Birmingham. Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra’s withdrawal is a setback for India but there are many players in the Indian athletics team that can be considered medal contenders and will challenge themselves in the track and field events starting on Tuesday. .
Chopra, who won a gold medal in the Gold Coast four years ago, will not be able to defend his title in the javelin throw as he suffered an injury during the World Championships in the US last month. Chopra won a silver medal at the World Championships. In his absence, India’s eyes will be on long jumper Murali Sreeshankar, steeple chase player Avinash Sable, discus thrower Seema Poonia, javelin thrower Anu Rani.
India expects at least 6 medals in athletics
India expects at least one medal in the triple jump from Praveen Chitravel, Abdullah Abubakar and Aldhos Paul. These three are currently among the best performing players in the Commonwealth countries. With many new athletes in India recovering from Chopra’s golden success at the Tokyo Olympics last year, she is expected to win at least half a dozen medals at the Birmingham Games.
India’s best performance in athletics in 2010 Games
India’s best performance in the Commonwealth Games athletics competition was in Delhi in 2010, when it won two gold, three silver and seven bronze medals. It is difficult to replicate this performance but Indians can try to give their second best. Indian athletes had won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal in 2014 and 2018 respectively, which is their second best performance.
Expectations from Sreeshankar in Long Jump
On Tuesday, Sreeshankar and Mohammad Anees Yahia will participate in the men’s long jump from India. National record holder Sreeshankar is in good form now and can at least win a bronze medal if he doubles his best performance of 8.36m.
India can get a medal in discus throw
India can get a medal in the women’s discus throw on the very first day of athletics. In this competition, Seema Poonia and Navjit Kaur will present their challenge from India’s side. In the last Commonwealth Games, he won silver and bronze medals respectively. Seema, who is participating in the Commonwealth Games for the fifth time, will try to win her fifth medal. He has won three silver and one bronze medal so far. She has never returned empty handed from the Commonwealth Games and is determined to win a medal this time too.
Dutee Chand 100m will enter the qualifying round of
National record holder Manpreet Kaur in women’s shot put will also compete on Tuesday while sprinter Dutee Chand will compete in the qualifying for the 100m race. High jump athlete Tejaswin Shankar will also participate in the qualifying rounds. India has so far won a total of 28 medals including five gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals in the athletics competition of the Commonwealth Games.
Sekar Dhanalakshmi and Aishwarya Babu were dropped from India’s 36-man squad for failing a doping test. Dhanalakshmi had no chances in 100 meters but this has weakened India’s women’s 4x100m relay team. The men’s marathon concluded on Saturday, with India’s Nitendra Rawat finishing 12th.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 01, 2022, 15:28 IST