India bagged a rich haul at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) held in Australia with 66 medals (gold -26, silver-20, bronze-20). And now everyone is geared up for yet another massive sporting event. Starting August 18, the 18th edition of the Asian Games will take place at Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. A 524-member contingent from India will be competing in a total of 36 sporting disciplines. We take a look at some medal prospects for India.
Discipline: Freestyle Wrestling
The Phogat sisters, Geeta and Babita, are now household names, thanks to Dangal. Now, a third name from ‘The Phogat School of Wrestling’ is emerging. Their 23-year-old cousin, Vinesh, is making waves in the wrestling circuit. Vinesh won the gold at the 2014 and 2018 CWG. She delighted everyone with her exemplary performance at the 2018 CWG as she dominated her opponents throughout the tournament.
Category: 10m air pistol, 25m sports pistol and mixed air pistol
The 16-year-old shooter from Haryana has an astounding 10 international golds to her name. At an age where she doesn’t even qualify for voting rights, she is winning laurels for the country! This year, she became the youngest Indian to win gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. She has now won two in a row when she repeated the feat at the 2018 CWG.
Category: Artistic gymnastics
At the Rio Olympics 2016, Dipa captured the country’s imagination by pulling off the Produnova vault to secure the fourth place. Her class act earned her the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri award. In July this year, she bagged gold in the vault event at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup. We hope that this Agartala girl shines at the Asian Games too!
Category: 400m, 4x400m relay
If you are wondering who is Hima, you are certainly a social media hermit! In July this year, when the country was gripped by football fever, a video emerged which showed an 18-year-old Indian sprinter win gold in a 400m event at the World Junior Athletics Championship 2018. This Assam-born girl became the first Indian to clinch gold at a global track event. Good luck to Hima for debuting in the Asian Games!
Category: Recurve archery
Whether it is the CWG, Olympics, or the Archery World Cup, Deepika is expected to do well. Such is her class! She has claimed the silver medal in the World Cup four times — in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. We’re glad that she is currently high on confidence after winning the gold medal at the World Cup (Stage-3) held in the U.S. in June 2018.
Returning to competitive wrestling after a four-year hiatus, Sushil won gold at the 2018 CWG. The 35-year-old freestyle wrestler is the only Indian to have won two individual Olympic medals. Sushil has been training mighty hard for the 2018 edition of the Asian Games. We hope that this champion brings home a gold medal from Indonesia.
Category: Women’s singles
Sindhu’s silver-medal winning performance at the Rio Olympics 2016 is still fresh in people’s mind. She has had a wonderful outing in this year’s BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Championship where she bagged silver – her fourth medal in World Championships. Sindhu again won silver at the 2018 CWG. She would definitely want to shed the ‘losing finalist’ tag at the upcoming Asian Games.
Category: Women’s singles
The original poster girl of Indian badminton has not had a good run since her second-round exit in the Rio Olympics 2016. The former world number 1 has slipped to the number 10 position since. Although CWG has been a happy hunting ground for Saina, an Asian Games medal still eludes her. The country will be cheering for Saina as she competes to win the gold!
Discipline: Track and Field
Category: Javelin throw
In 2018, Neeraj created history by becoming the first Indian javelin thrower to win gold at a CWG event. The 20-year-old former junior world champion has been in the pink of form lately. He finished at the top of the podium at the Sotteville Athletics Meet in France and the Savo Games held in Finland this year. Neeraj can be counted upon to make a memorable Asian Games debut.
Discipline: Field Hockey
Category: Men’s hockey
At the upcoming Asian Games, Team India is expected to repeat their gold-medal winning performance of the 2014 edition at Incheon. This is despite the fact that they finished fourth at the 2018 CWG. India is in a good form after having finished runners-up at the FIH Hockey Men’s Champions Trophy held in the Netherlands earlier this year. Go Team India!