Indian contingent made the country proud at the Special Olympics 2015, by grabbing 173 medals. Here is a round-up of India’s performance.
India’s Special Olympics contingent came back home with 173 medals from the Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015, which were held in Los Angeles.
The Indian contingent comprised of 275 athletes and coaches in 14 disciplines who made India proud by winning 47 gold, 54 silver and 72 bronze medals.
This year’s count of 173 medals is more than last year when the athletes won 156 medals at the games held in Greece.
1. Ranvir Singh Saini who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, became the first Indian golfer to win a gold medal.
2. Another athlete who gave a memorable performance is Phoolan Devi who won a gold medal in powerlifting (bench press).
She also won three bronze medals in powerlifting (all lifts, deadlift and squat lift). Apart from her, Sonakshi from India also won a bronze in power-lifting (bench press).
3. Yash Singh, who lives with autism, gave India a good start as he was the first one to grab a medal at the games.
He won a bronze in Aquatics. Kushal Resam from Bicholim also caught eyeballs after winning two golds and a bronze in roller-skating.
4. Yet another outstanding achiever is Rajvir Singh, from village Siar of Ludhiana. He won a gold medal in the one kilometre time trial event.
5. Athletes from Delhi’s government-run Asha Kiran Home, won seven medals. The contingent from Goa was the most successful as it won more than 15 medals.
And these are just a few examples of extra ordinary performances by Indian athletes. About 6,500 athletes took part in 25 contests this year. The team is now focussing on the Winter Olympics, to be held in Austria in 2017, and they will start training in October this year.
Three cheers to the winners.