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India’s Olympians, mapped
 

India sent 124 athletes, 68 men and 56 women, to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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India sent 124 athletes, 68 men and 56 women, to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

India's Olympians come from 23 states and union territories. One athlete, shooter Jitu Rai, was born in Nepal.

The northernmost athlete, shooter Chain Singh, is from Doda, Jammu & Kashmir. The southernmost is sprinter Muhammad Anas, from Kollam, Kerala.

Some regions produce many Olympians, while others produce none.

Haryana sent the most athletes, 24, to Rio.

India's athletic talent is not evenly distributed. Some regions produce many Olympians, while others produce none.

Haryana sent the most athletes, 24, to Rio, followed by Punjab (12), Karnataka (11), and Kerala (11).

Thirteen states and union territories have no athletes on the olympic team.

Wrestling

Some sports are dominated by athletes from one state or region.

Seven of India's eight wrestlers are from Haryana. Only Narsingh Yadav is from Uttar Pradesh.

Seven of India's eight wrestlers are from Haryana: Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari, Ravinder Khatri, Hardeep Singh, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sakshi Malik, and Sandeep Tomar.

Only Narsingh Yadav is from Uttar Pradesh.

Sprinting

The fastest Indians tend to come from the south.

Kerala has four sprinters on the olympic team, Tamil Nadu has three, and Karnataka has two.

Arokia Rajiv, a 25-year-old from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, will anchor the men's 4x400 meter relay team.

Archery

All four archers hail from eastern states.

Two are from Jharkhand, one is from West Bengal, and one is from Manipur.

Laxmi Rani Majhi and Deepika Kumari are from Jharkhand, Atanu Das is from West Bengal, and Bombayla Devi is from Manipur.