Of Rio and dwindling Indian hopes on Day 10
It would not be amiss to call India’s Rio Olympics campaign a disaster.
Defeat after defeat on all fronts is a sure-shot sign that our sportspeople are not on par with the other nations, in the sporting mega-event. While even nations like Kosovo (secured independence in 2008, and has a population of 1,870,981 approx.) have managed to score a gold medal, India is yet to earn one, on Day 10.
Yes, there were quite a few medal hopes, from stars such as Abhinav Bindra, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Deepika Kumari and the likes, but only a few managed to reach the finals of their respective events. Abhinav Bindra and Dipa Karmakar had a close shot – both ranked 4th at finals.
Now, the medal hopes are pinned on Srikanth Kidambi and PV Sindhu, rising stars of Badminton. Both managed to qualify for the quarterfinals, to be held tomorrow, 17th August.
Sindhu will face World No two Wang Yihan of China, while Srikanth will meet China’s Lin Dan, the two-time defending champion and five-time world champion.
Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan beat India’s Vikas Krishan 0-3 in the quarter-finals of the men’s middleweight (75-kg) category.
At the 3000m Steeplechase, India’s Lalita Babar had to make do with a 10th rank. The gold was clinched by Ruth Jebet of Bahrain. It is Bahrain’s first ever gold medal.
Ravinder Khatri crashed out of the Greco-Roman 85kg category after suffering a first round loss to Hungary’s Viktor Lorincz. The other Indian in the wrestling arena is Hardeep Singh, participating in the 98 kg category. Singh will be meeting Turkey’s Cenk İldem today in the qualification match.
In other news:
- Andy Murray clinched the top spot in the Men’s Singles Tennis. He beat Juan Martin del Porto to win his second Olympic Gold.
- Monica Puig of Puerto Rico won gold in Women’s Singles Tennis, after she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
- Michael Phelps ended his Olympics Swimming career after winning his 23rd gold medal.