India at Rio

DISCLAIMER: This is by no means a comprehensive coverage of India’s latest attempt at the Olympics. However, efforts were taken to include as much as possible. All sports for which India has sent representatives have been included, but understandably, only the top athletes have found mention. The time of writing of this article is 15th August 1:00 AM, and no updates will be made to reflect results of later matches.

State of affairs at the time of writing: India has no medals yet, but has a good chance in Boxing, Wrestling and many of the Track & Field events that are yet to be conducted.


Representing the country at the Olympics is the cherished dream of all Indian athletes. However, despite great efforts this year, India has not won a single medal yet. The Indian delegation consisted of 118 athletes, the largest sent by the country in Summer Olympic history (83 athletes were sent to Beijing in 2012).

It should be noted that the Olympics is THE largest platform for international sport, and just qualifying for it sets one apart. Many of the athletes have struggled with lack of proper facilities and training, not to mention their individual circumstances. Let us leave the criticism of their performances to their coaches, and not add to the chorus of the fickle public.

Archery:

India has sent three women for the Women’s Individual and Women’s team events and one man to participate in Men’s Individual event. None of the archers were able to make it into the Quarterfinals of the Individual events, and the Women’s team managed to make it to the Quarterfinals before getting knocked out.

Athletics:

Lalita Babar will be participating in the finals of the 3000m Women’s Steeplechase on 15th. None of the other athletes were able to qualify in their events.

Events yet to take place are Men’s 4x400m Relay, Marathon, 50km walk, and Triple Jump, and Women’s 200m, 800m, 4x400m Relay, 20km walk, and Discus throw.

Badminton:

India has sent a total of 7 athletes to participate in all events except Mixed Doubles.

Saina Nehwal unexpectedly crashed out of the fray during her last group stage match against Marija Ulitina of Ukraine. Srikanth Kidambi and P.V. Sindhu managed to get two wins each and placed first in their respective groups in Men’s and Women’s Singles events.

Both the Doubles teams were unable to reach the Quarterfinals.

Boxing:

Out of the three boxers sent, Shiv Thapa was knocked out with a loss in the first round, and Manoj Kumar lost in his second match, against Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan.

Vikas Yadav will be facing off against Melikuziev (UZB) in the Men’s Middleweight Quarterfinals on 15th.

Golf:

Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Chawrasia represented India in the Men’s Individual Golf event. They were unable to secure any medals.

Aditi Ashok will be playing in the Women’s Individual event starting from 17th.

Gymnastics:

Dipa Karmakar became the first ever Indian female to book an Olympic spot in the apparatus events and all-round event. India itself has qualified an artistic gymnast for the first time since 1964.

While she could not advance in the all-round event (Rank 51), her daring performance in the Vault event, one of only five women in the world to successfully attempt the dreaded “Death Vault”, secured 8th place in the qualifiers. Unfortunately, despite her efforts, she missed the Bronze by a small margin, coming 4th in the finals.

Hockey:

The Men’s Hockey team finished the Group stage with a 2-2 draw against Canada and lost 3-1 against Belgium in the Quarterfinals.

The Women’s team was not able to qualify for the Quarterfinals.

Judo:

India qualified one judoka, Avtar Singh, in the Men’s Middleweight (90kg) category. He lost his first match and was unable to advance further.

Rowing:

Dattu Baban Bhokanal managed to get 1st place across Finals in Men’s Single Sculls, but sadly failed to bag a medal because he got rank 13 overall.

Shooting:

Some notable finishes were Abhinav Bindra coming 4th in Men’s 10m air rifle finals, and Jitu Rai coming 8th in Men’s 10m air pistol finals. None of the other shooters were able to make it past the Qualification stage, though the margin was not very large in many cases.

Swimming:

Sajan Prakash and Shivani Kataria participated in Men’s 200m butterfly and Women’s 200m freestyle respectively, but did not manage to make it to the Semifinals.

Table Tennis:

India sent 2 men and 2 women athletes, who participated in Men’s and Women’s Singles events respectively. None of them managed to advance past Round 1.

Tennis:

While the Men’s doubles and Women’s doubles teams failed to advance beyond their first match, the Mixed Doubles team of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna managed to make it past the Semifinals. They lost 1-6, 5-7 against the Czech Republic team in the match for Bronze.

Weightlifting:

Satish Sivalingam managed to secure 11th position in Men’s 77kg. Women’s 48kg athlete Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was unable to finish.

Wrestling:

The events are yet to be held. India has 5 men and 3 women competing over 3 events: Men’s freestyle, Men’s Greco-Roman and Women’s freestyle.

Sources: Wikipedia and Google, which took the results from the official Rio Olympics website, www.rio2016.com


Akhil Shri 

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