Chandigarh: Indian athletes had an edge away from the medals in Rio Olympics 2016 had left in the lurch. Undoubtedly, players have made their maximum efforts and came up with best performances during the matches and events, but still failed to bring any medal for nation. New faces cropped up with surprising performances climbing on the fourth positions, however, on the other side star players turned down the medal hopes for the country with losing their games.
Hockey out of the blue brings the country’s flag at the upper position, but unfortunately loses quarter finals against Belgium.
Gymnastic: Dipa Karmakar misses the bronze
Dipa Karmakar miss the medal at Gymnastics event of Rio 2016. She finished the event with fourth position. Karmakar scored 15.066 points in the final.
USA’s Simone Biles won the gold medal with a score of 15.966, The second position grab the Maria Paseka a Russian gymnast after her score of 15.253. Bronze was bagged by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber for her score of 15.216.
A Tripura girl final score of 15.066 gave her the fourth position in the final. Her first vault fetched her 14.866 points but her Produnova gave her 15.266. She was second after her two vaults but Russia and USA were the last to go and that pushed Karmakar from the top three position.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna loose in semi-final
Rio de Janeiro: Sania Mirza broke down in front of the media after losing the mixed doubles tennis bronze medal play-off here with her partnner Rohan Bopanna, and raised doubts if she would be playing at the next Olympics in Tokyo.
India’s hopes of their first medal at the Rio Olympics were dashed as Sania and Rohan lost 1-6, 5-7 to Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek at the Olympic Tennis Centre’s Court 1 on Sunday.
Boxing: Manoj Kumar loses in the pre-quarters
India’s hopes of a medal continued to get slimmer with Manoj Kumar losing in the pre-quarters of the 64kg light welterweight category to Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov by points. He lost 0-3 in a contest that was evenly contested and the Uzbek won narrowly with all three judges scoring it 10-9 in each of the three rounds.
With that, India’s boxing hopes are down to just Vikas Krishan
Hockey: India crashes out in quarter final
In the field of hockey, Rio 2016 Olympics was ended by Belgium in the quarter-finals after they lost the match 3-1 on Sunday to crash out of the tournament. Belgium march into the semi-final of the hockey competition while India return home.
In the first half while Belgium dominated and after the second half its clearly belonged to Belgium as they created regular chances and scored on three occasions.
India were the first to score when Akashdeep Singh deflected a brilliant pass from Manpreet Singh from outside the circle in the first quarter. Belgium did have their chances but the Indian defence was up to the task to deny them.
Shooting: Abinav bindra loses the bronze medal
Abhinav Bindra missed out the bronze and placed in the 4th position in the final of 10m air rifle.
Bindra made a cut through the qualifiers of 10m air rifle after facing a hard fought battle against the opponents.
Bindra finished with the score of 105.2 in the final series (total score of 625.7) with three 10.8 scores in the final five shots
Though, he started off well but soon the shooter had his chance of qualifying at risk in the series with a poor 102.1.
Bindra on his part made good of a miserable fifth series score of 102.1 to regain his place in the top-8 with a remarkable final series.
In table tennis, Mouma Das crashed out in the first round of the women’s singles after a rather one-sided 2-11, 7-11, 7-11, 3-11 loss to Daniela Monteiro Dodean of Romania.
Meanwhile, India’s veteran paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal was knocked out in the first round of the men’s singles competition. The 34-year-old, competing in his third Olympic Games, lost to Romanian Adrian Crisan 1-4 (8-11, 12-14, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11).
World No.73 Sharath fought hard in all of the five games but the 36-year-old world No.90 of Romania was up to the challenge.
Dattu Baban Bhokanal produced a pleasant surprise in the men’s single sculls event as he reached the quarter-finals after finishing third in his heat.
In the first heat of the day, the 25-year-old from the Indian Army finished the 2000-metre race in seven minutes and 21.67 seconds at the Lagoa Stadium here.
The Maharashtra lad is the sole Indian to have qualified for the rowing events. He was in second place for the first 500 metres of the race, but started to lag behind once Juan Carlos of Mexico in the second lane picked up pace around the 700m mark.
Cuba’s Angel Fournier Rodriguez finished first clocking 7:06.89 followed by Carlos (7:08.27).
Shooting: Women’s 10 metre air rifle
At the shooting ranges, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul crashed out after losing in the quarter-finals of the women’s 10 metre air rifle event.
Apurvi was placed in the 34th position with a combined score of 411.6 while Ayonika was 43rd with 407.0 among 51 shooters at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
China’s Du Li entered the quarter-finals, bagging the top spot with a score of 420.7, setting a new Olympic record at the event. Germany’s Barbara Engleder took the second spot with 420.3 while Iran’s Elaheh Ahmadi was third with 417.8.
Apart from the top three, a Russian, two Americans, a Croatian and another Chinese shooter completed the top eight line-up.
“I don’t know what happened, my mind has totally gone blank,” Apurvi told IANS after the event.
“Of course when I came in this morning, I expected to win. Who doesn’t,” a visibly crestfallen Chandela said before proceeding to see the finals of the competition with her physio Nikhil Ajit Latey, which was won by Virginia Thrasher of the U.S. with a score of 208.
Apurvi had won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Her other colleague Ayonika Paul had won the silver at the competition. Paul, who too watched the finals from the rear gallery, did not want to comment.
Shooting: Men’s 10m air pistol
Later, medal hope Jitu Rai finished eighth in the men’s 10 metre Air Pistol event. Jitu produced a string of poor shots for a total score of 78.7 and was the first to be eliminated from the eight-man final.
Playing in his maiden Olympics, Jitu showed signs of nerves right from the qualifying rounds and made it to the final by the skin of his teeth.
He continued his nervous performance in the final as well and lagged behind in the early stages and was unable to rise above the last place.
The Naib Subedar from the Indian Army slipped to the eighth and last spot right at the start with a total score of 28.9 points after the first three shots.
He ran into further trouble with a 9.7 in his next shot. The 28-year-old continued to struggle with his next couple of shots as the shooters at the top of the pack continued to churn out consistent above 10 attempts.
On the brink of elimination with an overall score of 68.6, Jitu managed a 10.1 but it was not enough to keep him in the competition.
In weightlifting, Chanu produced a disappointing performance and was unable to make an impact in the women’s 48kg category at the Riocentro Pavilion 2 arena.
Competing in Group A, Chanu lifted 82 kilograms in the snatch event, but could not complete any of her lifts in the clean and jerk.
Sopita Tanasan of Thailand won the gold with a total lift of 200 kilograms, Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia clinched the silver with 192 kilograms while Japan’s Hiromi Miyake (188 kilograms) took the bronze.
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