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21st Commonwealth Games are starting from today at the Gold Coast of Australia. A Team comprising of 217 players have been sent from India.

The list comprises of experienced players named PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Sushil Kumar, and Gagan Narang. India has high expectations for them to win the medals. There are also some new faces who can also win the medals as depicted from their performance.

Here are the names of some new faces who are on the list of achieving the medals for India in 21st commonwealth games:
  1. Pooja Dhandha, Wrestling 

Pooja Dhandha is a 24-year-old wrestler from Haryana. She participated in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. In the girl’s freestyle 60 kg event she won the silver medal and a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Championships. In qualifiers tournament, she defeated the star Geeta Phogut and won the ticket to Commonwealth Games. She is supposed to play in the category of 57 kilograms in commonwealth games.

Emily Safer of Canada, Neolania Jenave of Mauritius, Ana Moseayawa of New Zealand, Sarah Macdad of Ireland and Odunayu of Nigeria are the competitors of Pooja for this game. Out of them only Pooja and Odunayu are the most experienced players. In 2017, Paris 55 kg Pooja secured 11th position while Odunayu was ranked in 2nd position. The two are supposed to play in the finals against each other where Pooja is expected to win the gold medal.

  1. Srihari Natraj, Swimming 

Srihari Natraj is a 17-year-old Indian Swimmer from Karnataka who improved his national record in 100m backstroke from 56.99 seconds to 56.90 seconds in Play India tournament.

He won gold medals in 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter backstroke and a silver medal in 50-meter freestyle. He is the fan of Michael Phelps’s who is the king of swimming. Shree Hari Natra who considers Manu Bhakar, the gold medalist in the world cup as his ideal is also on the list of winning the medal.

In Glasgow Commonwealth England, Chris Walker in 100-meter backstroke took 53.12 seconds. In 2016 Olympics, Great Britain Adam Patty won the gold medal for swimming in 57.13 seconds. Srihari took 56.90 seconds in India Games tournament because of which he is expected to win the gold medal for India.

  1. Manu Bhakra, shooting 

Manu Bhakra a 16-year-old Haryana girl famous for wrestling and boxing is now getting famous for her shooting skills. She won 9 medals leaving behind Hina Sindhu in the National games of 2017.  In 2018, Shooting World Cup she won the gold medal.

In the Glasgow Commonwealth Games held in 2012, Tio Tsun of Singapore won the gold medal by scoring 198.6 points. While in 2018, Rio Olympics, Zhang Manzu scored 199.4 points. Manu Bhakra in 2018, World Championship scored 237.5 points. With this performance, she is expected to break the records of Rio and Glasgow games and can become the gold medalist of India.

  1. Neeraj Chopra, Javelin Throw 

Neeraj Chopra is a 20-year-old Haryana boy who is the winner of gold medal in Junior World Cup held in 2016. He is also the gold winner of the Asian Championship held in Orissa’s Bhubaneswar in 2017 and also of South Asian Games held in the same year.

Maris Corbett of South Africa made the record of 88.75 meters in 1998 Kuala Lumpur games. Neeraj made an Indian record of 86.48m in the World Junior Championship held in 2016. His performance has increased the expectations from him to win the gold medal.

  1. Mehuli Ghosh, Shooting 

Mehuli Ghosh is a 17-year-old girl of West Bengal who is participating for the first time in the Commonwealth Games. She is the winner of 8 medals at the National Level Events held in 2017. She was the winner of the Bronze medal in the World Shooting Championships which was held in Mexico last year.

Mehuli made an Indian record for shooting by scoring 228.7 points in National Games. India’s Apurvi Chandela won the gold medal last year in Glasgow Commonwealth Games by securing 206.7 points. This year Mehuli is expected to win the gold medal for shooting.

  1. Ganesikharan, Table Tennis

Ganesikharan is the second Indian after Sharat Kamal to won Belgium Open in 2016. Sharat Kamal in 2002 won the Belgium Open. This 25-year-old boy after winning the Belgium Open was also the winner of Spanish Open in 2017. He is ranked among the world top 49th table tennis player.

In the Commonwealth Games, he is ranked 3rd by the Commonwealth table tennis federation followed by Kadri Aruna at 1st and Paul Drinkall at 2nd rank.

Paul Drinkall is the winner of Bronze medal 2014 Commonwealth Games while Kadri Aruna is the winner of bronze medal in 2018 World Cup. Both the players failed to win any final tournaments in the last six years. Ganesikharan who won the 3rd rank by winning gold in Spanish Open held in 2017 is expected to win gold in Commonwealth Games.

  1. Aruna Reddy, Gymnastics 

Aruna Reddy a 22-year-old girl from Telangana is the winner of bronze medal in the Gymnastics World Cup held in Melbourne. She became the first Indian to win the medal at Gymnastics World Cup. She was the winner of Black Belt in Karate and was a trainer before entering Gymnastic.

In Gymnastic’s Walt category she is ranked 14th. Emily White Head of Australia achieved 13.669 points in the Melbourne World Cup. While Aruna lost this match with a minor difference in scores by achieving 13.649 points. Because of this great performance, India has high expectations from her this time.

  1. Anish Bamwari, Shooting

Anish Bamwari from Haryana is the youngest player among all the athletes playing for India. This 15-year-old boy is the gold medal winner in Junior Shooting World Cup in this year. He is also on the list to win the Gold medal for India in commonwealth games.

  1. Farhan Baasha, Weight Lifter

Farhan Baasha, from Karnataka, is the oldest athlete in the list. This 44-year-old athlete is the winner of Silver Medal in Asian Para-Games held in 2010. While 42 years old Krishna from Jharkhand will participate in the normal category for Lawn Balls.

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