From the first in their categories to make it to the Olympics to longtime favorites reclaiming their status as medal contenders, there’s plenty to do. India has sent a large delegation to the Tokyo Games this time. What makes these Indian womens in Olympics 2020 unique is that it isn’t just any other women’s tribe, these are super womens of India. India’s medal hopes lies on competitors like Deepika Kumari, Manu Bhaker, Vinesh Phogat, PV Sindhu, and Mirabai Chanu. KreedOn brings you complete details of Indian womens in Olympics 2020.-- Advertisement --
Indian womens in Olympics: Indian women Shooting Team
All the Indian shooters, according to coach Pavel Smirnov, are capable of winning in the Olympics.
Manu Bhaker, shooting 10m
Indian womens in Olympics: This 19-year-old, who will compete in three events, has barely gone two years without winning a medal at an international tournament. All eyes will be on Bhaker, who is the medal favorite in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Event, where she and Saurabh Chaudhary having already won five World Cup golds.-- Advertisement --
Indian womens in Olympics: Rahi Sarnobat, shooting 25m
With a stunning gold-winning performance at the World Cup in Croatia, the penultimate competition before the Olympics, the 30-year-old geared up just in time for Tokyo.-- Advertisement --
Apurvi Chandela, shooting 10m
Apurvi Chandela will compete in her second Olympics after receiving her quota in 2018. The competition from the younger generation, as well as more international competitions, has resulted in higher scores and greater experience, according to the Jaipur rifle shooter.
Elavenil Valarivan, shooting 25m
Indian womens in Olympics: For the 21-year-old, who rose to prominence after her achievements at the Junior World Cup in 2019, consistency has been crucial. The Cuddalore girl was not initially included in the Olympic team, but she was later added. She will compete in the 10m Air Rifle solo and mixed events alongside Divyansh Singh, the top seed for Tokyo.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal, shooting 10m
This 24-year-old from Delhi recently surprised critics by defeating medal frontrunner Manu Bhaker to gold, sealing her Olympic quota with a World Cup gold in 2019.
Anjum Moudgil, shooting 50m
Anjum Moudgil will compete in the 50m Rifle 3 Position event despite having a quota in the 10m Air Rifle event. It’s an event in which the Punjabi girl has won several medals, notably in World Cups.
Indian womens in Olympics: Tejaswini Sawant, shooting 50m
Indian womens in Olympics: Tejaswini Sawant, 41, is the Indian contingent’s oldest shooter. The Kolhapur shooter, who specializes in the 50m Rifle 3P event, has won medals in every event and has advanced for the Olympics for the first time after missing out three times prior.
Indian womens in Olympics: The Raqueteers
PV Sindhu, badminton
PV Sindhu is the country’s favorite star-shuttler. She is the first Indian woman to win Olympic silver in 2016 and the first Indian woman to win the Badminton World Championship (2019). Despite the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin, the 26-year-old Olympian will be up against a highly tough women’s singles competition.
Sutirtha Mukherjee, table tennis
Indian womens in Olympics: Sutirtha Mukherjee, a two-time national champion, will only compete in the singles table tennis event. Two national gold, a Commonwealth Games gold, and India’s number one rating are among her accomplishments.
Manika Batra, table tennis
Indian womens in Olympics: The Indian table tennis poster girl has chosen to be a realist and is thus focused on a singles medal at the Paris Olympics in 2024 rather than the Tokyo Games. Manika Batra, on the other hand, is a medal contender in the Mixed Doubles partnering veteran Sharath Kamal. In 2018, the tandem earned a record Asian Games bronze medal and understands the significance of an Olympic medal.
Sania Mirza, tennis
Sania Mirza, regarded as one of India’s greatest tennis players, has now become India’s first female athlete to appear in the four Olympics. She will contest in the Women’s Doubles event in Tokyo alongside Ankita Raina this time.
Indian womens in Olympics: Ankita Raina, tennis
Indian womens in Olympics: The Tough Nuts
MC Mary Kom, boxing
Indian womens in Olympics: The 38-year-old MC Mary Kom, one of India’s most trailblazing athletes of all time, will compete in her final Olympics in Tokyo. Kom will compete in the 51kg division, seeking to improve on her bronze medal performance in London (2012).
Simranjit Kaur, boxing
The 25-year-old will compete in the 60kg division and has been excellent in recent years. She followed up her silver at the Asian Championships in 2019 with a medal in the World Championships in 2020. The girl from Chakar, Punjab, will undoubtedly gain confidence after winning silver in the Boxam International Tournament earlier this year.
Lovlina Borgohain, boxing
Lovlina Borgohain is ranked third in the world in the 69kg division and has two World Championship bronze medals to her credit. She will be the first woman from Assam to compete in the Olympics.
Pooja Rani, boxing
Pooja Rani has gained enough confidence as a result of her second consecutive Asian Championship gold to dream of a podium place in Tokyo. The 30-year-old from Bhiwani, Haryana, who competes in the 75kg division, began boxing at home after years of hiding her passion for the sport from her father, who was opposed to it. After winning silver in a junior national tournament, he changed his mind, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Shushila Likmabam, judo
Indian womens in Olympics: Manipuri, a 24-year-old judoka from India, will participate in the 48kg division in Tokyo. Shushila won a silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Vinesh Phogat, wrestling
Vinesh Phogat, who has won gold in every competition she has contested this year, will be India’s main medal contender in Tokyo. Phogat was a medal favorite in 2016 as well, despite being seeded first in the 53kg division. However, she was stretchered out of the wrestling venue due to a strange knee injury. The most difficult opponents for world number one will be the Japanese, Chinese, and Swedes.
Seema Bisla, wrestling
Indian womens in Olympics: Seema Bisla, 29, is one of the team’s oldest members, having spent much of her career in the shadow of Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik. The 50kg grappler, who comes from a wrestling dynasty in Rohtak, Haryana, has competed in a variety of categories before settling on her present one. After she began training alongside guys, the medals began to pour in.
Sonam Malik, wrestling
Indian womens in Olympics: The 18-year-old is the team’s youngest member, having made an incredible recovery in her Olympic qualifications in Kazakhstan to earn a spot in Tokyo. After coming back from a 6-0 deficit, the 62kg wrestler defeated the top seed 9-6, overcoming exhaustion and injuries.
Anshu Malik, wrestling
Indian womens in Olympics: The narrative of Anshu and Sonam Malik is one of the enemies-turned-friends. During a stopover in Tashkent, the two converted the airport hall into a fitness zone. Both acquired their flights to Tokyo after fasting for 18 hours to keep their weight in check (and only a handful of hours of sleep). Anshu, a bronze medalist at the Asian Championships, stood up to her hype, winning each match in the 57kg division by technical dominance.
Indian womens in Olympics: Track and field champs
Dutee Chand, 100m and 200m
Indian womens in Olympics: When Dutee Chand steps to the track in Tokyo, she will become the first Indian athlete to compete in the 100m sprint in two consecutive Olympics. The 25-year-old will also race in the 200m after overcoming a hypoandrogenism issue to qualify.
Jisna Mathew and VK Vismaya, 4x400m mixed relay
Indian womens in Olympics: Kerala’s duo is a member of India’s Mixed 4x400m Relay squad, which also comprises Muhammad Anas and Noah Nirmal Tom. After placing third at the World Athletics Championships in 2019, the four qualified. The legendary PT Usha is Mathew’s coach.
Seema Punia, discus throw
Seema Punia, a veteran discus thrower, earned a straight qualification to Tokyo by throwing 63.72m in the final of the inter-state championships.
Kamalpreet Kaur, discus throw
Kamalpreet Kaur, the newest star in Indian discus, became the first Indian woman to break the 65m mark this year, qualifying for Tokyo.
Priyanka Goswami, 20km race walk
Priyanka Goswami had never heard of the Olympics until a few years ago. To secure her trip to Tokyo, the 24-year-old set a new national record.
Bhawna Jat, 20km race walk
Indian womens in Olympics: The 25-year-old is a former national champion who fought for the first time outside of India only last year.
Annu Rani, javelin throw
Indian womens in Olympics: Based on her global ranking, she was granted an Olympic quota (18). The 28-year-old, who is widely regarded as India’s best female javelin thrower, has been steadily improving. Medals from the Asian Games, Asian Championships, and South Asian Games have been won by the Meerut girl.
Indian womens in Olympics: Absolute standouts in their field
Bhavani Devi, fencing
Bhavani Devi, the first-ever fencer to represent India at the Olympics, began her adventure in a sport unfamiliar to her with bamboo sticks rather than a blade. Its distinctiveness compelled her to stay, despite several obstacles—fear of harm, a lack of career possibilities, and financial difficulties.
Indian womens in Olympics: Nethra Kumanan, sailing
Nethra Kumanan, the first Indian female sailor to join the Olympic team, will compete in the Laser Radial category.
Indian womens in Olympics: Aditi Ashok, golf
Aditi Ashok, the first Indian female golfer to reach the Olympic cut, will compete in the quadrennial tournament for the second time. The 23-year-old came in 45th place on the Tokyo qualifying list. In 2016, Aditi competed in her first Olympics, finishing 41st.
Indian womens in Olympics: Maana Patel, swimming
In Tokyo, the 21-year-old will compete in the 100m backstroke event. At national championships, the Ahmedabad girl has won a slew of gold medals in the backstroke events, breaking several records in the process.
Pranati Nayak, gymnastics
Pranati Nayak, 26, is just the second Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. Her passion and determination to achieve originate from her family’s difficulties. She will compete in the category of Artistic Gymnastics.
Indian womens in Olympics: Mirabai Chanu, weightlifting
Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 world champion, had a disappointing performance in Rio, but she has improved since then. She also won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and bronze at the Asian Championship in 2020. Making her one of the greatest in the world in the 49kg division. Karnam Malleshwari won India’s sole Olympic medal in weightlifting 21 years ago.
Indian womens in Olympics: Deepika Kumari, archery
Deepika Kumari of India won a hat-trick of gold medals at the World Cup (Stage 3) in Paris, claiming the world number one rating for Recurve Women and, more significantly, striking spectacular form just in time for the Olympics.
Indian Womens hockey team
Indian womens in Olympics: The Indian squad aims to go even farther after qualifying for successive Olympics for the first time. Despite strong results against higher-ranked opponents this season, the squad wants to keep expectations in check for Tokyo.