- Ankit Bhanot 13-08-2016
On India’s busiest day at the Rio Olympics so far, the team of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made it to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event while boxer Vikas Krishan entered the quarter finals in men’s middleweight (75kg) category.
Later in the day, Sania and Bopanna got the better of Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson in straight sets displaying remarkable bit of doubles tennis to which the British duo had no answer. The fourth seeded Indian pair dominated, winning the quarter-final match 6-4, 6-4 in just 67 minutes. One more victory will ensure India a silver and a defeat in the semifinals would give Sania and Bopanna a chance to fight for the bronze medal.
Minutes after India tasted victory in tennis, boxer Vikas Krishan put on another dominant performance this time in his round of 16 clash against Turkey’s Onder Sipal. Vikas was at his aggressive best and entered in to the quarter-finals winning all the three rounds.
On a downer, archer Atanu Das, badminton players Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, runner Jinson Johnson, shot putter Manpreet Kaur and discus thrower Vikas Gowda exited the games. Shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 50 meter rifle prone event.
India’s track and field events had nothing positive to show either. Sprinter Dutee Chand and Muhammed Anas Yahiya, and long jumper Ankit Sharma failed to go past their qualifying match.
Of all India’s events, the hockey match was the most engaging. India got their first goal in the 33rd minute but seconds later Canada equalized the scoreboard with a converted penalty corner. India made the score 2-1 when Ramandeep Singh scored a goal in the 41st minute. Canadian captain, Scott Tupper scored his second goal of the match with less than eight minutes remaining on the clock and made it 2-2, and the Canadians rallied to ensure the scores were still leveled when the buzzer rang. India however managed to enter into quarter finals.