From seemingly impossible victories to displays of unmatched excellence, there have been thousands of unforgettable sporting moments throughout this year. The sheer brilliance of watching or playing a sport boils down to precious moments that script history. To narrow down the ten greatest moments in Indian sports throughout the year is no easy feat, however, there is a reason for sports to lift us that can make one feel invincible, albeit at times only for a moment — the moments listed below have been picked out for a few different reasons. In a similar vein, The Bridge here unveils to its readers what it believes the ten greatest moments throughout 2019.
#10 Bicycles Can Win You Gold!
The team of Esow Alben, L. Ronaldo Singh, Jemsh Singh, and Y. Rojit Singh won a historic men’s team sprint gold at the World Junior Track Championship. This was India’s first gold at a world cycling event, senior or junior. India won a gold, silver, and bronze each to finish sixth in the medals tally. Esow also lived up to his billing winning a silver and a bronze in the individual sprint and men’s keirin events respectively.
#9 ‘Chaar Kadam Pe Chaar Sona’
With the Tokyo Olympics only a few months away, the Indian shooters completed their brilliant show in the World Cup final last month where they accounted for three individual gold medals, along with a bunch of other medals, including a gold medal in both the rifle and pistol mixed team events. Moreover, youngster Manu Bhaker asserted her supremacy by winning all the four World Cup mixed gold medals with Saurabh Chaudhary.
#8 The Speedster ‘Aishwarya’
Speedster Aishwarya Pissay scripted history in August as she became the first Indian ever to win a world title in motorsport. The 23-year-old topped the FIM World Cup in the women’s category post the final round of the championship in Varpalota, Hungary. She also finished second in the FIM Junior category on the conclusion of the four-round championship. Aishwarya, who won the first round in Dubai and was placed third in Portugal, fifth in Spain and fourth in Hungary in subsequent outings, finished with a tally of 65 points, four points ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women.