The Rio Olympics 2016 will see a total of 118 Indian athletes participating for a shot at glory. India has picked the pace at the Olympics in the past few years. Here are some of the top medals contenders that give India hope to shine at the Rio Olympics.
Saina Nehwal, Badminton
Saina ranks 5th in the world and stands a high chance to bring home the coveted gold medal for India. Although no female athlete has won the gold medal in badminton, Saina came close four years ago by winning the bronze. She could go all the way this time at the Rio Olympics.
Deepika Kumari, Archery
This 22 year old was ranked number one at the London Olympics. While the weather conditions didn’t suit her four years ago, Deepika seems to be better prepared for the Rio Olympics.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, Tennis
India’s most popular female tennis star will be paired with the most promising tennis star in India. Sania and Rohan are the top contenders for a shot at the gold medal this Olympics.
Yogeshwar Dutt, Wrestling
Yogeshwar brought home the bronze in 2012. Although he has been through a lot, Yogeshwar has emerged fitter and more powerful than ever. He looks like a top contender for the wrestling gold this year.
Indian men’s hockey team
Most people don’t know that the Indian Hockey team has been the most successful hockey team in the history of Olympics bringing home eight gold medals. While this was a long time ago, the Indian hockey team this year looks extremely fit and stands a strong chance of bringing back the gold.
Abhinav Bindra, Shooting
We sure hope history repeats itself. Abhinav would be the first ever Olympic shooter to win the gold twice. He is the only individual Olympic gold medalist till date.