Asian Games 2018: 10 Indian women athletes to watch out for

Published: 28th July 2018 08:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2018 10:58 AM  

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had announced a team of 23 men and 28 women athletes for the Asian Games in Jakarta while stressing that many in the squad will have to undergo confirmatory trials before their presence is secure. Among the lot, keep an eye for these 10 ladies who can lead the Indian charge on track and field. (Photos | PTI,EPS, AFP)
HIMA DAS: Fresh after winning India's first gold at the World Junior Athletics Championship, the Assam girl is country's top medal prospect in 400 m race. She has clocked 51.25s, enough to fetch her a podium finish in Indonesia. Hima's timing of 23.1 s make the nation dream of a medal in the 200m event as well since it is far abouve the Asian qualification mark. She is also part of 4X400 relay team along with MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Sonia Vaishya, Vijayakumari, VK Vismaya, Jisna Matthew - considered among the top-contenders of the event. (Photo | PTI)
DUTEE CHAND: Many beleive that Hima's toughest opponent for a top-finish in the 200m event will be her teammate Chand as the Odiya girl's timing 23.41 is better than the bronze medal-winning time at the last edition of Asian Games.Earlier in July, at the Inter-State Athletics Championship, she broke her own 100m national record of 11.30 seconds by clocking 11.29 seconds. (Photo | AFP)
Nirmala Sheoran | File | PTI
NIRMALA SHEORAN: Since last year's World Championships, Nirmala has not run a competitive race and her whereabouts and training place were not known to the Athletics Federation of India. However, the quartermiler arrived back on the scene to qualify for the Asian Games with an impressive timing of 52.36 seconds in the women's 400m heats of the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships earlier this week. Nirmala is expected to challenge Hima Das and Bahrain's Kemi Adekoya for the top spot. (Photo | PTI)
Tintu Luka | PTI
TINTU LUKA: The Keralite, who won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games, did not take part in the June 26-29 National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati due to a heel injury. She is yet to take her 2018 Asiad qualification trials as she was absent from action this year. (Photo | PTI)
Sudha Singh | File Photo | AP
SUDHA SINGH: She will be shoukdering India's hopes in the 3000m steeplechase event in the absence of Lalita Babar. Experts hope a bronze from the UP gilr's account at the most, but the 32-year-old has said that she is 'determined to shine” at the quadrennial event after failing to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. (Photo | AP)
PU CHITRA: Among the four runners who have clocked better than the qualification mark for 1500m, the Keralite, who won gold at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, is India's best bet at the island nation. She got direct ticket to Jakarta following her gold-medal winning 4:11:55 at the the National Senior Athletic Meet in Guwahati. (Photo | PTI)
KHUSHBIR KAUR: Kaur finished fourth and hence missed a medal in the Women's 20 kilometre Race Walk event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year, but her silver medal winning performance at Incheon Asiad with the time of 1:33:07s make her part of the India's potential medal list. (Photo | AFP)
NAYANA JAMES: The long jumper, who won the 2017 Asian bronze medal, found a place in the squad subject to clearing the fitness after suffering an injury at Guwahati. Nayana and her comrade Neena V Pinto are considered India's golden girls as their respective 6.55m and 6.66m jumps would have won gold at the 2014 edition of the tournament. In a further boost to her preparations and confidence, Nayana had clinched a medal at the Asian Athletics Championships as well. (Photo | EPS)
SEEMA PUNIA: Gold medal winner at the previous Asian Games and silver-medallist at the Commonwealth Games, the discuss thrower was exempted from the national camp along with Neeraj Chopra causing uproars in the athletic circles.She represented India in the 2004 Athens Olympics where she stood 14th and 2012 London Olympics where she was 13th in the discus throw event with a best of 61.91m. She had won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 2000, earning her the nickname 'India's Millennium Child'. (Photo | PTI)
ANNU RANI: 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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