Indians who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics so far - Part 2
Team India will be looking forward to fielding their biggest contingent ever at the Tokyo Olympics and with 60 players having already qualified for the biggest sporting event, it will only be a matter of time before players from sports like Boxing, Badminton and Table Tennis also join the list.
From 65 participants in eight sports at the 2000 Sydney Olympics to 117 in 15 sports at Rio 2016, India has seen a significant rise in the number of players, but it's the medals column where the country hasn't seen significant growth.
From the 1996 Atlanta Games where Leander Paes won a solitary bronze medal to a bronze and silver two decades later at Rio, team India has just won 14 medals with a solitary gold medal since then.
With a huge contingent set to represent the country, let's take a look at the players who have managed to the qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
1) Yashaswini Singh Deswal - At 22, Yashaswini, a shooter from Panchkula, Haryana, is already the World No. 4 in women's 10m Air Pistol category. She bagged the Olympic quota spot after shooting 236.7 points in the final, 1.9 points more than her compatriot and 2004 Olympics Champion, Olena of Ukraine at the Rio World Cup.
Pairing up with Abhishek Verma, she also won the silver in mixed team category, finishing just two points behind their Indian counterparts. She was also crowned the World Junior Champion in 2017.
2) Manu Bhaker - Manu Bhaker came under the spotlight after winning a gold medal at the age of 16 in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance in Australia last year. The shooting prodigy grabbed an Olympic quota in women's 10m Air Pistol event after finishing 4th at the Munich ISSF World Cup in May this year.
In all the four ISSF Pistol & Rifle World Cups in 2019, she won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol mixed team event along with Saurabh Chaudhary as her partner, thus making the pair a strong contender for the upcoming Olympic games.
3) Anjum Moudgil - Born in Chandigarh, this 25-year-old shooter who is currently ranked No. 2 in the World in women's 10m Air Rifle Category clinched the Olympic Quota by winning a silver medal at the 2018 World Championships in Changwon, South Korea, the first qualification tournament for the Olympics.
Anjum Moudgil, who came into limelight after grabbing a silver in 50m Rifle 3 position event at 2018 Commonwealth Games finished behind the local star Hana Im who scored 251.1 points in the final round. This will be her first appearance in the Olympics.
4) Apurvi Chandela - Ranked World No.1 in Women's 10m Air Rifle event, Apurvi Chandela won the Olympic quota in the same tournament as Anjum after finishing 4th in the finals. Her performance in 2019 has been outstanding as she has already won two individual World Cup Golds, one in New Delhi and the other one in Munich, all this apart a mixed team gold alongside Deepak Kumar in Rio De Janeiro. The 26-year-old, who finished on a disappointing 34th place in the 2016 Olympics will be keen to finish at the top of the podium.
5) Tejaswini Sawant - The 39-year-old from Kolhapur, Maharashtra earned the Olympics berth by virtue of finishing 5th in the finals of women's 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 14th Asian Championships in Doha, an event in which six out of the eight competitors qualified for the Olympics.
Even though she has won multiple medals at the highest level, including a gold medal at the World Championships in 2010 and gold at the 2006 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, Sawant, a former Arjuna Awardee is yet to make her debut in the Olympics.
6) Rahi Sarnobat- Rahi earned the top spot in the Munich World Cup by clinching the gold medal in the women's 25m Pistol event, as a result of which she confirmed her participation in the 2020 Olympics.
Rahi, who is also the reigning Asian Champion shot 37 points in the final as compared to 36 by Olena Kostevych of Ukraine. She also became the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 25 meters sports pistol event in the Olympics after she secured the quota in the London Olympics.
7) Chinki Yadav - Chinki earned the quota in women's 25m Pistol event after reaching the finals of the same event at the Asian Championships in Doha. As a result of finishing 6th with a score of 116, she qualified for the Olympics, and alongside Rahi Sarnobat, the duo will be leading the Indian challenge at the 25m pistol category.