It was raining gold and silver medals for India this year! In international sports event like Asian Games, Commonwealth held this 2014, players from the region made the nation proud by their outstanding performances. We give you a list of top five sportsmen from the region who brought laurels to the nation.
Abhinav Bindra: An Olympics gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra was elected as the chairman of International Shooting Sport’s Federation’s (ISSF) Athletes Committee this year. He is the first Indian to receive this honour. ISSF is the world body that represents shooting sport. Also at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Abhinav made the nation proud by winning a Gold medal in the Men’s 10 m air rifle singles event.
Sardara Singh: 2014 proved a lucky year for Sardara Singh and his men who made the nation proud by bringing home gold in the Asian Games after a hiatus of 16 years. Also, under the Haryana lad’s captaincy, the Indian Hockey Team also managed to bag a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games which gave India direct qualification to 2016 Rio Olympics.
Yogeshwar Dutt: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt brought laurels to the nation by bagging gold at both Commonwealth and Asian Games this year. The Olympic bronze-medallist was trailing all through in his semifinal bout before coming good in the last few seconds to enter the final at Incheon games. In the summit clash, he defeated Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan to expectedly pick the gold, thus ending India’s 28 year drought in the ancient sport.
Shiva Keshwan: Manali lad Shiva Keshwan became the first Indian representative to complete the Luge at the Winter Olympic Games. He won a silver medal at the 17th Asian Luge Champion Ship held in Nagano, Japan. The journey was not easy for this winter Olympics star, who in one of the interviews said: “I knocked all the doors for funding but at last I only got help from private organizations.” He further added that people did not take the winter sports seriously hence there was less funding in this game.
Dharamvir Singh: Dharamvir Singh goal sealed the gold for India at the Incheon Asian Games this year. Apart from this, his performance led India to finish for silver at Commonwealth games at Glasgow.