India’s badminton challenge got off to a mixed start, with Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa and Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy losing their doubles group stage openers. The three singles competitors - PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth - however began with wins.
Over on the hardcourts, the pairing of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna got off to a solid start with a win over Aussies Sam Stosur and John Peers.
It was a bad day for hockey fans, as the men’s team crashes to a 1-2 loss to the Netherlands while women lost 0-3 to Australia.
India’s archery campaign also suffered setbacks as both Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi Laishram lost in the pre-quarters while boxer Shiva Thapa bowed out with a loss in the 56kg opener.
10:00am (IST): That’s all, folks. No medals yet, but a solid start from shuttlers raises hope. We will be back with Friday’s action before you know it. Stay tuned!
9:50am (IST): ICYMI, a photo recap of India’s day in Rio.
8:35am (IST): The other G.O.A.T. World waiting for Usain Bolt to take centrestage.
8:25am (IST): Michael Phelps is back in the pool again, less than an hour after winning the historic 22nd gold. The American comes second in the first semifinal of 100m butterly. Number 23 around the corner?
So here comes Phelps 36 minutes after winning gold to race in the 100m butterfly semi-final. He looks surprisingly dry. They could at least have given him the second semi-final. He’s way back in the field at the halfway mark but makes it back to come second. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt seeing as he just pulled off one of the great finishes to a race around 40 minutes ago. He will race in the final tomorrow night. Cseh of Hungary was first.
8:10am (IST): More good news from the pool for USA. Simone Manuel ties Canada’s Penny Oleksiak in 100m freestyle for the Olympic record and becomes the first African-American woman to win a medal in an individual swimming event.
7:45am (IST): Was there ever any doubt? Michael Phelps breaks Leonidas of Rhodes’ 2168-year record for most individual Summer Olympic victories with a gold in IM 200m.
7:30am (IST): Time for the day’s main event. Michael Phelps faces Ryan Lochte in 200m individual medley final.
7:10am (IST): Tight second set, but Kidambi Srikanth beats Mexico’s Lino Munoz 21-11, 21-17. Makes it 3-2 for Indian shuttlers on the day.
6:56am (IST): Earlier, India women’s hockey team lost 0-3 to USA.
6:49am (IST): After taking the first set 21-11, Kidambi Srikanth has raced to a 6-2 lead in the second.
6:26am (IST): YOU! Yes, you there, trying to shake off the morning grogginess. Kidambi Srikanth’s first-round match against Mexico’s Lino Munoz is underway.
5:29 (IST): USA women’s team beat India 3-0 in their hockey Pool B match.
4:44am (IST): Fiji thrash Great Britain 43-7 to win gold in men’s Rugby Sevens.
4:20am (IST): Bulgaria’s Silvia Danekova has failed a dope test. She was due to participate in the 3000m steeplechase. Full story here.
3:51am (IST): India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are through to the mixed doubles quarterfinals after beating Australia’s Samantha Stosur and John Peers 7-5, 6-4.
2:30am (IST): Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna commence mixed doubles action against Australia’s Samantha Stosur and John Peers.
2:18am (IST): Hours after beating Giles Simon in the men’s singles third round, Rafael Nadal has entered the men’s doubles final. Nadal and Marc Lopez beat Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4).
2:06am (IST): Here’s a funny one for you. The headline says it all, really. Kenya coach sent home after posing as athlete for dope test.
1:08am (IST): While hosting the games is one thing, selling tickets to it is another. The Rio Olympics is struggling to fill stands. Read that one here.
12.16am (IST): Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain won his third-round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 in men’s singles tennis.
12.14am (IST): SSP Chawrasia carded an even-par round to be tied 27 after Round I for the men’s golf competition. Teammate Anirban Lahiri was placed T50 with a card of three-over 74. Marcus Fraser of Australia was the leader at eight-under 63.
12:05am (IST): Andy Murray breaks Fabio Fognini to lead 4-3 in the third and final set of men’s singles.
11:04PM (IST): Michael Phelps finishes second in heat 6 of the men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 51.60.
10.00 PM (IST): Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro is through to the men’s singles quarterfinals with a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2 win over Japan’s Taro Daniel.
9.45 PM (IST): Rafael Nadal is through to the men’s singles quarterfinals. Defeats Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (5), 6-3.
9.34 PM (IST): Saina Nehwal improves India’s day in badminton, defeats Lohaynny Vicente 21-17, 21-17 and will play Marija Ulitina of Ukraine on August 14.
9.15 PM (IST): A tight first game but Saina Nehwal comes up with a late surge to take the first game 21-17 in her group stage opener against Lohaynny Vicente of Brazil.
8.55 PM (IST): After squandering a lead, Rafael Nadal edges out a tight first-set tiebreak in his third-round encounter against Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (5).
8.30 PM (IST): Madison Keys of the US is first into the women’s singles semifinals, defeating Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1.
8.20 PM (IST): Shiva Thapa has been knocked out of Rio, losing his 56kg bantam first-round bout on a unanimous points decision to Robeisy Eloy Ramirez Carrazana of Cuba.
8.00 PM (IST): India had as many as five chances to equalise in the last minute but fail to do so, lose to the Netherlands 2-1. PV Sindhu wins her first group stage match 21-8, 21-9 against Laura Sarosi of Hungary.
7.57 PM (IST): PV Sindhu jumps out to a 14-6 lead in the second game.
7.50 PM (IST): The Dutch take the lead, getting the better of PR Sreejesh through a penalty corner. PV Sindhu comes up with a beautiful drop shot to seal first game 21-8 against Sarosi.
7.40 PM (IST): Some good news for India in badminton after two losses. PV Sindhu leads Laura Sarosi of Hungary 17-1 in Game 1. PR Sreejesh, on the other hand, keeping India in the hunt against the Netherlands with some fine saves.
7.25 PM (IST): India respond well, VR Raghunath scoring with a drag flick off a penalty corner. 1-1 now.
7.20 PM (IST): Netherlands take the lead over India. PR Sreejesh saves a penalty corner but the Dutch score on the rebound.
7.05 PM (IST): The Indian men’s hockey team and Netherlands remain locked goalless at the end of the first half.
7.00 PM (IST): The second loss of the day for India in Badminton. Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy lose thieir group stage opener to Indonesia’s Ahsan/Setiawan 18-21, 13-21.
6.45 PM (IST): India’s Manu Attru/B Sumeeth Reddy lose first game 18-21 to Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan. In hockey, the Indian men’s team are goalless against Netherlands at the end of the first quarter.
6.00 PM (IST): Bombayla Devi Laishram is out of the archery as well, losing 2-6 to Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia in the women’s individual pre-quarterfinals.
5.40 PM (IST): Deepika Kumari crashes out, losing to World No 2 Ya-Ting Tan of Chinese Taipei in the women’s individual pre-quarterfinals
5.15 PM (IST): Gutta/Ponnappa lose their group stage opener 15-21, 10-21. They aren’t out yet but their chances of advancing have definitely gotten slimmer.
5.05 PM (IST): Gutta/Ponnappa trail 7-15 in the second game. They’ve got to come up with something special here to stay alive.
5.00 PM (IST): The Japanese prove to be the better team, taking the first game 21-15 and have take an early lead, 5-2, in the second.
4.50 PM (IST): It’s a close contest but the Japanese have their noses ahead, lead Gutta/Ponnappa 16-14.
4.40 PM (IST): Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, after jumping out to an early lead against Japan’s Takahashi/Matsumoto, now trail their opponents 6-8.