On day 7 at the Rio Olympic village, Indian tennis stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna entered the semi-final round of the mixed doubles tennis event. Mirza/Bopanna, who have paired for the first time, defeated the Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson in the quarterfinal match in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Mirza/Bopanna will face United States’ J. Sock and B. Mattek-Sands in the semis on Saturday.
Bringing more glory to India, Vikas Krishan Yadav has reached the quarterfinals of the men’s Middleweight (75kg) category. Yadav defeated Turkey’s Onder Sipal by 3-0 in the pre-quarterfinal match and the scoreline read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28. Yadav, who hails from Haryana, will now face Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev. Yadav is just a match way from winning the first medal for India at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
While, in tennis and boxing are still keeping medal hopes high for India, men’s field hockey team disappointed on Friday. World no. 5 Indian hockey team’s fifth match turns out to be a draw. Men’s field hockey team held the game at 2-2 against Canada on the sixth day. The Indian team has qualified for the quarterfinals but their place in the Pool B group is unclear yet.
In badminton, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa lost their second match against Dutch duo Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek. Gutta/Ponappa made a comeback after losing the first set. But the pair failed to win the deciding third set and lost the match by 16-21 21-16 17-21 in the preliminary round of women’s doubles.
Indian archer Atanu Das also crashed out of the Olympic race as he lost the men’s individual pre-quarterfinal match to Korea’s Seungyun Lee on Friday. Korean archer Seungyun Lee registered his win by 6-4. With this, India’s dream of winning a medal in the archery tournament has ended.
In 10 metres Air Rifle shooting event, Indian shooter Gagan Narang finished 13th with a total of 623.1 points. Chain Singh also could not qualify for the top eight as he finished 36th with a total of 619.6 points.
Even Vikas Gowda failed to qualify in the men’s discus throw as he secured the 28th position among 35 athletes at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
Whereas, India’s Manish Singh finished at the 13th position in the men’s 20km race walk with a clocked time: 1:21:21 in the race.
On the world front, America’s most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps had a setback when he came second in the 100 metre butterfly event. He lost his 5th gold medal to Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, who finished first in 50.39 –setting an Olympic record. Now, Phelps’ total medal has count 27 out of which he has won 22 gold medals.
But American swimmer Katie Ledecky, 19, set a world record as she won the 800 metre freestyle in 8 minutes 4.79 seconds.