Dipa Karmakar was the sole bright spot in an otherwise dismal ninth day for the Indian contingent in the on-going Rio Olympics.
The gymnast, who created history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the finals, missed an Olympic medal by a whisker. She finished fourth in the vault final with a score of 15.006 – well past her previous best – and missed a bronze medal by 0.150 points.
With the nation still in the hunt for its first medal in this edition, some of its brightest medal prospects bowed out of the games on a ninth day.
The mixed doubles’ tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost in the bronze medal play-off match. Then men’s hockey team lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals and the day went from bad to worse when London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal bowed out of the games after a surprise defeat.
Coming to the tenth day, Vikas Krishan Yadav is only one win away from a guaranteed medal finish. He will take on Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev in the quarterfinals.
In wrestling, Ravinder Khatri will be the first Indian grappler to take the stage in Rio in men’s Greco-Roman 85kg.
In athletics, Lalita Babar, who became the first Indian woman to qualify for the steeplechase finals, will be in action.
Here is the full schedule:
Vikas Krishan will be looking to assure India her first medal when he enters the ring for the Men’s Middleweight 75kg Quarterfinal against Bektemir Melikuziev .
Ravinder Khatri will feature in the Men’s 85kg Qualification.
Athletics (Track and field):
Renjith Maheshwary will compete in the Men’s triple jump qualification
Srabani Nanda will be in action in the Women’s 200m Round 1
Lalita Babar is competing in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final.
Seema Antil will participate in the women’s Discus Throw Qualification.
Badminton (Round of 16):