Indians Who Have Qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2020
India, the country of 1.3 billion people, has historically struggled to make a mark in the Olympic Games. But in the last decade or so, especially after Abhinav Bindra’s Gold medal, efforts have been made to improve the nation’s performance in one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Indian.
Men’s 20 km Walk
K. T. Irfan will participate in the men’s 20 km race walking. The 29-year old was the first Indian track and field athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics back in March. Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes 57 seconds at the 2019 Asian Race Walking championship in Japan to clear the Olympic qualification criteria by just 3 seconds. He finished 11th in the competition, 2 minutes and 42 seconds behind the gold medallist.
After a no-show at the Rio Olympics, Indian men’s archery team made sure they do not miss out on yet another Olympic participation. The team of Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, and Praveen Jadhav qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with an exceptional performance at the 2019 World Archery Championship.
Indian women’s archery team, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the Olympics at the World Championship. But Deepika Kumari and co will get another shot at the qualification in November in the Asian Continental Qualification Tournament.
After Hockey and Wrestling, Shooting has brought most medals for India in Olympics. And interestingly, all of them have come in the 21st century. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the first medal in shooting in 2004, Abhinav Bindra’s historic Gold came in 2008, followed by Vijay Kumar’s silver and Gagan Narang’s bronze in 2012.
Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10 m Air Rifle)
Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela were the ones to get the ball rolling for India for the Tokyo Games. They were the first two Indian athletes to qualify for the Olympics. At the 2018 World Championship, where top four qualify for the Olympics, the duo made the most of that opportunity.
Saurabh Chaudhary (10 m Air Pistol)
A 17-year old sensation, Saurabh Chaudhary has set the stage on fire in the past two years. He won the Gold medal in the 2018 Youth Olympics and became the youngest Indian Gold medallist at the Asian Games.
Chaudhary qualified for the Tokyo Olympic with a gold medal in 2019 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. He followed it with yet another Gold in the third phase of the World Cup in Munich..
Abhishek Verma (10 m Air Pistol)
India’s second participant in the 10 m air pistol event, Abhishek Verma also booked his ticket to Tokyo with a gold medal in the second phase of the ISSF World Cup in Beijing..
Divyansh Singh Panwar (10 m Air Rifle)
Yet another wonder kid, 16-year old Divyansh Singh Panwar booked his Olympic quota with a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. Divyansh, who trains at the same shooting range in Rajasthan where Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore once did, missed the gold by just 0.4 points. But it was enough for him to start working for the next year’s mega event.
Rahi Sarnobat (25 m Pistol)
After missing Rio Olympics due to injury, nothing could stop Rahi Samoba from booking a place for the Tokyo Games. The 28-year old won the Gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Munich and will be on her flight to the Olympics for the second time.
Manu Bhaker (10 m Air Pistol)
It is safe to say that the future of Indian Shooting is in safe hands. After all, the 17-year old Manu Bhaker is the third teenager to qualify for the Olympics. Manu had an exceptional 2018, with a gold and silver at the Youth Olympics gold at the Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup.
But in the 2019 World Cup, she missed out on a podium and had to settle for the 4th place after an equipment failure.