Rio 2016 Olympics: Dattu Bhokanal enters Rowing Single Sculls quarters, keeps Indian flag flying high

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Rio De Janeiro | Updated: Aug 06, 2016 6:28 PM

Rio 2016 Olympics: Rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarterfinals of the Men's Single Sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round of the Rio Olympics in Rio today.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarterfinals of the Men's Single Sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round of the Rio Olympics in Rio today. (File photo: AP)Rio 2016 Olympics: Rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarterfinals of the Men’s Single Sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round of the Rio Olympics in Rio today. (File photo: AP)

Rio 2016 Olympics: After a spectacular, though quite simple, opening ceremony where Brazil did its best to showcase its flamboyant spirit with song and dance routines as well as its spirit of competitiveness and excellence at sports, a number of games events started and among them was one that involved India’s rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal – the start was a good one with the sportsman keeping the Indian flag flying proudly high. India has sent its largest ever contingent to the Olympic Games and expectation are that it will come back with its best ever showing as the focus of the authorities has shifted from not just participating in events but actually winning medals and working with that goal alone in mind.

Rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarterfinals of the Men’s Single Sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round of the Rio Olympics in Rio today. In the first heat of the day, Armyman Bhokanal finished the 2000m race with a timing of 7:21.67s behind Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba (7:06.89s) and Mexico’s Juan Carlos Cabrera (7:08.27s). Bhokanal was in second place for the first 500 metres of the race but started to lag behind once the Mexican in lane 2 picked up the pace around the 700 metres mark.

The well built Cuban and the Mexican then increased their lead from the rest but Bhokanal maintained his third position although he was more than 13 seconds behind the second placed Cabrera.

Among the other events India is going to be involved include these;

MEN’S HOCKEY: (19:30 IST): India versus Ireland;
ROWING: (17:00 IST): Men’s Single Sculls (Dattu Bhokanal Single);
SHOOTING (17:00 IST): 10m Air Pistol: (Jitu Rai, Gurpreet Singh);
SHOOTING (17:00 IST): 10m Air Rifle: (Apurvi Chandela, Ayonika Paul);

Also read: Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

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TABLE TENNIS (17:30 IST): Men’s Singles (Achantha Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh) Women: (Manika Batra, Mouma Das);
TENNIS (23:00 IST): Men’s Doubles: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna;
Women’s Doubles: Sania Mirza, Prarthana Thombare;
WEIGHTLIFTING (03:30 IST Aug 7) Women: Saikhom Mirabi Chanu 48 kg.

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