As the first week of the Rio Olympics comes to a close, it has given some extraordinary results which were beyond my imagination…
Serena Williams lost her third round match to Elina Svitolina to bow out of the Olympics in tennis. Meanwhile Madison Keys from USA, Angelique Kerber from Germany have advanced into the next round matches. In the men’s section, defending Gold medalist Andy Murray from Britain, Rafael Nadal from Spain , Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina are still in the race of winning gold medal, making the contest an interesting one.
It was a splendid 70 minutes one could have watched and after such a long time, Indian team looked in control over tough teams while playing. They did not make any mistakes and kept head cool and registered a well deserved win over Argentina. This was the first time that India beat Argentina since 2009.
Against the Netherlands, The team started off tight but it was the Holland who broke the deadlock .But men in Blue came back to level the score at one all..But in the dying moments of the game, the Dutch got a penalty corner and scored to make it 2-1.. Indian got 5 penalty corners there after even after the regular time was over, but they fail to convert it and lost the match.
It turned out to be a mixed day for Indian badminton contingent.
Indian combo of Ashwani Ponappa and Jwala Gutta lost their opening encounter against World No 1 players from Japan, Matsutomo Misaki and Takahashi Ayaka. The Indian pair lost 21-15 21-10. The same story was repeated in the men’s doubles . The Indian doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who were making their Olympic debut, lost their match against the Indonesian duo World No. 2 Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
Whilst in the singles, Indian medal hope Pv Sindhu opened the proceedings with a win. She easily beat Hungarian Laura Sarosi 21-8, 21-9 in her Group M encounter.
Indian medal hopes were crushed when Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi both lost their pre quarterfinals and bowed out of the competition.
ROWING AND JUDO– Indian lone rower Dattu Bhokanal too lost his quarterfinals of the single sculls, while another debutant Avtar too lost his opening match at Judo.
BOXING Boxing too did not bring any good news as SHIV Thapa lost his round of 32 match against Gold medal contender Robeisy Rameriz of Cuba.
Phelps .. Phelps and only Phelps… for me he is perhaps the best swimmer the world has ever seen. He captured his 21st Olympic gold medal aided by Ryan Lochte in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Not only that, the American duo also qualified for the finals of the 200m Individual medley.