Heartbreaking Last Minutes for Indian Hockey and Abhinav Bindra

- Saurabh Sharma   11-08-2016

          


It all happened on day 3 when luck deserted the Indians.

Rio 2016 Olympics India’s Day 3 schedule: The second day at the Olympic Games saw scintillating action with a number of events throwing up some astounding results. There were heartbreaks aplenty as there were joyful moments as athletes put on their best displays to try and win a medal for their country. They had practiced hard for years and Rio was  expected to see them crowned. But not all can claim one and only the best emerged at the top. As far as the Indian challenge is concerned, there were more negatives than positives, but still, going into the third day some of the sportsmen are placed in positions from where they can make a tangible challenge and put themselves in medal-winning positions. However, all the hard work is still ahead and nothing but the best effort will be able to produce results that the country can rejoice in.

SHOOTING:

Top Indian shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang were seen in action at the Rio 2016 Olympics. This is day 3 and as far as the Indian shooting contingent is concerned things have not gone at all well with Heena Sidhu eliminated and Manavjit Singh an Kynan Chenai in big trouble as they have not been able to force their way into the top 5 spots on Sunday. Things got progressively worse as the day went on. Expectations were huge from the experienced duo of Bindra and Narang. And the foremost expectation was that they not just do well, they would exceed expectations and actually land India a crucial medal, preferably the yellow metal . Na rang failed to deliver bowing out early . But Bindra fought to the end and entered the finals. By the time the first   two eliminations of the final round took place Bindra had shot to the comfortable second position of the table. But then disaster struck in the final stages. As other competitors upped their scores to highs of  10.5  to 10.7 Bindra faltered during the third elimination to come down to the fourth place.In fact, as the responsibility came on the shoulders of Abhinav Bindra (2008) the Beijing medallist scored a 10.2 but could not match his competitor in the tie breaker and bowed out at fourth place.

Both the shooters had the fight of their life on hand. The opponents were experienced and tough. Some have them have gone on to the highest echelons of the sport and landed medals at various meets world over – but so have the Indian duo. However, it all ended in a huge heartbreak eventually for the Indian fans and the sportsmen themselves.

 ARCHERY:

Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations (Laxmirani Majhi): After an eventful outing on day 2 that did not yield the kind of result Indian fans had hoped and that would have left Laxmirani Majhi herself mortified, the Indian sportswoman would be stepping into some more action again today. On Sunday, she, along with Laishram Bombayla Devi, and Deepika Kumari had qualified for the quarters of the recurve event by beating Colombia 5-3. However, later in the day, the Indians were defeated by Russia.

HOCKEY: Germany 2 – India 1

 Germany scored the final  goal with just 3 seconds left on the clock; an heartbreak for India after 30 minutes of superb play; and holding the defending champion, the Germans to a 1-1 draw  till the last minute of the game. However they failed to hold fort when it mattered most. Germany  absorbed all the pressure India could throw at them and then launched a telling counter-attack; Indian defended bravely but the ball rose and was banged in the Indian net ….. It was not any massive break in concentration that cost India the match but a failure to appeal at the rising height of the ball before the goal - a huge setback for Sreejesh and co and the fans back home. A similar situation rose in the next match when Argentina cut down a two goal deficit in the last quarter, but this time the Indians were prepared and won the encounter 2-1.