Rio 2016: PV Sindhu beats world No 2 to reach semifinal

  • Gaurav Bhatt/Sayan Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 09:41 IST
PV Sindhu booked her place in the women’s singles semifinals. (REUTERS)

Two-time World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu stood just a win away from assuring India of an elusive medal after she stunned London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China to enter the women’s singles semifinals at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Indian, who came into the match with a 2-4 head-to-head record, dished out a compact game to outmanoeuvre the more experienced Wang 22-20, 21-19 in a gruelling battle lasting 54 minutes.

Sindhu will face world No 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the last-four stage. Okuhara defeated compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 11-21, 21-17, 21-10 in a hard-fought quarterfinal clash which dragged on for one hour and eight minutes.

Earlier, India’s Hardeep Singh lost to Turkey’s Cenk Ildem in the pre-quarterfinal of the men’s 98kg Greco-Roman wrestling.

Usain Bolt, aiming for a historic triple of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in three successive Olympics, ran an almost casual run, making sure he topped heat 9 in 20.28 seconds to qualify for the 200m semifinals.

9:38 Am (IST): That’s it for day’s live action. Don’t forget to join us later in the evening for live updates from Day 12.

Chinese players celebrate their upset win over Brazil. (REUTERS Photo)

Brazil’s Jaqueline de Carvalho Endres reacts after losing the quarterfinal match against China. (REUTERS Photo)

9:00 AM (IST): Incredible! China has caused a big upset in women’s volleyball. They have just beaten Olympic champions Brazil 15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13.

8:40 AM (IST): It is down to the wire as Brazil fight back to make it two sets all.

8.18 AM (IST): China lead Olympic champions Brazil by two sets to one in the quarterfinals of women’s volleyball.

7.22 AM (IST): Jamaica’s Omar McLeod led from the start to win gold in the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.05 seconds.

7:11 AM (IST): Genzebe Dibaba, the world champion, has been beaten to the finish line by Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon in the women’s 1500m.

6:52 AM (IST): Canada’s Derek Drouin, the reigning world champion, wins the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.38 metres.

6:39 AM (IST): First of the medals in badminton has been decided. China’s Zhang Nan ans Zhao Yunlei have won the bronze after beating Xu Chen and Ma Jin 21-7, 21-11 in China vs China tussle.

6:33 AM (IST): World Champion Dafne Schippers sails into the final of 200m sprint with a timing of 21.96 seconds. 100m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was second in the semifinal.

4:48 AM (IST): PV Sindhu will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Yamaguchi Akane and Okuhara Nozomi. The Japanese shutters in action right now.

4:46 AM (IST): With the win, Sindhu has taken her head-to-head record against Wang Yihan to 3-4.

4:39 AM (IST): She has done it! PV SIndhu has defeated world No 2 Wang Yihan of China 22-20, 21-19 in 55 minutes to reach the women’s singles semifinal.

4:22 AM (IST): Sindhu has taken a strong lead in the second game. Up 11-8 at break.

4:14 AM (IST): Despite being behind for most of the game, Sindhu keeps clawing back in. Squanders two game points but earns and converts the third to take the first game 22-20.

4:02 AM (IST): Sindhu takes the lead for the first time. 15-14.

3:54 AM (IST): It’s neck to neck as of now.

3:46 AM (IST): PV SIndhu, one of our few remaining medal hopes, is in action against China’s Wang Yihan.

12:19 AM (IST): Hosts Brazil are out! Sweden prevail in the penalty shootout to enter the final! 

12:11 AM (IST): Women’s football semifinal between Brazil and Sweden goes to penalty shootouts! 

12:00 AM (IST): Over in the gymnastics arena, USA’s Simone Biles has taken her 4th Olympic gold with win in floor exercise; teammate Aly Raisman wins silver.

11:5 5 PM (IST): Meanwhile, the same old story. Sigh...

11:30 PM (IST): Earlier, Argentina defeated defending champions Germany in men’s hockey.

Usain Bolt strolled to victory in the 200m heats. (AP)

Read | Rio 2016: Bolt on track for third straight 200m gold, enters semis

9.10 PM (IST): With a time of 20.28 seconds and looking casual through the entire run, Usain Bolt tops heat 9 to qualify for the 200m semifinals.

9.05 PM (IST): Another heat to go before Usain Bolt takes the stage.

Justin Gatlin of USA also qualified. (REUTERS)

8.55 PM (IST): Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic wins gold in the women’s discus throw with an effort of 69.21m. France’s Melina Robert-Michon takes silver with 66.73m while Denia Caballero takes bronze with 65.34m.

Sandra Perkovic of Croatia reacts after a throw. (REUTERS)

8.40 PM (IST): The heats for the men’s 200m are underway. Usain Bolt is in heat 5. Justin Gatlin qualifies, running in 20.42 seconds to top heat 5.

8.10 PM (IST): Netherlands’ Ferry Weertman wins gold in the men’s 10km marathon swimming event with a time of 1:52:59.8. Greece’s Spiros Gianniotis wins silver with a time of 1:52:59.8 while France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier takes bronze in 1:53:02.0

Gold medallist Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands, silver medallist Spiros Gianniotis of Greece (L) and bronze medallist Marc-Antoine Olivier of France (R) pose with their medals. (REUTERS)

7.50 PM (IST): USA’s Christian Taylor and Will Claye win men’s triple jump gold and silver respectively, with attempts of 17.86m and 17.76m. China’s Bin Dong takes bronze with a jump of 17.58m.

Christian Taylor of USA and teammate Will Claye celebrate after winning gold and silver respectively. (REUTERS)

China’s Dong Bin competes. (REUTERS)

7.30 PM (IST): Hardeep Singh loses 2-1 to Turkey’s Cenk Ildem in the pre-quarterfinal of the men’s 98kg Greco-Roman wrestling.

6.45 PM (IST): Hungary’s Gabriella Szabo and Danuta Kozak win gold in the women’s kayak double 500m event, with a time of 1:43.738. Germany’s Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze win silver, while Poland’s Karolina and Beata Mikolajczyk take bronze.

Gabriella Szabo and Danuta Kozak of Hungary celebrate their win. (REUTERS)

6.10 PM (IST): Germany’s Sebastian Brendel wins gold in the men’s canoe single 1000m final, with a time of 3:56.926 seconds. Brazil’s Isaquias dos Santos Queiroz takes Silver, while Moldova’s Sergei Tarnovschi wins bronze.

Sebastian Brendel of Germany competes in the men’s 1000m single canoe heats. (REUTERS)

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