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5 Indian debutants to watch out for at Rio 2016

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2.17K   //    11 Apr 2016, 10:11 IST

India are building a robust contingent for Rio 2016 and among them are some very impressive debutanats who will look to make at their maiden appearance i at the Games in a few months time.

Here’s a look at 5 Indian debuatants who could spring a surpise at Rio De Janerio.

1.Jitu Rai

If you had to take an example of an Indian sportsperson, who started off late and then climbed the ladder of success faster than  you could imagine, then perhaps the first name that could come to your mind would be that of Jitu Rai.

The 28-year-old was first selected for a camp in 2010  but was found to be not up-to-the-mark and was sent back to his Army Unit which put an end to his training at the AMU in Mhow.

However, the tide did shift soon and the turning point arrived in 2014 when he won a silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol at the Granada World Championships, that also earned him a quota for Rio 2016.

He won a Gold in the same category at the Maribor World Cup and two more Golds at the Commonwealth Games as well as the Asian Games that year.

After beginning 2015 on a positive note, a few injuries hampered his performance,  but he came back with a bang at the Bangkok World Cup last month, where he won Gold in the 50m Air Pistol.

Rai will be one of India's 4 pistol shooters at Rio and perhaps has the strongest chance of the lot to win a medal.

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