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List of Indian athletes who have already secured qualification for Paris Olympics 2024

Published at :June 19, 2024 at 4:37 PM
Modified at :June 19, 2024 at 4:37 PM
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M Sudharshan


The Indian men’s hockey team are among those who have already qualified.

The Paris Olympics 2024 is less than three months away and several athletes across the globe have assured themselves a spot for the mega event. In the previous edition 124 Indians across various sporting events took part in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 which was the largest contingent to take part till date at the Olympics. This time the number is set to increase exponentially with the many athletes setting higher standards.

Till now, Indians athletes in Athletics (11) and Shooting (21) have secured most quotas for Paris Olympics 2024. A point to be noted here is that in Shooting the quota is acquired by the NOC – in this case it is NRAI (National Rifle Association of India). After the end of qualification cycle, NRAI conducts trials and the best performing shooters will be given a chance to represent India.

In Athletics, seven race walkers have secured their qualification to the mega event followed by poster boy Neeraj Chopra in men’s Javelin. The reigning Olympic gold medalist secured his qualification after recording a season best throw of 88.77m in the qualifying rounds in the World Athletics Championships 2023. Similarly, Parul Chaudhary too qualified after clocking a personal best and national record time in women’s Steeplechase at World Championships.

Commonwealth Games silver medalist Avinash Sable secured a quota after finishing sixth at the Silesia Diamond League by clocking 08:11.63. On the other hand, the Shooting contingent are way ahead in terms of numbers, with 21 shooters across rifle/pistol and shotgun have secured qualification. Youngster Rudrankksh Patil was the first to obtain quota in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF World Championships 2022.

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Indian athletes who have already secured qualification for Paris Olympics 2024

Archery (1)

  • Dhiraj Bommadevara (Men’s Individual Recurve)
  • Bhajan Kaur (Women’s Individual Recurve)

Athletics (11)

While the likes of Neeraj Chopra, Kishore Jena, Parul Chaudhary, Avinash Sable and Murali Sreeshankar have already booked their place in Paris, the Indian male race walkers will have to wait for June’s national selection trials to determine who will be heading to Paris 2024. As many as seven race walkers have breached the entry standard qualification mark, but each NOC (National Olympic Committees) can send only a maximum of three athletes in each event.

  • Suraj Panwar (Men’s 20m Race Walk)
  • Vikash Singh (Men’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Paramjeet Bisht (Men’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Akashdeep Singh (Men’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Ram Baboo (Men’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Servin Sebastian (Men’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Arshpreet Singh (Men’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Priyanka Goswami (Women’s 20km Race Walk)
  • Neeraj Chopra (Men’s Javelin Throw)
  • Murali Sreeshankar (Men’s Long Jump)
  • Avinash Sable (Men’s 3000m Steeplechase)
  • Parul Chaudhary (Women’s 3000m Steeplechase)
  • Kishore Kumar Jena (men’s Javelin throw)
  • Priyanka Goswami and Akshdeep Singh (Mixed Marathon Race Walking Relay)
  • Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Muhammed Ajmal, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob (Men’s Relay Team)
  • Rupal Chaudhary, M R Poovamma, Jyothika Sri Dandi and Subha Venkatesan (Women’s Relay Team)

Badminton (7)

Seven Indian shuttlers, including two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, secured qualification for Paris 2024 after the qualification period ended on April 28, 2024. The shuttlers secured their place in the final draw based on their positions on the “Race to Paris” rankings list. India qualified for four of the five categories in badminton.

  • HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen (Men’s Singles)
  • PV Sindhu (Women’s Singles)
  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty (Men’s Doubles)
  • Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto (Women’s Doubles)

Boxing (6)

With less than a month to go for Paris Olympics, five Indian boxers booked their spots for the Olympics. Unlike other sports, the pugilists have acquired themselves the quota – rather not the federation. If the boxers in any categories are injured, then in that case the boxers can be replaced. Parveen Hooda had also qualified for Paris in Women’s 57kg but was later banned by WADA due to doping rule violation.

  • Nikhat Zareen (Women’s 51kg)
  • Lovlina Borgohain (Women’s 75kg)
  • Preeti Pawar (Women’s 54kg)
  • Jaismine (Women’s 57kg)
  • Nishant Dev (Men’s 71kg)
  • Amit Panghal (Men’s 51kg)

Also Read: What does Parveen Hooda’s suspension mean for India’s boxing contingent for Paris 2024?

Equestrian (1)

Anush Agarwalla, who had won a historic individual bronze medal at the 2023 Asian Games, has secured a Paris Olympic quota for the country in dressage discipline.

  • Anush Agarwalla

Golf (2)

India’s number one male golfer Shubhankar Sharma and compatriot Gaganjeet Bhullar have earned the ticket to the Paris Olympics. This was confirmed after the International Golf Federation (IGF) revealed its Olympic qualification list of 60 men and women golfers for the Olympic Golf tournament.

  • Shubhankar Sharma
  • Gaganjeet Bhullar

Hockey (1)

The Indian men’s hockey team secured a direct entry into the Paris Olympics after beating Japan in the final of Asian Games 2023. Harmanpreet Singh led side dominated play throughout the quadrennial extravaganza.

  • Indian men’s hockey team

Rowing (1)

In the 2024 World Asian and Oceanian Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta held in Chungju, South Korea, Balraj Panwar earned India’s inaugural quota for the Paris Olympics. He achieved this by securing a third-place finish in the men’s single sculls category on 21 April 2024. The 25-year-old rower, who serves in the Indian Army, recorded a time of 7:01.27 minutes over the 2000m distance.

  • Balraj Panwar (men’s single sculls)

Sailing (2)

Vishnu Sarvanan secured a quota place Paris 2024 with a 26th place finish at the ILCA-7 World Championship in Australia. While he finished 26th among 152 participants, Saravanan was fifth among sailors looking to grab a Paris Olympics quota. If selected by the NOC to represent the country at Paris, this will be the second time Vishnu Saravanan will head to the Olympics. At Tokyo 2020, he finished 20th in a field of 35 sailors.

Nethra Kumanan also secured a Paris Olympics quota in sailing after finishing fifth on day 5 of the Last Chance Regatta in the ILCA 6 category in France. Nethra secured the quota via the ENP (Emerging Nation Program Quota) which is given to the best ENP sailor following the top three. She had also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Vishnu Saravanan
  • Nethra Kumanan

Shooting (21)

21 Indian shooters secured qualification quotas for Paris Olympics 2024. The NRAI then conducted additional selection trials to pick the final squad. Eventually, the national governing body for shooting named a 15-member Rifle and Pistol contingent for Paris 2024. Similarly, NRAI also announced a five-member shotgun team.

Rifle

  • Men’s 10m Air Rifle: Sandeep Singh, Arjun Babuta
  • Women’s 10m Air Rifle: Elavenil Valarivan, Ramita
  • Women’s 50m Rifle 3P: Sift Kaur Samra, Anjum Moudgil
  • Men’s 50m Rifle 3P: Swapnil Kusale, Aishwary Tomar
  • Mixed team 10m Air Rifle: Sandeep Singh and Elavenil Valarivan, Arjun Babuta and Ramita

Pistol:

  • Men’s 10m Air Pistol: Sarabjot Singh, Arjun Cheema
  • Women’s 10m Air Pistol: Manu Bhaker, Rhythm Sangwan
  • Women’s 25m Pistol: Manu Bhaker, Esha Singh
  • Men’s 25m Pistol: Anish Bhanwala, Vijayveer Sidhu
  • Mixed team 10m Air Pistol: Sarabjot Singh and Manu Bhaker, Arjun Cheema and Rhythm Sangwan.

Shotgun:

  • Men’s Trap: Prithviraj Tondaiman
  • Women’s Trap: Rajeshwari Kumari
  • Men’s Skeet: Anantjeet Singh Naruka
  • Women’s Skeet: Raiza Dhillon, Maheshwari Chauhan
  • Skeet Mixed Team: Anantjeet Singh Naruka, Maheshwari Chauhan

Table Tennis (6)

The Indian men’s and women’s teams scripted history as they qualified for the Olympics for the first time based on latest World Rankings. Both teams have booked their spots in Paris Olympics 2024 after being ranked inside the top 16 of the latest world rankings. While the men’s team were positioned 15th, the women’s team were ranked 13th.

As from the two team events, India are also now eligible to send two paddlers each for the men’s and women’s singles events at Paris.

  • Men’s Singles: Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai
  • Women’s Singles: Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula
  • Men’s Team: Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai, Manav Thakkar; Reserve: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
  • Women’s Team: Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula, Archana Kamath; Reserve: Ayhika Mukherjee

Tennis (2)

Rohan Bopanna and Sumit Nagal have qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024, earning quota places for India through their rankings in singles and doubles respectively. The tennis qualification window for Paris 2024 ended on June 10 (Monday).

While Bopanna, ranked World No. #4 in ATP doubles rankings, was expected to automatically qualify for Paris, Nagal sneaked in last minute after winning the Heilbronn Challenger title last week that helped him gain 18 places in the ATP singles rankings and achieve a career-best 77th position in the latest rankings. He earned the quota through world rankings. Bopanna will pair with N. Sriram Balaji at the Paris Olympics.

  • Rohan Bopanna & N. Sriram Balaji (Men’s Doubles)
  • Sumit Nagal (Men’s Singles)

Weightlifting (1)

Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian weightlifter to qualify for Paris Olympics 2024. The 29-year-old, Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, secured her place at Paris by finishing third in Group B of the women’s 49kg category at the IWF World Cup. She finished 11th overall.

Making a comeback after a six-month injury layoff, Chanu registered a total lift of 184kgs (81kg in Snatch and 113kgs in Clean and Jerk) which was enough to book a spot at Paris.

  • Mirabai Chanu

Wrestling (6)

Aman Sehrawat and Nisha Dahiya became the latest entrants to the list of Wrestling quota. Nisha Dahiya dominated at World Olympic Qualifiers, clinching the 68kg women’s wrestling quota for India with 8-4 victory over Romania’s Alexandra Anghel in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Aman Sehrawat also secured the quota in men’s freestyle 57kg with a win over North Korea’s Han Chong Song in the semifinals.

Earlier Indian wrestling celebrated a memorable day at the Wrestling Asian Olympic Qualifiers 2024 on 20th April as star grappler Vinesh Phogat and youngsters Anshu Malik and Reetika Hooda secured quotas for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Vinesh Phogat will compete in her third Olympics whereas Anshu Malik will compete in her second Olympics. On the other hand Reetika Hooda became the first female wrestler in Indian History to bag a Quota in 76Kg Category.

Antim Panghal secured the first Quota after winning the bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships 2023 Olympics. The 19-year-old became the sixth Indian women’s wrestler to win a medal at the World Championships.

  • Antim Panghal (women’s 53kg)
  • Vinesh Phogat (women’s 50kg)
  • Anshu Malik (women’s 57kg)
  • Reetika Hooda (women’s 76kg)
  • Nisha Dahiya (Women’s 68Kg)
  • Aman Sehrawat (Men’s 57kg)

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