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Sakshi wins bronze, Srikanth stretches Lin Dan

                                  sakshi-malik7India’s long wait for a medal in Rio ended with Sakshi Malik winning a bronze in 58kg category Women’s Wrestling. The 23-year old diminutive girl from Mokhra village near Rohtak in Haryana, came from behind to defeat Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan for this record-breaking success. By doing so, she became the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal. She also became the fourth overall Indian woman player after Karnam Malleshwari, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom to win a bronze in the Olympic Games. Hereunder is her run to success –

Round Opponent Result
1st round Malin Johanna Mattsson  (Sweden) Won 5-4
2nd round Mariana Cherdivara Esanu (Moldova) Won 5-5 (technical count)
Quarter final Valeria Koblova (Russia) Lost 2-9
Repechage Round 1st Orkhon Purevdorj (Mongolia) Won 12-3
Repechage Round 2nd Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) Won 8-5 and Bronze Medal

                                Another woman wrestler who in fray was Vinesh Phogat but her run was halted in the most demoralising fashion as Wrestling - Women's Freestyle 48 kg 1/8 Finalsinjured her knee against China’s Sun Yanan in the women’s freestyle 48kg quarterfinal. In the first period, Phogat opened the scoring with a point but Yanan fought back with a single-leg take down to add two points to her kitty. Yanan not only won the point but injured Phogat in the process and the Indian wrestler lay flat on the ground, in pain, received attention before leaving the arena on a stretcher. Earlier Phogat had convincingly beaten Romania’s Emilia Alina Vuc in the opening bout 11-0 to win by a greater superiority (10-0) and was a great prospect for a medal in her category.

                                 In Badminton, Indian challenge in men’s singles came to an end. Kidambi Srikanth played his heart out but couldn’t get past two-time defending champion Lin Dan of China in the quarterfinals. Before going down fighting, the 21-year-old from Guntur gave a scare to mighty Chinese. He lost the match, which lasted an hour and four minutes  6-21, 21-11, 18-21.

 tintu-luka1                                In Athletics PT Usha’s much-talked disciple Tintu Luka also proved a big disappointment. She finished sixth in her 800m heats with a time of 2:00.58 and failed to qualify for the semi final heats. For record, Luka had made it to the semi finals at the London Olympic Games.

                                 Women Golf also began today. Aditi Ashok stood at 7th place at the end of first round.


… by Arun Arnaw Khare



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