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After a long wait of 5 years, the Summer Games were finally back and what an absolute extravaganza it was in Tokyo! Despite the COVID-19 concerns and so much uncertainty, Tokyo successfully hosted the event which concluded on August 8, Sunday. India had sent their biggest-ever contingent of 124 participants who were representing 1.3 billion people. The target was simple - Break the nation's record medal tally in Olympics.

Despite a few setbacks, the athletes ensured that the target was fulfilled as India ended the event with 7 medals, breaking their previous best record of 6 medals at London 2012. With 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze, it was India's most successful Olympic campaign in terms of medals won.

India's medalists at Tokyo 2020

1. Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) - Silver Medal

2. PV Sindhu (Badminton) - Bronze Medal

3. Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing) - Bronze Medal

4. India (Men's Hockey) - Bronze Medal

5. Ravi Kumar Dahiya (Wrestling) - Silver Medal

6. Bajrang Punia (Wrestling) - Bronze Medal

7. Neeraj Chopra (Athletics) - Gold Medal

India ended at 48th position in Tokyo

Talking about the final standings, India ended Tokyo 2020 at a much-improved 48th position (out of 206) as Neeraj's gold medal on Day 15 was like a cherry on top of cake for the contingent. In terms of position in the medal tally, it was India's best-ever performance in this century.

After ending Sydney 2000 at 71st position, India bettered their positions in next two events by finishing at 65th and 50th spots respectively at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 respectively. While the nation finished at 55th position at London 2012, it was a disappointing campaign for India at Rio 2016 as they were ranked 67th. This is why Tokyo 2020 is being termed as one of the best-ever Olympics for the country.

India's final position in all Olympics

GamesIndia's ContingentMedals wonParticipating NationsIndia's Rank
1896 AthensIndia did not participate
1900 Paris122817
1904 St. LouisIndia did not participate
1908 LondonIndia did not participate
1912 StockholmIndia did not participate
1920 Antwerp6029N/A
1924 Paris14044N/A
1928 Amsterdam2114623
1932 Los Angeles2013719
1936 Berlin2714920
1948 London7915922
1952 Helsinki6426926
1956 Melbourne5917224
1960 Rome4518332
1964 Tokyo5319324
1968 Mexico25111242
1972 Munich41112143
1976 Montreal20092N/A
1980 Moscow7618023
1984 Los Angeles480140N/A
1988 Seoul460159N/A
1992 Barcelona530169N/A
1996 Atlanta49119771
2000 Sydney65119971
2004 Athens73120165
2008 Beijing56320450
2012 London83620455
2016 Rio117220767
2020 Tokyo124720648