Kidambi Srikanth lifted some gloom from India's sagging badminton campaign as he reached the men's singles pre-quarterfinals after biggest medal hope Saina Nehwal crashed out of the women's singles event at the Rio Olympics here today.
Former World No. 3, Srikanth defeated Sweden's Henri Hurskainen 21-6 21-18 in the second match of group H that lasted 34 minutes here. PV Sindhu also brought cheers with her victory over Canadian opponent: Li Michelle.
Earlier, in one of the biggest upsets for the Indian Olympic contingent, Saina crashed out of the Rio Games after suffering an upset straight-game loss against lower-ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in her second Group G match.
The London Olympics bronze medallist and world no. 5 who had inflammation on her right knee, lost 18-21, 19-21 to World No. 61 Maria in a match that lasted 39 minutes at the pavillion 4 Riocentre here.
Rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to progress to the finals of the men's rifle 3-position to crash out of the competition and end India's campaign in Olympic Games shooting on a dismal note here today.
Narang, a bronze medalist in the London Games four years ago in men's 10m air rifle, ended up even behind Chain Singh, who was 23rd, in the 33rd spot out of 44 shooters with a three-phase tally of 1162 while Chain accumulated 1169.
OP Jaisha and Kavita Raut, considered among the best distance runners in India and medalists at the Asian Games in the past, found themselves out of depth in the Olympic Games women's marathon and finished way behind in the 150-plus field here today.
National record holder Jaisha, bronze medalist in the 5,000m and 1,500m respectively at the 2006 and 2014 Asiads in Doha and Incheon, ended up 89th by finishing the energy-sapping 42.1-km race in two hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds.
India's tennis campaign at the Rio Olympic Games ended in dejection as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were blown away by the Czech team of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradceka in the bronze medal Play-off, here today.
The Indian pair, who raised hopes of a medal with two consecutive wins to make the semis, suffered a 1-6, 6-7 humiliation in the mixed doubles contest that lasted one hour and 13 minutes. Mixed doubles was India's best bet for a medal as it featured only 16 teams and winning three matches would have ensured a medal.
ndia's men's hockey team lost to Belgium 1-3 in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games here on Sunday. India were bidding to enter the semi-finals for the first time in 36 years but they faced an aggressive Belgium side that scored thrice after conceding a goal against the run of play in the 15th minute.
Akashdeep Singh deflected from a close angle but Belgium hit back as Sebastian Dockier equalised in the 34th minute. Dockier gave Belgium the lead in the 45th minute and Tom Boon scored a field goal in the 50th minute to make it 3-1.
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar (64kg) put up a spirited show but could not match the power of fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in his pre-quarterfinal bout to bow out of the Olympic Games here today.
The 29-year-old Indian went down 3-0 in the contest which was not particularly engaging in its quality of boxing but showcased Manoj's fighting spirit.
The 25-year-old Gaibnazarov, the World and Asian Championships silver-medallist from Uzbekistan, was consistently better than Manoj but the Indian impressed with his never-say-die spirit.