In 2018, India watched with joy, the transformation of Neeraj into a world-class javelin thrower as he grew in maturity after the 2016 world junior record to clinch both the Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medals.
But the 22-year-old from a village near Panipat injured himself during training in Patiala and underwent surgery on his right elbow in May this year. As a result, he remained on the sidelines and could not defend his Asian Championships gold in Doha. He also missed the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019.
Junior world champion quarter-miler Hima was in action in the first part of the season, but the lower back injury she suffered after the 2018 Asian Games returned to haunt her. Hima won six gold medals in competitions sans big names in Czech Republic and Poland.
The 19-year-old however, pulled out of the Asian Championships without finishing her first 400M race. She was named in the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019 team, but was dropped at the last minute by the Athletics Federation of India.
Amid the many disappointments, Dutee Chand scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to clinch a gold medal at the World University Games, winning the 100M event.
The country also booked 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games berths in mixed 4x400M relay and men's 3,000M steeplechase event (Avinash Sable).
In the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019, the 27-member Indian contingent performed better than expected but did not win any medal.
The Indians entered the finals in three events -- mixed 4x400M relay, men's 3,000M steeplechase and women's javelin throw. Out of the three finals, 3,000M steeplechaser Sable and the mixed 4x400M relay team booked Tokyo Olympics quotas.