The only positive and welcome exception to day's unsatisfactory trend was Bombayala Devi's qualification into the pre-quarterfinals of women's singles archery event.

Archery

Experienced Indian archer Laishram Bombayla Devi advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve competition after defeating Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia at the Rio Olympics here today.

Playing in her third Olympics, the 31-year-old from Manipur, who finished 24th in the ranking round, dished out a dominating show to get the better off Lin 6-2, in the 1/16 elimination here.

Earlier in the 1/32 elimination round, the Indian had rallied her way to beat Austria's Laurence Baldauff 6-2.

Bombayla, who had lost in the second round of women's individual recurve event at the London Olympics, outclassed Lin 27-24, 27-24, 26-27, 28-26 to reach the pre-quarterfinals.      
Up against Lin, who had already clinched a bronze medal in the women's team event, Bombayla started with a 10 and then hit 8 and 9 to total 27 as against 24 (8, 7, 9) of her opponent.

The Indian scored 8, 9, 10 against Lin's hat-trick of 8s to clinch the second set. In the third set, the Chinese Taipei girl hit the bull's eye twice even as Bombayla came up with a 7 and 9 in the first two shots. In the final shot, the Indian hit a 10 but that was not enough to win the
set.

In the fourth set, Bombayla once again produced a perfect score of 10 and then hit 9 twice against Lin's 7, 9, 10 to seal the issue in her favour.

Earlier, Bombayla showed tremendous nerves as she bounced back after losing the first set to outclass Laurence in the second, third and fourth set in the first round.

Bombayla, who was the best Indian performer in the women's team event, scored a 24-27, 28-24, 27-23, 26-24 win in the 1/32 elimination round.

The 41-year-old Laurence started off well with a hat-trick of 9s in the first set to get the better of the Indian, who started off with a 9 but then shot 7 consecutively.

However, Bombayla hit the bulls eye to start the second set on a dominating note and then produced consecutive 9s to bounce back into the contest. She produced a hat-trick of 9s in the third set to lead 4-2, before sealing the contest with a series of 9, 9, 8 in the fourth set.

India's Atanu Das had also entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Individual men's recurve event yesterday.

Judo

Indian judoka Avtar Singh crashed out of the Rio Olympics after losing to Refugee Olympic Team's Misenga Popole in the second round of the Men's 90 kg elimination Round of 32, here today.

The 24-year-old from Punjab, who had clinched a gold at the South Asian Games in Guwahati early this year, failed to match up to Popole, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The 24-year-old Popole gathered a point through Yoko, which is awarded for a throw that is 'partially lacking' in two of the three elements of an ippon: putting the opponent on his back, speed of throw, force of throw.

Avtar, on the other hand, was penalised twice for non-combativity, where a player does not attack enough, intentionally stepping out of bounds, play too defensively or put a hand directly on the opponent's face.

Hockey

Indian women's hockey team dished out a disappointing performance to suffer a 1-6 thrashing at the hands of a rampaging Australia in their third fixture at the Rio Olympics here today.

The Indians, who were playing in the Olympics after a gap of 36 years, were simply outplayed by the higher-ranked Australians who exposed the defensive frailties of their opponents with a comprehensive win in a lop-sided match.

Jodie Kenny struck twice (43rd and 46th minute) while Kathryn Slattery (5th), Georgina Morgan (9th), Jane Claxton(35th), Georgina Parker (36th) scored once each to roue the Indians.



For India, Thokchom Anuradha scored the lone goal with just 8.3 seconds left on the clock.

The Australians, who were the 2014 World Cup losing finalists, laid seize of the Indian 25-yard with waves of attacking runs and forced seven penalty corners from which they scored four times.

India, on the other hand, got just one penalty corner which they failed to convert. They could barely string a goal-bound attack in the whole match as they suffered their second consecutive match.

The Indian forwards could not make any opening and Rani Rampal was fielded for very less time. The margin of loss would have been bigger for India had goalkeeper Savita Punia not come up with some fine saves in the match.

With today's loss, India are at the bottom of Pool B with just one point which they earned from the drawn match against Japan in their opening match. They had lost to Great Britain 0-3 in their previous match.

India have two matches to play in the six-team Pool B – against higher ranked Argentina and United States. Only the top four finishers will advance to the quarterfinals.

Australia took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of 15 minutes before the Indians denied them any goal in the second quarter. They scored three goals in the third quarter before pumping in another one in the final quarter to win the one-sided match.

Weightlifting

India's weightlifting campaign at the Rio Olympics ended in disappointment with Sathish Kumar Sivalingam finishing fourth in the men's 77kg event Group B category here today.      

National record holder Sivalingam lifted 148kg in snatch and 181kg in clean and jerk for a total of 329kg to finish fourth in the six-lifter competition.

Sivalingam, who had a won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, holds the national record of 336kg (149+187) in men's 77kg.

Group B is meant for lower-ranked competitors who have registered lower entry weights and by finishing fourth even in this category, Sivalingam has no chance to be on the podium.  Group A of the same event will be competed among higher-ranked lifters who have registered with higher entry weights.

Colombia's Caicedo Andres Mauricio took the top spot with a total lift of 346kg (155+191) while Mata Andres Eduardo of Spain and Nico Mueller of Germany were second and third with total lifts of 343kg (153+190) and 332kg (151+181) in the Group B event.

The other Indian lifter, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu had failed to even lift her entry weight of 104kg in clean and jerk to end her 48kg category event as DNF (Did Not Finished).  

Shooting

Indian shooter Jitu Rai belied the sense of expectations nursed by many and crashed out of the Rio Olympics after failing to make the final of men's 50-metre pistol, his pet event, here today.

Along with Rai, Prakash Nanjappa, the other Indian participant in the event, too fell by the wayside in the qualification round as he finished 25th with 547.

The 28-year-old finished 12th in the six-series qualifying after being placed fourth at the end of the fifth and penultimate series at the Olympic Shooting Centre. Rai aggregated 554.

Entering the sporting extravaganza as India's biggest medal hope, the world number three Army man from Mhow had two poor series in the third and last in windy conditions. As a rule, the top eight qualify for the final.



"Sapna toot gaya, kya karoon (my dream is shattered)," the Nepalese born Rai told PTI at the Dry Firing Range.      

He was consoled by his teammates and national pistol coach Smirnov Pavel.

"I tried my best and was not under pressure but I don't know what happened in the last series. Maybe I was not lucky enough," Rai added as he was consoled by Vietnamese Hoang Xuan Vinh who bagged the gold in 10m air pistol where Jitu had finished eighth in the final.

Rai is a gold medallist at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup and a silver winner at the World Championship.

Jitu was inside the top eight in the last series but time was running out as he had less than 15 minutes left for the last 10 shots and he struggled to take aim.

He was seen taking his shot and then stopping to resist the wind. As it was announced that there was only five minutes left, Rai seemed to have hurried his last three shots.

Needed to shoot three 10s, Rai managed 9 7 and 10 in his last three attempts to finish a woeful last series with 88.  Rai started the qualification with 91 and fired 95 in the second series.

Scores of 90 94 were followed by another 95, including four 10s, in the fifth series that propelled him to the fourth position at the completion of the series.

However, the Army man botched things up completely in the final series that included two eights, which left him way behind in the pecking order. Not his usual self, a final effort of 10 was not enough for Rai to avoid elimination in his first Olympics.

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