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
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).
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
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
Event: Women’s Singles Badminton
Achievements: Bronze Medallist – 2013 & 2014 Badminton World Championships
Best Result at Olympics: Semifinals* (Rio Olympics 2016)