The Day 15 at Tokyo Olympics 2020 was the make or break day for Indian contingent with 3 medal contenders in action. While things have not really gone in India's favour in crunch situations in last few days, it was a completely different scenario on Saturday as they clinched 2 crucial medals to take their medal tally to 7 for the year as India jumped to 47th position on overall standings.
The day started in a heartbreaking manner for the fans as Aditi Ashok agonizingly missed out on what could have been a sensational Olympic medal for India in golf. However, the smiles were back on faces of Indians later in the afternoon as Bajrang Punia and Neeraj Chopra concluded India's campaign in Tokyo by securing bronze and gold medals respectively. Here is how all the results for Indian contingent unfolded on a historic Saturday:
India's performance on Day 15 at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Golf - Women's Individual
Aditi Ashok narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal by just one shot as she finished at 4th position in women's individual golf event with an overall total of 15-under par. Despite the heartbreak, the world no. 200 received a standing ovation for her stunning performance in Tokyo. The 23-year-old ended the event with rounds of 67, 66, 68 and 68 to sum up her dream campaign in her second Olympics. The final standings were as follows:
1. Nelly Korda (USA): 17-under par
2. Mone Inami (Japan): 16-under par
3. Lydia Ko (New Zealand): 16-under par
4. Aditi Ashok (India): 15-under par
50. Diksha Dagar (India): 6-over par
Wrestling - Men's Freestyle 65kg Bronze Medal Match
Bajrang Punia bounced back from Friday's setback to produce a dominating display against Daulet Niyazbekov (Kazakhstan) as he won the bronze medal match by 8-0. It was quite close in first half of the contest with Bajrang leading only by 2-0 going after 3 minutes. However, he came all guns blazing post the mini-break and sealed the contest with some brilliant moves.
Notably, this was India’s second medal in wrestling at Tokyo 2020. With this win, the 27-year-old became only the sixth ever Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw Finals
Neeraj Chopra put on a sensational performance in the finals of men's javelin throw as his outrageous throw of 87.58m secured a historic gold medal for India, which is nation's first medal in athletics since independence. Neeraj's attempts in finals read: 87.03m, 87.58m (Gold Medal winning throw), 76.79m, X, X, 84.24m. The three medal winners in the event were as follows:
Gold Medal: Neeraj Chopra (India) - 87.58m
Silver Medal: Jakub Vadlejch (Czech Republic) – 86.67m
Bronze Medal: Vitezslav Vesely (Czech Republic) - 85.44m