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« on: August 09, 2016, 12:10:52 AM »

India is fielding their biggest ever athletic contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics and the question on everyone's mind is, can they win 10 medals at least this time around. There's no doubt they India can double their tally what they achieved during the 2012 London Games. But who will win those medals? We put our bets on these athletes, who we feel have the most realistic chance of winning a medal at the Rio Olympics.

Jitu Rai



Probably India's best bet at repeating Abhinav Bindra's historic feat, eight years after, Jitu Rai is Indian shooting's golden boy and in red hot form. The Nepal-born Armyman of the Gurkha regiment is a serious medal contender in the 50m pistol shooting event. That's the format he's had a lot of success in, running in to Rio. Rai won gold medals in 50m air pistol during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games same year. The other event he's capable of taking a medal is the 10m air pistol, in which he won the 2014 ISSF World Cup gold at Maribor and silver in the Munich event. India's shooting team will be extremely disappointed to not get a medal out of the 29-year-old. Expect at least one silver medal from him.

Event starts: August 5

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2016, 12:11:51 AM »

Saina Nehwal



Undoubtedly Saina Nehwal will headline India's badminton team at Rio but this time things are different from 2012. Saina is a lot more hungry four years later and is bidding to be India's first female gold medallist at Olympics. Of course, she faces the toughest of draws with the Chinese, Taiwanese and the Indonesians, athletes who have been dominant over decades in Olympic badminton, standing in her way. Saina has ensured she reached the knockout stages on each of her previous two Olympics. After reaching many a heights in 2015, including the World No 1 ranking, Saina had a heart-breaking loss to Spain's Carolina Marin in the All-England Championships and she's only come out stronger from then. A silver is a realistic target.   

Event starts: August 11
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2016, 12:13:04 AM »

Jwala-Ashwini



Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa were oh so close to getting a medal in London 2012 and they're now more than determined to get a medal four years later. Jwala has over the last decade established herself as the best doubles player in badminton. With Ashwini, she shares an excellent rapport and has won quite a few medals post the London 2012 Games. The duo won a silver medal at 2014 CWG and 2014 Asian Championships. They made the semi-finals of the Indian GP in 2015 and 2016 as well as the US GP Gold in 2015. Their big win came last year by winning the Canada Open last year. They're heading into Rio with top form as they won gold at the women's doubles and the team event event at the South Asian Games in Guwahati.

Event starts: August 11.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2016, 12:13:56 AM »

Heena Sidhu



Heena is the brightest prospect among India's female shooters and medal contender. The 26-year-old 10m Air Pistol shooter from Mumbai won the 2013 Rifle/Pistol ISSF World Cup gold in Munich and followed that up with bronze at the 2014 Asian Games. However, a gold in the 2015 Asian Shooting championships bolstered her confidence even more. She's the only Indian to take part in the 25 rapid fire pistol event and the fraternity expects a lot from Heena, who is playing her second Olympics.

Event starts: August 7
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2016, 12:14:43 AM »

Deepika Kumari



Continuing with aiming sports, Indian archer Deepika Kumari seemed to have hit the right form just in time for the mega event. The archery team suffered a major setback during the London Games but Deepika's feat earlier this year at the Archery World Cup has raised realistic hopes once again. A product of the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, this Ranchi girl equalled the world record in the women's recurve event when she recorded a score of 686/720 to set the archery world buzzing. Playing her second Olympics, Deepika's chances rise when she teams up with Bombayla Devi and Laxmi Rani Majhi in the team event and if they can beat the South Koreans standing in their way, India might well have their first archery medal.

Event starts: August 5
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2016, 12:17:50 AM »

Sania-Bopanna



Almost a month back, Sania had made it clear that India's best chance at a medal in Olympics in tennis is in the mixed doubles category. That's because of the comfort factor that Sania shares with her partner Rohan Bopanna as compared to Leander Paes. Both Sania and Bopanna are expected to bring their best doubles game together and they will form a strong team. From 16 mixed doubles pairs, a bronze is a realistic opportunity for Sania.

Event Starts: August 10.

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