On the fourth day at Rio village Indian Olympians made a comeback as the men’s hockey team defeated Argentina by a 2-1. After being crushed by Germany on Monday, Indian men’s hockey team made a splendid return by winning the third match against Argentina. On Monday, India had lost the second match against Germany by a 1-2 with fraction of 3.1 seconds before the last hooter.
Even in archery, Kolkata based Atanu Das kept the medal hopes alive. Das has made it to pre-quarterfinals in the men’s individual archery event. In round 32 he defeated Nepal’s Bahadur Muktan by 6-0 and then ousted Cuban archer Adrian Andres Puentes out of the game by winning the match 6-4. He has entered last 16 of the men’s individual elimination round in the Rio Olympics.
Vijender Singh, who represented India in 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics may have failed to participate this year, but boxer Vikas Krishan is keeping the flag high as he entered the pre-quarterfinals in the men’s middleweight (75 kg) category. Krishan defeated USA’s Charles Conwell in the close quarter rounds 29-28, 29-28, 29-28. Vikas will face Onder Sipal of Turkey in the next match.
The first time qualifier in 2000 metre men’s rowing single sculls, Maharashtra’s Dattu Baban Bhokanal could not qualify for semi finals. Bhokanal finished fourth in the quarterfinal with a time of 6:59.89. Croatia’s Damir Martin came first with a time of 6:44.44. Britain’s Alan Campbell and Poland’s Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk secured second and third positions respectively.
Even shooter Heena Sidhu failed to qualify for the medal round. She finished 21st in the 25 metre women’s Pistol qualification round.
On the world front, America’s most decorated swimmer Michael Phelps won his 20th and 21st gold medal in 200 metre butterfly event and 4×200 freestyle relay. Phelps completed the 200 metre butterfly in time—1 minute 53.36 seconds and could not break his own 1:51.51 world record set at 2009 World Championship. He also replied to South African swimmer Chad le Clos, who had won gold in 2012 London Olympics where Phelps stood second.
While Phelps seems unstoppable in his Olympic expedition, USA’s tennis star Serena Williams was in for another shock. The world no.1 champion is crashed out of games in the first week of Olympics. She was beaten by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in straight sets 6-4 6-3 in women’s single. Williams sisters were already knocked out from the women’s doubles tournament on Sunday as they lost their first ever match to Czech’s Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová by 6-3 6-4. With that Williams sisters reign ended in Olympics, who held an unbreakable record of 15-0.