Training day, award nominations and much more for Indian athletes

India’s top athletes like HS Prannoy, Hima Das and Rani Rampal took to social media to celebrate their latest accolades.

By Saurabh Shankar ·

It was a week of rigorous training and memorable triumphs for the Indian contingent as the likes of Hima Das, HS Prannoy and Rani Rampal won significant events in their respective disciplines. While the Indian Hockey teams clinched the top prize at the Olympic Test event in Tokyo, the nation’s young sprinter Hima Das continued to impress with her winning spree in Eastern Europe.

Here’s a look at some of the chatter from India’s top athletes that dominated social media circles this past week.

Beating the best

Indian shuttler HS Prannoy created history earlier this week by beating two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan for a record third time in his career. With the win, he became the first person to beat Lin Dan, Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei and reigning Olympic champion Chen Long.

The Indian badminton star was quick to take to social media to celebrate his victory; while also acknowledging how challenging and difficult the game was for him.

No stopping Hima Das

Indian sprinter Hima Das has been dominating the news over the past few months with her splendid performances in several Eastern European meets. That trend continued for the 19-year-old when she won the gold at the Athleticky Mitink Reiter event in the Czech Republic, winning a 300m race.

Alongside Hima, Mohammad Anas also won the gold at the same event, getting into his groove ahead of the IAAF World Championships which is scheduled for next month.

Passing the test

The Olympic Test Event in Japan was a tournament to remember for India as both their men’s and women’s team emerged victorious. For the Indian eves especially, it was a moment to savour as they managed to outdo the favourites and the world number two, Australia, to the title.

Team captain Rani Rampal was quick to take to social media and post a photo of her winning team in celebration.

Wrestling unity

The week also saw India’s leading wrestler Bajrang Punia being recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- the country’s highest sporting honour. The grappler has been in sensational form this year, winning the Tbilisi Grand Prix gold earlier this month.

Bajrang’s recommendation saw several Indian athletes take to social media to show their appreciation and congratulate him, including his compatriot, Vinesh Phogat. “Congratulations Bajrang Punia for the Khel Ratna, very well deserved,” she tweeted highlighting the love and support amongst the Indian wrestling fraternity.

Training hard

Behind the glamour of being a professional sports star, lies the grueling training and workout to make them game ready.

Here’s India’s table tennis sensation Sharath Kamal giving the public a sneak peek into his training regime as he prepares for the Asian qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.