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Commonwealth Games 2018: India’s Top-10 medal hopes

Commonwealth Games 2018: India’s Top-10 medal hopes
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Commonwealth games 2018 will be played on 5th April 2018 at the Gold Coast city of Queensland, Australia. There are about 4300 athletes across 71 nations and territories are participating in this tournament. For Indian squad, Commonwealth is a great platform to shine their talent. In the previous edition of CWG games 2014, which was played in Glasgow, Scotland, Indian squad won total 64 medals including (15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze) and became fifth on the points tally just after England, Australia, Canada, and Scotland. The Indian squad managed to win a total of 215 medals- 50 in 2006, 101 in 2010, 64 in 2014 in the past. Now the 225-members Indian squad is ready for another brilliant show at Gold Coast, Australia.

Here are Top 10 Indian Players from the squad who could change the medal tally on the upcoming CWG 2018.

        1. PV Sindhu

22-years-old Ace Shuttler and 2016 Olympic Medalist PV Sindhu, who is going to led team India at Flag-bearer, is the top contender for team India in the CWG 2018. Sindhu has an excellent track record in INTL level competitions, Won the Bronze medal in CWG 2014, Silver Medal in Rio Olympic. Sindhu is assuming as a top-contender for the Gold medal in Badminton event. She will start her journey on April 12th, 2018 at 4:30 AM IST.

          2. Jeetu Rai

Jitu Rai won gold in Glasgow Commonwealth, in 2014 he won Silver in the world championship, silver in two world cups, gold and bronze medals in China Asiad, have their names. Bronze in World Cup 2015 and two bronze medals at the 2017 Brisbane Commonwealth Championships. However, at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 10th Air Pistol was in the 8th and 50th Air Pistol at 12th place. Jitu, 30, is taking part in two events. His shooting will take place on 9 and 11 April at 4.30 a.m.

      3. Sania Nehwal 

Saina Nehwal won the Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games played in 2010 in Delhi. Saina, who is currently upset with the injuries, has not been fit for the last 18 months, yet she is a claimant from the gold bringer for India. She will start her journey on 12 April at 1 a.m IST.

       4. Mary Kom

5-times world champion Mary Kom has achieved a special place in Indian sports. When She made her name last year in the Asian Championships, the experts said that Mary’s achievement is a great kickback. At present, there is no medal in Commonwealth Games in the name of Mary Kom, and now her eyes are on eliminating this drought. Olympics Bronze medalist, Mary Kom will once again play in the 48-kilogram category. The match will take place on April 6 at 2 pm IST.

      5. Sanjeeta Chanu 

Sanjeeta got Gold Medal in 77 kg snatch and 96 Kg in clean and jerk, weighing 173 kgs. This performance of Sanjita was less than just two kilograms from the Commonwealth Games record. This time She is taking part in the changing category, i.e., 53kg category, and She has the responsibility to repeat the last medal in the new group in this new category. Her event will be held at 5 AM on April 6.

        6. Mehuli Ghosh

This is the first Commonwealth of Mehuli Ghosh, and on seeing his recent performance, it is being estimated that he will return only to make some big changes. Mehuli has been recognised as a shooting star since 2016, when two gold and seven silver medals in the National Championship held in Pune are named after him. In the ISSF World Cup, which was recently held in Mexico, Mehuli won two bronze medals by making 228.4 points, making world junior records. The match will be on April 9 at 4.30 am.

       7. Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra made history for India at Javelin Throw in Poland under U-20 World Championship two years ago. At that time Neeraj, 18, made the world record by throwing 86.48 meters of Jawline. He broke the record of 84.69 meters of Latvia’s Jigismond Sermayes. He is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at any level in the world championship. The match will be on April 10 at 2.30 pm.

       8. Sakshi Malik 

In the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sakshi Malik gave many medals to the country. She said that this time she would change the colour of the medal. She said,”My target is only on Gold.” She is representing the country in 62 kilograms category of women wrestling. The encounter of Sakshi will be on April 14 at 6 am.

      9. Kidambi Srikanth

India’s top men’s seed Kidambi Srikanth is very popular among Indian fans in this Commonwealth games 2018. Srikanth did not take part in many important tournaments to make good preparation in the Commonwealth Games, which could reach the top in the rankings. Srikant will start his journey on 12th April 2018.

     10. Vikas Krishnan

Vikas Krishnan is recently looking in good form. Vikas won gold in his first Asian Games Guangzhou. Gold Coast Games are the first Commonwealth Games for them. He says that he has won medals in every competition other than the Olympics. But now he is expecting Gold in the Commonwealth. Vikas will start his journey on April 5.

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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