Rio Olympics: Indian Results Disappoint At Midway Stage

- Saurabh Sharma   12-08-2016


No medals Yet As Against 6 at London

​ India’s 120 member  Olympic contingent is yet to win a medal in the 2016 Rio Games as the game enters its half way mark.. India’s 80 member contingent  had won 6 medals in the London Olympics and this year the nation expected that atleast a dozen medals would be got.

India endured a largely disappointing day at the ongoing Rio Olympics with the men's hockey team and rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal , shooter Avinav Bindra, and gymnast Dipa Karmakar proving to be the only bright sparks that gave some semblance of fight. The Indian men's hockey team began its campaign with a morale boosting 3-2 win against Ireland in their opening pool encounter. They lost the next match after fighting dourly to defending champions Germany by a goal scored in the dying seconds .after many years they were successful in beating Argentina 2-1 only to be defeated by Netherlands by the same margin in the next encounter.

The biggest story for India so far was Dipa Karmakar who vaulted into the finals with a difficult and extremely hazardous vault. Bokhanlal meanwhile, produced a creditable performance to reach the quarter-finals of the men's single sculls event. But the shooters, paddlers, and weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (women's 48kg) proved to be a disappointment. Avinav Bindra, the Beijing medalist was unlucky not to be in the medal list beaten to the 4 th place  in the tie breaker in the 10 M rifle shooting. The tennis court also did not yield any positive results as the men's doubles combination of Leander Paes and Bopanna who had huge ego issues even before the match, and  the women's doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare who crashed out in the opening rounds of their respective categories.

Jitu Rai faltered  in final, finished 8th in 10m air pistol event India's campaign in the Olympic shooting competition got off on a disappointing note with medal hope Jitu Rai finishing eighth in the men's 10 metre Air Pistol event in Rio de Janerio on Saturday.

Rupinder brace helps India end 12-year-old jinx ​ The Indian men's hockey team kicked off their Rio Olympics campaign on a winning note, edging past minnows Ireland 3-2 in their first Pool B contest on Saturday.

Paes-Bopanna crash out in first round​ Veteran tennis star Leander Paes' dreams of an Olympic medal came crashing down on Saturday after he and Rohan Bopanna went down 4-6, 6-7 (6) against Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski in the first round of the men's doubles competition at the Rio Olympics.

Sania-Prarthana bow out of women's doubles The Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare went down fighting to Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang of China in the first round of the women's doubles competition at the Olympic Tennis Centre here.

​Rower Dattu Bhokanal in quarters of men's singles sculls Dattu Bhokanal gave India's Rio Olympics campaign a rousing start as he reached the quarter-finals of the men's single sculls rowing after finishing third here on Saturday.

​Chanu fizzles out in Olympic weightlifting Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu produced a disappointing performance and was unable to make an impact in the women's 48kg category at the Riocentro Pavilion 2 arena here.

Shooters Apurvi, Ayonika fail to qualify for quarters Indian women shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul crashed out of the Rio Olympics 2016 after losing in the quarter-finals in their 10 metre air rifle event here on Saturday.

Mouma, Manika bow out of Rio after first round losses India's Mouma Das and debutant Manika Batra crashed out in the first round of the women's singles table tennis competition at the Olympics on Saturday.

Indian paddlers exit Rio​ India's campaign in the table tennis competition at the Olympics ended following the first-round losses of Achanta Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Mouma Das and debutant Manika Batra here.