Rio Olympics: 10 countries that got their first Gold medal

first_imgIt wasn’t that long ago when India received its firstindividual gold medal at Olympics. Abhinav Bindra broke India’s dry spell withhis gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.This year, at Rio Olympics, we came pretty close atincreasing the gold tally but lost despite putting up a fierce fight.A lot of countries participating at the Rio Olympics received their first everOlympic gold, reminding us of the proud moment when our national anthem playedat the Beijing Olympics.  Here’s a list ofplayers who made their countries proud by bringing home the first Olympic gold:Ahmad AbughaushJORDANAbughaush reigned over the taekwondo ring and earned hiscountry its first Gold in the men’s 68kg division. Majlinda KelmendiKOSOVOA small region in southeast Europe made history when itreceived its first gold medal in women’s judo. Kosovo was recognised by theInternational Olympic Council in 2014 and Melinda Kelmendi’s gold medal inwomen’s Judo brought it up on the Olympics radar. Cheick SallahIVORY COASTRio was Ivory Coast’s 14th attempt at Olympics and this timethey struck gold.  Cheick Sallah JuniorCisse won his country’s first gold in the men’s 80kg taekwondo event. Joseph SchoolingSINGAPORESchooling made news as soon as he touched the finish line.His medal was no ordinary gold as he not only won Singapore’s first Olympicgold medal but also did that by beating the legendary Michael Phelps. Heachieved the extraordinary feat in the men’s 100m butterfly event.Dilshod NazarovTAJIKISTANDilshod Nazarov’s strong arms got Tajikistan its first everOlympics gold medal in the men’s hammer throw. This was Tajikistan’s sixthattempt at the Summer Olympics.advertisement Hoang Xuan Vinh VIETNAMVietnam won its first gold after 15 trips to the SummerOlympics. Hoang Xuan Vinh won a Gold in 10-meter air pistol. Fehaid Al DeehaniINDEPENDENTImage source: usatodayThough Fehaid Al Deehani is an officer in the Kuwaiti army, he could not represent his nation as it is suspended by the InternationalOlympic Committee. This was the first time an athlete who participated as anindependent player won a gold medal. Deehani won a Gold in double trapshooting. Monica PuigPUERTO RICOMonica Puig finally won Puerto Rico its first gold medal inits 18th attempt at Summer Olympics. She won Gold in women’s tennis. Ruth JebetBAHRAIN Jebet won Bahrain its first gold medal in the women’ssteeplechase event. This was the country’s ninth attempt at Summer Olympics. Men’s rugbyFIJIFiji made a big splash in the men’s rugby when it  bagged a gold after thrashing Britain with animpressive 43-7 score, giving Fiji its first gold since its first 14 attemptsat the Summer Olympics.Image source: ReutersRead: Dipa Karmakar nominated for Khel Ratna: Facts about the biggest sporting award and the nominee Read: PV Sindhu all set for an olympic medal: All you need to know about the ace shuttlerFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at [email protected]last_img

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