Times Sport takes a brief look at the athletes/teams who can make a podium finish in Indonesia.
Dipa Karmakar: After a two-year long injury layoff, Karmakar announced her comeback with gold in World Challenge Cup in Turkey last month. Anything less than gold will be underwhelming not only for millions of fans but also for herself. The biggest competitor would have been Japan’s world champion gymnast Mai Murakami, who has the best scores among Asians this year in the all-round (56.532 points) event as well as floor exercise. But according to the Asian Games website, she will not travel to Jakarta. In her absence, the Chinese trio of 17-year-old Liu Tingting, Liu Jinru and 16-year-old Chen Yile – all among the top-10 in the world – will try to make Dipa’s job difficult. The North Koreans, led by Kim Su Jong, would once again be formidable opponents, especially in the team event.
Aruna Budda Reddy: The 22-year-old Hyderabadi became the first Indian to win a medal at the Gymnastics World Cup in February this year when she won the bronze medal in the vault in Melbourne. She may have to do better in the Asian Games than that medal-winning score of 13.649. Sae Miyakawa of Japan has already scored 15.000 this year, the best among Asians. North Korea’s Rye Yong Pyon, world No. 10 in vault, would be another challenger.
PERFORMANCE IN 2014:
Team event: India finished eighth with 179.625 points.
Individual allround: Dipa Karmakar finished 10th with 49.050 points, Pranati Nayak finished 20th with 43.800.
Vault: Dipa Karmakar finished fourth with 14.200 points