Rio 2016 Olympics India’s Day 3 schedule: Heartbreak for hockey team, Abhinav Bindra

By: | Updated: August 8, 2016 10:54 PM

Rio 2016 Olympics India’s Day 3 schedule: The second day at the Olympic Games saw scintillating action with a number of events throwing up some astounding results.

Rio 2016 Olympics Day 3: Both the hockey teams are in action on the day facing tough opponents. (Source: PTI)Rio 2016 Olympics Day 3: Both the hockey teams are in action on the day facing tough opponents. (Source: PTI)

Rio 2016 Olympics India’s Day 3 schedule: The second day at the Olympic Games saw scintillating action with a number of events throwing up some astounding results. There were heartbreaks aplenty as there were joyful moments as athletes put on their best displays to try and win a medal for their country. They had practiced hard for years and Rio was  expected to see them crowned. But not all can claim one and only the best emerged at the top. As far as the Indian challenge is concerned, there were more negatives than positives, but still, going into the tird day some of the sportsmen are placed in positions from where they can make a tangible challenge and put themselves in medal-winning positions. However, all the hard work is still ahead and nothing but the best effort will be able to produce results that the country can rejoice in.

In some cracking action on day 2, we saw the challenge by shooter Heena Sidhu fizzle out. She was best placed to deliver on the big stage as she has the experience and in fact is a medal winning prospect because of her immense skills. However, she started badly and was not able to pull herself together to recover lost ground. As far as the Indian women’s archery team in the recurve event of Laishram Bombayla Devi, Laxmirani Majhi and Deepika Kumari is concerned, they beat the Colombian team in the quarters, but surrendered to the Russians in the Semi-finals. However, there was some triumph for Indian sportsmen too as the women’s hockey team managed to achieve a honourable draw after what looked like they had fallen into an impossible position. They managed to draw the match at 2:2. Dipa Karmakar was the outstanding Indian personality on day 2 as she created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to qualify for an appearance in the final. The nation rejoiced in her achievement. As far as men’s shooting in trap event is concerned, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were placed at the 17th and 19th positions. Sandhu and Chenai managed scores of 68 and 67 respectively in the three rounds. Sandhu scored 23, 23, 22, while Chenai posted 22, 23, 22 in the three rounds. They are way behind and will come back on day 3 to try and improve their positions today too.

Also read: Abhinav Bindra eliminated from Rio Olympics 2016; misses medal by 0.5 points

Check out the action that is going to happen at the Rio Olympics on day 3 involving Indian sportsmen (All times IST):

1. ARCHERY:

* 7:27pm: Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations (Laxmirani Majhi): After an eventful outing on day 2 that did not yield the kind of result Indian fans had hoped and that would have left Laxmirani Majhi herself mortified, the Indian sportswoman would be stepping into some more action again today. On Sunday, she, along with Laishram Bombayla Devi, and Deepika Kumari had qualified for the quarters of the recurve event by beating Colombia 5-3. However, later in the day, the Indians were defeated by Russia.

Also read: Rio 2016 Olympics Hockey – India vs Germany; Despite superb play, India lose 2-1

2. HOCKEY:

* 7:30pm: India vs Germany in men’s hockey match: The popular Indian hockey team will be seen in play today too. After getting a fortunate win against the Irish, the Sreejesh led team will really have to pull up their socks to come out on top against the Olympic champions Germany. India had almost lost the plot against Ireland and against a much stronger Germany, that will be akin to committing hara kiri. The boys will however, be quite pumped-up after the win against the tough Irish.

* 2:30am: India vs Great Britain in women’s hockey match: A tremendous fightback gave the Indian women’s hockey team a fine result in its first match at the Olympic Games.  While a slow start almost gave the match away to the Japanese, a much stronger counter-attacking game provided India the opportunity to draw the match. Having said that, any laxity on the part of the girls will virtually destroy their chances of progressing further in the Games.

3. SHOOTING:

* 5:30pm: 10m Air Rifle Men’s Qualifications (Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang): One of the most crucial shooting events on the Indian fans’ calendar will be when the iconic Indian shooters Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang step into the arena. They are India’s brightest hope to deliver medals to the country. However, one should remember that both palyers have seen better days. The competition against much younger and sharper opponents will make it difficult for them to progress. However, in this game experience counts as much as age and therefore, the Indian sportsmen can take heart from this fact and do well. They have a lot of experience and know how to handle pressure and as such will do well going forward. They will not need much encouragement to try and beat back the opposition. {8:30pm: Finals}

4. SWIMMING:

* 9:32pm: Women’s 200m Freestyle (Shivani Kataria); * 10:04pm: Men’s 200m Butterfly (Sajan Prakash): Indian swimmers have traditionally not been the best of performers at any high profile  meets. However, it is important for Indian swimmers to go and compete on an equal footing with the best in the world. The experience they derive from it as well as the knowledge they gain will go a long way in improving their performances. Thereafter, when they get back to India, they can pass on the same to the younger generations to help them do better and perhaps win medals for India.

Here is wishing all the Indian athletes good luck!

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