Two medals expected in discus throw
In the women’s discus throw event, India can also get two medals from Seema Antil and Navjit Kaur Dhillon, who had won silver and bronze respectively in the 2018 edition. Antil is on her way to her fifth medal. She has never come empty handed from the Commonwealth Games, although her best performance this season has been 57.09m. Navjeet hasn’t thrown the discus for 60 meters this year, his best of 58.03 meters in May. India’s Nitender Rawat will take part in the marathon race which will be held on July 30 while other track and field events will be held from August 2-7.
Neeraj Chopra will get a challenge
Defending champion Chopra is not a definite contender for the gold medal as he will be up against Grenada’s Anderson Peters for the first place. Peters had finished third in the 2018 Gold Coast Games with 82.20m while Chopra won the gold with 86.47m. But after that Peters won the 2019 World Championships and has thrown more than 90 meters three times this year.
Sreeshankar, a medal contender in Birmingham, was among the contenders at the World Championships but finished seventh with a jump of 7.99m. The disappointment of the World Championship may propel him to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. Another long jump Indian, Mohammad Anees Yahia, could also be in the race for a medal if he jumps 8m, which he has done five times this season, with a best jump of 8.15m in March. Avinash Sable will again be up against Kenya’s World Championship bronze medalists Consueslas Kipruto and Abraham Kibivot for the top spot in the 3000m steeplechase. India’s three triple jumper Praveen Chitravel, Abdullah Abubakar and Aldos Paul are also doing well this season.
Two players out due to doping
Sekar Dhanalakshmi and Aishwarya Babu were dropped from the team after failing a doping test. Dhanalakshmi’s absence will affect the women’s 4x100m relay team but the presence of England, Jamaica, Canada and Australia does not leave India among the top contenders. The country so far has 28 medals (five gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze) in the athletics event of the Commonwealth Games, in which the legendary athlete Milkha Singh won the gold medal in the men’s 440 yard event in 1958.