Rio Olympics India

The 31st edition of Summer Olympic Games at Rio has so far been a rough ride for the Indian contingent. Even after sending its largest-ever delegation of 118 athletes to the Olympics, India still finds itself unable to open the medals tally.

Many of the pre-event medal hopefuls have returned home empty-handed including Jitu Rai, Abhinav Bindra and Leander Paes.

With just under a week left for the wrap, India’s chances of winning a medal seem bleak. However, all hope is not lost as Badminton and Wrestling events are yet to conclude.

Here are the final 5 medal hopefuls for India at Rio 2016.

1. Yogeshwar Dutt

Yogeshwar Dutt Rio Olympics

The London Olympic bronze medallist will be aiming for a medal finish in what will be his final Olympics. Already 33, Yogeshwar Dutt will be competing in the 65kg Freestyle category that is dominated by 2015 World Champion Frank Chamizo (Italy) and 2014 World Champion Soslan Ramonov (Russia).

Quick Facts

Age: 33

Event: Men’s 65kg Freestyle Wrestling

Achievements: Gold Medallist – 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games (65kg Category)

Best Result at Olympics: Bronze Medal (London Olympics 2012 – Men’s 60kg Freestyle)

2. P.V. Sindhu

PV Sindhu Rio 2016

The Word No.10 and two-time World Championship Bronze Medallist, P.V. Sindhu has high hopes riding on her after storming into the semifinals of the Women’s Singles Badminton. Though not a medal hopeful initially, the Hyderabadi girl has proved her mettle and is now the brightest prospect for India’s first medal at the Rio games.

After a hard-fought straight set win over World No.2 and 2012 London Silver Medallist, Yihan Wang in the Quarterfinals, the young Indian faces another stiff challenge against World No.3 Nozomi Okuhara in the Semis. Know 7 Amazing Facts about PV Sindhu

Quick Facts

Age: 21

Event: Women’s Singles Badminton

Achievements: Bronze Medallist – 2013 & 2014 Badminton World Championships

Best Result at Olympics: Semifinals* (Rio Olympics 2016)

*In Progress

3. Narsingh Yadav

Narsingh Yadav Rio 2016

After beating two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar for a place in the Olympic Squad, Narsingh Yadav is another crowned jewel aiming for a medal at the Rio games. The wrestler who won gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze in 2015 World Championships is eyeing for a medal in his maiden Olympics.

After being embroiled in a controversy over taking a banned substance, Narsingh is now facing a Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) trial on August 18, a day before his event starts. Hope the wrestler comes through clean as he did from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) trial.

Quick Facts

Age: 27

Event: Men’s 74kg Freestyle Wrestling

Achievements: Gold Medallist – 2010 Commonwealth Games & Bronze Medallist – 2015 World Championships (74kg Category)

Best Result at Olympics: Appearing first time in Rio

4. Sandeep Tomar

Sandeep Tomar Rio 2016

India could bag a medal in the Men’s 57kg Freestyle Wrestling through Sandeep Tomar. Hailing from Malakpur, a tiny village in Uttar Pradesh, Sandeep is hoping to return not just as another Olympian but as an Olympic medallist. He took bronze in the 1st World Olympic Qualifying tournament to secure a berth for Rio.

Quick Facts

Age: 25

Event: Men’s 57kg Freestyle Wrestling

Achievements: Gold Medallist – 2016 Asian Wrestling Championships (53kg Category)

Best Result at Olympics: Appearing first time in Rio

5. Srikanth Kidambi

Srikanth Kidambi Rio 2016

After India’s major hope in Badminton, Saina Nehwal fell in the group stages of Women’s Singles, the focus has shifted to P.V. Sindhu (Women’s Singles) and Srikanth Kidambi (Men’s Singles). World No.11 Srikanth Kidambi has spearheaded India’s charge in Men’s Singles Badminton and has more hopes pinned on him after a win over World No.5 Jan Jorgensen in the pre-quarterfinals at Rio.

The 23-year-old however, has a trickier road ahead starting with a face-off against reigning two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan in the Quarterfinals. Can he win a bronze at least? We’ll have to wait and watch.

Quick Facts

Age: 23

Event: Men’s Singles Badminton

Achievements: Gold Medallist – 2016 South Asian Games

Best Result at Olympics: Quarterfinals* (Rio Olympics 2016)

*In Progress

Rio 2016 has turned out to be a nightmare after a highly successful 2012 London Olympics which India concluded with a tally of 6 medals. Now, all hopes rest on these five athletes from Badminton and Wrestling. Hope they come back with medals and make the country proud.

Go India Go!

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