Asian Games 2018: India's top medal prospects in Jakarta

Published: 02nd August 2018 06:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2018 07:29 PM  

SUSHIL KUMAR
SUSHIL KUMAR (WRESTLING): The 35-year-old former world 66kg champion will contest in the 74 kg class at the Asian Games, after missing the last two continental Games at Guangzhou and Incheon. In the Beijing Olympic Games of 2008 Sushil Kumar won the bronze medal in the 66kg weight category, only the second Indian to do so in 56 years. Eager to fetch an Asian Games gold on his comeback, star freestyle grappler Sushil Kumar will head to Georgia for a ten-day tune-up ahead of the continental showpiece. (Photo | PTI)
PV SINDHU
PV SINDHU (BADMINTON): Sindhu has been in impressive form ever since winning the silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Talking about Asian Games, the 23-year-old said: 'Asian Games is going to be a tough one but I think the standard and quality will be like any other super series events. I mean apart from Carolina Marin, all the rest of the Asian players would be there, so it will be difficult.' (Photo | AP)
Saina Nehwal
SAINA NEHWAL (BADMINTON): If Sindhu, fails to fill the Indian kitty from the badminton court, there is still hope in more experinced Saina. Winning medals in both singles and doubles event at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, Saina will be brimming with confidence. (Photo |PTI)
Neeraj Chopra
NEERAJ CHOPRA (JAVELIN THROW): Neeraj recently won the Savo Games in Finland with an impressive performance, beating his Chinese Taipei rival Chao-Tsun Cheng. The reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Asian season leader, threw 85.69m in the event held at Lapinlahti, Finland, where he is undergoing training as part of preparations for the Asian Games. Neeraj is leading the Asian charts so far this season, ahead of arch-rival Cheng and Ahmed Bader Magour of Qatar (season best 83.71m). (Photo | Twitter/@Neeraj_chopra1)
VIKAS KRISHAN
VIKAS KRISHAN (BOXING): The Commonwealth Games gold medallist who won bronze in the last Asiad is India's biggest hope in the boxing ring. The 26-year-old will be certainly looking to clinch the gold medal in the middleweight category. (Photo | AP)
MANU BHAKER
MANU BHAKER (SHOOTING): The stage is getting bigger and the expectations are going higher but Indian shooting sensation Manu Bhaker is grounded as she gears up for another test of her 16-year-old mind and body in Jakarta. Her international gold medal count stands at an astonishing 10, a massive achievement for a teenager. When she claimed the individual gold medal in her maiden senior World Cup appearance in Mexico earlier this year, Bhaker became the youngest Indian shooter to finish top of the podium in these events. Living up to the billing, she did something similar at the ensuing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. (Photo | PTI)
Hima Das
HIMA DAS (SPRINT): Hima Das' road to success is no less than a Bollywood story. However, her coach feels that this is just a start for her on the road to victory as she will get a medal again the in Asian Games. The 18-year-old is the first Indian, men or women, to have won a gold in a track event at the world level. Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April. (Photo | Twitter/IAAF)
ANNU RANI
ANNU RANI (JAVELIN THROW): Annu's personal best of 60.01m or anything close to that range would help her clinch the bronze medal and thereby repeat her feat from Incheon. The AFI and Annu were at loggerheads following her decision to resume training under her coach Kashinath Naik instead of German Uwe Hohn. However, that is no reason to exclude her from the hopeful contributor's list. (Photo | PTI)
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