Every cloud has a silver lining. For India, Day 4 had several.
Archer Atanu Das and boxer Vikas Krishan advanced to pre-quarterfinals, while men’s hockey team beat Argentina. However Heena Sidhu failed to qualify for the women’s 25m pistol final while rower Dattu Bhokanal finished fourth in the quarters of men’s single sculls, meaning India is still not among the 49 nations to have made their presence felt on the medals table.
Meanwhile upsets continued on the Rio hardcourts. Defending Olympic gold medallist Serena Williams and reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza bowed out of women’s singles.
Records continue to tumble in the pool. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu broke the 200 individual medley Olympic record, while Japan’s Ippei Watanabe breaks the Olympic Record in men’s 200m breastroke semi final.
9.40 am (IST): Day 4 of the Games is over guys. We will see you in the evening. Check out the Indians in action on Day 5.
9.23 am (IST): Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia won the women’s 10m synchronised diving competition, taking the impressive Chinese squad to three-for-three in their bid to sweep all eight gold-medals.
8:53 am (IST): Check out the damage on the media bus which was targeted by the miscreants in Rio.
8:44 am (IST): A big upset from the basketball courts. Brazil has beaten Spain, runners-up to USA in the last two Olympic Games, 66-65. Spain, who were favourites to top Group B, have now lost two in a row and are in a fight to simply make it to the quarterfinal.
8:19 am (IST): Gold No 21 in the bag for Michael Phelps. Phelps anchors team USA to 4x200-metre freestlye gold with a timing of 7:00:66 second.
8:08 am (IST): Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’ strikes big again. Katinka Hosszu won the gold in 200 metre individual medley with a timing of 2:06:58, an Olympic record
7.55 am (IST): Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan spotted in the crowd, cheering Michael Phelps bag his 20th gold medal. Have a look.
7.39 am (IST): Ippei Watanabe breaks the Olympic Record in men’s 200m breastroke semifinal with a timing off 2:07:22 to qualify for the final.
7:17 am (IST): Phelps will return again to anchor USA’s 4x200-metre freestyle team. Gold No 21?
7:03 am (IST): King retakes his 200m butterfly crown, which he lost to South African Chad le Clos in London. Michael Phelps wins gold, his 20th after clocking 1:53:36.
6.55 am (IST): OK guys wake up! Michael Phelps is next up in 200m butterfly.
6:52 am (IST): No surprises, Katie Ledecky wins the 200m freestyle gold.
6:43 am (IST): Another world mark has been breached. Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei won Olympic gold in the women’s 63 kg category after hoisting a combined total of 262 kg. Deng surpassed the record set by her Taiwanese rival Lin Tzu-chi, whose name was missing from the final entry sheet. Unconfirmed reports suggests she tested positive for a banned substance.
6:30 am (IST): Just when you thought that crime in Rio was overtaken by the successes on the field, comes news that a bus carrying journalists was sprayed with bullets. Early reports suggests that no one was seriously injured but flying glass from shattered windows left two persons with minor lacerations.
6:00am (IST): Rise and shine, compatriots. Stay with us, insomniacs. Michael Phelps will take on rival Chad Le Clos in the 200m butterfly event at around 6:50am (IST). In the meantime, sit down for breakfast/dinner with Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta.
Dinner time!!! pic.twitter.com/VRL72svZwp— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 10, 2016
5:22am (IST): Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza will begin their mixed doubles campaign against Australia’s Sam Stosur and John Peers.
4:45am (IST): A remarkably disappointing match for Serena, who recorded five double faults in one game. The 34-year-old favoured her shoulder at one point and could very well have taken the court despite not being 100 per cent.
4:37am (IST): Yet another shocker from the Rio hardcourts. World No 1 and defending Olympic gold medallist Serena Williams is the casualty this time. American loses 4-6, 3-6 to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.
4:31am (IST): Serena Williams serving to stay in Rio. Elina Svitolina leads 6-4, 5-3.
4:02am (IST): #UpsetAlert. World No 1 Serena Williams has lost the first set against 4-6 against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
3:55am (IST): Earlier, Vikas Krishan booked his men’s 75kg pre-quarterfinal berth with a 3-0 win over USA’s Charles Conwell.
3:45am (IST): Look at them go. The USA women gymnasts were heads and shoulders above the competition.
3:10am (IST): Much better round for Conwell as replays show Vikas get clobbered with a couple of crosses. It’s too little too late as Vikas Krishan takes the third round on split decision to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of men’s 75kg middleweight competition.
3:04am (IST): A clean jab from the American in the second minute stunned Vikas, who responds with some slick combinations. Tight round but Vikas leads 59-55.
3:00am (IST): Vikas Krishan was quick off the blocks, and remained evasive for most of the first round. Charles Conwell landed a few towards the end, thanks to some shady clinch work. But it wasn’t enough as Vikas takes the round.
2:55am (IST): Vikas Krishan in action in 75kg boxing, NOW!
2:50am (IST): A dominating display culminates in gold for USA’s women gymnasts. Russia take silver, China win bronze.
2:47am (IST): Heartbreak for Sevilla, but Real Madrid begin their season on a splendid note. Real Madrid win the UEFA Super Cup 3-2.
2:45am (IST): With defenders like these, who needs strikers?! Dani Carvajal with a cool finish in the 119th minute and surely it’s all over now. Real Madrid 3-2 Sevilla.
2:35am (IST): Rise and shine, compatriots! Vikas Krishan Yadav kicks off India’s boxing challenge. The 24-year-old will be in action against American Charles Conwell in the 75kg category.
2:21am (IST): Back in Norway, Ramos scores again! But the goal has been disallowed. Real Madrid looking to do some real damage against 10-man Sevilla.
2:13am (IST): Michael Phelps’ gameface is breaking the internet. Get on it, folks!
2:10am (IST): Deja vu (noun): A feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
Another final, another stoppage-time headed equaliser from Sergio Ramos. It’s two-all and we’re headed to extra time.
2:00am (IST): China’s Deng Wei has broken the world record to win gold in women’s 63-kilogram weightlifting. Deng lifted 147 kilograms in the clean and jerk and 115 in the snatch for a total of 262 across the two lifts.
1:53am (IST): Well, what do you know. Sevilla have taken the lead as Yevhen Konoplyanka converts from the spot. Real Madrid 1-2 Sevilla.
1:45am (IST): His efforts may have fallen short, but Dattu Bhokanal has made the country - especially a village 80km from Nashik - very proud.
1:06am (IST): Pele to be in Rio. Talk about a seamless transition from football to Olympics, eh?
1:00am (IST): Franco Vazquez! Sevilla back on level terms with a close-range finish in the 41st minute. Now would be a good time to switch over the channel to football.
If anybody asks, we didn’t say this.
12:45am (IST): Back on the Rio hardcourt, Rafael Nadal has completed a 6-3, 6-3 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Despite the scoreline, Rafa was unconvincing but won the crucial points. Well, as long as Andy Murray doesn’t sleep easy.
12:40am (IST): Over at Norway’s Lerkendal Stadium, Marco Asensio has broken the deadlock for Real Madrid. Magical strike from the 20-year-old whose name sounds like a spell from Harry Potter. Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla.
12:25am (IST): With medal hopes fading fast, the team of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will have to shoulder the burden of expectations.
12:14am (IST): Things aren’t looking up for India 4,500km from Rio either. Virat Kohli and Co are struggling against West Indies in the third Test. Visitors are 130/5 in the first innings. Keep up with the live score here.
12:05am(IST): Ironic story of the day. With its athletes not meeting expectations, China is questioning the gold rush. Zen or sour grapes?
11:46pm (IST): Elsewhere, the upsets continue. World No 3 and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza has been knocked out by unheralded Puerto Rican Monica Puig. The Spaniard lost 1-6, -1-6.
11:40pm (IST): Vamos! Bad wrist or not, Rafael Nadal is in the zone. Takes first set against Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3.
11:20pm (IST): It’s slow going in Rio right now, but things are going to pick up shortly for the football fanatics. Champions League winners Real Madrid will take on Europa League champions Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup clash. Action begins 12:15am (IST).
Sevilla: Sergio Rico, Nico Pareja, Carriço, Kolo, Mariano, Iborra, N'Zonzi, Franco Vázquez, Kiyotake, Vietto, Vitolo. #SuperCup2016— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) August 9, 2016
Real Madrid XI: Casilla, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kovačić, Isco, Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Morata #SuperCup2016— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) August 9, 2016
10.40 PM (IST): The mixed doubles draw is out.
10.30 PM (IST): Defending men’s singles tennis champion Andy Murray didn’t allow a slip-up in the second set, outclassing Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-3.
10.00 PM (IST): Defending champion Andy Murray takes a step closer to the third round.
9.10 PM (IST): Atanu Das is in the round of eight with a 6-4 win over Cuba’s Puentes Perez Adrian Andres.
9.00 PM (IST): Argentina came back to cut India’s lead in half, forcing Roelant Oltmans’ men to withstand a nervy last ten minutes with multiple saves helping India to a 2-1 win. India now have two wins from three games and are all but assured of a quarterfinal berth.
8.45 PM (IST): Heena Sidhu finishes with a score of 576, but it’s not enough to give her a place in the 25m pistol semis.
8.25 PM (IST): Khadangbam Kothajit doubles India’s lead over Argentina in the 35th minute.
8.15 PM (IST): India’s Atanu Das comfortably defeats Nepal’s Muktan Jitbahadur 6-0 in the men’s individual archery round of 32.
8.05 PM (IST): The end of the second quarter and India still lead Argentina 1-0.
7.50 PM (IST): India end the first quarter with their noses ahead, thanks to Kangujam Chinglensana’s eighth-minute strike.
7.40 PM (IST): India lead 1-0 in the first quarter, thanks to a penalty corner, with seven minutes left in the first quarter.
6.30 PM (IST): With three points separating Sidhu from a top-eight finish required for qualifying, it appears unlikely she will make the final.
6.12 PM (IST): Heena Sidhu finishes with a total of 286 in the precision stage of the 25m pistol qualification round, putting her in 15th position.
5.45 PM (IST): Dattu Bhokanal finishes fourth in his men’s singles sculls quarterfinal, ruling him out of medal contention.
5.38 PM (IST): Heena Sidhu scores 94 and 92 in series one and two respectively of the precision stage of the 25m pistol and is currently ranked 20th among the list of participants.