Another day, and another case of small mercies for India.
Day 5 saw perhaps the nation’s strongest medal hope doused, as Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 50m air pistol. Judoka Avtar Singh and weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam failed to leave a mark while the Indian women’s hockey team remained winless in Rio after a 6-1 thrashing by Australia.
Archers Bombayla Devi Laishram and Deepika Kumari gave some credence to the proceedings with impressive wins while boxer Manoj Kumar defeated London bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas to end the day on a hopeful note.
In swimming, Michael Phelps took a giant step towards winning his 22nd Olympic medal when he qualified for the 200m Individual medley final and Katie Ledecky guided Team USA to victory in women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
9:54am (IST): That’ all for the day. Here’s a look at the Indian athletes who will be featuring on Day 6 of the Rio Olympics.
8:52am (IST): Trivia for swimming fans - Since 2004, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have been in every Olympic final of the 200m IM event!
8:44am (IST): Missy Franklin wishes her teammates on winning the 4x200 freestyle relay.gold.
WE DID IT!!!!🇺🇸🌟 Another gold for the USA 4x200 Free relay... Those girls swam their ❤️❤️ out! What a privilege to be on the morning relay.— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) August 11, 2016
8:38am (IST): Third gold medal for Katie Ledecky as Team USA wins the gold medal in women’s 4x200 freestyle relay.
8:27am (IST): Time for the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay finals as Katie Ledecky eye another gold medal.
8:20am (IST): Dominant performance by the Brazilian football team as they beat Denmark 4-0.
8:13am (IST): Another gold medal opportunity awaits for Michael Phelps.
8:10am (IST): Gabriel Barbosa makes it four for Brazil as their brilliant performance continues against Denmark.
8:08am (IST): Michael Phelps is in action right now!
7:51am (IST): Kuwait’s Fehaid al-Deehani, competing at the Rio Games as an independent athlete, wins men’s double trap gold.
7:45am (IST): 18-year old Kyle Chalmers from Australia claims the men’s 100m freestyle gold.
7:42am (IST): Third goal for Brazil as the hosts dominate Denmark in their group stage match.
7:12am (IST): Double delight for the Brazilian football team against Denmark.
7:10am (IST): Kazakhstan, who lost five Olympic titles from 2008 and 2012 through retrospective doping positives, won their first gold of the 2016 Games when Nijat Rahimov broke the clean and jerkworld record in the men’s 77kg category.
7:00am (IST): Brazil get their first goal of the Rio Olympics as Gabriel Barbosa breaks the deadlock against Denmark on the 25th minute.
6:53am (IST): Australian swimmer Cate Campbell breaks the Olympic record in the women’s 100m freestyle semi-finals.
6:44 am (IST): Words of encouragement from Brazilian football legend Pele.
6:37 am (IST): Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin wins the gold medal in men’s 200m breaststroke.
6:27am (IST): Rise and shine football fans! Brazil will be taking on Denmark in their do-or-die group stage encounter.
6:22am (IST): A sad news for all the Missy Franklin fans.
6:10am (IST): Good morning to those who are just joining us! Here’s a refresher on India’s performance on Day 5.
5:50am (IST): Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis posted an official statement after parting ways.
5:35am (IST): It’s never just about the athletes, is it? A look at some of the most... interesting fans photos from Day 5.
5:25am (IST): Scratch that. USA register a come-from-behind 98-88 win to extend their winning streak to 71 games.
4:27am (IST): Upset alert! Australia lead the USA 54-49 at half-time in men’s basketball!
4:22am (IST): That awkward moment when China’s Xiang Yanmei took ‘getting your head in the game’ to a new level.
4:10am (IST): Over at the Olympic Arena, Kohei Uchimura (AKA guy who ran up a $5,000 data roaming bill playing Pokémon Go during training in Rio) has created history!
4:00am (IST): ICYMI, Manoj Kumar made sure India’s boxing challenge in Rio gains momentum.
3:38am (IST): While Indian boxers advanced, Germany scored a knockout of sorts of their own in football, they hit 10 past Fiji. Meanwhile, holders Mexico are out in the group stage after a 0-1 loss to South Korea. Full story here.
3:30am (IST): Good news from the ring continues. India’s Manoj Kumar defeats London bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas in the first round of men’s 64kg category.
3:00am (IST): Not-so-random trivia: Frank Sinatra’s father was a professional boxer from Sicily. Mere minutes to go before India’s Manoj Kumar takes the ring for the 64kg first round clash with Lithuania’s Evaldas Petrauskas.
2:40am (IST): It’s quite lonely here at the HT office at this time. We imagine it is the same for you, readers. With around 20 minutes to go till Manoj Kumar’s bout in the 64kg category, why not have a listen to this timeless classic. Seems apt right now.
2:26am (IST): It has been an eventful day so far at the Olympics.The Argentine football team were eliminated, failing to beat Honduras. More on that, here. Meanwhile, important people are coming with answers as to why the water turned green at the Games. That one, ishere.
2:20am (IST): Earlier in the day, 2004 and 2008 gold medallists Argentina were knocked out of the football competition.
2:15am (IST): Deepika Kumari’s heroics follow L Bombayla Devi’s march to pre-quarters. The two archers will be in action tomorrow.
2:09am (IST): Cool as a cucumber! Deepika shoots 10 to win the fourth set 28-27 and the tie 6-2. Reaches Rd of 16.
2:06am (IST): Pressure (or wind?) getting to Guendalina Sartori. Deepika takes 3rd set 28-26. Indian leads 4-2.
2:04am (IST): Now that’s a comeback! Deepika shoots 29 to take second set. It’s 2-2.
2:01am (IST): Erratic start for Deepika Kumari. Guendalina Sartori takes first set 27-24.
1:53am (IST): Stay tuned! Deepika Kumari’s next match begins now!
1:51am (IST): Meanwhile, Germany’s out-spoken Olympic discus champion Robert Harting has criticised sprint superstar Usain Bolt for not speaking out more in the fight to clean up athletics. More on that, here.
1:42am (IST): Tough competitors and high-class archery. World No 12 Deepika Kumari edges past world No 8 Kristine Esebua in the women’s individual first round clash.
1:36am (IST): This one is a barnburner, folks! Deepika Kumari leads 5-1 after a perfect third set.
1:29am (IST): Good start from Deepika. Indian takes first set against world No 8 Kristine Esebua 27-26.
1:27am (IST): World No 12 Deepika Kumari takes on World No 8 Kristine Esebua in women’s individual first round.
1:00am (IST): Don’t. Fall. Asleep. Indians will be in action soon, beginning with Deepika Kumari’s women’s individual archery at 1:27am (IST). Boxer Manoj Kumar will begin his campaign in the 64kg category at 3:00am. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were scheduled to take the court at 1, but rain has spoiled the plans. Tennis looks unlikely for the day.
12:18am (IST): Fabian ‘Spartacus’ Cancellara ensured his retirement at the end of the year would be golden by reclaiming the Olympic cycling time-trial title in Rio on Wednesday.
12:04am (IST): Ryan Lochte qualifies fastest in 200 IM with the timing of one minute 57.38 seconds, Michael Phelps 3rd with 1:58.41. Philip Heintz of Germany is second in 1:57.59.
11:47pm (IST): On Wednesday, organisers stepped up police patrols around the Olympic Park on Wednesday after two people were injured when a bus was hit by what security officials said were stones hurled by vandals.
11:30pm (IST): Argentina are out of the football competition, following the 1-1 draw with Honduras.
11:20pm (IST): Earlier in the day, Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the 50m pistol final.
11:15pm (IST): No tennis before midnight.
10.45 PM (IST): Another penalty missed, this time it’s Angel Correa for Argentina. Score still 0-0.
10.20 PM (IST): Argentina keeper Rulli saves Honduras penalty to keep score locked at 0-0 heading into half-time
9.30 PM (IST): Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam fails to qualify for the men’s 77kg finals. The 24-year-old, hailing from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore, lifted 148 kilograms in the snatch and 181 in the clean and jerk for a total of 329.
9.15 PM (IST): The start of tennis action has been delayed by two hours due to rain in Rio de Janeiro. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna play the fourth match on Court 3.
8.45 PM (IST): Two more goals as India look helpless to stem the bleeding. Australia lead 6-0.
8.30 PM (IST): Two goals by Australia in the space of two minutes help Australia double their lead to 4-0.
8.10 PM (IST): India yet to score. Trail Australia 0-2 at half-time.
7.45 PM (IST): Australia jump out to a 2-0 lead over the Indian women’s hockey team, with goals from Kathryn Slattery and Georgina Morgan in the fifth and ninth minute, respectively.
7.28 PM (IST): Avtar Singh out by a single point, losing to Misenga Popole of the Refugee Olympic Team in the Judo men’s 90kg round of 32.
7.00 PM (IST): Jitu Rai slips to 12th spot after a couple of poor shots, fails to qualify for the finals. Prakash Nanjappa finishes 25th.
6.50 PM (IST): Bombayla Devi loses the third set but wraps up the win in the fourth. She is into the pre-quarterfinals.
6.40 PM (IST): Jitu Rai up to fifth place with series five ongoing. Meanwhile, Bombayla Devi has jumped out to a two-set lead over Taipei’s Lin Shih-Chia in the archery women’s individual round of 32.
6.20 PM (IST): Bombayla Devi prevails in the third set 27-23 to enter round of 32.
#Rio2016 Bombayla Devi through to Round of 32. Easy win.— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) August 10, 2016
6.10 PM (IST): Bombayla Devi tied at a set apiece in her women’s individual round of 64 against Austria’s Baldauff Laurence
6.00 PM (IST): Jitu Rai moves up to 11th place, with some good shots. Nanjappa languishing at the bottom.
5.55 PM (IST): Jitu Rai in 14th place, with a total of 91 in series 1, series 2 underway. Prakash Nanjappa in 38th, with an unimpressive total of 82 in series 1.
5.45 PM (IST): Jitu Rai currently in 13th place, with a score of 55 in series 1. Prakash Nanjappa is last in 41st place, with a score of 31.