Good morning folks!
Here’s a quick wrap of Day Two: Dipa Karmakar is in the final of gymnastics vault; her dream of becoming the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in the sport could well be realised on August 14. Earlier, Heena Sidhu failed to qualify for the women’s 10m air pistol final. India women’s hockey team cheated defeat to hold Japan 2-2. The women’s archery team lose to Russia in the quarterfinal. . The Williams sisters bite the dust, too early and so did Djokovic.
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10.02 am (IST): Its a wrap guys as Day Two action winds up in Rio.
9.23 am (IST): China’s Wu Minxia passed legends like American Greg Louganis and compatriot Guo Jingjing to become the first person with five diving gold medals. Wu reached the landmark in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard along with Shi Tingmao. At 30, she is the oldest women’s diving gold medallist.
8.52 am (IST): Brazil face more jeers from the home fans after drawing the second successive game. The result means the hosts need victory in the final game against Denmark on Wednesday in Salvador to advance to the next round .
8.32 am (IST): Neymar once again fails to inspire Brazil as they are held 0-0 by Iraq.
8:26 am (IST): Gold number 19 for Michael Phelps and overall 23rd Olympic medal for him as USA comfortably win the 4x100 freestyle gold medal.
8.18 am (IST): Ok the man with 22 Olympic medals, Michael Phelps is next up with USA’s 4x100 freestyle.
7.57 am (IST): Neymar and Brazil have been kept at bay at the Mane Garrincha Stadium by a resolute Iraq team.
7.38 am (IST): Another World Record falls in the pool, this time it is USA’s Katie Ledecky, who smashed the 400 free style mark by clocking 3.56.46 seconds.
7.28 am (IST): Britain’s Adam Peaty breaks world record to win men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 57.13 seconds.
7:25am (IST) : World No 1 Novak Djokovic loses in first round to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-7, 6-7
7:01am (IST): Putting off-the-pool distractions behind him, China’s Sun Yang qualified for the 200m freestyle final with a timing of 1 minute 44.63 seconds.
6:51am (IST): Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom broke her world record to win the women’s 100 metres butterfly on Sunday. Sjostrom, three-time world champion, set a time of 55.48 seconds to break her world record of 55.64 seconds, set in Russia a year ago.
6:15 am (IST): History-maker Dipa Karmakar is in the final of vault. Was placed 8th in the qualifying round. The final will be held on August 14, Sunday. Dipa’s scores in the qualifying reads as 15.100 (first attempt) and 14.600 (second). USA’s Simone Biles was placed first with scores of 16.00 and 16.100.
6:11 am (IST): Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro takes the first set from Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. An upset in the making? Too early to say, this is Djokovic after all.
6:05 am (IST): Dipa Karmakar slips to eighth in vault as Canada’s Shallon Olsen jumps to 6th. China’s Yan Wang is 7th. Top eight advances to the final. Our girl is hanging by a thread.
5:55 am (IST): A Dutch cyclist, Annemiek van Vleuten, crashed spectacularly near the end of the women’s road race at the Olympics on Sunday, suffering a concussion and fracturing her spine, reports the New York Times news service. The Dutch team said that Van Vleuten had suffered a heavy concussion. She was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a Rio de Janeiro hospital. “Annemiek went through a total CT scan and is stable now,” said the team’s chief medical officer, Cees Rein van den Hoogenband. “No internal bleedings or damage. She will stay in intensive care for the next 24 hours. She is fully conscious and her reactions are adequate. She also suffers from three minor fractures in her lumbar spine.”
5:40 am (IST): Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain beat the Netherlands duo of Robin Haase, Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 6-4.
5:25 am (IST): China’s Long Qingquan wins men’s 56 kg weightlifting gold. Qingquan and North Korea’s Om Yun Chol were on a spree of breaking the Olympic record in the category. Qingguan finally settled the matter with a world record attempt, of 307 kg total, bettering Halil Mutlu’s 16-year old feat.
5:14 am (IST): As the other subdivision progresses, Dipa Karmakar is placed 7th in vault, the only event she has a possibility of advancing. The top eight make it to the final. USA’s Simone Biles is placed first as of now.
4:45 am (IST): After Serena’s easy win over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in the singles, the Williams sisters were expected coast to the second round in the doubles. Is it a case of fatigue for Serena? It is the Williams sisters first doubles loss in any of the Olympics they have competed in.
4:38 am (IST): That’s a big shocker. Three-time gold medallists Serena Williams and Venus Williams are knocked out of Rio Olympics. Lose to Czech duo of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 3-6, 4-6.
2:12 am (IST): If China know how to dive into the pool, South Korea have their way with bow and arrow. On Sunday, they won their eighth straight women’s team archery gold. The trio of Ki Bo-bae, Choi Mi-sun and Chang Hye-jin were unflappable on a windy day at the Sambodromo, shooting brilliantly to rout Russia 5-1. Russia had earlier beat India in the quarterfinals.
2:06 am (IST): Majlinda Kelmendi made history as she won gold in the women’s judo, becoming the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic medal, reports Reuters.Kelmendi, ranked second in her -52kg weight class, topped 10th-seeded Italian Odette Giuffrida with a single point from a yuko that had initially been judged to be a more valuable waza-ari.
1:22 am (IST): She was the flag-bearer for the young Balkan nation of Kosovo in the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, and now Majlinda Kelmendi has scripted history. In the 52kg weight category judo, Kelmendi beat Japan’s Misato Nakamura in the semi-final on a single penalty. She next faces Odette Giuffrida of Italy in the battle for gold. Rio marks the first Olympics in which athletes are competing under the flag of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008 and was accepted as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2014.
1:15 am (IST): Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen produced a perfectly-timed burst to snatch Olympic gold in a dramatic climax to the women’s road race. Her team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten was on course for victory but suffered a horrific-looking crash on the descent of the Vista Chinesa climb with around 10km left.
1:08 am (IST): You need a strong wrist to survive in tennis. But Rafael Nadal wins Rio Olympics first round with a patchy left wrist. Resilience can apparently be a good substitute.
12:59 am (IST): Rafael Nadal’s left wrist has been the focus in the build up to the Olympics. All that obsession, however, overlooked a major aspect, no one in world tennis is as resilient as Nadal. He leads the first round singles match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-2, 4-1.
12:28 am (IST): Rafael Nadal wins the first set 6-2. The Spaniard was a major doubt, with his fitness not at the peak. He appears to be alright as of now.
12:22 am (IST): A Scot is what Great Britain has to flaunt in tennis. And he does not disappoint. Andy Murray beats Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, Spain’s Rafael Nadal is close to taking the first set against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.
12: 16 am (IST): Dipa Karmakar scores 12.033 on floor. In men’s singles tennis, Great Britain’s Andy Murray closes in on victory.
12:10 am (IST): Russia beat India in tie-breaker. Needing a 10 in the last attempt, Deepika Kumari hits 8. India women’s team bow out of the Olympics.
12:06 am (IST): Early errors by Laxmirani Majhi and Bombayla Devi put India behind. The two, however, come back very well. Deepika stays steady. With the scores 4-all, the contest moves on to a tie-breaker.
12:00 am (IST): A good comeback by Majhi, hits a 9. Bombayla hits 9, Deepika 10. The third set is India’s. One set left. India lead 4-2.
11.59 pm (IST): A poor attempt by Laxmirani Majhi. Bombayla and Deepika, however, keep it steady. It is, however, an opening for Russia to exploit.
11.57 pm (IST): Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi hit 10, Deepika hit 9 as India pull ahead of Russia. In gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar scored 12.866 on balance beam, a low score.
11.51 pm (IST): In archery, India women’s team lose first set to Russia. Deepika Kumari struggled in her last attempt.
11.38 pm (IST): Katie Ledecky, the sailfish in human form competing for the US sets another record, this time an Olympic mark in the 400m freestyle heat. Ledecky, who has broken world records 11 times in 400, 800 and 1500m, is aiming to clean sweep the freestyle events at the Rio Olympics.
11.36 pm (IST): Dipa Karmakar’s uneven bars scores: 11.666. Unlike in the vault, she opted for an easier routine, with the difficulty level of 4.5. Though an assured performance, her landing did lose a few grace points.
11:21 pm (IST): Meanwhile, Fiji’s dream turned into a nightmare after the half-time break. Defending champions Mexico rally to register a 5-1 win, with Erick Gutierrez scoring four of them.
11:20 pm (IST): Dipa Karmakar is currently placed sixth in vault. She landed the Produnova in her first attempt.
10:48 pm (IST): Apparently, you just need to be 13 to win a swimming heat in Olympics. Nepal’s Gaurika Singh, the youngest competitor in Rio Olympics, is not intimidated by the occasion.
10: 44 pm (IST): Serena Williams wins her first round match against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-2.
10:25 pm (IST): Fiji are on to something incredible here. Lead 1-0 against defending champions Mexico at half-time. The scorer: A chap named Roy Krishna.
10:00 pm (IST): As if it were in doubt, Serena Williams takes the first set against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-4.
9:54 pm (IST): Trap shooters ends the first day’s qualification 16th in the table. Younger compatriot Kynan Chenai is 19th. Meanwhile, the Queen Bee of tennis, Serena Williams is one game short of taking the first set. For the record, she is playing against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.
9:40 pm (IST): Produnova and all that. Dipa to be in action shortly.
9:03pm (IST): India women came from two goals down to hold Japan. They play Great Britain on Monday. Britain defeated Australia 2-1 on Saturday.
9:02pm (IST): Manavjit Singh Sandhu 13th, Kynan Chenai 16th after two rounds of the men’s trap qualification.
8:57pm (IST): India-Japan women’s hockey clash ends in a 2-2 draw. Sushila Chanu and Co did well to come back from the two-goal deficit.
8:54pm (IST): Entire Russian team has been banned from competing in September’s Rio Paralympics. The International Paralympic Committee’s blanket ban on Russia is in sharp contrast to the earlier decision by the IOC to allow individual sports to decide whether Russians can compete in the Olympics.
8:42pm (IST): Get ready to cheer for Dipa Karmakar, first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
8:38pm (IST): We have a game on our hands. India have done well to draw level, but Japan are looking to come back stronger. Fifteen minutes remain. Japan 2-2 India.
8:32pm (IST): India have equalised! Lilima Minz taps the ball in after the penalty corner was deflected. Japan review but the goal stands. Japan 2-2 India.
8:25pm (IST): Don’t miss: India women’s archery team will play their quarterfinal against Russia later today.
8:17pm (IST): Rani Rampal gets one back for India! A penalty corner conversion sees India score against Japan. Japan 2-1 India.
8:07pm (IST): India women face an uphill task to claw back from the 0-2 deficit. Score at halftime: Japan 2-0 India.
8:02pm (IST): Japan double their lead with a deflected goal in the 28th minute. India trail 0-2.
8:01pm (IST): Zhang Mengxue of China wins the women’s 10m air pistol gold with an Olympic record score of 199.4.
7:59pm (IST): The second day of the rowing regatta has been called off due to problems caused by rough weather.
7:45pm (IST): Japan earn a penalty corner, and convert it with 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter. India 0-1 Japan.
7:31pm (IST): Manavjit Singh Sandhu in 14th Place, Kynan at 28th in the men’s trap qualification.
7:25pm (IST): India women’s hockey team has been enjoying their time at the Olympic Village, hanging out with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Sania Mirza.
7:23pm (IST): After the good showing from the archers, the women’s hockey team will look to begin on a high note as they take on Japan in a Group B clash.
7:15pm (IST): India will now take on Russia in the women’s team archery quarterfinals later today.
7:07pm (IST): Finally some good news! India women beat Colombia 5-3 to reach the archery team quarterfinals.
7:02pm (IST): India and Colombia tied 3-3 after three sets.
6:52pm (IST): India women lead Colombia 52-51 in the first set of the team eliminations.
6:50pm (IST): Manavjit Singh Sandhu looking good, with no misses so far in the qualification. Kynan Chenai shot 22 out of 25 in his first round.
6:35pm (IST): Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai are in action in the men’s trap qualification.
6:18pm (IST): And there you have it. Heena Sidhu out of contention for the finals berth after shooting 95 in the fourth and final series.
6:12pm (IST): Heena Sidhu 26th after shooting 96 in the third series. Qualification hopes dimming.
6:00pm (IST): Heena Sidhu shoots 95 in the second series, placed 26th.
5:50pm (IST): Heena Sidhu shoots 94 in first series of women’s 10m air pistol qualification.
5:40pm (IST): Archery women’s team event starts. India’s Deepika Kumari , Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi to take on the Colombians in a bit.
04:30pm (IST): It is going to be another busy day for Indians at the Games: Besides Heena Sidhu, shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kenan Chenai will compete in the men’s trap qualifying rounds.