Ankit Sharma, 24: Ankit Sharma comes from Pinhat village in Agra and has etched a name for himself on the international level when he claimed his place in the Rio games. He qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics in men’s long jump after meeting qualification mark in Kazakhstan. Ankit qualified with a jump of 8.17 metres which is also the new national record. He has been a consistent performer over the years. Last year at the National Games held in Kerala, he breached the 8 metre barrier. He also became world’s number one long jumper in the senior outdoor category, according to International Association of Athletics federation (IAAF). Ankit started this year on a good note when he broke a 27-year event record held by Pakistan’s Md. Urfan by registering a leap of 7.89m at the South Asian Games. Ankit should be expecting a tough challenge in Rio but his focus and determination to succeed would be crucial.
Event- Men’s long jump
Qualifying event – Qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics after meeting qualification mark in Kazakhstan.
Event Date – August 13
Record- Personal best of 8.17 metres in Kazakhstan.
Career Highlights – Two-time national champion, Commonwealth Games finalist.