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Commonwealth Games 2018: A look at India's medal contenders

India have left their mark in every field and this time, all the hopes lie on the star players to bring home plenty of silverware.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 03, 2018 16:22 IST ]
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From Left: PV Sindhu, Jitu Raim Sushil Kumar and Neeraj Chopra

With just two days to go for the 21st Commonwealth Games, we take a look at some of the Indian contingent's top stars and dark horses to watch out for at an event where the country stands fourth in the all-time medal tally. India have left their mark in every field and this time, all the hopes lie on the star players to bring home plenty of silverware.

SHOOTING

India is second in the CWG's all-time medal list for shooting and it is expected that the marksmen and women will once again be contributing a bountiful of medals. Here are some of the strong medal bets.

India Tv - Shooting: Heena Sidhu

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Shooting: Heena Sidhu

Heena Sidhu: The feisty pistol shooter from Punjab is in fine form going into the Games, having claimed three gold medals at the Commonwealth Championships a few months ago. She will be competing in the women's 25m pistol and 10m air pistol competitions.

India Tv - Shooting: Manu Bhaker

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Shooting: Manu Bhaker

Manu Bhaker: The 16-year-old has been nothing short of sensational with two gold medals (individual and team) in her maiden senior World Cup just weeks ago. She would be lining up alongside Heena in the 10m air pistol event.

India Tv - Shooting: Jitu Rai

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Shooting: Jitu Rai

Jitu Rai: The diminutive Army shooter is a strong medal hope and would be aiming for a second successive CWG gold in the men's 50m pistol event. The 30-year-old will also try his fortunes in the 10m air pistol competition and a medal in Gold Coast would help heal some of the disappointment of his Olympic failure in 2016 Rio Games.

ATHLETICS

The blue-riband event of all multi-sport extravaganzas, athletics gave India a gold, silver and a bronze in the 2014 CWG.

India Tv - Athletics: Neeraj Chopra

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Athletics: Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra: The 20-year-old javelin thrower would be a carrying a massive burden of expectations and it remains to be seen how he responds to the spotlight. At the senior world championships in London some months ago, the junior world record-holder failed to qualify for the finals. A gold at last year's Asian Championships is his biggest achievement going into his maiden CWG.

India Tv - Athletics: Seema Punia

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Athletics: Seema Punia

Seema Punia: The discus thrower, who claimed a silver in the Glasgow Games, would be eyeing a golden end to her CWG stint. The 34-year-old achieved two-year best when she threw to 61.05m, which was also a meet record at the Federation Cup last month. It remains to be seen whether the Asian Games champion can better-defending gold-medallist and home favourite Dani Stevens and finish on top.

India Tv - Athletics: Tejaswin Shankar

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Athletics: Tejaswin Shankar

Tejaswin Shankar: The 19-year-old high-jumper bettered his own national record marginally at the Federation Cup last month. He improved it from 2.26m to 2.28m. He can be considered a strong medal hope going by the results of the previous Games where the silver-medallist had jumped 2.28m.

BADMINTON

A gold by P Kashyap was the icing on the cake as the shuttlers returned with four medals from Glasgow and this time, the expectations would be much higher with a star-studded line-up set to take the court.

India Tv - Badminton: PV Sidhu

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Badminton: PV Sidhu

P V Sindhu: The Olympic silver-medallist is being seen as a sure-shot medallist. She won a bronze in last edition and the world No.3 looks set to change the colour of the medal when she takes the court this time.

India Tv - Badminton: Saina Nehwal

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Badminton: Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal: Still regaining her fitness after a career-threatening knee surgery, 2010 gold-medallist Saina would be a strong contender too if she manages to remain fit during the event, which she missed in 2014 owing to injuries.

India Tv - Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth

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Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth

K Srikanth: In the absence of an injured Kashyap, Srikanth would be India's men's singles medal hope and he would aim to do better than the quarterfinal finish of the 2014 Games.

BOXING

There was no gold to show for the last time around and the speculated needle controversy hasn't done them any good here. But the Indians are among the strongest boxing contingents.

India Tv - Boxing: Mary Kom

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Boxing: Mary Kom

M C Mary Kom: A colossal figure not just in India boxing but international boxing as well, the 35-year-old Mary Kom would be, hold your breath, making her CWG debut here. The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist is a favourite to pick up the 48kg gold and make her first and last CWG a memorable affair.

India Tv - Boxing: Vikas Krishan

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Boxing: Vikas Krishan

Vikas Krishan: One of India's just four men's world medallists, Vikas has come here after claiming a gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria in February. Like Mary Kom, Vikas will also be making his debut at the Games and would be a strong contender in the 75kg division.

WRESTLING

India are second in the CWG all-time medal list of wrestling and are expected to dominate this time around as well.

India Tv - Wrestling: Sushil Kumar

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Wrestling: Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar: The gold-medallist from 2014 is making a comeback to big-ticket wrestling after an injury-hampered and controversy-filled two years. The double Olympic medallist would be aiming for another gold when he competes in 74kg men's freestyle event.

India Tv - Wrestling: Sakshi Malik

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Wrestling: Sakshi Malik

Sakshi Malik: The Rio bronze-medallist has been in good form and would be expected to better the silver medal she claimed at the Glasgow Games. She would be in action in the 62kg freestyle event.

India Tv - Wrestling: Vinesh Phogat

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Wrestling: Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat: 2014 Gold medallist, Vinesh suffered a career-threatening injury at the Rio Olympics but she returned to win a silver medal (55kg) at the Asian Championship and claimed the gold at National Championships. She would be a medal contender when she competes in 50kg this time.

(With PTI Inputs)

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