Olympics Countdown: How matters are shaping up for India
MUMBAI: After a watershed overall performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where taking pictures legend Abhinav Bindra received India’s maiden person gold and wrestler Sushil Kumar and boxer Vijender Singh added glitter to the medals tally with a couple of bronze, the USA did extraordinarily nicely to double the count four years later in London, returning with six medals.
Rio 2016, but, proved a dampener and it took the might of shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik to salvage u . S .’s pleasure as India back with medals in the form of a silver and bronze.
Exactly one year from now, eyes will be skilled on the Indian contingent so as to be out within the heat of Tokyo, competing at the world’s grandest degree: the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. TOI takes a study of how things are shaping up throughout disciplines and exactly wherein India is expected to gun for glory.
Shooting has been India’s favorite looking floor ever on account that Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore won silver within the double lure at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Abhinav Bindra built in this overall performance and went one better, triumphing gold in the 10m air rifle in Beijing. Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang gained silver and bronze respectively in London 2012, and given the run, the modern crop of shooters is having, they may be under super pressure to degree up to the performances in their predecessors.
The excellent margins that separate victors from the vanquished make it extremely unsafe to make guesses, but India have already booked seven-man or woman quota places way to a few pinnacle performances from the likes of Saurabh Chaudhary, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat, and Manu Bhaker.
After successive medals — Saina Nehwal (bronze in London) and PV Sindhu (silver in Rio) — fans will desire for a hat-trick in Tokyo. But relaxation assured things will be extremely difficult for both these stalwarts inside the face of some extreme competition from neighborhood women Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi and a bunch of other decided aspirants. In the men’s phase, Kidambi Srikanth has struggled for consistency and it will take a large attempt if he has to make a mark. It’s crucial to note that India’s very last representatives at the Games might be recognized handiest through May subsequent 12 months.
Pugilist Vijender Singh returned with a bronze from Beijing inside the 75kg class and the legendary MC Mary Kom did the same 4 years later in London in 51kg. But India’s boxers have not been capable of replicate the form of performances that cause them to favorites straight away, and one will get a fair concept in their genuine standing when the men’s World Championships gets underway in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on September 7 this 12 months.
TRACK & FIELD
Fans of Indian athletics harbor extraordinary hopes from sprinter Hima Das and javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra. While Das has been winning gold after gold inside the past 3 weeks, she is yet to hit even private satisfactory form in her favorite 400m or the 200m. Not most effective does it suggest that the sphere she’s been up against has been weak, it additionally manner the sector teenagers 400m champion has miles to travel earlier than she will fancy her probabilities on the Games. Chopra, in the meantime, is convalescing from a latest elbow surgical procedure, and the World No. Four has his task cut out if he’s to repeat his performances of 2018, while he won gold on the Asiad and CWG.