Saina Nehwal had won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics before PV Sindhu bettered it with a silver in the last edition at 2016 Rio Games. Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says India will improve even further in Tokyo 2020.
On Saturday, the 20-year-old who was once mocked for being overweight ended India’s dubious record in heavyweight categories at the World Championships, becoming the first wrestler to reach the final in these classes.
"We need to make sure our rankings are high enough to play together. Wherever we can play together, we are still trying to. The good part is that the ranking deadline for the Olympics is the 2020 French Open," said Rohan Bopanna.
Bajrang Punia staged another late comeback in the bronze medal match at the Wrestling World Championship on Friday, coming back from 0-6 down to win 8-7 against Mongolia’s Tulga Tumur Ochir. This is his third medal in the World Championships.
Manish Kaushik's initiation to boxing coincided with the sport's phenomenal rise in India after Vijender Singh, one of the icons from his state, became the country's first Olympic medallist in the sport in 2008.
Mirabai Chanu improved her personal best to 201 kg at the World Weightlifting Championship, also setting a new national record. She failed to finish on the Worlds podium, but with only one Chinese lifter set to go to the next Olympics, Mirabai is in good stead to grab a medal at Tokyo 2020.
Today, the Greek scientist is in the news for his latest innovation: a technology that will investigate the effect of extreme weather conditions on elite athletes in real-time using a smart wrist band, which he is developing, and an electronic pill.