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Indian Athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics

India will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21, 2016. India has participated in every Summer Olympics since it made its debut in the 1920 Summer Olympics held in Antwerp, Belgium.

Participation of Indian Athletes

In 2016 Rio Olympics, 73 Indian athletes would compete in seven sports. Out of these 73 athletes, 42 are men and 31 women.

The games, in which India players would participate, include archery, athletics, boxing, filed hockey, shooting, table tennis, and wrestling.

Since its first appearance in 1920, Indian athletes have won a total of 26 medals at the Summer Olympics. Of these, nine are gold, six silver, and eleven bronze. India has won the highest number of medals in field hockey. It has bagged 11 medals, of which eight were gold.

India sent 83 competitors to the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, England, from July 27 to August 12, 2012. Of these, 60 were men and 23 women. They competed in 13 sports, bagging a total of six medals - two were silver and four bronze. The country failed to bag a gold medal.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Sports : 15
  • Athletes Participating : 124
  • Events : 70

List of India Competitors Participating in the Rio Games

Field hockey1616322
Table tennis2242

Complete list of Athletes Representing India at 2016 Rio Olympics

Olympians Name Sport Olympians Name Sport
Atanu DasArchery Sardar Singh and Ritu Rani will lead the Indian men and women respectively.Hockey
Deepika KumariArchery Avatar SinghJudo
Laxmirani MajhiArchery Dattu Bhokanal Rowing
Bombayla DeviArchery Jitu Rai (50 m Air Pistol)Shooting
Men - Inderjeet Singh (Shot Put)AthleticsGanag Narang (10 m Air rifle)Shooting
Vikas Gowda (Discus Throw)AthleticsAbhinav Bindra (10 m Air rifle)Shooting
Gurmeet SinghAthleticsGurpreet Singh (26 m Rapid fire pistol)Shooting
Baljinder Singh and Irfan Kolothum Thodi (Men's 20 km walk)AthleticsPrakash Nanjappa (50 m pistol)Shooting
Sandeep KumarAthleticsChain Singh (50 m Rifle Positions)Shooting
Manish Singh Rawat (Men's 50 km walk)AthleticsMairaj Ahmed Khan (Shotgun)Shooting
Nitender Singh RawatAthleticsManvanjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai (Trap Shooting)Shooting
Thonakal Gopi and Kheta Ram (Marathon)AthleticsHeena Sandhu (10 m Air Pistol)Shooting
Muhammad Anas (Men's 400m race) and Ankit Sharma (Long Jump)AthleticsAyonika PaulShooting
Women - Seema Antil (Discus Throw)AthleticsApurvi Chandela (10 m Air Rifle)Shooting
Manpreet Kaur (Shot put)AthleticsMouma DasTable Tennis
Lalita Babar (3000m steeplechase)AthleticsManika BatraTable Tennis
Tintu Luka (Women's 800m event)AthleticsSoumyajit GhoshTable Tennis
Kavita Raut (Women's marathon)AthleticsAchanta Sharath KamalTable Tennis
Sudha SinghAthleticsLeander PaesTennis
OP Jaisha (Marathon)AthleticsRohan BopannaTennis
Khushbir Kaur (20km walk)AthleticsSania MirzaTennis
Sapna Punia (20km walk)AthleticsPrarthana ThombareTennis
Dutee Chand (Women's 100m race)AthleticsSivalingam Sathish Kumar (Men's 77kg category)Weightlifting
Srabani Nanda (Women's 200m event).AthleticsSaikhom Mirabai Chanu (Women's 48kg category)Weightlifting
Saina NehwalBadmintonNarsingh Yadav (74 kg weight category)Wrestling
PV SindhuBadmintonYogeshwar Dutt (65 kg Free style category)Wrestling
Kidambi SrikanthBadmintonHardeep Singh (96 kg Greco-Roman category)Wrestling
Manu Attri-Sumeet ReddyBadmintonSandeep Tomar (57 kg category)Wrestling
Jwala GuttaBadmintonRavinder Khatri (85 kg category)Wrestling
Ashwini PonnappaBadmintonBabita Kumari (53 kg category)Wrestling
Shiva Thapa (56 kgs Bantamweight category)​BoxingVinesh Phogat (48 kg category)Wrestling
Manoj Kumar (64 kgs) and Vikas Krishan (75kgs) ​BoxingSakshi malik (58 kg category)Wrestling
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India Medals Table

Olympic GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
London 2012 Summer Games0246
Beijing 2008 Summer Games1023
Athens 2004 Summer Games0101
Sydney 2000 Summer Games0011
Atlanta 1996 Summer Games0011
Moscow 1980 Summer Games1001
Munich 1972 Summer Games0011
Mexico 1968 Summer Games0011
Tokyo 1964 Summer Games1001
Rome 1960 Summer Games0101
Melbourne / Stockholm 1956 Summer Games1001
Helsinki 1952 Summer Games1012
London 1948 Summer Games1001
Berlin 1936 Summer Games1001
Los Angeles 1932 Summer Games1001
Amsterdam 1928 Summer Games1001
Paris 1900 Summer Games0202

Last Updated On : August 05, 2016

Olympic Athletes - Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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