50 Days to Paris Olympics: India’s Top 10 possible contenders to make it big at the mega event

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Neeraj Chopra

With exactly 50 days to go before the 2024 Paris Olympics, the anticipation and excitement are palpable. India, with its diverse pool of talent, is gearing up to make a significant impact at the Games. Here, we take a closer look at the top 10 Indian medal prospects and how their preparations for the quadrennial showpiece event are shaping up.

India’s Medal Prospects at the Paris Olympics

  1. Neeraj Chopra: The reigning Olympic and world champion in javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra, is currently on a break from competitions after competing in back-to-back events in May. He felt some discomfort in his adductor during training and chose to withdraw from the Ostrava Golden Spike event. His focus is now on recovery and ensuring he is in peak form for the Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra

2. Aditi Ashok: Aditi Ashok’s consistency over four rounds at the Tokyo Olympics nearly clinched an unlikely podium spot. The 26-year-old golfer believes she needs to rediscover this consistency if she hopes to go a step further and win a medal at the Paris Games.

Aditi Ashok
Aditi Ashok

3. PV Sindhu: The badminton star, who has already made India proud with her performances in previous Olympics, is leaving no stone unturned in her preparation for the Paris Games. Her recent performances have been promising, and she is expected to be a strong contender for a medal.

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

4. Vinesh Phogat: Vinesh Phogat, one of India’s top wrestlers, has been training intensively for the Paris Olympics. After her commendable performance in the Tokyo Olympics, she is expected to be a strong medal prospect for India.

Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat

5. Mirabai Chanu: The weightlifter, who won a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics, has been working on improving her technique and strength. She is one of India’s top medal prospects in weightlifting.

Mirabai Chanu
Mirabai Chanu

6. Manu Bhaker: The young shooting sensation has been in excellent form in recent competitions. Her consistent performances make her one of India’s top medal hopes in shooting.

Manu Bhaker
Manu Bhaker

7. Men’s hockey team: Craig Fulton’s men will play their final two matches of their FIH Pro League campaign this week against Germany and Great Britain. The men’s team will go into this final stretch on the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 win over world champions Germany, which was followed by a loss at the hands of Great Britain.

Indian Hockey Team
Indian Hockey Team

8. Lovlina Borgohain: The boxer, who won a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, has been training intensively for the Paris Games. Her powerful punches and tactical acumen make her a strong medal contender.

Lovlina Borgohain
Lovlina Borgohain

9. Amit Panghal: The boxer has been in excellent form in recent competitions. His quick footwork and tactical brilliance make him one of India’s top medal hopes in boxing.

Amit Panghal
Amit Panghal

10. Nikhat Zareen: Fresh from her win at the Elorda Cup in Kazakhstan, Nikhat Zareen is back in training mode now. She is unlikely to compete in any other events in the build-up to Paris, while the boxing federation is expected to conduct a couple of foreign training camps.

Nikhat Zareen
Nikhat Zareen