India is scheduled to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. For the first time in Olympics history, Indian Olympic Association has sent the nation’s largest ever delegation of 121 athletes; 38 larger than their previous record of 83 athletes in 2012.
Let us have look at some of the top contenders:
She is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of Archery and is currently ranked World No. 5. She won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event. She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi.
She was conferred the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012.
- Deepika became the second Indian to win the title after Palton Hansda won the junior compound competition at the 2006 Archery World Cup in Mérida, Mexico.
- She won the 11th Youth World Archery Championship held in Ogden, USA in 2009, at the age of fifteen.
- She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event, alongside Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi.
- At the Delhi Commonwealth games 2010, Deepika won two gold medals, one in the individual event and the other in the women’s team recurve event.
- In May 2012, Deepika Kumari won her first World Cup individual stage recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey.
- On 22 July 2013, she won the Gold Medal in Archery World Cup stage 3 held at Medellin, Colombia where India finished fourth.
She is an Indian professional sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100 metres event. She is the third Indian women to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games.
- In a scintillating run in the women’s 100m heats of the 26th G. Kosanov memorial meet here, Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds, thereby creating a new national record and qualifying for the Rio Games. The qualifying mark for Rio was set at 11.32 seconds.
Vikas is an Indian discus thrower and Shot putter. His personal best throw is 66.28 meters which is also Indian national record in discus throw, achieved in 2012. He contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to reach the finals after finishing 22nd in the qualifiers, with a throw of 60.69 m. In 2012 London Olympics, Vikas qualified for the finals, at the fifth place, with a throw of 65.20 m and finished 8th in the finals.
- He won his first gold medal in Asian Championships in 2013 in Pune, with a throw of 64.90 meters.
- His best moment came when he clinched the Gold for India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 63.64m
Seema Punia Antil is an Indian discus thrower. Her sporting career began at the age of 11 years as a hurdler and a long-jumper, but later took to discus throw.
- Her personal best throw is 62.62 m, achieved at the Pat Young’s Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas, California in the US.
- Her gold medal win at the World Junior Championships in 2000 in Santiago earned her the nickname ‘Millennium Child’.
- She won the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and was honoured with Bhim Award by the Haryana state government on 26 June 2006.
Saina is an Indian badminton player, former world no.1 in Women’s Singles. She is the first Indian after Prakash Padukone and the first Indian woman to become world number 1 badminton player. Besides these, she is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open on 21 June 2009.
- She is the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She achieved this feat by winning the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics on 4 August 2012.
- She won silver at 2015 BWF World Championship becoming the first Indian to do so.
Manoj Kumar is an Indian boxer who won a gold medal in the light welterweight division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He hails from the village of Rajound in the Kaithal district of Haryana.
- In 2016 South Asian Games held in Guwahati, Manoj Kumar wins Gold Medal in his weight category.
- He was awarded Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2014.
Star goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh was recently handed over the mantle of the Indian men’s hockey team, replacing veteran midfielder Sardar Singh, who, however, retains his place in the squad for the upcoming Rio Olympics, starting August 5.
Sreejesh led the Roelant Oltmans-coached side to a silver medal at the Champions Trophy in London in June, where Sardar was rested.
He is an Indian archer. He made his international debut in 2008. His current world ranking is 67. Atanu has won a bronze medal, with Deepika Kumari, in the 2013 World Cup Mixed Team event organized in Colombia.
Atanu started archery at the age of 14 under the coaching of Mithu Da.