Mission Hangzhou: A look at India’s biggest medal prospects

NEW DELHI: India can be sending its greatest ever contingent of 655 athletes to the upcoming Asian Video games in Hangzhou. The nation can be vying for high honours throughout 39 sporting disciplines, together with particular person and group occasions.
Whereas ‘Aab ki Baar, Sau Paar’ (which interprets to crossing 100 medals this time) has been the catchline, the followers and the sporting institution want to mood its expectations however with a watch to surpass the tally of 70 medals gained within the earlier version in Jakarta and Palembang.
This is a take a look at a few of India’s brightest medal prospects within the quadrennial extravaganza beginning September 23.
Males’s Javelin Throw:
Neeraj Chopra
The 25-year-old Olympic and world champion is the very best wager for a gold in athletics. Having achieved legendry standing, defending the gold he gained in 2018 might be a cakewalk for Neeraj.
Pakistan’s World Championships silver medallist Arshad Nadeem, who claimed a bronze within the 2018 Asian Video games, can be his essential rival in Hangzhou.
Kishore Jena
With a private finest throw of 84.77m whereas ending a creditable fifth in his maiden World Championships final month, the 28-year-old is a medal contender. He has the third finest throw amongst Asians this season.
Males’s Shot Put:
Tajinderpal Singh Toor
The 28-year-old is the favorite to defend the gold medal he gained in 2018. He’s the lone Indian Asian document holder in particular person occasions. Toor’s solely concern is that he has been harm susceptible in the previous few years.
The burly Punjab athlete re-wrote his personal Asian document by hurling the iron ball to a distance of 21.77m whereas successful gold within the Nationwide Inter-State Championships in June.
Males’s Lengthy Bounce:
Murali Sreeshankar
Sreeshankar can be aiming to redeem himself after his disappointing present on the World Championships. His private and season’s better of 8.41m places him within the fourth spot on the planet and second amongst Asians behind compatriot Jeswin Aldrin. Chinese language Taipei’s Asian champion Lin Yu-Tang (SB: 8.40m) and China’s Wang Jianan (8.34m) can be his essential rivals, moreover Aldrin.
Jeswin Aldrin
He was the world season chief earlier than the World Championships together with his nationwide document bounce of 8.41m early within the season. However he was inconsistent all through the season with health points additionally dogging him, as a result of which he pulled out of the Asian Championships. He’s nonetheless the season chief amongst Asians and third on the planet.
Males’s Triple Bounce:
Praveen Chitravel
Season chief amongst Asians and quantity 6 on the planet together with his nationwide document 17.37m bounce, the 22-year-old is a medal contender. However he has not touched 17m in his final three occasions, together with the World Championships in August the place he didn’t make it to the finals, with a disappointing 16.38m bounce within the qualification spherical.
Males’s 1500m:
Ajay Kumar Saroj
He’s the reigning Asian champion and second finest timer within the continent this season. He clocked a private finest of three minutes 38.24 seconds within the World Championships in August.
Males’s 3000m Steeplechase:
Avinash Sable
He will be thought-about a sure-shot medal contender. Sable, a 2022 Commonwealth Video games silver medallist, holds the nationwide document of 8 minutes 11.20 seconds. His season’s finest time is 8:11.63, inserting him in second place amongst Asians behind Miura Ryuji (SB: 8:09.91) of Japan.
Males’s 4x400m Relay:
With the Asian document time of two minutes 59.05 seconds within the qualification spherical of the World Championships in August, India is a gold medal contender within the males’s 4x400m relay. The Indian quartet’s time can be the eighth finest on the planet this season. The nation although completed second behind Sri Lanka within the Asian Championships in July with a time of three:01.80.
Girls’s 100m Hurdles:
Jyothi Yarraji
The nation’s first ever Asian champion in 100m hurdles, Yarraji is a sure-shot wager for a medal amongst ladies. She gained the Asian Championships gold in July with a time of 13.09 seconds. The 24-year-old nationwide document holder — with 12.78 seconds — is Asian quantity 2 this season, behind Wu Yanni of China, whose season finest timing is 12.76s.
Combined 4x400m Relay:
Gold winner in 2018 Asian Video games, India is once more title contender after successful the occasion within the Asian Championships in July with a time of three minutes 14.70 seconds, the very best within the continent this season.
Girls’s Lengthy Bounce:
Shaili Singh
The 19-year-old lengthy jumper was a silver medallist within the Asian Championships in July however has been a bit inconsistent. She has not been capable of hit high type after her private finest bounce of 6.76m in April and 6.65m in Could in an occasion in Japan.
Girls’s 3000m Steeplechase:
Parul Chaudhary
Quantity 2 in Asia with a season finest — and nationwide document — time of 9:15.31, a medal is well in her grasp. She can be up in opposition to Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi, who’s the favorite for the gold together with her time of 8:54.29.
Girls’s 400m Hurdles:
Vithya Ramraj
She is Asian quantity 2 this season together with her current 55.43 seconds effort, one-hundredth of a second lower than the legendary P T Usha’s nationwide document. Ramraj is quantity 2 amongst Asians within the season’s finest time chart and an enormous medal contender.
Girls’s 4x400m Relay:
Not the dominant group of the yore however India can nonetheless win a medal on this occasion. The Indian group can be number one on this occasion in Asia this season with the three:30.41 seconds it clocked in July in a meet in Sri Lanka.
Swapna Barman
An enormous medal contender, she can be defending her title. She was crushed by continental chief Ekaterina Voronina of Uzbekistan within the Asian Championships.
Compound Workforce:
Indian compound archery is on a excessive following a hat-trick of gold medals on the World Championships in August. Boasting the reigning world champions in Ojas Deotale (males’s) and Aditi Swami (ladies’s), India can be a powerful contender to make the finals in group and blended pair occasions.
Girls’s Compound:
Jyothi Surekha Vennam
A Limca Guide swimming document holder at 4 years, the world No. 4 is essentially the most completed ladies’s compound archer, and can gasoline India’s dream of a maiden Asian Video games particular person gold medal in her third look.
The 27-year-old has been on a excessive since her comeback final yr, successful six gold, one silver, and three bronze medals within the World Cup and World Championships.
Aditi Swami
The daughter of a college trainer in Maharashtra, Aditi has been unstoppable this yr. She first gained the youth (Beneath-18) world title in July, and a month later, the 17-year-old replicated the success on the senior degree, changing into the youngest ever world champion by defeating her ‘mentor’ Jyothi within the semifinal.
Males’s Compound:
Abhishek Verma
Winner of a group gold and two silver medals on the Video games, the 34-year-old will look to log off from the continental showpiece on a excessive.
Verma might have been a shadow of his previous of late however his wealth of expertise will turn out to be useful if they’re to win a second group gold within the males’s compound part.
Ojas Deotale and Prathamesh Jawkar
The 2 younger compound archers from Maharashtra are making all the best strikes this yr. The 21-year-old Deotale turned the world champion with a string of good scores in Berlin. Jawkar, 20, is within the peak type of his profession, upsetting world No. 1 Mike Schloesser twice in 4 months. Each of them can be robust ultimate candidates.
Males’s Recurve:
Dhiraj Bommadevara
The Military man, who surprised Korean double Olympic gold medallist Kim Woo-jin within the World Cup Last lately, presents a recent ray of hope amid the gloom that surrounds the Olympic self-discipline of recurve archery in India.
Dhiraj had a dream run within the World Cup Last however narrowly missed out on a medal. Earlier this yr, he ended India’s drought of a person World Cup medal when he gained a bronze on the Antalya stage.
Nikhat Zareen
The Telangana pugilist is India’s brightest medal prospect from the boxing contingent. Zareen has loved an indomitable run up to now two years in flyweight (51 kg) class.
She has gained the world championship twice, added two Strandja Memorial titles, and a Commonwealth Video games gold medal. She can be keen so as to add one more gold to her kitty and can be much more pumped to face atop the rostrum on condition that the Asian Video games doubles up as an Olympic qualifier.
Lovlina Borgohain
The Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist remains to be studying the methods of the commerce within the middle-weight class having bulked up from 69kg. Profitable the Asian and World championships in her new 75kg class has boosted her confidence and the Assam Boxer has been working extensively on rising her energy.
On the Asian Video games, if she manages to beat the Chinese language menace, she is predicted to simply attain the ultimate and win gold.
Deepak Bhoria
Armed with a deadly left hook, the pugilist from Hisar, who competes in 51kg, has a penchant for fearless boxing and defeating among the giants of the sport. He produced probably the greatest performances for India lately when he upstaged Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist and former world champion Saken Bibossinov on the World Championships in Could.
Competing in his maiden Asian Video games, Bhoria can be eager to go away his mark within the event by ending on the rostrum.

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