Day 5 at Rio Olympics: India advances in Archery, Boxing
Day 5 was one of highs and lows for the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics 2016. As the Tennis Mixed Doubles were postponed due to rains, the Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna action was not to be witnessed. While India participated in the Women’s Hockey, Judo, 50m Pistol and 77kg Weightlifting events, and didn’t fare well, it trumped in Boxing and Archery.
Light Welterweight (64 kg) participant Manoj Kumar put up a stunning performance against 2012 London Olympics Bronze-medalist Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania. He dominated all three rounds with a 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 and advanced to the pre-quarterfinals. In the next match, Haryana-born Kumar will be pitted against fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan.
Women’s Individual recurve event saw India’s Deepika Kumari and Laishram Bombayla Devi sail to the pre quarterfinals. World No 5 Deepika Kumari defeated Italy’s Sartori Guendalina 6-2, while Bombayla vanquished Chinese Taipei’s Lin Shih-Chia 6-2.
Today, Bombayla will face-off Alejandra Valencia of Mexico while Deepika Kumari will challenge Chinese Taipei’s Tan Ya-ting.
The India vs Australia match was an utter rout as the third-ranked Australians crushed our team 6 – 1. Thokchom Anuradha scored a sole goal for India. This has put our quarterfinal entry into jeopardy.
India’s lone Judoka in the Olympics, Avatar Singh failed to make a splash. He was ousted by the Refugee Olympic Team’s Popole Misenga in the first round. Popole Misenga was later overpowered by South Korea’s Gwak Dong-han.
Jitu Rai failed to lift Indian spirits as he crashed out of the 50m event, ranking 12th. The other Indian shooter Prakash Nanjanna too failed to inspire with a dismal 25th position. The top 8 contenders moved into the next round.
India’s Sivalingam Sathish Kumar was eliminated after failing to qualify for the finals. The 2014 gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games and national record holder of 336Kg, failed to make the cut in the elimination rounds. He finished fourth in the category. Colombia’s Caicedo Andres Mauricio took the top spot with a total lift of 346kg.
USA continues to be on top position. Japan dethroned Hungary from the 3rd slot.
In Other News:
- 18-year-old Sara Ahmed became the first Egyptian woman to clinch an Olympic Gold Medal. She won gold in the Rio Olympics’ women’s 69 kg weightlifting event.
- Egypt’s Abeer Abdelrahman was awarded London 2012’s silver Olympic medal on 31 July 2016, after reports surfaced that the earlier-awarded winner, Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya, had used performance-enhancement drugs. Abdelrahman had originally come in fifth place. Hence, Abeer is the first Egyptian woman to win an Olympic medal.
- The women’s singles table tennis final saw two Chinese fighting for the gold. China’s Ding Ning defeated her teammate and rival Li Xiaoxia 4-3 to clinch the gold.