India aiming two athletics medals in London Olympics

Kolkata: Indian athletes have the potential to bag two to three medals at next year`s London Olympics, Athletics Federation of India Director M L Dogra said on Sunday.

Five Indian athletes have already booked berths for the London Olympics and Dogra said India would look for another 10 participants in athletics.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the 51st National Open Athletics Championships here, Dogra said, "We have some fine chances in throw events. Vikas Gowda, Seema Antil and Renjit Maheshwari and Om Prakash are doing well.

"Also India can look forward to Mayookha Johny and Sudha Singh in the track events. We are hopeful of getting about three medals in London.

"Five athletes have already qualified. We are looking at about 15 member participation in the showpiece event," Dogra said.

Vikas Gowda (men`s discus), Tintu Luka (women`s 800m), Gurmeet Singh (men`s 20km walk), Mayookha Johny (women`s triple jump) and Om Prakash Singh (men`s shot put) have already secured Olympic berths.

The AFI director further said they have a programme in place for the top Indian athletes ahead of the next year`s Olympics.

"We are looking for an abroad camp for the ones who have qualified and the remaining bright prospects who are on the verge of qualifying. We will plan it in consultation with P T Usha (who is now in the Indian coaching panel)," Dogra said.


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