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Top 10 sporting achievements for India in 2022

Published at :December 23, 2022 at 10:36 PM
Modified at :January 12, 2023 at 8:47 AM
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Some of the World Championships medals and Commonwealth Games wins feature on the list.

2022 was a fantastic year for India when it comes to sports. From some remarkable shows at the Commonwealth Games to extraordinary performances at World Championships, Indians were on every list this year. Today, let us take a look at the top 10 sporting achievements of India in the year 2022. Here they are:

10. Bajrang and Vinesh’s World Championships Bronze

How can wrestling stay behind in 2022? Two of the best wrestlers in the country, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat bagged bronze medals at the World Championships 2022 to make the country proud. What makes these medals important is that this event is one of the toughest when it comes to wrestling. Adding this to the sporting achievements of India is itself a moment of pride.

9. First-ever gold in Lawn Bowls

Indian women’s fours lawn bowls team created history at the Commonwealth Games 2022 where they bagged the gold medal for the first time in the sport. This was a phenomenal feat for the country in Birmingham. Lovely Choubey, Pinki Singh, Nayanmoni Saika, and Rupa Rani Tirkey defeated South Africa 17-10 in the gold medal match to create history. This was the first-ever medal for India in Lawn Bowls.

8. Chak De… India moment for Indian hockey women

The importance of the FIH Nations Cup is huge as Indian women won the title that took place in Spain this year. Now, they have earned the right to be a part of the FIH Pro League in 2023-24. Savita Punia & Co. Defeating Spain in the final was a tremendous achievement for Indian women and now they would be hoping to continue their winning run in the upcoming tournaments as well.

7. Avinash Sable’s silver in 3000m steeplechase event

It would be safe to bet on Avinash Sable's medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 as one of the biggest sporting achievements for India in 2022. Avinash Mukund Sable won an important medal for India at the Commonwealth Games 2022 where he won the silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase event. This will be one of the finest achievements written in Indian athletics history. He was 0.05 seconds short of a gold medal, but his effort was out of the world in the contest. The win is sweeter because of the competitors it came against.

6. Manika Batra back to her best

After a disappointing run at the Commonwealth Games, Manika Batra scripted history by becoming the first-ever female player from India to win a medal at the continental meet. She won bronze after defeating World No. 6 Hina Hayata. It was India’s first medal at the Asian Cup since Chetan Baboor’s bronze in the year 2000.

5. Nikhat Zareen’s gold in IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

Another superstar in making is Nikhat Zareen who recently won a gold medal at the World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. She defeated Thailand’s Jitpong Jutamas 5-0 to script history. With this medal, she became the fifth Indian to win a world title. Before her, Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL, and Lekha KC bagged gold at the event.

4. Superstar Mirabai’s historic silver at World Championships

Despite wrist issues, Indian star Mirabai Chanu won a historic silver medal in Columbia at the World Weightlifting Championships in the 49 kg category. Her achievements also include a gold at the Commonwealth Games which was a sure shot medal for her. The weightlifter from Imphal picked up an injury now after participating in the event in Columbia. This shows how important this World Championships medal is for her.

3. ‘Gold’ on debut for Rudrankksh Patil

Perhaps the most surprising sporting achievement for India in 2022 was the gold in ISSF Shooting World Championships. Excellent performance from the young shooter Rudrankksh Patil as he bagged gold on his World Championship debut in the men’s 10m air rifle event in Egypt this year. The young lad defeated Danillo Sollazo to clinch the gold medal. This was surely one of the best moments of 2022 when it comes to Indian sports achievements.

2. Neeraj Chopra: Man with ‘Golden Arm’

Javelin Throw was never that popular among Indian fans before this powerhouse known as Neeraj Chopra. He not only won the all-time gold medal at the Olympics last year but continued his form in 2022 with a remarkable victory at the World Athletics Championships where he bagged the silver medal. The icing on the cake came when Neeraj bagged his first Diamond League title this year. Now, calling him the best in the world won’t be wrong.

1. Thomas Cup triumph

Probably one of the biggest achievements of not only 2022 but overall, for Indian sports, Thomas Victory meant a lot for the Badminton players. This was India’s first-ever Thomas Cup victory which Indonesia always used to win from the beginning. Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and the duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy made sure that the title should be India’s this time.