26-year-old Mirabai Chanu won silver in women’s 49kg weightlifting category along with Ravi Kumar Dahiya who won silver in men’s wrestling. Indian hockey team won bronze along with PV Sindhu for badminton, Lovlina Borgohain for Boxing, and Bajrang Puniya for wrestling.
It’s the country’s richest medal haul ever and the finest performance of all time at the Tokyo Olympics which ended on Sunday.