21st Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast starts from today, 4 April 2018. India has sent a team of 217 players here. Among them are experienced players like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Sushil Kumar, Gagan Narang. The country has hopes of medals from them. There are some new faces that have got the confidence of bringing medal with their performance. Among them there are, Manu Bhaker, who won gold in the World Cup, and swimmer Srihari Nataraj.
Today, we are going to tell you that how there is so much speculation in these unknown faces and why their claim for the medal is strong.
1. Pooja Dhanda, Wrestling
Performance: Pooja Dhandha (24 years) of Haryana, brightened her name in Youth Olympics in 2010 by winning silver medal. After that she won Bronze Medal in the 2014 Asian Championships. Pooja won the ticket of Commonwealth Games by defeating Star Wrestler Geeta Phogat in the qualifiers tournament. She will play in the 57 kilogram category this time.
2. Srihari Nataraj, Swimming
Performance: ShriHari of Karnataka improved his National record in the 100 meter back stroke. Earlier, his national record was 56.99 seconds, while in Khelo India he took 56.90 seconds.
17-year-old Shreehari won gold in the 100 meter free-style, 50 meter back stroke, 4 * 100 medley relay, 200 meter back stroke, 100m back stroke and 4 * 100 freestyle sticks and Silver in the 50 meter free-style wins. Swimmer’s ‘King’ Michael Phelps’s Fan Shrihari is expected to win many medals in the Gold Coast.
3. Manu Bhaker, Shooting
Performance: Haryana’s Manu Bhaker (16 years) is a new sensation of shooting. She won 9 medals in national games in 2017. She has left behind Hina Sidhu in many competitions. Manu won gold in the 2018 shooting World Cup.
4. Neeraj Chopra, Javelin Throw
After winning gold at the Asian Championships in Orissa’s Bhubaneswar in 2017, his claims in the Commonwealth Games have been strengthened. Neeraj, the 20-year-old Haryana hero, won gold in the Junior World Cup in 2016 and won gold in the same year’s South Asian Games.
5. Mehuli Ghosh, Shooting
Performance: 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh of West Bengal will participate for the first time in the Commonwealth Games. Mehuli won eight medals at the national level event in 2017. In the World Shooting Championships held in Mexico last year, she won Bronze Medal. Mehuli has been in the best form since last two years. Hopefully she wouldl bring gold to the country in the Gold Coast.
6. S Gnanasekaran, Table tennis
Performance: Gnanasekaran won the Belgian Open in 2016. He is the second Indian to achieve this achievement. Before that in 2002, Achanta Sharath Kamal won the Belgian Open. 25 year old Ganeshakaran captured the Spanish Open in 2017 after the Belgian Open. So, expectations of winning medal from him in Gold Coast have increased. He is the world’s 49th table tennis player.
7. Aruna Reddy, Gymnastics
Performance – Aruna Reddy of Telangana has increased the expectations of getting medals from the Gold Coast by winning bronze at the gymnastics World Cup held in Melbourne before the Commonwealth Games. She is the country’s first gymnast to win a medal in the World Cup. 22-year-old Aruna, who had got black belt in Karate, was a trainer before coming to gymnastics.
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