As the Olympics is just at the corner 90 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Olympic analysts Gracenote on Wednesday predicted that India would win 17 medals in total at this year’s Olympics.
Gracenote, who provide statistical data for major tournaments across sports, said as per their model, India will win eight medals in shooting, four in boxing, three in wrestling and one each in archery and weightlifting. The total tally is projected to be four gold medals, five silver and eight bronze.
“There is greater uncertainty than we would usually expect for these Olympics and it is important to emphasise this,” Simon Gleave, the head of sports analysis at Gracenote, said.
As uptill now 90 Indian athletes have qualified for the Olympics. Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra said that by the end of June they expect a total of 120-130 sportspersons to make the cut.
Gracenote’s prediction for the top three countries on the Rio Olympics medal table turned out to be true. As per Associated Press, and they even picked eight of the top 10 medal winners.
Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat likely to finish at the top on the Podium
Wrestler Bajrang Punia has been predicted to win a gold medal. India’s other gold medallists are predicted to be grappler Vinesh Phogat, 10m air rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan and the 10m air pistol mixed team, the statistics firm.
India is projected to get most of it’s medal from the sport of Shooting as, Chaudhary and Bhaker can win a silver each, along with the 10m air rifle mixed team. Yashaswini Deswal (10m air pistol) and Divyansh Panwar (10m air rifle) are projected to win a bronze.
Pugilist Amit Panghal and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu are contenders for silver medals. In Boxing, Mary Kom can win her second Olympic medal, another bronze.
Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu, however, is estimated to miss the podium this year. Indian Men’s Hockey team could also finish in fifth place according to Grancenote.
Indian Medal Contenders at Tokyo Olympics According to Gracenote analysis
Gold: Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat (both wrestling), Elavenil Valarivan and 10m air pistol mixed team (both shooting)
Silver: Amit Panghal (boxing), Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker and 10m air rifle mixed team (shooting), Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting)
Bronze: Archery (recurve men’s team), MC Mary Kom, Manish Kaushik, Lovlina Borgohain (all boxing), Yashaswini Deswal, Divyansh Panwar (both shooting), Deepak Punia (wrestling), and Chinki Yadav* ( Not in shooting team)