On the 5th day of Olympics, Indian archers Bombayla Devi Laishram and Deepika Kumari advanced to the women’s individual pre-quarterfinals.
In round 64, Bombayla Devi Laishram registered a win by 6-2 against Austria’s Laurence Baldauff. Later, she defeated Taipei’s Lin Shih-Chia—a silver medalist at 2015 World Archery Championships by margin of 6-2.
While Deepika Kumari won her 64th round against Georgia’s Kristine Esebua by 6-4. In round 32 she defeated Italy’s Guendalina Sartori by 6-2.
After Indian Boxer Vikas Krishan, who registered a win in men’s middleweight (75 kg) category on Tuesday, Manoj Kumar has made it to pre-quarterfinals in men’s Light Welterweight (64kg) event. Kumar defeated 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist Lithuania’s Evaldas Petrauskas in round 32 with a scoreline 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
Kumar will now face Uzbekistan’s Fazluddin Gaiznazarov in round 16 on August 14.
Despite Indian Olympians keeping the medal hope alive, some failed to qualify for the next level.
Indian shooter Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the finals in 50 metre pistol event. He finished 12th in race to the finals with a total score of 554. Rai scoreline read 92, 95, 90, 94, 95 and 88. The sixth round in which he scored less than 90 crashed him out of the event. Prakash Nanjappa, another 50 metre pistol shooter finished at 25th position with 547 points.
Indian weightlifter Satish Shivalingam is also out of the league as he could only manage to lift 329 kg which is way too low than the 346 kg mark in his group. Shivalingam had participated in the men’s 77 kg Weightlifting category.
In judo, Avtar Singh was also eliminated after being defeated by Popole Misenga of the Refugee Olympic Team in the 32nd round.
Indian women’s hockey team has also reached the verge of elimination after its second defeat. Indian women’s hockey, who made heads turn after qualifying for the Olympics after 36 years, will soon make their exist. India lost to Australia by 1-6 which may culminate into their elimination. Indian women’s hockey team which stands sixth in the Pool B will now face World No 5 United States on Thursday.
In tennis, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna mixed doubles match got postponed due to rain. Mirza and Bopanna will play their first ever match together against Australia’s Sam Sotsar and Jonathan Peers on Thursday.
Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare are already out of the women’s doubles as they lost against China’s Shuai Zhang and Shuai Peng by 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, whereas Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes lost their first match in the men’s doubles in straight sets 4-6, 6-7.
Today, India’s Badminton star Saina Nehwal will make her Rio debut as she play her first match against Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente.