Day 9 turns out to be day of heartbreaks for India at Rio Olympics
Day 9 of the Olympics saw India’s medal prospects go down fighting as the nation waits for its elusive first medal. Perhaps the biggest shock for India was the ouster of World number 5 Saina Nehwal in badminton singles. In hockey too India couldn’t go past Belgium after leading 1-0 till the second quarter. But the biggest heartbreak for India undoubtedly came from the gymnastics vault final as Dipa Karmakar narrowly missed out on a medal. Shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh capped off a disappointing Olympics for India in shooting as they failed to qualify for the finals in the 50m rifle 3 positions.
Dipa Karmakar misses medal by a whisker
Until 2nd August 2016 very few people in India would have known about the vault in gymnastics, fewer still would have heard the name Dipa Karmakar. But on the cusp of India’s Independence day, the 23 year old from Tripura put the nation on the map of gymnastics finishing a commendable 4th in the vault finals. Dipa Karmakar missed out on a medal as she ended 4th with an average of 15.066. USA’s Simone Biles won the Gold with an average of 15.966.
Disappointment for India in tennis, hockey
India’s medal prospects in Hockey came to an ended when they lost 3-1 to Belgium in their quarter-final match. Both teams made an aggressive start entering their opponents goal area within minutes of the match getting underway. It was India that drew first blood scoring in the dying moments of the first quarter and kept the Belgium strikers at bay until the end of the second quarter. However, the thrid quarter saw momentum swing in Belgium’s favor who scored 3 goals to end India’s hopes of a medal from Hockey.
The duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were outplayed in their bronze medal match against the Czech Republics as they lost in straight sets. The Indian pair were thoroughly outclassed in the opening set getting losing their serve to lose the set 6-1, they mounted a fightback in the second set but failed to take it to a decider losing 7-5.
Hopes from Badminton
Although Saina Nehwal- India’s biggest hope of a medal from Badminton suffered a shock defeat in her match, all was not lost as Kidambi Shrikanth and PV Sindhu won their matches to enter the knock out stages.
Day 10: Will India’s wait end?
India will be hoping to open its medal tally on day 10 of the Olympics as the wrestling and boxing matches get underway. The women’s 3000 m steeple chase final is also scheduled for tomorrow.