PV Sindhu’s silver caps historic day for India, others disappoint
Shuttler PV Sindhu went down to Spain’s Carolina Marin, but became the first woman athlete from the country to win an Olympic bronze.olympics 2016 Updated: Aug 20, 2016 10:06 IST
Shuttler PV Sindhu’s silver in the women’s singles competition of the Rio Olympics lifted India’s spirits as the nation erupted in joy at the 21-year-old’s historic feat, while others continued to disappoint.
The shuttler became the first Indian woman to bag a silver in the Olympics on Friday after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain .
The silver took India’s medal tally to two after woman wrestler Sakshi Malik settled for the bronze in the 58 kilogram Freestyle category on Wednesday.
Sandeep Tomar was beaten by Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the men’s Freestyle 57 kilogram 1/8 final round. Tomar hopes of making the podium through the repechage ended as Lebedev failed to qualify for the final in 57kg category.
No show in 74kg category
With the ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the Olympic Games banning Narsingh Pancham Yadav for four years on the date of the bout, India were unrepresented in the 74kg weight division. This will be counted as a loss as well because Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) was expecting an appeal from WADA and yet they went ahead and forwarded Yadav’s name for the Olympics.
Race walkers fail to push on
Sandeep Kumar clocked four hours, seven minutes and fifty five seconds to finish 35th in men’s 50km Race Walk event. In the women’s 20km event, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th. Sapna failed to finish the race.
4x400 women’s finish 13th overall
4x400 girls failed to qualify for the final. The women’s team comprising of Nirmala Sheoran, Tintu Lukka, MR Poovamma and Anilda Thomas clocked 3:29.53 minutes on Friday to finish seventh in its Heat and 13th overall in the 16-team contest. Men’s team was disqualified.
Aditi slips down to tied 31st
Woman golfer Aditi Ashok went through a horrendous third round of eight-over 79 to drop 23 places to be tied 31st. The 18-year-old, who scored two successive three-under 68 to be tied eighth till the 36 holes, played a poor back-nine where she was bogged down by five bogeys.