The Indian challenge on Day 1 got off to a good start with rower Dattu Bhokanal making the quarterfinal of the men’s Single Sculls event. Men’s hockey team beat Ireland 3-2. However, table tennis players - Mouma Das and Manika Batra were eliminated in the 1st round and the pair of Paes-Bopanna lost in men’s doubles tennis. Shooter Jitu Rai qualified for the 10m Air Pistol Men’s final, but could only manage an 8th spot finish.
10:12am (IST): The day’s events are over. Catch all the best stories on our dedicated Rio 2016 page.
10:08am (IST): In case you missed it, the Brazil women’s team beat Sweden 5-1 with Marta getting a brace. Sweden are ranked 6th, two places above Brazil. USA, Brazil and Canada have booked their place in the knockouts.
10:05am (IST): USA’s gold has some catching up to do with silver.
9:33am (IST): The day’s events are almost over, so why not have a look at ‘The weird ‘sports’ that aren’t part of the Olympics anymore’.
9:00am (IST): Venus Williams did not speak to reporters after her loss to Kirsten Flipkens. Instead, U.S. women’s tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez did, saying that Williams was sick before arriving in Brazil. Fernandez added that Williams had cramping, dehydration and an upset stomach after her loss, but still hoped to play doubles Sunday with younger sister Serena. Read the full report, here.
8:03am (IST): Australia’s women, powered by sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, beat the United States and Canada to win the Olympic 4x100 metres freestyle relay in world record time on Saturday, retaining the title they won in London four years ago.
The Australians, leading off with Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie swimming the second leg, clocked three minutes, 30.65 seconds, beating the previous mark of 3:30.98 they set in Glasgow in 2014.
7:41am (IST): Did not take Harbhajan Singh to be a Star Wars fan.
7:36am (IST): Mack Horton of Australia wins gold in men’s 400m freestyle.
7:23am (IST): USA’s Olympic great Venus Williams has lost to Kirsten Flipkens 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
6:53am (IST): Sania Mirza is out! Mirza and her women’s doubles partner Prarthana Thombare lost to the Chinese pairing of Shuai Zhang and Shuai Peng. Catch the full report here.
5:42am (IST): Great comeback by Sania Mirza & Prarthana Thombare.
5:33 am (IST): No LeBron James. No Dwayne Wade. But still no problem for Team USA.
5:27am (IST): Mirabai Chanu bows out of women’s 48kg weightlifting after failing to lift 104 kg in clean and jerk.
5:20am (IST): Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu attempts 104kg in first try. Cannot lift it. Two more attempts to go.
5:15am (IST): After losing the first set narrowly in tie-break, Sania Mirza & Prarthana Thombare take a huge 4-1 lead in the second set.
4:41am (IST): Bad start for Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare.
4:38am (IST): India’s Mirabai Chanu is currently sixth in the 48kg snatch weightlifting.
4:27am (IST): Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic win it for Serbia in men’s doubles tennis.
4:24 am (IST): Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare lose the eighth game in the first set as the score is 4-4.
4:17am (IST): It has not been a good day for Indian table tennis players.
4:11am (IST): Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard starts Rio 2016 with an easy victory.
3:51am(IST): Great start for Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare as they break in the very first game against Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang.
3:40am (IST): Sharath Kamal lost the first game 8-11 against Romania’s Adrian Crisan.
3:00am (IST): Some tennis news from Rio 2016.
2:55am (IST): Carli Llyod scores on the 63rd minute to give USA a 1-0 lead over France in their women’s football match.
2:12am (IST): Horrible injury in gymnastics on Day 1.
1:43am (IST): A brilliant performance by British swimmer Adam Peaty earlier in the day.
1:23am(IST): Another disappointment for India.
1:14am (IST): Soumyajit Ghosh loses fourth game to Padasak Tanviriyavechakul, trails 1-3.
1:06am (IST): Soumyajit Ghosh wins the third game, but he is still trailing 8-11 6-11 14-12 against Padasak Tanviriyavechakul..
12:51am (IST): Indian table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh is trailing 8-11 3-6 against Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul.
12:31am (IST): Vietnam claims the gold medal in men’s 10m air pistol event.
12:22am(IST): Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet wins the second gold medal of Rio 2016 as he won in the men’s cycling road race on the first day of the Olympic Games, after a crash on a high-speed descent by leader Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali.
12:11am (IST): India’s only medal hope on Day 1 comes to an end as Jitu Rai is eliminated from the 10m air pistol final.
12:06am (IST): Britain’s Adam Peaty set a world record of 57.55 seconds in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke heats at the Rio Olympics.
12:01am (IST): Big upset in swimming!
Defending Olympic champion Ye Shiwen of China fails to qualify for 400-m IM final #RioOlympics2016— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) August 6, 2016
11:48pm (IST): Leander Paes’ comments after his early elimination at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
10:58pm (IST): Jitu Rai will be taking part in the 10m air pistol final shortly.
10:50pm (IST): An easy start to Rio 2016 for the Italian pro boxer Carmine Tommasone.
10:46pm (IST): Jitu Rai qualifies for the 10m Air Pistol Men’s final after finishing sixth in the qualifiers.
10:33pm (IST): Huge upset in the men’s doubles tennis as Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna were eliminated in the first round. The new partners had trouble striking a chord.
10:29pm (IST): Unsettling news from Rio de Janeiro.
#BREAKING: Loud blast heard near Olympics cycling course, bomb squad on site (Reuters)— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) August 6, 2016
10:23pm (IST): Sachin Tendulkar wished the Indian hockey team on their victory.
10:20pm (IST): A good start for the Indian men’s hockey team as they defeated Ireland 3-2.
10:18pm (IST): A heartwarming story for the Refugee Olympic team.
What a moment. Yusra Mardini of the Refugee Olympic Team wins her first heat in the women's 100m butterfly. Stories beyond the medals— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 6, 2016
10:16pm (IST): Shooter Jitu Rai is currently in the 8th position, while Gurpreet Singh is at 25th.
10:11pm (IST): A disappointing day for Indian table tennis players - Mouma Das and Manika Batra.
10:05pm (IST): Jitu Rai in 19th spot, Gurpreet Singh 40th after two series of 10m air pistol men’s qualification.
9:57pm (IST): Ahead of the men’s 10m air pistol event, Olympians Association of India wishes luck to Jitu Rai and... India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh? Surely they meant the shooter, Gurpreet Singh? Well, What’s in a name.
9:34pm (IST): Manika Batra crashes out in the opening round of women’s singles table tennis with a 2-4 (12-10, 6-11, 12-14, 11-8, 4-11, 12-14) loss to Poland’s Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc.
9:32pm (IST): The organisers have apologised to the spectators enduring long lines to access the Olympic Park on the first full day of competition. Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada acknowledged that “we obviously need to upgrade” the systems and have asked authorities to speed up bag checks.
Andrada said Saturday that “we apologise to everyone who is standing in the sun in lines outside the venues ... we need to fix this in the next couple of hours.”
9:25pm (IST): Manika Batra trails 2-3 to Poland’s Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc in table tennis women’s singles opener.
9:11pm (IST): Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna knocked out! The duo lose 4-6, 6(6)-7 to Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski. Paes’ record seventh Olympic appearance ends on a bitter note.
9:09pm (IST): Unconvincing win for India, but a win nonetheless. They take on Germany next on Monday.
9:02pm (IST): Conor Hart keeps Ireland alive, scores in the 56th minute. India 3-2 Ireland
8:49pm (IST): Another penalty corner, another goal! Rupinder Pal Singh scores his second. India 3-1 Ireland.
8:40pm (IST): Ireland get one back through a penalty corner conversion of their own. John Jermyn scores in the final minute of third quarter. India 2 - 1 Ireland.
8:35pm (IST): Indian table tennis veteran Mouma Das loses first round clash against Romania’s Daniela Dodean Monteiro. The world No 150 lost 2-11, 7-11, 7-11, 2-11 to her 58th-ranked opponent. Sharath Kamal and Soumyajit Ghosh will play their men’s singles opening matches later in the day.
8:25pm (IST): Indian team looking good, could add to the 2-0 scoreline.
India 2-0 up v Ireland in Group B Oly hockey opener. How many can the 8-time champs score? @HTSportsNews— Ananth Narayanan (@ananthanarayan) August 6, 2016
8:19pm (IST): Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lose first set against Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski 6-4.
8:07pm (IST): GOAL! Rupinder Pal Singh converts another penalty corner in the 27th minute to double India’s lead. India 2: Ireland 0
8:00pm (IST): Meanwhile outside the Olympic Park, a 1km long queue waiting to get in.
7:50pm (IST): V Raghunath converts a penalty corner to give India the lead in the last minute of the first quarter. India 1: Ireland 0
7:35pm (IST): American Virginia Thrasher wins the first gold medal of Rio Olympics! The 19-year-old sees off Du Li in the women’s 10m air rifle.
7:31pm (IST): And we’re underway. India and Ireland square up in the men’s hockey opener.
7:25pm (IST): With India men’s hockey team ready to take on Ireland at 7:30pm (IST), read captain PR Sreejesh’s interview in the build-up to the Olympics.
6:30pm (IST): It has been a mixed day for India so far. Jitu Rai and Gurpreet Singh will be in action in the men’s 10m air pistol event at 9:30pm (IST). Meanwhile, India’s “Baddy Girls” are enjoying their time in Rio ahead of Thursday’s opening round.
6:15pm (IST): China’s Li Du sets Olympic record (420.7) to finish first in women’s 10m air rifle qualifiers. Apurvi Chandela finishes 34th with 411.6 and Ayonika Paul 47th with 403.0.
6:00pm (IST): Rower Dattu Bhokanal gave India the perfect start on the opening day.
5:42pm (IST): Bad start for shooters. Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul fail to qualify for the women’s 10m air rifle final.
5:35pm (IST): Apurvi Chandela at 310.2 and Ayonika Paul 309.0 after third series in the women’s 10m air rifle preliminary round.
5:27pm (IST): Meanwhile, Apurvi Chandela (33rd) and Ayonika Paul (25th) in the women’s 10m air rifle preliminary round.
5:17pm (IST): Dattu Bhokanal will next be in action in the first quarterfinal on Tuesday, August 9, 5pm (IST).
5:10pm (IST): Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal finishes third in the heats of the men’s single sculls, qualifies for quarter-finals.
4:45pm (IST): Let the Games begin! After the mesmerising opening ceremony, it is time for the athletes to take centrestage. The Indian challenge on Day 1 begins with rower Dattu Bhokanal, when the men’s Single Sculls event kicks off at 5pm. Over at the Olympic Shooting Centre, one of the country’s top medal prospects Jitu Rai will take aim in his pet 10m Air Pistol event, along with Gurpreet Singh. Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul will compete in the 10m Air Rifle event. Later in the day, the tennis and table tennis teams will begin their campaign while the men’s hockey team will take on Ireland. Indian lifter Saikhom Mirabi Chanu will be in action in the 48kg category.