INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 6 REPORT.

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ROWING FINAL B Indian rowers Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat finish 5th in the final B of lightweight Men’s double Sculls. Arjun was the bower and Arvind had the responsibility of stroking, they were consistently at fifth position throughout the race. Arvind and Arjun finished 5th with timing of 6:29:66, they finish 11th overall in Men’s lightweight double Sculls. This is India’s highest finish ever in this event, excellent effort from the duo.

Indian Rowers Arvind Singh (left) and Arjun Lal Jat (right) finish 5th in men’s lightweight double Sculls and 11th overall.

BADMINTON WOMEN SINGLES Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeats Denmark’s Mia Blinchfeldt in round of 16 with scores of 21-15 and 21-13 in 41 minutes to finalises her ticket for the quarter-finals. Sindhu started off well and was leading the game mid stage, Mia made a strong comeback with the points difference being very close but Sindhu came roaring and finished the set in 22 minutes to bag the set win. In second set, Sindhu was with the lead at half way stage and Mia tried hard to bounce back and stay in the game with long rallies but couldn’t. PV Sindhu with that win walks into the next round, round of 8.

MEN’S HOCKEY Indian Men’s hockey team defeat Argentina and enter quarter-finals. India started off well with some solid defence, Dilpreet Singh had a chance but it was kept out with a very good save from the Argentine goalkeeper. Both teams failed to score goals in the first two quaters and scoreline remained 0-0 at the end of first half. Finally India were able to make to make a breakthrough as Varun Kumar made use of the penalty corner in the last minutes of 3rd quater, Argentina failed on a scoring opportunity by a good Indian defence but soon at the start of 4th quater Argentina net to level 1-1. The game was looking to finish for a draw but in the dying minutes Sagar Prasad and Harmanpreet Singh scored a goal each and India finish with 3-1 lead.

MEN’S ARCHERY SINGLES 1/32 Indian Archer Atanu Das has progressed to next round after defeating Chinese Taipei Yu-Cheng Dang. Indian Archer started with a perfect 10 in his first set that helped him bag the set. Yu-Cheng then in the second set took the set and levelled the match. Indian Archer bounced back with a 9-10-9 to which in reply a 7 from the Dang spoilt his play. In the 4th set after some to-and-fro it was the Taipei who bagged the set and the match had a decider, Dang shot a 7 in his last arrow ensuring Atanu Das bags the win. Atanu Das proceeds further to round of 16.

MEN’S ARCHERY SINGLES 1/16 Indian archer defeated the Archery powerhouse Korean to make it to the round of 8. The Korean bagged the first set with a 8-9-9. In set 2 Atanu bagged the set with a poor 8 shot from the Korean. Both Archers scored 27 in set 3 and in the 4th set Atanu outscored J.H Oh to bag the set. In the 5th set both Archers again shared same points of 28 and the match was decided in shoot-off, J.H Oh the Korean shot a 9 and Atanu Das shot a perfect 10 to stun the Korean and bag the match win 6-5.

Atanu Das Indian Archer shot a perfect 10 to make it to the round of 8, eliminations.

MEN’S SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT Indian boxer Satish Kumar advances to quarter-finals after defeating Jamaican Ricardo Brown 4-1 in round of 16. Satish Kumar took the first round comprehensively as the entire jury voted in his favour, continuing the same in round 2 he bagged that round as well. Satish Kumar’s smart defences in round 3 ensured him to proceed. In the quarter-final Satish Kumar will take on Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov.

WOMEN 25M AIR PISTOL QUALIFICATION, RELAY 1 Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat had started off well, she hit the perfect 10 in her first three shots. After completion of her first series of 10 shots Rahi accumulated 96/100 and was positioned 7th with 6-10’s and 4-9’s. In her second series she shot 7-10’s and 3-9’s accumulating 97/100 and was positioned 6th. In her third or final set she shot 5-10’s, 4-9’s and 1-8 summing up to 94/100, that one eight from Rahi costed her a lot. She finished 7th/10 in relay 1, end of relay 2 she was ranked 12th. With her 287/300 she was ranked 25th in rankings after the end of all 4 relays, Rani needs to get a 296 to stay in the hunt tomorrow.

WOMEN 25M AIR PISTOL QUALIFICATION, RELAY 3 Indian shooter Manu Bhaker minutes after Rahi was in action. Manu Bhaker too as always starts off well, in her first series she shot 7-10’s and 3-9’s accumulating 97/100, she was positioned 16th with a couple of 9’s and then was back in top 10 with 4-10’s in last 5. In her second series, she again shot 7-10’s and 3-9’s accumulating 97/100 and finished 9th. In her third series she shot 8-10’s and 2-9’s accumulating 98/100 and see’s a promotion in rankings as she finsihed 5th with a total of 292/300. Manu doesn’t drop in rankings after the end of all 4 relay, she held her 5th spot, she is very much in contention tomorrow.

Manu Bhaker continues to impress, finishes 5th in 25m Air Pistol qualification precision.

SAILING 49er Indian sailers Varun Thakkar and K Ganapathy had two races on schedule today. The Indian duo were ranked 16th in the 5th race and then make a massive jump to 7th rank in the following race. The Indian pair is currently ranked 17th overall after 6 races. 6 more races on schedule they would fancy their chances especially after the 6th race where they finished 7th in rankings.

SAILING LASER Indian sailer Vishnu Saravanan had a couple races on schedule today, 7th and 8th race with a couple more to go. Vishnu finished 27th in race 7, in his next race he did well and managed to come up in the rankings as he finished his 8th race positioned 23 in rankings. In the overall ranking he stands 23rd and with a couple more races in hand he has to do something extra ordinary to qualify.

SAILING LASER RADIAL Indian sailor Nethra Kumanan too had a couple races on schedule, 7th and the 8th. Nethra was positioned 22nd in her 7th race and 20th in her 8th. She did have two good races today but hasn’t been the same before, she stands 31st in overall rankings. A very hard way for her to go through to qualify, it’s her debut season and she created history to be the first Indian women to participate in this event, that’s a lot to cheer.

MEN’S GOLF INDIVIDUALLY FINAL Indian golfer Udayan Mane begins his journey as he teed off at par in round 1 of golf. After 10 holes Udayan was on (-1). He finishes at rank 60 (last), 5 over par (+5) with a score of 76. Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri too was in action, he begins his journey as he teeds off with +1 in round 1 of golf. He had a par on the 10th hole. At the end of round 1 he finishes his day with a four under (-4) with a score of 67 on 8th position.

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT Indian boxing legend Mary Kom faced a shocking defeat to Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia. Valencia got off to a flyer as she won the first round quite comprehensively, four out of five judges gave her 10 and the one gave 9. Mary Kom tried to bounce back with punches to Valencia in the second and third round where we won 3-2, she for sure did play well. There are speculations that Mary Kom has been cheated and the IOA are committed to help Mary in any way. On basis of a 4-1 lead in first set Valencia was declared as the winner. Valencia takes the scoreline 3-2 and makes her way to the quarter-final.

MARY KOM CONTROVERSY Mary Kom speaking to media said : During the press conference post match she thought she had won the game quite comfortably and happily gave the interview. She further added, “two hours” post game when she opened social media it was then she realised that she had lost the match, the result despite two set wins was announced against her. She said the entire world was watching the match and do know who the winner is, she did believe she played good enough to be declared as the winner. When questioned if she will protest or challenge the declared result, she answered we were already instructed before the match and event not to do so and hence we wish to but cannot. When asked if she will continue boxing she said, I’ll continue boxing till for a couple more years. (shes’ currently 38) and will not give up, she termed the defeat unfortunate and concluded saying she yet doesn’t believe she has lost the game and wished to get a medal home and a teary Mary Kom walked off.

SWIMMING MEN’S 100M BUTTERFLY Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash was in action, he finishes the race in 53.45 seconds and was ranked 2nd in heat 2. He fails to qualify for the semifinal after finishing 46th overall in the rankings. Only the top 16 go through, USA’s Caeleb Dressel was the fastest qualifier in an Olympic record time of 50.39.

That is it on India’s schedule today at the Olympics, a lot more action tomorrow. Stay tuned !

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