Good, bad and disappointing: India @ Rio Day 2

We present a snapshot of ‘India @ Rio Olympics 2016′ from Day 0 – Day 2

Let’s go for the good news first!
Individual Pole Vault
22-year old Dipa Karmakar lead India into the finals with her amazing Podunova performance on the vault. Here’s her performance.

Podunova is a risky maneuver in which the gymnast attempts a front handspring and two front somersaults. The 2016 performance has made Karmakar India’s 1st Woman Gymnast to qualify for Individual Vaults final, that will take place on 14th Aug.

Women’s Hockey
India’s women’s team played an Olympic match after 36 years on Sunday 07th Aug. India was pitted against the high-ranked Japan team. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Next, the team will be meeting the British on 9th Aug. The British had previously defeated the Australian team 2 -1.

India’s chances soured in the other events with defeats in Archery, Tennis and Table Tennis.

The Indian team lost to the Russians in the Quarter Finals. South Korea clinched the gold.
Deepika Kumari, said windy conditions were at fault for the dismal performance of the team.


Men’s Doubles

Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lost in the first round, losing against the Polish team of Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot 4-6 6-7 (6-8) on Saturday.This was Paes’ seventh Olympic tournament.

Women’s Doubles

Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare crashed out of Women’s doubles after losing to the Chinese pair of Shuai Peng-Shuai Zhang 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 7-5 in a two hour 44 minute battle.

Next stop is Mixed Doubles, where Mirza will partner with Rohan Bopanna. Let’s hope they give India something to cheer about.

Table Tennis

World-ranked 69, Sharath Kamal failed to weave his magic against Crisan Adrian of Romania. The scores were 1-8 14-12 9-11 11-6 11-8 in 35 minutes

The other players, Mouma Das,  Soumyajit Ghosh and Manika Batra lost their games too.

Medal Roundup –  Top 3

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In other news

  • Tennis Men’s Singles – Tennis World No 1, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic crashed out of Olympics 2016, after losing to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro
  • Tennis Women’s Doubles – Williams sisters suffered their first defeat at Olympics in 16 matches, at the hands of the Czezh-duo Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.
  • Swimming – Adam Peaty of Great Britain broke his own world record of 100m breaststroke, clocking 57.55 seconds.

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