Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarterfinals of the Men’s Single Sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round at the Rio Olympics here on Saturday.
In the first heat of the day, Army rower Bhokanal finished the 2000m race with a timing of 7:21.67s behind Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba (7:06.89s) and Mexico’s Juan Carlos Cabrera (7:08.27s).
Bhokanal was in second place for the first 500 metres of the race but started to fall behind once the Mexican in lane 2 picked up the pace, around the 700 metres mark.
The Cuban and the Mexican then increased their lead from the rest but Bhokanal maintained his third position
although he was more than 13 seconds behind the second placed Cabrera.