India’s romance with fourth place doesn’t seem to end. After India’s bittersweet ending at the Rio 2016 Olympics, we see which athletes came close to big podium finishes but missed by a whisker. The agony is insurmountable. At this year’s Summer Games, shooter Abhinav Bindra, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and tennis mixed doubles pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna came very close to winning a Bronze medal in Rio, but the chance was taken away.
It’s an understatement that Bindra taught Indians to dream. For a country that feels awfully inadequate about itself every four years, Abhinav Bindra lit up the first day of action at Beijing 2008 Games. He would famously leave a Chinese crying, and as such helped in dumping one out of the Rio finals line-up much to the Indians’ glee.
Indians have always heaped hopes on the shooting contingent. But Indian shooters disappointed at this year’s Games. Bindra failed to achieve the top rank, like he did in Beijing, and finished fourth. he missed the Bronze by the smallest of margins but that is not what the country hoped for.
Dipa’s Olympic journey has been inspiring as well as remarkable. Her take on the most dangerous “produnova” vault made her grab a lot of headlines back home. At her debut Olympics, she lost a big podium finish but won many hearts. Eventually, she settled for the fourth place.
Tennis mixed double duo Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna never looked like winning the bronze. They too ranked fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Lets have a look at India’s other athletes who settled for the fourth place.
# Mangwe Srirang Jadav wrestling 1952
# Milkha Singh Athletics 1960
# Prem Kumar Wrestling 1972
# Sudesh nath Wrestling 1972
# PT Usha athletics 1984
# Rajinder Singh wrestling 1984
# Lender Paes-Mahesh Bhupati 2004
# Kunjarani Devi Weightlifting 2004
# Joydeep karmakar shooting 2012