Listed below are the eight athletes and one group that we predict are India’s prime medal contenders. We may be monitoring them rigorously by the use of the two months foremost as a lot because the Tokyo Olympics.
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Ranked World No.1 in 65kg, Bajrang Punia thrives on the large stage. He has continually medalled at foremost tournaments throughout the ultimate three years, along with gold on the 2018 Asian Video games, Commonwealth Video games and silver and bronze at successive World Championships (2018, 2019). He’s the one Indian wrestler with three medals from the World Championships.
Punia is a whole wrestler—with good tempo, agility and vitality and an uncanny potential to fight once more from nearly hopeless situations.
Her Rio Olympics advertising marketing campaign led to ache and tears—a knee hurt throughout the quarter-finals that observed her being stretchered off. A surgical process and an prolonged rehab later, Phogat has made a stunning comeback, profitable gold medals on the 2018 Asian Video games and Commonwealth Video games and a bronze on the 2019 World Championships after shifting up in weight class.
At the moment the world No. 1 in 53kg, she is on a scorching streak with gold medals in her ultimate three tournaments in Kiev, Rome and Asian Championships. She’s going to revenue from the withdrawal of North Korea from the Olympics as world champion Pak Yong Mi may be missing from the draw.
In a short span of three years, Panghal has gone from rookie boxer to world beater and prime Olympics contender. He has not appeared once more since beating Rio Olympics Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov (mild flyweight) throughout the 2018 Asian Video games final, after two earlier defeats. He wanted to switch to flyweight division (52kg) for Olympic qualification in 2019 and as soon as extra beat Dusmatov on the Asian Championships. However his biggest triumph was profitable a silver medal on the world championships – a main for Indian boxing. An intelligent and fast boxer who thrives on counter-attacks and close-in stopping.
MC MARY KOM
Six-time world champion and London Olympics bronze medallist, Mary Kom nonetheless has the hunger and guile to win a second Olympic medal. Together with her enormous experience, the 38-year-old can certainly not be counted out. She has dominated the sunshine flyweight division nevertheless wanted to switch to flyweight for the Olympics. A bronze on the 2019 world championships has saved her afloat.
As a 19-year-old, he has bagged 10 World Cup medals, along with eight gold, shot world file scores in every junior and senior competitions in 10m air pistol and was ranked world No.1 rank (presently No.2).
Add to it the Asian Video games gold – he’s the youngest Indian shooter to understand the feat – and it seems the reclusive teenager talks solely by the use of his gun.
The junior world champion’s combination with one different taking photos prodigy, Manu Bhaker, make them sturdy favourites throughout the new blended group format as correctly. The pair has been unbeatable on the worldwide stage throughout the ultimate two years.
Mentored by London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang, Valarivan has made it to the Tokyo Olympics group as a consequence of her extreme diploma of consistency on the world stage, altering quota winner Anjum Moudgil throughout the 10m air rifle explicit individual event. She is the current world No.1 and gained gold medals in two World Cups in 2019. A rising star on a scorching streak on the correct time.
The reigning badminton world champion, Sindhu has been amazingly fixed in foremost badminton tournaments. She gained a silver on the Rio Olympics and has since made the finals of all three world championships (2017-2019). She is a big-match participant with an all-round sport and expertise to boost herself in crunch moments.
Having burst onto the scene in 2016 with a junior world championship title, the javelin thrower, India’s first world observe & self-discipline star in a very long time, has had a poor construct as a lot because the Olympics. Laid low by an elbow hurt in 2019 and trapped by pandemic restrictions in 2020-21, he has competed in just one worldwide meet in two years. But he stays one among many world’s prime throwers, and with a 88.06 metre throw that gained him the 2018 Asian Video games gold and a 88.07 m throw at Indian GP this yr, he’s inching nearer to that elusive 90 m mark that only one man on the planet hits correct now.
MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM:
Indian hockey loves its good earlier story of hope. So proper right here we’re as soon as extra, utilizing that exact same wave, for a long-awaited Olympic medal from the boys’s group. After ending a disappointing eighth in Rio, the boys have achieved treasured little in foremost events since: the group missed out on a medal on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games after dropping to New Zealand throughout the semi-finals, settled for bronze on the Asian Video games that robbed them of a direct Tokyo berth and crashed out throughout the quarter-finals of the FIH World Cup to Netherlands the similar yr.
Underneath new coach Graham Reid, nonetheless, the group has confirmed promise as soon as extra, beating sides like Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Argentina and Germany over the previous couple of years. However whether or not or not they will do it throughout the stress matches on the best stage, the place they usually wilt, stays the vital factor query.