Expected to be compete for the blue riband 100 m gold in the Under-17 section, the sprinters will be among the first athletes to take to the track.
Then there are athletes like Satara's hammer thrower, Sneha Jadhav, who won the Junior Nationals last year, and Mumbai-based shot putter Poorna Raorane, who also won in junior nationals held at Ranchi.
With some doubt about national junior champion Nisar Ahmed's participation in the Under-21 section, the battle between Rahul Sharma (Uttar Pradesh) and Abhinav Chalangode (Kerala) will be an interesting one considering that they claimed the lesser medals behind the Delhi lad in Ranchi.
The sprint heats will herald the track and field competition in which more than 600 athletes from 29 states and seven Union Territories will bid to grab the spotlight.
Mumbai-based shot putter Poorna Raorane, who won gold in Ranchi with a final effort of 15.30m to slip past Punjabs Parmjot Kaur, said she was ready to repeat her feat.
Poorna finished fourth in the World School Games in Turkey.
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