Khel Ratna Award 2021: The Khel Ratna 2021 list is out with Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra and Paralympian Gold winner Avani Lekhara among 11 players who are recommended for top honours. A number of players from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics medallists made it to the list including Ravi Dahiya, PR Sreejesh, Lovlina Borgohain, among others.
Neeraj Chopra hogged the limelight as the whole of India celebrated the javelin thrower’s historic feat on day fifteen of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old athlete took home the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw with a best effort of 87.58m on the final day of throws at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
Chopra threw his best with only his second attempt and it proved a road too far for the other competitors on the day as he became the first from India to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics.
Indian shooter Avani Lekhara created history by winning the gold medal at Asaka Shooting Range in the women’s R2 — 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 event. The 19-year-old became the first woman from India to win a Paralympics gold medal. Avani finished with a Paralympic Record and in-process equalled the World Record with 249.6 points. She also won a bronze medal.
Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya settled for silver after going down against Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Zavur Uguev in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category at the Tokyo Olympics.
Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain took the bronze medal after she lost the women’s welterweight (64-69kg) semi-final bout to Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the Tokyo Olympics
Neeraj Chopra -Athletics
Ravi Dahiya -Wrestling
PR Sreejesh -Hockey
Lovlina Borgohain -Boxing
Sunil Chhetri -Football
Mithali Raj -Cricket
Pramod Bhagat -ParaBadminton
Sumit Angul -Athletics
Avani Lekhara -ParaShooting
Krishna Nagar -ParaBadminton
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