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Special Olympics World Games 2023: Indian contingent cross 50-medal mark – World News Network

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Berlin [Germany], June 22 (ANI): It didn’t take long, a silver, then a gold, then two more, and a medal rush that has sprung into a life of its own, as the Indian contingent at the Special Olympics World Games 2023, passed the 50-medal mark on Wednesday in Berlin.
At the end of the day’s action Special Olympics Bharat had 55 medals (15 gold, 27 silver, 13 bronze) spread across five different sports like athletics, cycling, powerlifting, roller skating and swimming.
The highlight of Wednesday’s medal rush came from the swimming and cycling course, with India registering five medals in the pool (3 golds, 1 silver and, 1 bronze) and six on the cycling course (3 Gold, 2 silver, one bronze).
The cycling event at the World Games is arguably among the most aesthetically pleasing, located as it is next to the Brandenburg Gate — a landmark not just for Berlin and Germany but even Europe as a whole. The gate has survived and seen a lot of history, built by the Prussian Empire, withstanding both World Wars and then even surviving the division of the city itself. On Wednesday, India used the venue to mark a piece of history for themselves, every cycling team member winning a medal to bring back home.
Neel Yadav was the first to do so, his bronze in the 5km road race coming at the end of a period where most of his peers had missed out on a medal by close margins. Yadav’s medal gave the group confidence, and after the lunch break, reinvigorated, everyone came fully charged to make the most of the afternoon time trials. Shivani, Neel Yadav and Indu Prakash won golds in the 1km Time trial, while Kalpana Jena and Jeyaseela Arbutharaj took home the silver.
In the pool, India’s medals almost doubled in number thanks to the exploits of the freestyle swimmers, Diksha Jitendra Shirgaonkar, Pooja Giridharrao Gaikavada and Prashaddhi Kamble winning golds, with Madhav Madan adding another medal to his tally (Gold, 25m freestyle) and Sidhanth Murali Kumar winning bronze in the 25m freestyle.
The SO World Games are not always about the medal or the colour of it though, and so it was obvious that perhaps the most heartwarming story would come not just because of a performance but the heart that went into it.
Sonepat lad Saket Kundu won silver in the Mini Javelin Level B, and in doing so, exorcised a longstanding grudge and fulfilled a wish that has seen him traverse different disciples to get to represent India at the world stage.
The Little Angels School student is a multi-sport athlete, who has competed in table tennis, figure skating and athletics at the National level. Among the probables for the 2023 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Kundu lost his chance to represent India when the Games were cancelled.
Shrugging his disappointment off he switched to athletics, to the mini javelin, an event that made its debut at the World Games in Berlin and was selected after a gruelling camp. It wasn’t for nothing. His medal was the first India have won in the event, a piece of history in itself.
The Indian contingent will be in action across multiple sports on Thursday in Berlin, with several competing in finals across multiple events in athletics, golf and cycling. (ANI)


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