It was a mixed day for India on Day 7 at the Rio Olympics.
In archery, Atanu Das exited the Games after losing a tight pre-quarterfinal 6-4 to South Korea’s Lee Seungyun.
Then, Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to make the finals of the men’s 50m rifle prone event, while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost their second group stage doubles match to crash out of the Games.
In women’s shot put, Manpreet Kaur failed to qualify, finishing 13th in her qualification group with a throw of 17.06m. Vikas Gowda failed to qualify in the men’s discus final, finishing 16th in his group.
The Indian men’s hockey team were held to a 2-2 draw by Canada in their final group stage game, with goals from Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh neutralised by two strikes from Scott Tupper.
Krishnan Ganapathi, Gurmeet Singh were disqualified from the men’s 20km walk, while Manish Singh finished 13th.
There was some respite, however, as boxer Vikas Krishan beat Önder Şipal of Turkey to reach the men’s 75 kg quarterfinals. Just before that, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna beat Andy Murray and Heather Watson to reach the mixed doubles semifinals.
With athletics events also getting underway at the Games on Friday, it will be a packed day for Indian athletes.
Ankit Sharma in the men’s long jump and Muhammed Anas Yahiya in the men’s 400m first round are among the track and field stars in action.
9:45am (IST): And, as always, the Indians who will be in action later in the day. Don’t forget to tune back in.
9:40am (IST): Let’s bid adieu on a bittersweet note, folks. Michael Phelps says he’s ready to retire. “No more. This is it. I said it a bunch before. But I’m not doing it,” said the 31-year-old. “No more. I swore in London I wasn’t coming back and this is final. Were the papers here, I’d sign them tomorrow.”
9:10am (IST): Story of the day.
8:47am (IST): Earlier, the US women football team suffered a surprise loss.
8:00am (IST): Dutee Chand finishes 7th in 100m qualifiers, fails to advance.
7:53am (IST): Still doesn’t feel right...
7:38am (IST): What a badass!
7:22am (IST): More swimming, more history made. USA’s Anthony Ervin wins 50m freestyle, becomes oldest swimmer to clinch gold, his second after 16 years.
7:10am (IST): And she’s only 19! Katie Ledecky has been in a league of her own this Olympics.
7:00am (IST): More domination in the pool! Katie Ledecky breaks the world record, wins 800m freestyle gold by some distance.
6:50am (IST): The unthinkable has happened in the pool! Michael Phelps has been beaten. Joseph Schooling of Singapore wins the 100m butterfly gold, with Phelps, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh all tied for silver!
6:08am (IST): India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will take on USA’s Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the mixed doubles semifinals today. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez win gold in men’s doubles tennis! The Spanish duo beat Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
4:00 am (IST): Boxer Vikas Krishan is through to the quarterfinals of the Men’s Middle (75kg).
3:53am (IST): Read the full match report of India’s mixed doubles win over Great Britain in the mixed doubles final here.
3:42am (IST): Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are into the mixed doubles semifinals after beating Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4.
3:36am (IST): Mirza/Bopanna lead Murray/Watson 5-4 in the second set. India will now serve for the match after taking the first set 6-4.
3:26am (IST): Rohan Bopanna’s smashing forehand gets the crucial break for India in the second set. Sania Mirza/Bopanna now lead 3-2 in the second set against Andy Murray/Heather Watson.
3: 20am (IST): It’s now 2-2 between Mirza/Bopanna and Murray/Watson in the second set. The Indian’s lead 1-0 after taking the first set 6-4. Meanwhile, Angelique Kerber of Germany has beaten USA’s Madison keys to make her way into the women’s singles tennis final. Boxing fans can look forward to this in a bit:
3:08am (IST): Mirza/Bopanna take the first set against Murray/Watson!
2:50am (IST): Mirza/Bopanna break right back. It’s now 2-2 against Murray/Watson.
2:41am (IST): Mirza/ Bopanna are broken early by Murray/Watson. They are down 2-0 in the first set.
2:31am (IST): German Angelique Kerber has taken the first set against USA’s Madison Keys in the women’s singles tennis semifinal.
2:26am (IST): INDIA FANS! Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are on court for their mixed doubles quarterfinal match against Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson.
2:22am (IST): Meanwhile, we found a graphic on Michael Phelps’ changing diet in the past 8 years. From 2008 to 2016. The information may or may not be accurate, since it’s 9gag, but makes one wonder of our own diet. Nice graphic, this one.
2:17am (IST): Juan Martin del Potro has beaten Roberto Agut Bautista 7-5, 7-6 (4), in the men’s singles tennis quarterfinals. He will now face Rafael Nadal in the semis. Meanwhile, Japan’s Kei Nishikori won the second set against Gael Monfils, and its 4-4 in the deciding set.
2:02am (IST): ICYMI, Madison Keys of USA is facing Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women’s singles semifinal. Currently 1-1 in the first set.
1:45am (IST): India’s Manish Singh finishes 13th in men’s 20km race walk. Full story here.
1:35am (IST): Meanwhile, there seems to be another three-setter in the making, with France’s Gael Monfils squaring off against Japan’s Kei Nishikori. The Japanese won the first set 7-6 (4), and currently trails in the second 3-4.
1:32am (IST): Rafael Nadal is through to the men’s tennis semifinals after a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win against Thomaz Bellucci.
12:46am (IST): Nadal wins the second set against Thomaz Bellucci 6-4. It’s now one set each.
12:42am (IST): Meanwhile, away from the Olympics, this happened. Unexpected? We don’t think so.
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12:39am (IST): Rafael Nadal is 5-4 up in the second set against Thomaz Bellucci in their quarterfinal match. Till then, our tennis round up is here.
12:08am (IST): Meanwhile, Raphael Nadal has lost the first set against Thomas Bellucci 6-2.
12:02am(IST): India may have drawn against Canada, but the signs of a renaissance for the sport are there. Read that one, here.
11:28pm (IST): Rafael Nadal’s quarterfinal match against Thomaz Belluci is now underway. Meanwhile, defending champion Andy Murray is into the semifinals after a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (2) win against USA’s Steve Johnson.
11:15pm (IST): Monica Puig creates history as she will become the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Puerto Rico.
11:10pm (IST): A disappointing show by Manu Attri-Sumeeth in men’s doubles.
1 1:07pm (IST): Mairaj Ahmed Khan finished Day 1 of Men’s Skeet Qualification on the 10th position.
10.30 PM (IST): Canada’s late equaliser helps them hold India to a 2-2 draw. India’s progression to the quarterfinals was already ensured.
10.25 PM (IST): Petra Kvitova comes back to level her women’s singles semifinal against Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig at a set apiece.
10.20 PM (IST): Scott Tupper equalises for Canada again. 2-2
10.07 PM (IST): Ramandeep scores to put India back in the lead against Canada.
10.05 PM (IST): Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana wins 10,000m gold in 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds, breaking the previous record by 14.33 seconds, held by China’s Wang Junxia.
9.58 PM (IST): Quick reply from the Canadians, Scott Tupper equalising.
9.55 PM (IST): Akashdeep Singh scores to give India a 1-0 lead over the Canadians.
9.50 PM (IST): Rower Dattu Bhokanal finishes 2nd in semifinal C/D 2. He qualifies for final C.
9.40 PM (IST): Second quarter pans out like the first, chances but no goal scored.
9.20 PM (IST): Goalless first quarter in the Indian men’s hockey team’s final pool match against Canada.
8.40 PM (IST): Vikas Gowda, with throws of 57.59, 58.99 and 58.70, finishes 16th in Group B. Fails to qualify for men’s discus throw final.
7.50 PM (IST): Manpreet Kaur finishes 13th in Group B qualifying for women’s shot put with a throw of 17.06m, thus failing to qualify.
7.30 PM (IST): Gutta/Ponnappa put up a hard fight, but can’t catch up in the third game, lose 16-21, 21-16, 17-21 to Eefje Muskens/Selena Piek of the Netherlands. The Indian pair’s Rio campaign comes to an end.
7.10 PM (IST): Gutta/Ponnappa do well to take the second game 21-16.
7.05 PM (IST): India’s Jinson Johnson finishes with a time of 1 minute, 47.27 seconds to finish fifth in the men’s 800m heats. He got boxed in and tripped twice, and could do little in the final stretch. It’s unlikely he’ll advance.
7.00 PM (IST): At the break, Gutta/Ponnappa lead 12-10.
6.50 PM (IST): Gutta/Ponnappa lose the first game 21-16. Can they stay in this?
6.40 PM (IST): Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa’s second doubles match is underway. The Indian pair trail Dutch duo Eefje Muskens/Selena Piek 10-15 in the first game.
6.20 PM (IST): Gagan Narang and Chain Singh are out of the men’s 50m rifle prone event. Narang finished 13th with a total of 623.1 after six series, while Chain Singh finished 36th with a total of 619.6.
6.00 PM (IST): India’s Atanu Das loses to South Korea’s Lee Seungyun in the men’s individual pre-quarterfinals. Das did well to come back to win the second set but Lee took the fourth set and tied third and fifth sets meant that the Korean won 6-4. With Das’ loss, India’s archery campaign comes to an end.