The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics has begun with the beginning of the torch relay on March 25, 2021. The Games which was supposed to take place last year had to be postponed amid soaring coronavirus infection rates and lockdowns across the world.
As the mercury rises in excitement, Indians are once again weaving big dreams and expectations around our athletes who are raring to raise our flag at the world's grandest sporting stage. On a closer look, 86 Indian athletes, including two teams, have so far qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, where India will be expectedly aiming to send over 111 athletes as part of the contingent.
So far, with 28 medals in 31 editions of the summer games, the Indian contingent has set sights on higher goals. We are harbouring a collective attitude of optimism and striving to enhance our medal haul. So far, the London Olympics in 2012 has proven to be India's best show at the Games with our athletes raking up six medals. Here's a look at the athletes and their performances who have qualified for Tokyo Olympics.
Which Indian archers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?
Indian men recurve archers staged an enthralling performance at the Archery World Championships 2019 in June to seal the berth at the Olympics. The trio comprising Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, and Praveen Jadhav broke into the Quarterfinals of the tournament which earned them the berth at Tokyo.
Deepika Kumari won the gold medal in the women's recurve event at the Olympic qualifying Asian Archery event in 2019, which helped her to seal the Olympic quota place in the women's recurve individual category.
Which Indian wrestlers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?
Three wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Deepak Puniya have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in men's freestyle wrestling. In women's wrestling, Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik, Sonam Malik and Seema Bisla have earned her berth at the Tokyo Olympics.
Which Indians have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in athletics?
20km race walking
In March 2019, national record holder Kolothum Thodi Irfan became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the Olympics.
Bhawna Jat became the second Indian and first woman to qualify for 20km racewalking from India for the Tokyo Olympics clocking a new National Record of 1:29.54 secs.
Sandeep Kumar and Priyanka Goswami also qualified for Tokyo Olympics when they broke the men and women's 20km Race Walk National Records at Senior National Race Walking Championship in February 2021,
Rahul Kumar, who finished second in the men's event, also qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games
50km race walking
Gurpreet Singh, qualified for the Tokyo olympics as
4x400m mixed team relay
The mixed relay team of Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Krishna Mathew, and Noah Nirmal secured their berth in the Tokyo Olympics at the 2019 Athletics World Championships. The AFI selected team of Sarthak Bhambri, Alex Antony, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan & Dhanlakshmi Sekhar based on their performances in Indian Grand Prix, Inter-state National Championships and selection trials.
4x400m Men team relay
Indian men relay team qualified for the tokyo olympics at 16th rank in world athletics rankings as on 29 june 2021, The AFI selected team of Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Naganathan Pandi and Noah Nirmal Tom based on their performances in Indian Grand Prix, Inter-state National Championships and selection trials.
India's Avinash Sable sealed his berth at the Tokyo Olympics by clocking a national record timing of 8:21:37 in the men's 3000m steeplechase final at the World Athletics Championships 2019.
One of India's Tokyo Olympic medal hopeful, Neeraj Chopra threw 87.86 meters to achieve Olympic qualification at the Athletics Central North East Meeting held at the Kenneth McArthur Stadium in South Africa.
Shivpal Singh qualified for his maiden Olympic Games in Tokyo he crossed the qualifying standard of 85m by hurling the spear at 85.47m in the ACNW Meeting at the McArthur Stadium. Among the women, the only Indian to have qualified is Annu Rani.
Indian long jumper Sreeshankar Murali qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by jumping 8.26m to create a national record in the 24th Senior Federation Cup.
Kamalpreet Kaur booked her ticket for the Tokyo Olympic Games after she sent the discus to 65.06 meters at the 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships held in Patiala. Seema Punia also joined her
Shot-putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with an Asian and national record throw at the Indian Grand Prix 4 in Patiala.
Which Indian shooters have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?
Shooting remains to be one of the biggest medal hopes for India at the Olympics with 15 world-class shooters from the nation earning berths for Tokyo. Here's a look:
10 M Air Rifle (Men's)
Divyansh Singh Panwar in April 2019 secured an Olympic quota place in shooting by winning a silver in the ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
Deepak Kumar celebrated his birthday by booking a place at the Tokyo Olympics after claiming the bronze medal at the 14th Asian Championship, Doha in November 2019.
10 M Air Rifle (Women's)
Anjum Moudgil was the first Indian shooter to earn a Tokyo Olympics berth by taking a silver medal at the 2018 ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea.
Apurvi Chandela also qualified for Tokyo at the same event where she finished at the fourth position.
10 M Air Pistol (Men's)
In February 2019, Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the world record to win gold in the ISSF World Cup in Delhi and secured an Olympic quota.
Abhishek Verma clinched India's second Olympic quota in the men's Air Pistol with a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in Beijing in April 2019.
10 M Air Pistol (Women's)
Manu Bhaker qualified for the Olympics after she narrowly missed a medal by 0.1 points in the ISSF World Cup in Munich in May 2019.
Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured an Olympic quota by upstaging the women's 10m air pistol's numero uno shooter Olena Kostevych of Ukraine for gold in the ISSF World Cup, Rio De Janeiro in September 2019.
50 M Rifle 3 Position (Men's)
Sanjeev Rajput secured an Olympic berth with a silver medal in the men's 50m rifle 3 position at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Rio De Janeiro. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar won the bronze medal and earned a quota for the Tokyo Olympics in the finals of the 50m rifle 3P event at the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha, Qatar in November 2019.
50 M Rifle 3 Position (Women's)
Tejaswini Sawant secured a quota for the Tokyo Olympics after she qualified for the finals of women's 50m Rifle 3 Position event at the Asian Shooting Championship in Doha, Qatar in November 2019.
25 m Pistol (Women's)
Rahi Sarnobat booked an Olympic berth for India with a gold in the women's 25m pistol event at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Munich.
Chinki Yadav earned another quota in the same event at the 2019 Asian Shooting Championship in Doha.
Indian shooters Angad Veer Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan earned Olympics Tokyo quotas as they won gold and silver, respectively in the skeet event of the 2019 Asian Shooting Championships in Doha.
Which Indian badminton players have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?
India is sending four badminton players to Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu will be a part of the women's singles event. B Sai Praneeth will be a part of the men's singles event. Whereas, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be a part of men's doubles event.
Has the Indian hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?
On November 2, 2019, the Indian men's hockey and women's hockey teams ensured their berth at the Tokyo Olympics with their respective victories at the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
Which Indian boxers have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?
India is sending its biggest-ever boxing contingent in the Games at the Tokyo Olympics. A total of nine boxers earned their Olympic qualification during the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in Jordan in 2019. Six-time world champion pugilist Mary Kom will be the cynosure of all eyes who will be delivering her swansong in Tokyo, whereas the likes Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan will be aiming for their first-ever Olympic medals.
Mary Kom - Women's 51 kg
Simranjit Kaur - Women's 60kg
Lovlina Borgohain - Women's 69kg
Pooja Rani - Women's 75kg
Amit Panghal - Men's 52kg
Manish Kaushik - Men's 63kg
Vikas Krishan - Men's 69kg
Ashish Kumar - Men's 75kg
Satish Kumar - Men's +91kg
Which Indian has qualified in Equestrian at the Tokyo Olympics?
Double Asian Games medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza officially became the first Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, ending a wait spanning two decades in January 2020.
Which Indian has qualified for Tokyo Olympics in Fencing?
Tamil Nadu's CA Bhavani Devi has become the first-ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in March 2021. Bhavani Devi qualified through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) method. She was ranked 45th and occupied one of the two available slots based on the ranking.
Indians qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Table Tennis?
India's top table tennis players Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Sutirtha Mukherjee earned berths for the Tokyo Olympics at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament (AOQT) in Doha, Qatar in March 2021.
Indians qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Sailing?
Vishnu Saravanan - Men's Laser
K.C. Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar - Men's 49er
Nethra Kumanan - Women's Laser Radial
Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Weightlifting?
India has sent the lone entry of Mirabai Chanu for the Tokyo Olympics after the former World champion was placed second in the women's 49kg Absolute Ranking released by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). Mirabai gathered 4133, 6172 Robi points to come second behind Chinese Hou Zhihui (4926, 4422) in the rankings published by the IWF on Friday. The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) sent Mirabai's entry after the confirmation of her place from the 'world' quota.
Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Judo?
Indian judoka Sushila Devi has provisionally qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by claiming the continental quota but her participation in the Games will be confirmed only after the final list of qualifiers is released on June 28.
Indians qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Rowing?
Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the Olympics in men's lightweight double sculls event after finishing second in the final race of the Asia-Oceania Continental Qualifying Regatta in Tokyo.
Another Indian, Jakar Khan finished fourth in the men's singles sculls final which offer five Olympic quotas but he missed out as a country gets only one qualifying spot from this regatta.
Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Golf?
Seasoned Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri qualified for his second successive Olympic Games by grabbing the last available spot in the final Tokyo Games Rankings for men. He has been joined by Udayan Mane and Aditi Ashok
Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Gymnastics?
Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak, who had claimed a bronze in vault at the Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championships in 2019, is set to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying through the continental quota.
Indian qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in Swimming?
Indian swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash have qualified for the Olympics as they have made the 'A' qualification cut for the Games.