24 Oct 2016

World gets together once in 4 years

     One has to wait 4 years to see the entire world join together and compete hard at the Olympics.   The level of competition and the spirit of Olympic Games is worth the wait.  2016 saw the first time Olympics making it's appearance in South American soil. What a period it has been for Rio. Two years back it was the football world cup and now the Olympic Games. Brazil had a lot of difficulties in hosting the event, but they did a wonderful job.  The Olympics had it's share of controversies, some Beautiful proposals and some fantastic upsets.

     Rio saw the dominance of America in the events, but many of my favourites failed to live up to the expectation. I expected Michael Phelps to finish his career on a high repeating what he did at Beijing, but he failed.  I wanted to see a tough fight between Alexandria Raisman and Mustafina Aliya at the gymnastics mat, but it was the teenager Simone Biles who stole the show.  Badly wanted Brazil to get the Gold in football and how well they did it.  Expected India to take the podium in hockey and they disappointed yet again. Sindhu in badminton was a surprise package and she became the first woman silver medalist from India. Focus was on Vinish Poghat who injured her leg and Yogeshwar who lost to Mandakarnan, but the medal came from Sakshi Malik.

    There was one athlete who stormed the nation with the Produnova vault,  (Front hand spring double somersault) Deepa Karmakar. A flat footed girl finish 4th in her debut Olympics is no mean feet. Then we had this sad story of athletes not getting water and proper medicines. Special mention to Bokhanlal who had a splendid debut Olympics in rowing. Abhinav Bindra missed the medal in shooting by a whisker and so did Sania and Rohan in tennis. Indian archery disappointed us once again.

     Three  of the most celebrated athletes didn't disappoint at all. The sprints saw Bolt rewrite the record books with his 9th Gold medal. Then it was David Rudhisha who got the Gold. In the 800m for men and the ever jubilant Mo Farah got the 5000 and 10000 double.  It was a shocking moment when Michael Johnson's record was broken by a South African. What an Amazing 400m run that was.  Van kerk is the name.

     Overall the Indian performance wasn't the greatest, but it's a country who has a work in hand which is in process. There are lots of promise and positives, hope India does better at Tokyo 2020.

Cheers !!!!!

1 comment:

Manthu pushpa said...

Olympics, Pinnacle of Sports