INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 5 REPORT.

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ARCHERY MEN’S INDIVIDUAL (1/32) Indian Archer Tarundeep Rai advances to round of 16 after defeating Ukraine’s Hunbin 6-4 in round of 32. Both Archers shared points in the first set, in the second set Hunbin with 2 10’s had sealed the set. The third set again saw points being shared, in the fourth round Tarundeep Rai got in his groove and put up an excellent display and won the set pretty comfortably. In the deciding set Tarundeep Rai shot 10-8-10 to seal the set and the match.

ARCHERY MEN’S INDIVIDUAL (1/16) Indian Archer Tarundeep Rai defeated Hunbin to make his place in the round of 16, here he took on Israel’s Itay Shanny. Itay Shanny defeated Tarundeep Rai 6-4 in the elimination round 1/16. Tarundeep Rai failed to start off well resulting two points to Shanny. Tarundeep Rai did well in set two and the match was levelled. Set three saw both archers with same points, in the fourth set the Indian veteran did well and had the lead. In final set 5, Tarundeep failed to bag the set and lost his momentum. The match was decided in shoot-off where Tarundeep shot a 9 and Shanny hit a perfect 10 to bag the win.

ARCHERY MEN’S SINGLE 1/32 Indian Archer Pravin Jadhav was the second to take part after Tarundeep Rai early this morning. Pravin Jadhav too starts with a win in round of 32, he defeated Russian Olympic Committee’s Galsan Bazarzhapov 6-0 to make his way in the round of 16. Pravin in his first round shot a couple of 10’s to which the Russian replied with string of 9’s, in the second round both Archers hit a couple of 10’s but a poor 7 from Galsan saw Pravin bag 2 more points and in the final round Pravin shot 9-9-10 to which Galsan replied with 8-7-9. Straight sets win of 6-0 see Pravin to next round.

ARCHERY MEN’S SINGLE 1/16 Indian Archer Pravin Jadhav after a win in the round of 32 was proceeded to the round of 16 where he lost to Brady Ellison of United States. It was a close encounter where the American managed to win sets with a point difference. In the first set Brady scored 28 to which Pravin replied with a 27 and that saw Brady win the first set and bag two points. Second set again saw a point difference, as Brady shot 27 and Pravin managed to score 26. A final chance for Pravin to delay the game but fails to, in reply to Brady’s 26 Pravin could just shoot 23. The American with a 6-0 win ensured the end of road for Pravin Jadhav and India.

WOMEN INDIVIDUAL ARCHERY 1/32 Indian Archer Deepika Kumari defeats Bhutan’s Bhu Karma 6-0 to make her way into the next round, 1/16. Opening set saw Deepika post a 26 in reply Karma shot 23 giving Deepika a 2 point lead. The same story unfolded in the 2nd and 3rd set where Deepika comfortably defeated Karma and proceeded to the next round, round of 16 where she meets USA’s Jennifer Mucino-Fernandes.

WOMEN INDIVIDUAL ARCHERY 1/16 Indian Archer Deepika Kumari after defeating Karma in round of 32 takes on Jennifer in round of 16, and defeats her US opponent Jennifer 6-4 to proceed further to round of 8. Deepika did look a bit off colour but managed the win, first set Deepika got 25 in reply Jennifer got 26 and took the lead 2-0. Deepika made a comeback in set 2 and got the scoreline 2-2. Deepika then dominated the third set and took the lead 4-2, Deepika failed to close the match in set 4 as Jennifer bagged the set and the scoreline was levelled 4-4. In the decider, 5th set Deepika held her nerve a won the set and took the lead 6-4 to wrap the match.

Deepika Kumari with two wins, round of 32 and 16 is inching close to the medal round.

WOMEN HOCKEY Indian women were up against Great Britain for their third group stage match and it turned out to be a hat-trick of defeats as Great Britain win the encounter 4-1. Britain put India under pressure straightaway as Britain’s Hannah Martin opened the scoring within 75 seconds, India slowly were creating chances but Britain’s defence ensured India don’t get a goal. Second quarter saw Hannah Martin score a goal again and second of the match for her, Indian goalkeeper saved the first shot but Martin converted in the second chance and soon India successfully net one and open thier tally. Second half, India miss out on a few scoring opportunities but Britain don’t as they score their 3rd on a rebound. Fourth quarter, wasn’t any different for the women in blue as Great Britain scored their 4th goal of the match to end things in fashion. India are left with two games and will have to win both and will need some luck to proceed further to the knockouts.

BADMINTON WOMEN’S SINGLE Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Hong Kong’s N.Y Cheung in straight sets to cruise into elimination round of women’s single. The first set lasted for just 15 minutes where PV Sindhu bagged the set 21-9, the second set surely would get some challenge to Sindhu and did as Cheung looked for a comeback but Sindhu controlled her nerves and got the important points to seal the set with 21-16 and the match in straight sets. With the win PV Sindhu proceeds to the knockouts.

PV Sindhu’s impressive outings see her qualify to round of 16, dominated group stage matches.

BADMINTON MEN’S SINGLE Indian shuttler Sai Parneet lost his second group game 14-21 and 14-21 to Netherland’s Mark Caljouw. Praneet did start off well having the lead but let momentum slip as Mark made a comeback and won the first set 21-14. Same was the story in second set where he failed to capitalise on a good start and let Mark bag the match win in straight sets. With this defeat Sai Parneet doesn’t qualify for the next round as he lost both of his group stage matches.

ROWING SEMIFINAL India for the very first time were part of Rowing in a semi-final event. Indian Rowers, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finish 6th in lightweight double skulls in the semi-final A/B 2 event and don’t proceed further to the medal round. The Indian duo finish 6th with a recorded time of 6:24:41, Ireland topped the chart with time recorded of 6:05:33. Arvind and Arjun qualify for the final B, however, are not in contention for any medal.

WOMEN BOXING Indian boxer Pooja Rani proceeds into quarter-finals of women’s middle weight category after defeating Algeria’s Ichrak Chaib 5-0 in round of 16. Rani took the first round quite comprehensively with the jury voting in her favour, didn’t lose a bit of momentum as she bagged the following sets as well. A very comprehensive win for the debutant overall pushing herself to the next round with a batch of strong medal contender.

Pooja Rani shines on debut, qualifies for quarterfinals with a comprehensive win.

SAILING 49er Indian sailers Varun Thakkar and K Ganapathy were in action today. They had a couple of postponed races on schedule today and a third one as well. India duo completed their second race ranked 18th, they finish 18th in their third and finish 19th in their fourth and final race 3 of the day. After completion of four races India is positioned 18th in the overall rankings. As many as Eight more races remain and a medal race too in this event.

That was it on India’s schedule for the day, tomorrow is another action packed day. Stay tuned !

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