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100m:

W. K. Himasha Eashan (Sri): The No. 1 South Asian sprinter last season by a long margin, Eashan clocked a personal best 10.36s for the 100m in winning the South Asian Games trials at Diyagama last December. The Asian junior silver medallist in the 100m at Taipei in 2014 with a PB of 10.49s, he had brought it down to 10.46s in May and cut it down further in December. Eashan also clocked his career best for the 200m at the Asian Junior Championships in Taipei, 21.17s in the heats. But he did not have further success in that event there. He was part of the Sri Lankan 4x100m relay team that clocked a National record of 39.38s while coming fourth in the Asian Championships in Wuhan last year. In the individual 100m he made the semifinals in Wuhan before bowing out. The only blemish in an otherwise sensational sprinting career for the 20-year-old Sri Lankan came in 2012 when after winning the 100m final at the National Championships he tested positive for stimulant methylhexaneamine and was subsequently banned for one year, up to 10 November, 2013.

Mohamed Ashrafu Abdul Ladeef (Sri): The 25-year-old Sri Lankan sprinter clocked a personal best 10.42s in coming second in the South Asian Games trials at Diyagama last December behind Himasha Eashan (10.36s). He was part of the Sri Lankan 4x100m relay team that finished fourth in the last Asian Championships in Wuhan, China, in June last year. He was also a member of the bronze-winning Sri Lankan team in the World Military Games at Mungyeong, South Korea, in October last year. He would be a leading contender for the 100m title in these games along with Maldives’s Saaid Hussain.

Liaqat Ali (Pak): The 32-year-old Pakistani athlete took the sprint double at the National championships in Islamabad last April with timings of 10.2s and 20.7s (both hand timings) to assert his dominance. He made the semifinals of both the sprints at the Asian Championships at Wuhan last year returning season bests of 10.66s and 21.43s. He has personal best of 10.53s that he clocked twice in the 100m, first at Pune Asian Championships in 2013, and then in the heats in the Wuhan Asian meet. He holds the Pakistan national record in 200m at 20.92s timed in the National championships in Islamabad in 2012.

Abdul Wahab (Afg): DOB 10-05-1992

Mohd Sayed Sahel (Afg): The 23-year-old sprinter was part of the Afghanistan team that participated in the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014. He was eliminated in the heats of the 200 metres there with a personal best time of 23.44s.

Haleem Hussain (Mdv): The 33-year-old sprinter was 6th at the last South Asian Games in Dhaka with a National record of 10.89s in the 100 metres. He was also part of the bronze-medal winning Maldives team in the 4x100m relay in the last South Asian Games. He was out in the heats of the Asian Championships in Wuhan last year with a time of 11.01s.

Saaid Hussain Hassan (Mdv): National champion and national record holder of Maldives in 100 and 200 metres. The 23-year-old equaled his national record of 10.50s in the semifinals of the Asian Championships in Wuhan last year and then bettered it in the World Championships in Beijing by clocking 10.42s in the first round. He also timed another national record in 2015, that of 21.07 in the 200 metres in an international meet in France. In the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Hussain had timed 10.50s and 21.31s in the two sprints for a pair of national records while making the semifinals. His participation in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved uneventful, eliminated in the first round in both the sprint events. One of the favourites for the title in these games.

Thinley Pema (Bhu): DoB 07-03-1998.

Yam Sajan (Nep): 23 years, PB 11.43 and 22.36, both at Asian Games, Incheon, 2014

Hasan Mehdiu (Ban): DoB 10-04-1993

Ahmed Masbah (Ban): DoB 11-03-1995

Gaurav Kumar (Ind): National junior champion of India, the 19-year-old from Uttar Pradesh clocked 10.66s for the 100m at the Ranchi Junior National in 2015.

Akshay Khot (Ind): Was seventh in the 100m (10.87s) and 200m (21.70s) at the Open National at Kolkata last year. Has a PB of 21.59s in 200m.

200m

Mohamed Rajaskhan (Sri): The 30-year-old Sri Lankan came second in his country’s South Asian Games trials in the 200 metres at Diyagama in 21.32s and clocked a PB of 21.20s at the National Sports Festival, also at Diyagama, both meets coming off last December. He was part of the Sri Lankan team for the last Asian championships in Wuhan, China, last year and was also part of the Sri Lankan team that won the bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the World Military Games at Mungyeong, Korea, in 2015. He also competed in the Asian Grand Prix meets in 2015 as part of the Sri Lankan sprint relay team.

Vinoj Suranjaya De Silva (Sri): The 21-year-old Sri Lankan Army man made great strides in the 2015 season, improving his 100m timing from 10.52s to 10.45s. He won the South Asian Games trials at home in the 200m in a personal best of 21.02s in December last year to round off an outstanding season. He was part of the Sri Lankan team in the Asian championships in Wuhan and also of the bronze-winning 4x100m relay team in the World Military Games in Mungyeong, Korea.

Kohistani Tahmina (Afg): DOB 18-06-1989

Yousofi Kimia (Afg): DOB 20-05-1996

Haleem Hussain (Mdv): Please see under 100m

Saaid Hussain (Mdv): Please see under 100m

Saiful Islam (Ban): DOB 31-12-2000 (?)

Shariful (Ban): DOB 20-10-1992

Aditya Vardhan (Ind): Second-placed junior in the 200 metres in the Ranchi Junior National in 2015, Vardhan has a best of 21.60s.

Vidya Sagar (Ind): Twenty-three year-old Vidya Sagar was second to Manikanda Arumugam in the 200 metres at the Open National at Kolkata last September in 21.36s. He had clocked his personal best 21.08s in the Inter-Services Championships at Hyderabad in July last year. This was the second best timing by an Indian in the 200 metres last year, behind Dharambir Singh’s National record of 20.66s clocked in the Asian championships in Wuhan. He had also come second in the 100m (10.55s) in the Hyderabad Inter-Services meet.

400m

Dilip Ruwan (Sri): This 24-year-old Sri Lankan Army man clocked a personal best 46.54s for the 400 metres at the Army championships in Colombo last August. He also won the South Asian Games trials at Diyagama in 47.20s. His top 10 timings for the 400 metres all came in 2015 with two sub-47 efforts.

Ajith Premakumara (Sri): The 24-year-old Sri Lankan Army man was second to Dlip Ruwan in the South Asian Games trials last December in 47.34s, his best till then. He bettered that timing with a 47.03s in the National Sports Festival on December 20 last year.

Khairandesh Wais (Afg): DOB 31-12-1990. Essentially an 800m runner. Please also seen under 800m.

Som Bahadur (Nep): DOB 28-05-1992

Dil Maya Karki (Nep): DOB 05-10-1988, Personal best in 400m 60.30s. Competed in Asian Games, Incheon, 2014.

Bista Manmati (Nep): DOB 09-08-1990

Haleem Hussain (Mdv): See 100 metres

Saaid Hussain (Mdv): See 100 metres

Ali Sham (Mdv): DOB 18-01-1998

Arokia Rajiv (Ind): Asian Games 2014 bronze medallist in 400 metres. Personal best 45.57s clocked while winning the silver in the World Military Games at Mungyeong, Korea, last year. He is only the fourth Indian to have come below the fabled record of Milkha Singh at the Rome Olympics (45.73s) in 1960. Rajiv has four other timings below 46 seconds, one of them (45.92s) clocked while taking the bronze at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014. He remained unbeaten at home last year and won one Asian Grand Prix title apart from coming second in two other GP meets. He however could not show his true calibre in the Asian Championships in Wuhan, China, finishing seventh in 46.65s.The 24-year-old Rajiv, who hails from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, is from the Indian Army. He should be the odds-on-favourite for the title in these games.

P. P. Kunhumohammed (Ind): Former National, champion, 28-year-old Kunhumohammed has a personal best of 46.08s for the 400 metres that he clocked in the semifinals of the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014. He was surprisingly placed 6th in the National Open at Kolkata last year when Arokia Rajiv won the title. He was seventh in the 400m in the Asian Games in Incheon where he was also part of the Indian 4x400m relay team which went out in the preliminary round.

800m

Indunil Madhushan Herath (Sri): Fifth in the Asian championships in Wuhan last year, Herath has a personal best of 1:48.69 for the 800 metres, clocked in the National championships in Colombo in 2014. He was second to India’s Jinson Johnson in all the three legs of the Asian Grand Prix in Thailand last year. In the absence of Johnson in these games, Herath should be the favourite in Guwahati.

Hemantha Kumara (Sri): Born 20-02-1991. He was second to Herath in the South Asian Games trials at Diyagama last December. He has a personal best of 1:51.27 for the 800m.

Khairandesh Ibrahim Wais (Afg): Born 31-12-1990. Was a participant in the last World Championships in Beijing in 2015, clocking 1:59.51 in one of the preliminary heats and going out. He has a personal best of 1:55.91 he set in Arizona, US, in 2013, a National record.

Muhammad Ikram (Pak): He was out in the first round of the 800m in the Asian championships in Wuhan last year, clocking 1:52.98. Has a personal best 1:50.7 clocked at Islamabad last April.

Som Bahadur (Nep): DOB 28-05-1992

Hasan Kamrul (Ban): DOB 05-01-1997

Ajay Kumar Saroj (Ind): Just 18 years, this will be the big moment in Ajay’s career. He had beaten more established athletes in the 800m and 1500m at the Open National at Kolkata last year apart from coming second in the 800m and winning the 1500m at the National Inter-State meet at Chennai. Ajay was fifth in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. China, in 2014. The 3:46.92 that he clocked in the 1500m in Nanjing remains his personal best in that event while he has 1:51.36 clocked last year in the inter-State as his PB in the 800m. He also took the bronze in the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing in 2013 in the 1500m a time of 4:05.76.

1500m

Sanjeewa Lakmal (Sri): DOB 15-09-1985, PB 3:50.42

Chinthaka Sanjeewan Somawardana (Sri): DOB 16-09-1990, Sri Lankan National champion in 2015, he has a PB of 3:49.24 for the 1500, achieved last year. He was 10th in the event at the Asian championships in Wuhan last year. He has a PB of 1:50.54 for the 800m.

Ajay Kumar Sirohi (Ind): See under 800m

5000m

Samantha Pushpakumara (Sri): DOB 16-03-1983, Sri Lankan National champion in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase, Pushpakumara has a PB of 14:38.32, clocked back in 2008 in the 5000m. He has been winning the steeplechase National for the past four years.

Nandanas Asela Bandara (Sri): DOB 07-05-1981

Abdul Rahman (Afg): DOB 10-06-1989

Gopi Chand (Nep): DOB 25-07-1989

Hari Kumar (Nep): DOB 13-06-1987

Biswarupa (Nep): DOB 24-03-1995

Suresh Kumar Patel (Ind): Born 01-07-1991. Second in the 5000m in the Open National at Kolkata last year, Suresh has a PB of 13:42.28 that earned him the ninth place in the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014. His best for the distance last year was 14:03.28 for the third place in the Fed Cup at Mangaluru in May. An employee of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Suresh also clocked a PB of 28:58.22 for the 10,000m while finishing fifth in the Incheon Asian Games. In the same distance he won the Asian junior title in 2010 in Hanoi, came seventh in the World Juniors and was eighth in the Guangzhou Asian Games. He finished 11th in the Commonwealth Games at home the same year.

Man Singh (Ind): Born 20-06-1989. Fourth in the 5000m at the Kolkata Open National last year, Man Singh won the National cross-country title (12km) at Pune in January this year., He had clocked a PB of 14:15.14 in claiming the bronze at the National Games at Thiruvananthapuram in February last year and also came third in the Inter-State championships at Chennai last July.

10,000m

Lionel Samarajeewa (Sri): Born 20-04-1986. Winner of the distance double at the National Sports Festival at Diyagama last December Samarajeewa also won the South Asian Games trials last year. He has a PB of 30:48.75 for the 25-lap event clocked last year.

K. G. R. Saman Kumara (Sri): Born 18-03-1980. Second to Samarajeewa at the Diyagama Sports Festival meet, Saman Kumara’s best had come back in 2007 when he timed 30:32.26 for the 10,000m in Colombo.

Gopi Chand (Nep): 25-07-1989. He clocked a National record of 30:30.99 while finishing ninth in the 10,000m in the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014.

Hari Kumar Rimal (Nep): DOB 13-06-1987. He has moved up from the 1500m and 5000m to the longer distance on track apart from being a cross-country runner. Had finished 11th in the 5000m in the Guangzhou Asian championships in 2009.

Bishwarupa (Nep): DOB 24-03-1995.

Gopi T. (Ind): Winner of the 10,000m at the Kolkata Open National, 27-year-old Gopi is a multi-talented distance runner. The 27-year-old Army man made his debut in the marathon this year and was 11th in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2:16:15 thus making the cut-off for the Rio Olympics. He was actually the pace-setter for the other two Army athletes, Nitendra Singh Rawat and Kheta Ram in the Mumbai event but found himself having reserves to go for it himself towards the end. He was also second in the National cross-country championships in January this year. He has a PB of 29:32.26 in the 10,000m clocked in New Delhi in 2014. He was second in the 10,000m last year in both the Fed Cup and the Inter-State Championships.

Suresh Kumar (Ind): See under 5000m.

Marathon

Anuradha Indrajith Cooray (Sri): One of the most experienced athletes in these Games Anuradha Cooray would be expected to battle it out with India’s Nitendra Singh Rawat in the marathon which is staging a comeback of sorts into these games after having been dropped for the last edition in Dhaka. Cooray set a National record of 2:13:47 last April while coming an impressive 14th in the Virgin Money London Marathon. He had followed that up with a 29th place finish in the World Championships in Beijing last August at 2:25:04, not impressive by his standards. He had won the SAF Games marathon title in Islamabad in 2:16:38 in 2004. He was sixth in the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014. Cooray would be 38 on March 24 this year and in all probability this could be his last South Asian Games. Having started as a distance runner on track he seems to have matured considerably as a marathon runner.

Mohd Karim (Afg): DOB 06-07-1983

Khim Bahadur (Nep): DOB 24-05-1985

Bhumi Raj (Nep): DOB 22-01-1989

Sangay (Bhu): DOB 01-01-1983

Kinley (Bhu): DOB 01-01-1985

Kheta Ram (Ind): By clocking 2:17.23 for the 15th place in the Standard Chartered Mumbai marathon, he booked his Rio Olympics place along with Army team-mate T. Gopi last month. Ram was seventh in the 5000m in the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014, clocking a personal best 13:37.40. In the 10,000m, where he has a PB of 29:20.35, timed in 2011, he took the third place in the Fed Cup and the Inter-State championships while coming second in the Open National at Kolkata last year. Like team-mate Nitendra Singh Rawat, he would also be running his second marathon in less than a month.

Nitendra Singh Rawat (Ind): When the IAAF diluted some of the entry standards for the Rio Olympics last year, the one in men’s marathon to 2:19:00 made a huge difference to Rawat. He had finished eighth in the World Military Games in Mungyeong, Korea, in 2:18:06 and that proved sufficient to clinch him a place for Rio. But the 25-year-old Indian Army man was not satisfied with it and clocked a new course record for an Indian, that of 2:15:48 while coming 10th in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in January this year. Rawat has been brought into the Indian team as a late entry. How much he would be taxing himself in running his second marathon in just 25 days is to be seen only.

110m hurdles

K. P. Hasitha Nirmal (Sri): DOB 05-03-1992. He won the South Asian Games trials last December in 14.44s and remained unbeaten at home in the high hurdles. This will be the first opportunity for the 23-year-old hurdler to make his mark in an international event. He has a PB of 14.31s clocked in 2014.

Salinda Randeewa (Sri): DOB 24-01-1986. He was second to Hasitha Nirmal in the trials in a personal best time of 14.55s.

Mohsin Ali (Pak): Born 19 March 1988. Defending champion in 110m hurdles, the former Pakistani national champion has a best of 13.74s clocked in Islamabad in 2012. Last year he was second in the national championships in a hand-timed 14.3s. He had participated in the South Asian athletics championships in Kochi in 2008, finishing fourth in 14.77s.

Jayakumar Surendhar (Ind): DOB 11-04-1991. The 24-year-old Tamil Nadu athlete was second in the Open National as well as the National Games last year. He had a season best 13.98 in the National Games in Thiruvananthapuram, just a hundredth of a second shy of his personal best that was achieved in the inter-State meet at Lukcnow in 2014. Jayakumar is also a talented triple jumper having a best of 16.29 metres and would be India’s second entry in these Games in the event along with Renjith Maheswary the former National record holder.

K. Prem Kumar (Ind): See long jump.

400m hurdles:

Aravinda Chathuranga (Sri): The 22-year-old hurdler has also been entered for the 400m flat but it is to be seen whether he would eventually run the event. He has a best of 51.57s for the hurdles timed in December last year.

Eshan Charith Rahula Senevirathna (Sri): Born 02-09-1991. He was second behind Chathuranga in the South Asian Games trials last December in 53.86, a personal best for the 24-year-old athlete.

Jithin Paul (Ind): The 25-year-old Railway employee had come out of the shadows of Joseph Abraham, the 2010 Asian Games champion, in this exacting event for some time but he had not been at his best last season. He was only the third fastest Indian last year with a time of 50.55s, clocked in winning the Inter-State title in Chennai. The top two Indians last year, Durgesh Kumar Pal (50.29s) and M. Ramachandran (50.35s) have not been named in this Indian team. Paul has a PB of 50.41s timed while winning the inter-State title in 2014. That year in the Asian Games in Incheon, he was disqualified in the final, as he made his debut in the games in an individual event. He was part of the 4x400m relay team in the previous edition of the Games in Guangzhou.

Ayyasamy Dharun (Ind): The 19-year-old Mangalore University quarter-miler and intermediate hurdler won the inter-university title at Patiala last month clocking 51.34 seconds. He was fourth in the Open National at Kolkata (51.28s) and third in the Fed Cup at Mangaluru (PB of 51.14s) last year. Dharun was also second in the 400m in the Inter-State meet at Chennai last year in a National junior record of 46.87s, the fourth best timing for the one-lapper among South Asian athletes in 2015. In what could turn out to be a duel between the two Indians in the 400m hurdles, Paul will have the experience while Dharun will have the psychological advantage of having scored twice over the former last year while losing once.

Men

High jump

Manjula Kumara Wijesekara (Sri): Born 30-01-1984. The two-time Asian champion in high jump, Wijesekara was also the South Asian Games champion in the 2006 edition when the event was held at home. A-US-based athlete Wijesekara’s best is his 2.27m set in Colombo in 2004. He equaled that effort next year at the Asian Championships in Incheon, Korea, for his gold. He defended his Asian title in the 2009 edition in Guangzhou, China. He has four other marks at 2.25m and two others at 2.24m. His best last year was his 2.23 for the silver at the Asian Grand Prix meet at Chanthaburi, Thailand, in June which he also equaled at the South Asian Games trials at Diyagama at home last December.

Amitha Kasun Pathirana (Sri): Born 04-04-1989. Second to Wijesekara at the Diyagama South Asian Games trials last December with a personal best 2.26m, Pathirana can at best look forward to a minor medal in this competition.

Tejaswin Shankar (Ind): The sensational 17-year-old Indian won the Commonwealth Youth Games high jump title at Apia, Samoa, last September and has been named in the Indian senior team for this meet obviously with an eye on the future. His performance in Guwahati would be watched with interest. The six-feet four-inch Delhi boy cleared 2.14m at Apia to equal his personal best logged at the Fed Cup junior meet in Hyderabad in August. With his 2.14 Shankar was joint 11th in the world under-18 lists last season. He also took the bronze that was shared in the Asian Youth Championships in Doha last May with his then PB of 2.12m. A student of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi, Shankar improved his PB to 2.15m in winning the title in the All India Schools athletics meet at Kozhikode, Kerala, just a week before the start of the Athletics events in these games. He was quoted as saying that he would be aiming for 2.17m in Guwahati. He is part of the DDA Athletics Promotion Scheme.

Ajay Kumar (Ind): Twenty-year-old Ajay Kumar cleared 2.19m, his personal best, for the title in the Junior Fed Cup in Hyderabad last August. But he could not reproduce that form at the Open National while competing with the seniors and finished seventh in Kolkata with a below-par 2.13m.

Pole vault

Ishara Sandaruwan (Sri): The 22-year-old Sri Lankan set a national record of 4.91m in Colombo in December last year . He also won the SAG trials at Diyagama with a clearance of 4.83 metres. Participating in the Thai National championships in Bangkok earlier last year he had set a national mark of 4.90m which he was to improve upon later in the year.

Anuj Singh (Ind): He took the title at the Open National in Kolkata last September with a clearance of 5.02m, his personal best. He was also winner of the inter-University championships at Patiala earlier this year with a vault of 4.90m.

Sonu Saini (Ind): He was second in the inter-University championship this year with a vault of 4.90m, losing out the title to Anuj Singh on countback.

Long jump

D. M. Liyana Pathiranage (Sri): DOB 25-06-1993. Personal best 7.70m, Diyagama, 3 Dec, 2015

Asmila Jayasiri (Sri): DOB 24-01-1994

Ankit Sharma (Ind): India is fielding both its eight-metre-plus long jumpers. One is Ankit Sharma and the other Kumaravel Premkumar. Both should be looking for the Olympic entry standard of 8.15m that they could not get last season. It is too early this year to aim for something like that. But both must be hoping. Sharma has done one 8-metre jump in his career. That came in the National Games in Thiruvananthapuram last February. It was the culmination of a determined effort to cross the milestone for this 23-year-old Madhya Pradesh athlete. He has two other jumps of over 7.90m in his career. He was second in the Inter-State meet at Chennai with 7.71 with Premkumar winning at 7.91m. He skipped the Open National.

Kumaravel Premkumar (Ind): Premkumar has six marks of 8.00m and above but he has not been able to deliver on bigger stages. At the last Asian Championships in Wuhan in 2015, he was fifth with 7.69m. Last year he cleared 8.00m twice in the US where he has been training for a few years now. He set the National record of 8.09m at the Inter-Railway Championships in New Delhi in August 2013. Ill health had caused disruptions in his preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, a bout of chicken pox draining him out. He could not qualify for the World Championships in Beijing last year and is, like Ankit Sharma, on the look-out for a possible standard for the Rio Olympic Games. Premkumar has also been entered in the 110m hurdles where he has a PB of 14.59s clocked in 2012.

Triple jump

Dulan Niranjan Thilakarathne (Sri): Born 26-07-1986. Second at the SAG trials in December last year, Thilakaratne has a personal best of 15.93m achieved in 2014.

Muhammad Afzal (Pak): The 18-year-old Pakistani triple jumper won the Asian Youth Championships title in Doha last year with a National junior record of 15.44m.With a jump of 14.86m he was sixth in the Asian Junior championships in Taipei in 2014.

Renjith Maheswary (Ind): Former National record holder, 30-year-old Renjith had his best moment last year winning the National Games title in front of home fans in Thiruvananthapuram with a leap of 16.66m. That happened to be his best for the year as well and topped the Indian charts and is now No. 1 for the South Asian region also for last year. He won the inter-State title with a below-par 16.39m in Chennai in June but was further down to 16.07m and a fourth place in the Open National at Kolkata. Guwahati should bring back fond memories for this Railway athlete. He had set his first National record of 17.04m in an Asian Grand Prix meet at the venue which is hosting the South Asian Games now. He bettered it to 17.07 for a bronze in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010. That record was bettered by Arpinder Singh of Punjab in 2014 with a performance of 17.17m. Arpinder is not competing here, busy as he is with his Olympic qualification preparation. Renjith should also be looking forward to reaching the Olympic standard of 16.85m, though that mark is looking distant right now. Can Renjith pull it off so early in the season at one of his favourites venues after having failed to cross 16.80 during the last two seasons?

Jayakumar Surendhar (Ind): Also entered in the 110m hurdles in these games, Jayakumar had a personal best of 16.29m in triple jump while coming second in the Kolkata National. He has four career marks over 16.00m. (Please also see men’s 110m hurdles lists.)

Shot put

A. J. Dhanushka (Sri): Born 28-09-1983. PB 15.48m.

Inderjeet Singh (Ind): The year 2015 proved most memorable for Inderjeet Singh. He notched up six marks over 20 metres, having crossed that magical distance for the first time only last year, and won titles on all but one occasion. The exception of course was the World Championships in Beijing where he did 20.47m in the qualification round but could manage only 19.52m in the final to finish 11th. The 27-year-old shot putter won the Asian championships in Wuhan (20.41m), took the gold in the World University Games (20.27m) in Gwangju, Korea. He also won the Fed Cup and Inter-State titles in domestic competitions with big 20-metre throws. It had all started with the National Games title in Thiruvananthapuram where he threw to a distance of 20.14 metres, the first time he had touched the 20-metre mark. With expectations being raised high, Inderjeet swept the Asian Grand Prix series though without reaching 20 metres. He has come here straight from his training base in the US. His ambition is to climb the podium in Rio. He is one of the Olympic qualifiers from India so far, having gone beyond the entry standard of 20.50m in the Fed Cup in May last year when he recorded his personal best 20.65m.

Om Prakash Singh (Ind): At 20.69m, achieved prior to the London Olympics in 2012, Om Prakash Singh still holds the National record, though the spotlight had shifted completely to Inderjeet since February last year. The 29-year-old shot putter could be expected to put his best foot forward though his performance during the 2015 season has been low-key, a best of 18.02m coming in the Fed Cup for a bronze. Injuries had troubled him in 2014 when he all but missed the Asian Games but managed to go at the last moment, ending up ninth in Incheon. He has five career marks over 20 metres, all but one of them achieved in Hungary which had been his training base for some years. The exception was his 20.02m at the Inter-State Championships in Chennai.

Discus

G. U. P. Jayawardana (Sri): Thirty-seven-year-old Sri Lankan has a personal best of 53.52m achieved in 2006, a National record he set in Colombo. He was the National champion last year with 51.65m.

Kripal Singh (Ind): Second in the Open National last year with 54.59m 23-year-old Kripal was also third in the Inter-State and Fed Cup meets.

Arjun Kumar Singh (Ind): Youth Olympic Games silver medallist in 2010, Arjun had not fully realized his potential and should be expected to come up to a higher level among seniors than what he has achieved so far. He had a personal best of 58.51m while winning the Fed Cup in Mangaluru last year, the second best by an Indian in 2015 behind Vikas Gowda’s 65.75m that topped the Asian lists. The 22-year-old Delhi athlete was eighth (55.47m) in the Asian Championships in Wuhan and surprisingly was pushed to the fourth place in the Open National with a throw of 53.90m. In a modest field, Arjun should start the favourite with team-mate Kripal almost on equal footing.

Hammer

Muhammad Shakeel Ahmed (Pak): The 26-year-old Pakistani hammer thrower achieved a personal best 64.39m in winning the National title at Islamabad last April. He finished 10th in the Asian championships in Wuhan last year with an effort of 61.84m and was sixth in the World Military Games in Mungyeong, Korea, with 62.88m.

Erangana Priyathamka (Sri): Born 16-05-1978.

Rohan Sisira Kumara (Sri): Born 04-01-1986

Neeraj Kumar (Ind): He won the National Open title with a throw of 67.73m, his season best, at Kolkata last year. The 25-year-old hammer thrower has a PB of 68.86m achieved in 2014.

Pargat Singh (Ind): Second at the Open National last year with a personal best 65.39m, 33-year-old Pargat is the Railway champion. He was fourth in the National Games in Thiruvananthapuram.

Javelin

Kasun Kalhar Senevirathne (Sri): Born 01-11-1989

Sumedha Jagath Ranasinghe (Sri): Ranasinghe who would turn 25 on Feb 10, the day of the javelin competition in these games in Guwahati, caused quite a flutter back home last December when he threw to a distance o f 83.04 metres in the SAG trials. With another 80-metre thrower in India’s Neeraj Chopra in the field, this could turn out to be a high voltage competition. But then the odd 80-metre throw might not merit that much importance when one considers the fact that the next best for the Sri LankanAir Force athlete is 76.51m, also last year.

Neeraj Chopra (Ind): Eighteen-year-old Chandigarh collegian Chopra was a sensation last year as he crossed 81 metres in the inter-University championships at Patiala with 81.04m in the qualification round in December . When seniors in India struggle to reach 80 metres, Chopra had done it at such a young age. It was a Junior National record and the world junior leading mark of the year to provide icing on the cake since he had by then won the Open National (77.67m) and Inter-State (77.33m) titles in the senior section and had also come second in the Fed Cup (73.96m). In the final of the University championships held on January 1 this year, Chopra won with another huge throw measuring 79.95 metres. Eight of Chopra’s top 10 marks came in 2015.

Samarjeet Singh (Ind): He finished third at the Open National in Kolkata with a season best 75.14. His 75.50 for the fourth place in the Federation Cup at Patiala in 2014 happens to be his personal best.

4x100m and 4x400m relays: India and Sri Lanka should battle it out in both the relays with Maldives capable of providing some challenge in the shorter relay. Sri Lankan clocked a national record of 39.38s at the last Asian championships while coming fourth. India would be trying out a new combination with all the regulars busy with the preparation for Olympic qualification attempt. In the 4x400m India, with Arokia Rajiv, Kunhumohammed and A. Dharun likely to be doing duty should have a clear edge over Sri Lanka.

Women

100m

N. C. D. Priyadharshani (Sri): At the age of 36, she clocked her personal best for the 100m in the SAG trials at Diyagama, coming second behind Rumeshika Rathnayaka in 11.75s! Also an accomplished long jumper and triple jumper, she set National records in long jump last year with 6.43m. Gold medallist in long jump in the last edition of the SAG in 2010, with 6.20m, she was also part of the gold-winning 4x100 relay team in Dhaka. She was part of the Sri Lankan teams in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and the Asian Games in Guangzhou, competing in long jump and coming 8th (6.19) and 12th (5.92m) respectively.

Rumeshika Kumari Rathnayaka (Sri): The 19-year-old Sri Lankan made quite an impression last year back home that underlined her growing stature. After having bettered the Junior National records in the 100m and 200m at Diyagama last year she was being compared with the legends of Sri Lankan women’s sprinting, Susanthika Jayasinghe and Damayanthi Darsha. She made the final in the 100m at the Asian championships in Wuhan last year, finishing sixth in a wind-aided 11.56s. She improved upon her personal best in the 100m from 11.80s in May to 11.70s in December during the SAG trials at Diyagama. She has a best of 24.09s in the 200m timed in October last year. In Guwahati she would be running against two Indian sprinters who have been in great form the past three seasons, Srabani Nanda and Dutee Chand.

Shirin Akter (Ban): Born 12-10-1994. PB 12.73

Najma Parveen (Pak): Born 20-12-1990. PBs 100m 12.50s, 200m 25.74s.

Dutee Chand (Ind): The Odisha girl who celebrated her 20th birthday on 3rd Feb, has been eyeing an Olympic berth since being allowed back into mainstream women’s athletics by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which set aside the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulations, at least for the time being, in a historic appeal filed by Dutee Chand. Dutee (and Srabani) will need to clock 11.32s for the 100m or 23.20s for the 200m to be able to make it to Rio Olympics. The women’s sprint relay team is also being prepared to get among the top-16 rankings towards Olympic qualification. Dutee has a best of 11.62s for the 100m clocked in the heats of the World Youth Championships in Donetsk in July 2013. She timed 23.57s for a National junior record and her PB in the 200m at the Asian Junior Championships in Taipei in 2014. Though she suffered defeats in the Fed Cup and the Inter-State last year she came into her true form at the Kolkata Open National winning the sprint double.

Srabani Nanda (Ind): The 24-year-old Odisha woman had outstanding success last season winning the Fed Cup and Inter-State titles and coming second to Dutee Chand in the Open National at Kolkata. It was also the year in which she clocked her personal best in the 100 metres, 11.58s for the bronze in the Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok on 22 June 2015. She also had a PB of 23.54s while taking the bronze in the Asian Championships in Wuhan where she was also part of the fourth-placed Indian 4x100m relay team that clocked 45.72s. Srabani was also part of the Indian relay team in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games a year earlier that that team was eliminated in the first round clocking 44.81s.

200m

Rumeshika Kumari Rathnayaka (Sri): See under 200m.

Shamila Shiwanthie Jayathilaka (Sri): Born 04-03-1985. Was second in the 200m at the Diyagama SAG trials in a PB of 24.90. Clocked a PB 12.04 also at Diyagama last December.

Dutee Chand (Ind): See under 100m

Srabani Nanda (Ind): See under 100m

400m

Chandrika Subhashini Rasanayaka (Sri): Born 20-05-1987. She is the defending champion in the 400m. Six years ago at Dhaka she had taken the 200-400m double in the South Asian Games. In the 400m she beat Priyanka Panwar and Ashwini Akkunji for the title. Both the Indians are back in the national team for this edition of the games, the latter for the hurdles. But it would be M. R. Poovamma, the Karnataka woman, who should be the favourite in Guwahati. Subhashini had scored a morale-boosting victory over Poovamma in the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, coming fourth in a semifinal heat, just a rung above the Indian. But the roles were reversed in the Asian Games in Incheon that followed, the Indian edging her Sri Lankan rival for the bronze, 52.36s to 52.47s. In last year’s Asian championships also Subhashini came behind Poovamma at fifth compared to the Indian’s second place. Subhashini did not have a great season back home last year though she remained unbeaten in the 400m. Her best last year was 53.79s in winning the National title. She has 11 career marks of sub-53-secs including heats.

Omaya Udayangani (Sri): Nineteen-year-old Omaya Udayangani timed a National junior record of 54.51s for the 400m while coming second behind Subhashini in the South Asian Games trials in Diyagama last December. This will be a big occasion or the Sri Lankan in a strong field among the seniors.

M. R. Poovamma (Ind): Having taken over the mantle from Manjeet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur, Poovamma has tried hard to maintain India’s supremacy in the quarter-mile in the South Asian region if not in Asia. She was the bronze medallist in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 and silver winner at last year’s Asian championships in Wuhan apart from being a member of the gold-winning 4x400 relay team in the last Asian Games. The 25-year-old Karnataka woman has a sub-52 to her credit, 51.73s in the Inter-State meet at Lucknow in 2014. She has also timed below 53.0s on 13 other occasions including heats. Last year her best was 52.60s for the silver at one of the Asian Grand Prix meets. She came third in two other GP meets. She has the psychological advantage over Subhashini of Sri Lanka, having beaten her for the Asian Games bronze in 2014.

Priyanka Panwar (Ind): Priyanka had won the silver at the last South Asian Games in Dhaka behind Sri Lankan Chandrika Subhashini. The 27-year-old Uttar Pradesh woman did not have a National-level competition in the 400m last year though she did compete in the 200 metres in the Inter-State meet in Chennai and came third in 25.01s. Her only outing the year before (2014) in the 400m was in the Fed Cup at Patiala where she came second in 53.40s, her personal best, behind Poovamma. She was part of the gold-winning 4x400m relay team in the last Asian Games. In 2011 she was one among the six quarter-milers suspended for an anti-doping rule violation.

800m

Gayanthika Thushari (Sri): The 29-year-old Gayanthika was second to W. K. L. A. Nimali in the 800m in the South Asian Games trials last December. She was sixth in the 800m in the Asian championships in Wuhan last year and was seventh in the Asian Games in 2014. She timed a personal best 2:04.41 in the heats in Incheon. Her best last season was 2:04.91. Gayanthika is also adept at 1500m and has a PB of 4:21.00 in that event.

Gomathi M. (Ind): The 26-year-old athlete was second in the National Games, Fed Cup and Open National last year while coming third in the Inter-State championships. While coming fourth in the Wuhan Asian championships last year Gomathi timed her personal best of 2:04.89. These games should give the Tamil Nadu athlete the first big opportunity to clinch an international title.

Shipra Sarkar (Ind): Third in the 800m and 1500m at the Open National meet in Kolkata last year, Shipra has personal bests of 2:06.42 and 4:28.62 for the two events, both clocked in 2015. This year the 20-year-old middle distance runner was second in the inter-University championships at Patiala in the 800m (2:09.99) and third in the 1500m.

Rabia Ashiq (Pak): Born 15-04-1992. PBs 800m 2:10.65, 1500m 4:57.89.

1500m

Gayanthika Thushari (Sri): See under 800m

Uda Kuburalage Nilani Rathnayake (Sri): Born 08-08-1990. See under 5000m

Sugandha Kumari (Ind): Twenty-one-year-old Open National champion in 1500m at Kolkata in 2015. PB 4:24.45. At Inter-University championships at Patiala in January this year, representing Magadh University, Bihar, she came second in the 1500m behind P. U. Chitra whom she had beaten in Kolkata.

Chithra P. U. (Ind): Born 06-09-1995. Has a PB of 4:25.61 in 1500m. Mutliple gold medal winner in the National schools meet in 2013 and 2014 Chithra moved into senior competitions last year, coming second in the Fed Cup, Inter-State and Open National in the 1500m.

5000m

Uda Kaburalage Nilani Rathnayake (Sri): A steeplechaser, distance runner and metric miler, Nilani Rathnayake excelled in all three events at home last season, winning the steeplechase in the National championships, coming second in the 1500m in the South Asian Games trials in a PB of 4:25.65 and twice winning the 5000m in the National Sports Festival meets.

L. Suriya (Ind): Born 7 July 1990. National Open champion in 10,000m and silver winner behind O. P. Jaisha in the 5000m at the Kolkata Open last year, Suriya Loganathan is an accomplished distance runner hailing from Tamil Nadu. Suriya had a 5000-10,000m double in the Fed Cup as well as the Inter-State championships while missing out on the distinction at the Open. She also repeated the distance double at the Railway Championships in Bhopal. She is also a half marathon runner. She has the experience of two Asian championships in 2013 at Pune, where she finished seventh in the 10,000m, and in 2011 at Kobe, Jaian, where she ended up 9th in the longer distance.

Swati Gadhave (Ind): Born 1 June, 1990. She was second in the Open National at Kolkata in the 10,000m which apparently ensured her place in the Indian team. The 25-year-old Maharashtra woman has achievements across a variety of distances, ranging from the 5000m through to the half marathon and marathon plus cross-country. Her best in the 10,000m, at 34: 33.11 came at the Kolkata Open last September. She also came third in the 5000m there again in a PB of 16:11.62. She was third in the 5000m and 10,000m in the National Games in Kerala and finished 12th in last month’s Standarda Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2:47:34.

10,000m

Shyamalee Anusha Lamahewage (Sri): Born 04-06-1990. Clocked her best of 35:44.11 for the 10,000m at the National Championships in Colombo last year.

L. Suriya (Ind): See under 5000m

Swati Gadhave (Ind): See under 5000m

Marathon

Niluka Geethani Rajasekara (Sri): Born 17-03-1982. Sri Lankan National record holder in marathon, she would be running her fourth marathon since Hongkong in January last year. There she set her PB and National record of 2:40:07 while coming 16th. She then came 49th in the Beijing World Championships in 2:50:40 and was 17th in the World Military Games in Mungeyong, Korea, last October in a time of 2:53:37. She also won the distance double in Diyagama National in July last year.

Lakmini Anuradha (Sri): DOB 15-10-1981.

Kavita Raut (Ind): Born 5 May 1985. Like her Indian male counterparts, Kavita would also be running her second marathon in less than a month. She clocked a personal best 2:49:43 in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 17 this year. Better known for her 10,000m medals in 2010, bronze in the Commonwealth Games at home, and silver in the Asian Games at Guangzhou, Kavita has moved onto the marathon as a natural progression. She did not have any success on track in 2015, coming sixth in the 5000m in the Fed Cup at Mangaluru, and fourth earlier in the 10,000m in the National Games in Thiruvananthapuram. She had been running road events from around 2007, mainly half marathons and 10km but now looks ready to change into a full-time marathoner. She could be aiming for the Olympic entry standard of 2:45:00.

Jyothi Gawate (Ind): She was 14th in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon last month, clocking 2:54:20. She had won the Allahabad marathon in November last year.

100m hurdles

Ireshani Rajasinghe (Sri): Born 29-05-1994. Personal best of 14.55s in the event at Diyagama last December.

Lakshika Sugandhi (Sri): DOB 29-05-1994.

Gayathri Govindraj (Ind): The 24-year-old Tamil Nadu woman had finished seventh in the Asian Championships in Wuhan last year in 13.69s having timed a season best 13.60s in the heats. A talented hurdler since her junior days, injuries had plagued her since 2011. On her comeback in 2013 she won the Ranchi National in 13.70s. Last year she swept the 100m hurdles titles in the Inter-University, National Games, Fed Cup, Inter-State and the Open National, clocking five of her top-10 career timings. She has a personal best of 13.59s set in 2010 which is the Junior National record. She also holds the Junior National record in triple jump at 13.59m. But injuries have forced her to skip triple jump since 2010 when she set the junior record in the Asian Junior Championships in Hanoi.

Sajitha K. V. (Ind): Second to Gayathri at both National championships, Sajitha has a best of 13.86s timed at the Fed Cup at Patiala in 2014. Her season best for 2015 was her 14.18s clocked in the heats of the National Games.

400m hurdles

Eranga Rashila Dulakshi (Sri): Born 21-03-1991. A steeplechaser in her junior days, Dulakshi started doing the 400m hurdles in 2013, gave a break in 2014 and came back to the event last year with modest success. She clocked a personal best 59.37s at the National Championships and also won the SAG trials though in a poorer 60.37s. She has a best of 10:11,72 for the 3000m steeplechase, 4:22.64 for the 1500m and 2:09.98 for the 800m.

Kawshalya Madhushani (Sri): Born 13-11-1995 Asian Junior Championships silver medallist in Taipei in 2014 with a PB of 62.31s.

Jauna Murmu (Ind): The 25-year-old Murmu was second to Anu Raghavan in 59.41s in the National Open in Kolkata, the only hurdles race she ran in 2015. She also competed in the 400m heats in the Inter-State meet at Chennai, clocking 55.62s but pulled out after that. She was fourth in a PB of 56.88s in the Asian Games in Guangzhou in the 400m hurdles while she was part of the 4x400m relay team in the heats in the Commonwealth Games at home where India won the gold. She did not run the final. She was also part of the 4x400m team at the last South Asian Games in Dhaka where India won the gold. Murmu has a personal best of 52.78s for the 400m flat clocked at Patiala in 2010. She was one of the six woman quarter-milers caught for doping in 2011 and banned for two years.

Ashwini Akkunji (Ind): Born 7 Oct 1987. Ashwini missed the 2015 season due to injuries and personal pre-occupation. Asian Games champion in the 400m hurdles in Guangzhou in 2010, her career was hit by the doping incident of 2011 along with five other 400m runners. The 28-year-old Karnataka woman has a personal best of 56.15s in the 400m hurdles, her gold-winning time in Guangzhou 2010, while she has another impressive 52.82s in the 400m clocked at the Bangalore inter-State meet in 2011 after which the doping infraction surfaced while being at the Patiala camp. This season she is being prepared for targeting the Olympic entry standard of 56.20s for the hurdles while she is also part of the 4x400m relay probables list.

Women

High jump

Tharanga Vinodani (Sri): Born 15-03-1984. PB 1.77m, Diyagama, 10 May 2015

Sahana Kumari (Ind): Born 06 March, 1981. National record holder in high jump with 1.92m in 2012, there has been none to question the supremacy of Sahana at home in this technically exacting event. The Karnataka woman has been showing a downward graph since posting the National record on way to Olympic qualification four years ago. Her best since then has been 1.89m in 2014 at Lucknow. She took all the four major titles in 2015, the National Games, Fed Cup, Inter-State and Open, her best being 1.80 which she recorded in three of the meets. With an expected three-woman field in high jump Sahana’s success is assured. Sahana was second in the games in 2010 and 2004.

Swapna Burman (Ind): The 19-year-old heptathlete has a high jump best of 1.78m. The inter-university champion in heptathlon and high jump this year, Swapna was also the Open National champion, National Games winner and National junior champion in heptathlon in 2015.

Long jump

Lakshini Sarangi Silva (Sri): Twenty-year-old Lakshini has a personal best of 6.01, achieved in 2014.

Mayookha Johny (Ind): After having reached an impressive 6.64m in long jump in 2010 Mayookha Johny has not been able to live up to promise. Injuries hampered her almost at regular intervals but with only six months to go for the Rio Olympics the Kerala jumper is still on the look-out for an entry standard. That was the case in 2012 also when she failed to make it to the Olympics. The standard of 6.70m this time looks tougher than in the past and Mayookha as well as the others have their task cut out. Mayookha’s best last season was 6.34m at the Fed Cup at Mangaluru. She also won the National Open. She was sixth (6.24m) in the Asian championships in Wuhan.

Shradha Ghule (Ind): Twenty-four-year-old Shradha scored a memorable victory over Mayookha Johny in the Open National at Kolkata last September winning the title with a personal best 6.38m. Mayookha was just four centimeters behind. Shradha was second in both the previous major meets, the Fed Cup in Mangaluru and the Inter-State in Chennai. Mayookha had won the Fed Cup. National junior champion in long jump and triple jump in 2010 the Maharshtra woman has now established herself among the seniors and on current form should rate behind Mayookha. Shradha is No. 2 in the South Asian lists for 2015 behind Sri Lankan N. C. D. Priyadharshani.

N. C. D. Priyadharshani (Sri): See also 100m. At the age of 36 many athletes could be thinking about retirement. But Priyadharshani is in the form of her life. She clocked a PB in 100m, and set a National record in long jump with 6.43m last year. She tops the South Asian lists in long jump for 2015 and should start favourite to defend the title she won in Dhaka six years ago. She had a PB of 6.35m at Diyagama on 4 December last year and then 15 days later at the same venue to set her National record.

Triple jump

H. D. Viduka Lakshani (Sri): With six marks over 13 metres, all coming in 2015, Viduka Lakshani has staked her claim in the South Asian region. She stretched her personal best from 12.99m in 2014 to a National record and also a Junior National record of 13.49m in the Sports Festival meet at Diyagama in December. She could not find the same touch later the same month at the same venue though she won the South Asian Games trials effortlessly with a jump of 13.06m. A bronze medallist in the Asian junior championships in Taipei in 2014 (12.99 for National junior record) she was not at her best in the World Junior championships in Eugene, US, the same year, ending an overall 25th with a 12.52m in the qualification round.

Hashini Prabhodha Balasooriya (Sri): Born 10-07-1998. The 17-year-old Sri Lankan was second to Viduka in the SAG trials with a personal best of 12.10m.

Mayookha Johny (Ind): See also long jump. Mayookha pulled off a bronze medal in the Asian championships in Kobe in 2011 with a national record of 14.11m in triple jump. Since then the 27-year-old Kerala woman has not crossed 14 metres. Her best since had been the 13.91m at Dillingen, Germany, as she trained for Olympic qualification in 2012 after giving up hopes in long jump but failed to make it. She won the Open National title in 2015 with a season best 13.78m that also happens to be the leading mark in South Asia going into these games.

Prajusha M. A. (Ind): Twenty-eight-year-old Prajusha took the Inter-State title in triple jump last year with a season best 13.33m. She was third in the National Games (13.04m) and second in the Open (12.79m). Prajusha’s big moment had come in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when she struck silver, against all expectations, in long jump with a leap of 6.47m. In the Commonwealth Games the Kerala woman also registered her PB in triple jump with 13.72m for the fourth place. Her best since then had been 13.66m in 2012.

Shot put

W. T. Kumudumali Fernando (Sri): The 25-year-old Sri Lankan National champion registered a personal best 14.45m at the Sports Festival meet at Diyagama last December. She was unbeaten at home last season when she also won the National championships with a mark of 14.14.

Manpreet Kaur (Ind): Born 6 July 1990. Manpreet brought off a stunning National record of 17.96m at the Kolkata National last September and thus booked her Rio Olympics berth. Harbans Kaur’s 18-year-old National record was 17.43m. The Rio standard was 17.80m then (Since reduced to 17.75m by the IAAF in its revised standards). The left-handed Punjab thrower had touched a personal best 17.15 in the Railway Championships in Bhopal in August last year, a huge improvement over her previous best of 16.39m in Delhi in November 2014. Manpreet was quoted in reports last year that she was aiming for the 19-metre mark. Except for the National Games, where she finished second to Navjeet Kaur Dhillon with 14.43m, Manpreet did not compete in national meets last year. She did participate in the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, finishing sixth with 15.76m. She was ninth in the 2010 Commonwealth Games with 14.50m.

Manpreet Kaur (Jr): Born 5 March 1996. Manpreet Junior (going by the age difference with the other Manpreet) finished second in the Open National last year with a personal best 15.03. She was third in the Inter-University championship at Moodibirdi, Karnataka, in January last year with a throw of 14.33m, till then her PB.

Javelin

Nadeeka Lakmali (Sri): The 34-year-old Sri Lankan, who won the title in the 2006 South Asian Games set a National record of 60.64m to be among the top eight in Asia in 2013. That proved her best year. Her performance has dipped a little since as could be seen from 59.04m in 2014 and 59.00m last year. She was the No. 1 in South Asia last year in the lists with a 57.81m coming at the Diyagama SAG trials. She was only fourth in the Wuhan Asian championships (52.29m), just a rung above India’s Annu Rani. She was fifth in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 when Annu Rani took the bronze with a National record of 59.53m. In 2010 Lakmali was eighth in the Asian Games and seventh in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Nadeesh Dilhani Lakamge (Sri): The Sri Lankan came second at the SAG trials last year and had a Personal Best of 56.37 in the Army Championship.

Annu Rani (Ind): Winning the Asian Games medal in 2014 was a big moment for Annu Rani that too with a National record of 59.53m. She registered her second best career mark of 58.85m in winning the title at the Open National meet in Kolkata last September. She was second to Suman Devi in the National Games in Kerala in February 2015 but won the Inter-State title at Chennai with a throw of 54.67m. The 23-year-old Uttar Pradesh woman also won the Railway Championship in Bhopal with an effort of 55.80m.

Suman Devi (Ind): Suman Devi was second in the Open National last year with a personal best 57.15m. Last year proved quite successful for Suman as she won the National Games gold apart from the Fed Cup title at Mangaluru. Overall, she had two other marks in 2015 apart from her PB that figured in her top 10.

Relays: It should be a close battle between India and Sri Lanka in the 4x100m while India should clinch it without much ado in the longer relay as it did in Dhaka in 2010. What would be of interest would be the timing that the 4x400m teams would return since Olympic qualification is based on the rankings of teams based on timings achieved from 1 May 2015 to 11 July 2016.