PV Sindhu fuels India’s Olympic medal hopes on Day 11

What a cracker of a match that was! Yes, we are talking about the quarterfinal match of women’s Badminton singles between PV Sindhu and China’s Wang Yihan. Sindhu defeated Yihan to advance into the semifinals, the second Indian badminton player to do so, after Saina Nehwal’s 2012 quest.

Badminton

It was a classic case of David and Goliath. While Sindhu is seeded tenth in the Olympics, Wang Yihan holds the World No 2 postion. But through sheer skills, perseverance and grit, Sindhu defeated her opponent 22-20 21-19, and charged ahead into the next round.

We really hope Sindhu will keep her form going, and quench India’s thirst for an Olympic medal in Rio. Meanwhile, another medal hopeful is Srikanth Kidambi, the men’s badminton singles participant, who is expected to face China’s Lin Dan, the defending champion, today.

Athletics

Women’s 800m

Tintu Luka

Tintu Luka at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Payyoli express PT Usha’s protegee, Tintu Luka is participating in the 800m run today. Luka is the national record holder in the 800m which she clocked in 1:59.17 in 2010.

Golf

Woman golfer Aditi Ashok is another sportsperson to catch in action today. Here’s her tweet on the event:

Don’t forget to tweet her back with good wishes!

Wrestling

Women’s Freestyle 58 kg

Another bout of Indian women power will be witnessed today when Sakshi Malik will take on Swede Johanna Mattsson today, in the qualifications round.

Women’s freestyle 48 kg wrestling

Vinesh Phogat will be eyeing victory over Romania’s Emilia Alina Vuc today in the quarterfinals round.

Quite a lot of action on the cards today, but will our medal quest see a boost or a burn? Tune in today or watch this space tomorrow to know the ups and downs of India at Rio.

Medals Roundup

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 28 28 28 84
2 Great Britain 19 19 12 50
3 China 17 15 19 51

 

In other news:

  • US Gymnast Simone Biles scored her fourth Olympic Gold yesterday, as she clinched the top spot at women’s floor exercise finals. Teammate Alexandra Raisman won the silver.
  • The silver medalist Renaud Lavillenie was moved to tears on the podium, as the crowd booed him after the Men’s Pole Vault event. The gold was secured by Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva.

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