Another woman grappler, Sakshi Malik lost her quarterfinal bout to Russia's Valeriia Koblova even after doing well in the initial two rounds.

Woman half miler Tintu Luka ran a poorly judged 800m race and exited from the fray after finishing sixth in her first round heat in 2:00.58 which gave her the overall 29th place from 65 participants.

A protege of track legend PT Usha, she holds the national record of 1:59.17 which she created in 2010. As usual she led the field till around 600m before fading on the final stretch to end her second Olympics campaign in disappointment.

The day commenced with the elimination of Srikanth, who went down fighting against defending champion Lin Dan to dash India's hopes of a medal.



Taking the court a day after compatriot PV Sindhu had knocked out another top Chinese shuttler Wang Yihan to enter the women's singles semis, Srikanth gave Super Dan a tough time before going down 6-21, 21-11, 18-21 against the World No. 3 Chinese and made his exit from the competition.

The 21-year-old Hyderabad shuttler's elimination after his loss to Dan in an hour and four minutes in the quarterfinals has left Sindhu as the lone Indian out of seven entrants in the fray in badminton. Sindhu is to take on Japan's Nozomi Okuhara tomorrow for a place in the final.

A victory would guarantee the tall woman at least a silver and a loss would propel her into the bronze medal play-off with the loser of the other semi final between Li Xuerei of China, the defending champion, and Spain's Carolina Marin, world no.1.

Away from badminton, women grapplers: Vinesh and Sakshi, crossed the first hurdle by registering contrasting victories in their respective weight divisions.

It was an easy outing for Vinesh in 48kg category as she thrashed Emilia Alina Vuc of Romania 11-0 by technical superiority to enter the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately Vinesh's progress was halted when she suffered a knee dislocation in her quarterfinal fight against Chinese rival Sun Yanan and the bout had to be stopped.



A visibly hurt Vinesh, who winced in pain when her Chinese rival got a leg hold and twisted her, was taken away in a stretcher for medical attention.

"We are all awaiting the MRI report but she cannot fight again," said Indian contingent's chef de mission, Rakesh Gupta.

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