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Five Common Wealth Games of Indian medal hopes for the Gold Coast
India is taking a robust 225-member contingent to the year 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, and badminton, shooting, boxing is some of the disciplines, where a rich haul of the medals is expecting. There is a right mix of the youth and experience amongst the Indian ranks.
Here we look at some of the athletes/disciplines who are among the favorites to bring glory to the country:
1. PV Sindhu (Badminton)
A vastly improving player since the last Commonwealth Games in the year 2014, when she won bronze in Glasgow, the queen of an Indian badminton PV Sindhu who is heading into this year’s Gold Coast Common Wealth Games as one of the favorites to reach the podium again. But this time with the color is gold.
Currently, Sindhu is ranking third in the Badminton World Federation ratings for the women’s singles. Sindhu is the most significant bit of India’s Common Wealth Games contingent which is giving her the status and performances over the past two years.
Despite the news on Tuesday that P.V. Sindhu has suffered from a sprain in her right ankle while practicing at the P Gopichand Academy in the Hyderabad, there is no any immediate threat to her participation in the Gold Coast Games.
Sindhu’s rising to the worldwide fame is coming in the year 2016, when she won a landmark silver medal at the Rio Olympics that is the most prominent prize in the history of the Indian badminton, surpassing Saina Nehwal’s bronze in London. Following the surprise exit of badminton player Saina in her second match in Rio, it has fallen upon Sindhu to carry the hopes of the Indian badminton at the Olympics. In her first Games, Sindhu is playing some incredible badminton to becoming the first Indian in an Olympics badminton final.
2. Sakshi Malik (Wrestling)
Sakshi Malik, who is in the year 2016 is becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal; she enters her second Commonwealth Games as the undisputed leader of the women’s contingent and with the hopes high of improving on her silver from the four years ago in Glasgow.
It is at the year 2014 Common Wealth Games that Sakshi has won her first international medal, finishing the second to Nigeria’s Aminat Adeyemi to taking home silver in her maiden appearance at the quadrennial games.
The success is following in the year 2015, when she won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships, but it was on the year August 18th, 2016 that is nearly two weeks of the frustration, disappointment and hurt at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics which is coming to an end when Sakshi becoming only the fourth female athlete from the country to stand atop a podium at the pinnacle of world sport.
At the age of 23, the Haryana grappler is earning a dramatic come-from-behind win over Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova to script in history. It is India’s 25th medal at the Olympic Games since independence in the year 1947.
Now at the age of 25, Sakshi weights expectations on her shoulders ahead of the year 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held at Gold Coast City, in the southeast of the Australian state of Queensland from April 4th to 15th.
Coming off the reasonable year 2017, in which she won a 60kg silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi and 62kg golds at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg and the National Wrestling Championships. She should be in a reasonable frame of the mind heading into her second Common Wealth Games.
Earlier this month, at the Asian Wrestling Championships, Sakshi Malik won bronze in the 62kg freestyle category after getting the better of Kazakhstan’s Asylum Kassymova 10 to 7.
Sakshi, who begins training when she was just 12, now stands as an icon for the Indian women’s athletes and what makes her story even more remarkable is where she is coming. Her bronze medal from the Rio was as a significant victory over the sexism in one of India’s most conservative states, Haryana, where the women have long treated as a second-class citizen, and an ‘honour killings’ and sex-selective abortions are rife.
3. Neeraj Chopra (Javelin)
High praising has become synonymous with the javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra, at the age of 20. Former Indian athlete and a World Championships bronze medallist Anju Bobby George tells him the most promising young Indian athlete today, but his former coach Garry Calvert term him a “once-in-a-generation-talent.” And the truth explains it is hard to argue against either of that statements.
Chopra’s showing in the last one year has escalating the youngster to the same platform, if not above, as the country’s elite athletes.
From the strong Indian contingent that is departing for the year 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held at the Gold Coast City, in the southeast of the Australian state of Queensland from April 4th to 15th, to sharpening their skills and acclimatizing to the conditions, Neeraj Chopra is expecting to lead the quest for a medal.
It is only earlier this month that Chopra is officially qualifying for the quadrennial games after hurling a spear to a distance of 85.94m in his sixth attempt at the Federations Cup senior national athletics Championships in the Patiala. Chopra has previously met the qualifying standard during the Indian GP, but the Athletics Federation of India had made it mandatory for the athletes to match their performances at the Federation Cup.
Benefitting from his three-month off-season stint in the Offenburg, Germany, Chopra is not only looking to win a medal but also hope to better his personal best of 86.48m from the year 2016, which is remaining the junior world record.
Last year, Chopra’s 85.63m effort in Patiala was his best of the season. He wins the Asian Championships gold in Bhubaneswar and takes part in the three Diamond League series events, finishing fifth in one of them. But he is disappointed at the London World Championships, failing to make it to the final round after a best effort of 82.26m.
Chopra is in Offenberg until the first week of month February and bagging silver at a competition where he hit 82.80m to finishing second behind the world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany.
Neeraj Chopra also makes a healthy return to the domestic competition circuit at the Indian Grand Prix, where he is outclassing the field to claim the gold medal at the Run Adam Indian Grand Prix-1. Chopra is throwing a distance of 82.88m at the National Institute of the Sports to finish well ahead of a Vipin Kasana’s 80.04m that is bagging him silver while Amit Kumar is taking the bronze with a 77.33m throw.
“My target from this year to consistently throw above 85m mark and do better than my personal best. I feel I will do that on the Gold Coast and win a medal for my country. That is my first medal in a big multi-sporting event,” Chopra had says.
4. Jitu Rai (Shooting)
Jitu Rai, a 2014 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, the two-time ISSF World Cup medalist who is standingIndia’s best bet in the pistol shooting in the year 2018 Common Wealth Games held at Gold Coast City, in the southeast of the Australian state of Queensland from the month April 4th to 15th.
In the year 2014, at the age of 26, the Nepal-born Jitu is competing in his first Common Wealth Games and clinching gold on a debut in the men’s 50m pistol event. He started by creating a Common Wealth Games record in the qualification round of the 50m pistol event with 562 points and went on to win the gold, scoring 194.1 points in the final, which is another record.
That was Jitu’s best year as an international shooter. With the Common Wealth Gold, he won a silver medal in the 10m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, then becomes the first Indian shooter to win the two medals at a single world cup in Maribor that is gold in the 10m air pistol and silver in the 50m pistol. Later he won the 50m pistol gold medal and bronze in the men’s 10m air pistol team event at the Asian Games.
In the year August 2015, he was awarded the Arjuna award. In the year 2016, shrugging off the disappointment of the Rio Olympics, Jitu clinching a silver medal in the 50m pistol event of the year 2016 ISSF World Cup Final after which the ISSF awarded him the ‘Champion of Champions’ title.
In the year 2017, Jitu won the four gold medals and bronze at an ISSF event and also two bronze medals at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships. Individually, he won 50m and 10m bronze at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, the 50m gold at the 61st National Shooting Championship with a new national record score of 233 and a 10m air pistol bronze at the 10th Asian Championship.
Pairing with Heena Sidhu, he won the 10m mixed team air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi in February and the next shot a world record total of 230.1 to claiming gold in the men’s 50m pistol event at the same game.
In the 10m pistol bronze at the same competition, Jitu finishing with the bronze. At the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Gabala, with Heena, he claims gold in the mixed team 10m air pistol event. At the ISSF World Cup final in Delhi, Jitu and Heena won the 10m air pistol diverse team gold, finishing with 483.4 points to beat France with a 481.1.
5. Kidambi Srikanth (Badminton)
The Kidambi Srikanth that contesting his first Commonwealth Games in the year 2014 as a 21-year-old, and the one who enters in the next month’s Common Wealth Games in Australia, is almost an unrecognizable.
Four years ago, Srikanth was still taking his first steps on the international badminton level and a round-one elimination in the Glasgow. Scotland was not a surprise. Heading to the Common Wealth Games, his first year of the top-level competition.
Srikanth has eliminated in round three of the Mayank Malaysia Open and Thomas & Uber Cups and in the round one of the All England Championships, the Swiss Open, Sunrise India Open, Badminton Asia Championships, Japan Open and Indonesia Open. His best result was being a runner-up at the India Grand Prix Gold.
Cut to the year 2018, and Srikanth looks like a certainty for a medal at the upcoming Commonwealth Games which is to be held at Gold Coast City, in the southeast of the Australian state of Queensland from April 4th to 15th.
The Chinese, Koreans, Indonesians, and Danes were not participating, the most prominent challenge to Srikanth is appears to be the World No 5 Lee Chong Wei and Srikanth’s fellow Indians HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth, who beat him in the National Badminton Championships final and a Singapore Open final respectively last year.
Since the year 2016, he won gold at the South Asian Games and beat Jan O Jorgensen to reach the quarter-finals of the men’s singles badminton event at the Rio Olympics. Where he went down fighting against the two-time defending champion Lin Dan, Srikanth has transformed into a world-beater under the watchful gaze of the Dronacharya Pullela Gopichand.
He got the Year Award at the third Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Awards in February, Srikanth dominating the badminton court in the year 2017, as he became the first Indian shuttler to win the four Superseries titles and moved on to a career-high No 2 in the Badminton Women’s Federation men’s singles rankings.
Srikanth’s first title was the Indonesia Open, where he beat Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19, and a week later he finished the world and Olympic champion Chen Long in the straight games 22-20, 21-16 to claiming the Australia Open.
Thus, he becomes the first Indian to win back-to-back Superseries titles. Later on, Srikanth became the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the Denmark Open and then creating history through claiming the French Open.
In addition to these four Superseries wins, Srikanth has reached the final of the Singapore Open, where he lost to compatriot Sai Praneeth the first instance of the two Indian shuttlers reaching a Superseries final, reached the quarter-finals of the Badminton World Championships and is a runner-up at the National Badminton Championships.
Currently back at the second place in the Badminton World Federation rankings for the men’s singles, Srikanth on Tuesday receiving the Padma Shri, it is India’s fourth-highest civilian award. All eyes will be on Srikanth from April 12 when he takes the court at the Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre.
So, these are the points to describing the Five Common Wealth Games of Indian medal hopes for the Gold Coast.
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