Citius, Altius, Fortius!

This is a Latin expression which means “Faster, Higher, and Stronger.”

The important thing in the Olympic Games is to win but even more important thing is to take part and fight hard and to give it all. The essential thing is to fight and do well. This relates to our daily life where sometimes  and many other times we have to struggle hard but we never say NO and we keep on going and this is the spirit of life.

I am dedicating this post to all those players from my own country, even though they did not win the medal but they fought hard and I am proud of them.

You all are an inspiration to us.

Abhinav Bindra was the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympic Games Indian Contingent and he has personally written letters to encourage our players. In Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, he finished 4th in 10 meter air rifle shooting. He missed the medal by a whisker.

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Dipa Karmakar became the first ever Indian female gymnast to participate in Olympics. She finished 4th in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event.

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Atanu Das is an Indian archer. He finished an impressive 5th in the ranking round of men’s individual archery event and he was the lone participant from Indian side.

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Dattu Baban Bhokanal is a rower who represented India in 2016 Rio Olympics. He was ranked 13th in mens single sculls event. He had faced many obstacles and poverty to reach to the international stage. His life story from a well digger to becoming a world class rower is an inspiration to everyone.

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Kidambi Srikanth lost to Chinese two times Gold winner Lin Dan in a hard fought quarterfinal match. I am sure Kidambi Srikanth is going to climb even higher achievements in near future.

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Lalita Shivaji Babar is a long distance runner. She finished 10th in women’s 3000 meter steeplechase event. Running is in her blood. This Maharashtrian girl has made all of us proud.

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Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were eying for the first mix double Olympic medal in tennis but they lost in Bronze medal match to Czech Republic.

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Indian hockey team fought hard in the quarterfinal match against Belgium but could not win. The way team India lost in preliminary rounds against Germany, Canada was heartbreaking. Our boys put up a brave show and I am proud of them. Hockey is our national game. I think from Rio 2016 experience we are going to learn much more and improve further.

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A big Thank you to our Heroes.

 

 

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A Shot at History – Abhinav Bindra

“The cricketer has Test matches through the year, the tennis player has four Grand Slam events in twelve months, and the golfer has the same number of majors annually. Constantly, there is an opportunity for redemption, a chance to stake a claim for greatness. Not for me. My only chance comes every four years. My only chance is seventy shots in 125 minutes every four years (the first 60 shots have to be fired in 105 minutes, each of the final ten shots within 75 seconds.)”

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Abhinav Bindra won India’s first ever individual Olympic Gold medal on Monday, August 11 2008 with a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the men’s 10 meters air rifle event.

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In the qualifying round Abhinav was placed fourth. In the final round he hit a near perfect shot for the score of 10.8. The maximum score anyone can achieve is of  10.9 which is considered as absolutely perfect shot and a bull’s eye.

Shooting sports demands precision. Mind you this is not an easy game. It need a lot of perseverance, dedication and never to say die attitude. Abhinav Bindra has all these qualities and that is what made him Countries First Ever Individual Gold Medalist till date.

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At the mere age of 15, In Sydney 2000 Olympics, Abhinav was the youngest participant from India.  At Athens 2004 it was heartbreaking to see him not making to the finals despite making a world record. That was a real low point. At that time he decided to quit shooting. They say “sometimes it’s better to accept the situation and let it go.” Abhinav learnt this hard way. But with his dedication to the craft and determination to succeed Abhinav has made India proud by wining Gold medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Olympic Heroes of India

There are 70 days to go for the world’s greatest sports extravaganza to begin. So here I want to attempt to write about our own Olympic heroes.

There will be series of posts based on an individual Olympic medalist. I will keep you posted. For now let’s look back at the history of our Olympic performance till now.

To understand what these great men and women Olympian champions of India have achieved requires a quick look at history. Hockey was the only team event where India has done consistently well. But when it comes to the Individual events it took more than a century to win an individual Gold medal for India. Finally Abhinav Bindra has done it at 2008 Beijing Olympics. But again he is the lone sailor. No other Indian has won an Olympic Gold medal yet.

The gala event of Olympics happens once after every 4 years.  A champion goes through grinding hard work, the perseverance, and conquering all financial and mental troubles to achieve that one medal. I feel these champions are real mad. Without madness it is simply not possible to win.  They run, they shoot, they lift weight, they walk, run more and they do it every day. It is incredible. They live for that single moment.

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Since the commencing of the Olympic Games, India has won a total 13 Individual medals. Wrestler Khashaba Jadhav has won the first Bronze for India in the year 1952. Then it took more than 40 years to win individual medal for the second time. Tennis player Leander has achieved this feet; the year was 1996. Weightlifter Karnam Malleswari became the first ever Indian woman to win the medal at Sydney Olympics in 2000.

In the recent London Olympics India has done its best by wining 6 medals in individual sports. This is the greatest performance of our country in Olympics so far. Let’s be positive and hope to do one step better at Rio 2016 Olympics!