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These Indian women may win big at Rio Olympics 2016

Joy Tirkey | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:52 IST

The Rio Olympics 2016 is just around the corner and all the participating nations are gearing up for year's biggest sporting extravaganza.

India has sent its largest ever contingent to compete at the 2016 edition of the Olympics. All eyes will be on the Indian athletes who will give their all to bring glory to the nation by bagging the coveted gold.

While we wish all the athletes the very best, here is a list of five prospective medal winners from among the sportswomen who will represent India at Rio this August:

Dipa Karmakar (Artistic Gymnast)

India's first entry in artistic gymnastics in 64 years, the 22-year-old Karmakar vaulted into Rio Olympics 2016 with a score of 52.698 points.

Since the start of her career in the Junior Nationals in 2007, Karmakar has won 77 medals, including 67 golds across state, national and international platforms so far.

She shot to fame when she won a bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first ever Indian woman to do so. She is also one of the only five athletes in the world who have successfully landed the Produnova vault.

One of the brightest medal prospects, Dipa will surely win the coveted gold and make the nation proud.

Heena Sidhu (10m Air Pistol)

Sidhu booked her Olympic berth by securing a gold in 10m air pistol at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in New Delhi in January this year. She shot 199.4 in the finals to beat Chinese Taipei's Tien Chia Chen (198.1) and Gim Yun Mi (177.9) of South Korea.

She broke the 10m air pistol world record in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals in Munich - a victory that bagged her a gold medal and the honour of being the first ever woman to do so. The feat shot her up the ladder and she took the top spot in world rankings in 2014.

Sidhu won a gold in 10m air pistol doubles in 2012 Commonwealth Games and a silver in individual event. In the 2012 London Olympics, Sidhu secured the 12th position. This time around, Sidhu, who is in top form, is expected to bring home a handful of accolades.

Dutee Chand (100m sprinter)

Dutee Chand is the first Indian female sprinter to compete at the Olympics since the qualification standards which were introduced at the 1988 Seoul Games. She broke a 36-year jinx to follow to achieve the feat after PT Usha competed at the 1980 Moscow Games.

Dutee clocked a record time of 11.30 seconds during the heats at the 26th International Meeting G Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Later that day, she bettered the national record as she clocked 11.24 seconds to win the silver medal.

Chand, a five-time national champion and two-time Asian Junior Champion, may turn the tide in favour of India this time around and may bag that elusive medal in the 100m sprint.

Deepika Kumari (Archery)

The world number 5 bagged silver at the Archery World Cup 2016 in Antalya along with Atanu Das.

She made India proud by equalling the world record of 686/720 points set by South Korea's Ki Bo-Bae at Archery World Cup in Shanghai in 2015.

Kumari booked her berth in the 2016 Olympics berth by winning a silver medal in 2015 World Championships in 2015. The world class archer will hope to return from the Olympics with yet another feather in her cap.

Apurvi Chandela (10m Air Rifle)

Apurvi Chandela qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after clinching 10m air rifle bronze in the 2015 ISSF World Cup (Rifle or Pistol) in Changwon, Korea. Winning gold in her very first appearance at the senior circuit at the National Championship 2012, she made quite a name for herself. From then on, there was no looking back for Chandela.

In the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Chandela won a gold in the 10m air rifle event. She won a gold and a bronze at the 35th Intershoot competition held in the Netherlands.

Chandela, who bagged silver in the 2015 World Cup Final in Munich, also broke the world record for the finals round by shooting 211.2 to win gold.

The 25-year-old, who will make her Olympics debut this summer, is bound to work hard to meet the massive expectations that India has from her.

First published: 3 August 2016, 6:28 IST