Rio Day 4: India’s balancing act

| Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 18:47
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India’s day 4 at Rio

New Delhi: Let’s face it. It’s the end of day 4 at Rio Olympics. US leads the medal table with 5 golds, 7 silvers and 7 bronze medals. China is at second position, Australia at third, Spain at 35th, and India is yet to open its account. Nevertheless, let us hope against hope that our athletes make the most from the remaining events. Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad a day for India on Tuesday.

The first good news came from the Indian men’s hockey team who were a bit low on confidence after an agonising defeat against Germany with 1-2 on Monday. Today, India beat Argentina with 2-1 erasing the sorrows of yesterday. That’s also one foot in the door for a quarter-final place by India. India now with two wins and one loss from 3 matches have 6 points. This is India’s first win over Argentina since 2009.

The Indian hockey team was all charged up right from the first quarter. The team missed the first penalty corner but Chinglensana converted the second penalty into a goal registering an early lead for India. Kothajit was the second man who got the second goal up for India. Argentina did score a goal from their penalty corner in the fourth quarter but India’s strong defence kept Argentina away from scoring any further.

A tough fight lies ahead for the Indian hockey team as they now take on the Netherlands on Aug 11.  

It was bad news for the Indian rower, Dattu Bhokanal who finished 4th crashing out of the men's single sculls quarterfinal. Reminds us of yesterday when Shivani finished 17th missing one position to qualify in the women’s 200m freestyle event. Nevertheless, both athletes were at their maiden Olympics so thumbs up to them for keeping their spirits high. Moreover, Bhokanal is the only Indian rower to qualify for the Rio Olympics and is only the ninth rower to represent India in the Olympics.

The Indian women’s hockey team lost to Great Britain 3-0. After a successful win against the Japanese girls, a lot was expected from the Indian girls but they were no match against the disciplined British unit. Let’s not yet forget India’s big win of qualifying for the Olympics in the first place after a drought of 36 years. India will play Australia on Wednesday.

The second good news comes from archer Atanu Das who qualified for the round of 16 after a 6-4 victory. It’s a long road ahead for the 24-year-old Kolkata resident in the Rio Olympics.

Shooter, Heena Sidhu failed to make it to the semifinal stage of the women's 25m pistol after she failed to score enough to move beyond the qualifying round. Her total score was 576 after the precision and rapid rounds.



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