The Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics 2016 held in the games village in Rio have not yet yielded any significant results yielding a medal with gymnast Dipa Karmakar going the closest to a bronze medal finish on Sunday. With a majority of the Indian athletes crashing out in qualification, the hopes of the contingent lie on the remaining few who are scheduled to complete their events in the next couple of days.
Here is a list of the two lone events featuring Indians on day 11 of the Rio Olympics ( 16th August 2016):
Men’s Greco-Roman 98 kg:
25 year-old Hardeep Singh from Haryana broke the12 year silencein the Indian Greco-Roman Olympic Wrestling arena bybooking a berth in Rio after winning a silver medal in the 98kg category at the Asian Olympic Qualification Championship. In his maiden Olympics, Hardeep has already qualified into the round of 16 of the Greco-Roman events and will take on Turkish opponent Cenk Ildem. A Gold medal winner in the 2013 Johannesburg Commonwealth Wrestling Championship, Hardeep will look to create history with India in his maiden Olympics on Tuesday.
Timing: 07:02PM onwards
Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist P.V. Sindhu advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles competition after notching up a dominating straight-game win over Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying at the Olympic Games in Rio. The young shuttler from India who recently turned 21 in July will battle it out for the semi-final spot against Wang Yihan of China on Tuesday and will be the only hope among the female shuttlers following the shock exit of Badminton ace Saina Nehwal.
Timing: 02:00AM onwards ( 17th August)
All the events can be viewed on the Star Sports Network or can be streamed online using Hotstar.
The hopes of thousands of people in the country might have been lowered with the exit of some of the biggest names in the contingent but sport pundits are still banking on the number of younger participants who have steadily been advancing to the medal rounds. With Sindhu’s form going into the quarter-finals, one cannot still rule out a possibility of a medal as an Indian.
What happens eventually is to be watched.