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The Top 5 Young Achievers in Indian Sports Who Are Making the Country Proud

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Indian sportspersons’ achievements in 2018 and 2019 are not just bound to their individual field but have also additionally served as an inspiration to the millennials. These super dynamic and talented young achievers from various sports are shining like stars consistently.

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Here is a rundown of the Indian young achievers, some of whom are not excessively popular yet, but gave the country a proud moment by their outstanding performances:

Manu Bhaker

Manu Bhaker Shooting
Manu Bhaker came into the limelight after the Khelo India Games in 2018. Image Source: WION

Manu Bhaker added the Commonwealth gold medal to the list of accomplishments in her young career. Bhaker is a result of India’s interest in youth driven by the Government of India – the Khelo India Games. Bhaker herself is tutored by CWG gold medallist Jaspal Rana.

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The 17-year-old Bhaker surprised everyone in her first-ever 10 m Air Pistol Commonwealth Games appearance, vanquishing veteran Heena Sidhu by an edge of six-plus points.

The high school shooter has dependably been a natural at sports and took up different controls, including boxing, tennis and Thang-ta, Manipuri military workmanship. In the wake of winning a national medal at the Thang-ta titles, Bhaker switched her concentration to shooting.

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Manu first achieved wonders at the 2017 Asian Junior Championships, where she won a silver. All the more, Bhaker also won double gold at the ISSF Junior World Cup. Anmol Jain and Bhaker commanded the last match in the mixed event, finishing with a 478.9 focus – a 1.8-point far from the present World Record at this dimension.

Mehuli Ghosh

One of the promising young indian shooters is Mehuli Ghosh
Mehuli Ghosh. Image Source: Livemint

At a young age of 17, when Mehuli Ghosh made her debut in Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, she conveyed expectations for the whole country of snatching a podium finish in the competition. The shooter demonstrated that she has been in the tremendous structure after she proceeded to win eight gold medals at the 61st National Shooting Championship Competitions in New Delhi in December 2017.

Her hard work bore fruits as she proceeded to win two medals in the Nationals in 2016, and after that won eight awards in 2017. Her first international award came in Japan when she won gold in the youth category of the Asian Airgun Championships. She proceeded with her feat in 2018 to complete third in the 10m Air Rifle at the ISSF World Cup in Mexico.

Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra Javelin Throw
Neeraj Chopra. Image Source: The Economic Times

Long haired and charismatic, Neeraj Chopra gets attention on first sight. From a town with no sporting facilities to standing on the podium at the Commonwealth Games, his is surely a voyage to relish.

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Only 20-years old, Neeraj Chopra is the golden boy of Indian athletics right now. He made history by securing India’s first ever Javelin Throw gold medal in Asian Games. This lad from Haryana defeated his opponents in a comprehensive fashion. His victorious throw of 88.06m was 5.84m longer than the one by his nearest competitor.

Neeraj Chopra’s throw in Jakarta was a noteworthy one for India as it set the new national record. His throw was just 1.09 meters short from the all-time record.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga

Born on 26 October 2002 in Aizwal, Mizoram, Jeremy had begun weightlifting when he was 10 years old. He started his preparation with Indian Army at Army Sports Institute in Pune, Maharashtra. In 2018, he broke two National Records guaranteeing bronze medal (Junior) and a silver (Youth) in Asian Championships.

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga (15) won India’s maiden gold medal at 2018 Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He won the medal in the men’s 62 kg class by lifting an aggregate of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) weight to finish on top.

In February 2019, Jeremy secured silver in men’s 67 kg class, getting India’s second medal in the EGAT Cup International Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Hima Das

Hima Das athletics
The Dhing Express of India: Hima Das. Source: SB Nation

Hima Das is an Indian sprinter, who hails from Assam. She was born on 9 January 2000 in a farmer family and is the youngest of the six kids. But that’s not all about her.

Hima achieved the finals of 100m in Junior National finals in 2016. She additionally proceeded to win the gold in Asian Games, Jakarta in 200m with an individual best of 23.59 seconds.

Hima’s first significant international event was 2018 Commonwealth Games where she contended in 400m and was a part of the Indian team in 4X400m hand-off. She completed 6th in the 400m with a record of 51.32 seconds. In the relay event, the team completed seventh.

The accomplishment which brought Hima in the spotlight was her record medal in 2018 World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. She won the gold medal in Women’s 400m event with a period of 51.46 seconds.

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Sanchita Gupta
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