" \\r\\n<br><p>\\n<h2 class=\\"intro\\">\\nWhile Anju says yes, 1980 Moscow Olympics skipper Baskaran feels it is unfair to compare\\n<\\\/h2>\\n<\\\/p><div id=\\"content-body-14269002-35826268\\">\\n<p>Anju Bobby George believes Neeraj Chopra\\u2019s Olympic gold is the country\\u2019s greatest triumph across sports.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cThis is the best triumph across all sports because athletics is the centrepiece event. We can compare athletics medals with something like World Cup football medals, otherwise there is no comparison between an athletics medal and any other medal,\\u201d said the 2003 World championships long jump bronze medallist in a chat with <em>The Hindu<\\\/em> on Sunday.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cWe are competing with multiple opponents, from more than 200 countries. It\\u2019s a common sport, anybody can compete in this. So, the competition will be that much higher.\\u201d<\\\/p><h2>Great hockey record<\\\/h2><p>India has had a magnificent record in hockey at the Olympics, winning eight golds including a hat-trick of triumphs in 1928, 1932 and 1936 a phase when Dhyan Chand mesmerised the world. <\\\/p><p>Then there had been a semifinal entry in football at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, during which Neville D\\u2019Souza scored a hat-trick, and in 1960 tennis great Ramanathan Krishnan made it to the last-four stage in the Wimbledon men\\u2019s singles. <\\\/p><div class=\\"img-full-width lead-img-verticle\\">\\n<div class=\\"img-container img-full-w-cont\\" style=\\"width: 100%\\">\\n<img src=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/static\\\/img\\\/1x1_spacer.png\\" data-variant=\\"FREE\\" data-device-variant=\\"\\" data-src-template=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/ep2ppj\\\/article35826266.ece\\\/BINARY\\\/thumbnail\\\/gettyimages-515607960-594x594jpg\\" data-proxy-image=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/ep2ppj\\\/article35826266.ece\\\/ALTERNATES\\\/FREE_215\\\/gettyimages-515607960-594x594jpg\\" data-proxy-width=\\"\\" style=\\"width:100%;\\" alt=\\"Is Neeraj\\u2019s gold India\\u2019s greatest triumph across sports?\\" title=\\"Is Neeraj\\u2019s gold India\\u2019s greatest triumph across sports?\\" class=\\"media-object adaptive lazy \\"\\\/><\\\/div>\\n<\\\/div>\\n\\n<p>Then there\\u2019s the 1983 cricket World Cup triumph which changed the face of the sport in the country. <\\\/p><p>P.V. Sindhu\\u2019s 2019 World Championship badminton gold, chess legend Viswanathan Anand\\u2019s and boxer Mary Kom\\u2019s multiple World titles and shooter Abhinav Bindra\\u2019s 2008 Olympic gold are the country\\u2019s first in individual sport. And there are Pankaj Advani\\u2019s multiple titles in cue sport and many more.<\\\/p><div class=\\"img-full-width lead-img-verticle\\">\\n<div class=\\"img-container img-full-w-cont\\" style=\\"width: 100%\\">\\n<img src=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/static\\\/img\\\/1x1_spacer.png\\" data-variant=\\"FREE\\" data-device-variant=\\"\\" data-src-template=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/kob9ic\\\/article35826264.ece\\\/BINARY\\\/thumbnail\\\/SPORTSTAR---55467806\\" data-proxy-image=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/kob9ic\\\/article35826264.ece\\\/ALTERNATES\\\/FREE_215\\\/SPORTSTAR---55467806\\" data-proxy-width=\\"\\" style=\\"width:100%;\\" alt=\\"Is Neeraj\\u2019s gold India\\u2019s greatest triumph across sports?\\" title=\\"Is Neeraj\\u2019s gold India\\u2019s greatest triumph across sports?\\" class=\\"media-object adaptive lazy \\"\\\/><\\\/div>\\n<\\\/div>\\n\\n<p>Does Neeraj\\u2019s gold in javelin throw fly high above all these? \\u201cJust check the number of countries taking part and the amount of competition we have to do. Athletics is a global sport, football is a global sport. To win an athletics medal is the toughest. <\\\/p><p>\\u201cI\\u2019m not saying that their triumph is any way less, but competition-wise, toughness-wise and acceptance-wise, Neeraj\\u2019s gold is the biggest,\\u201d says Anju.<\\\/p><p>V. Baskaran, who led India to the hockey gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, disagrees.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cWe cannot compare this and that, I will not do that. As a gold medallist, I can\\u2019t say that this is higher than that. That would be unfair to the others,\\u201d said Baskaran, who was also a leading Madras University sprinter decades ago.<\\\/p><h2>Learning process<\\\/h2><p>\\u201cBut Neeraj won it with authority in his first Olympics and ended a 120-year wait for an athletics medal. (Abhinav) Bindra went through two Olympics before winning gold in his third. <\\\/p><p>\\u201cThis win by Neeraj is a learning process for those who have come close to a medal and lost, how an athlete should train and compete.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cThis is a new generation, our athletes showed a brave, confident new face. Like golfer Aditi Ashok, who was ranked 200 in the world but narrowly missed a medal and finished fourth, like the hockey teams who fought so well and the men\\u2019s 4x400m relay team that broke the Asian record. The only events where our confidence level looked low were archery and shooting.\\u201d<\\\/p><p>Meanwhile cricketer Harbhajan Singh feels that Neeraj\\u2019s gold should be celebrated in a massive way.<\\\/p><p>\\u201cCricket is a sport played by 12 to 15 countries while the competition is much more at the Olympics. This victory should be celebrated 50 times more than how we celebrated our cricket World Cup triumph,\\u201d said Harbhajan in an interaction with <em>Aaj Tak<\\\/em>.<\\\/p>\\n<\\\/div>\\r\\n\\r\\n<br><a href=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/sport\\\/athletics\\\/is-neerajs-gold-indias-greatest-triumph-across-sports\\\/article35826268.ece\\">Source link <\\\/a>"