On day 14 at Rio, Indian shuttler PV Sindhu settled for a silver medal after losing the final match against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the women’s singles event. The World No. 1 champion Carolina Marin won final match by 19-21, 21-12, 21-15. With this Sindhu’s Olympic gold quest ended. She is the first Indian shuttler to reach the finals of women’s singles.
Sindhu put up a strong fight as she won the first set. But she couldn’t maintain her winning stride as she lost the second set by 12-21. In the third set, Sindhu regained her lost confidence and she stood at par with Marin. Marin won the deciding set by 21-15. With this the Indian contingent has won two medals in 2106 Olympics so far.
On Friday, Indian golfer Aditi Ashok slipped 23 places in the third round in the women’s golf event. The young golfer from Bengaluru tied 31st due to strong winds. Ashok score card read 8-over 79, to go 2-over 215. The Indian golfer lags 13 shots behind Korea’s Inbee Park who tops the chart.
Indian wrestler Sandeep Tomar also failed to qualify for the next round after being defeated by Russia’s Victor Lebedov in the men’s 57 kg freestyle event. Tomar was defeated by 3-7.
On world front, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won his third gold in 4×100 metre relay at the Rio Olympics. Jamaica finished the race in time 37.27 seconds, followed by Japan who were .33 seconds behind. The US finished third but lost the Bronze to Canada. The US team was disqualified as the leadoff runner Mike Rodgers passed the baton outside the exchange zone.
The Great Britain’s women hockey team won their first Olympic gold by defeating Netherlands in penalty shootout. The final match ended with a 3-3 score on both sides. The Britain won the penalty shootout by 2-0 as defeating the world champions.
Meanwhile, Germany’s women’s football team won their first ever Olympic gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Germany defeated Sweden by 2-1 score in the final match held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot finally won a gold medal as she set Olympic record of 14:26.17 in the women’s 5,000 meters on Friday.