The grand celebration of sports comes to an end as this is the final competitive day of Rio Olympics 2016. The athletes have, for the last 15 days, put in their hundred per cent to bag a medal in their respective sports and with the final day, all that comes to an end with yet another wait for four years following. Indian Olympians, in the past 15 days, have competed in various events all around the Olympics arena and the last day is no exception as India will take part in wrestling and men’s marathon as their last two events in this edition of Olympics. (Read: Yogeshwar Dutt at Rio Olympics 2016: India’s Mr Dependable starts off his campaign in wrestling)
|05:00 PM Onwards||Wrestling – Men’s 65 kg freestyle||Yogeshwar Dutt|
|06:00 PM Onwards||Athletics – Men’s marathon||Thonnakkai Gopi, Kheta Ram, Nitendra Singh Rawat|
India have this time won only two medals so far. Sakshi Malik emerged as the first Olympian in this edition to help India win a medal as she successfully cleared all the repechage rounds to claim the bronze medal in the women’s 58 kg freestyle wrestling. India’s next medal winner was PV Sindhu, as she qualified for the final of women’s singles badminton and settled for a silver in the event. With Yogeshwar Dutt, an Olympic medalist competing in India’s last event of men’s 65 kg freestyle wrestling, India will look to end their Rio 2016 journey with yet another medal in wrestling, while on the other hand, Indian representatives keep hopes alive in athletics.
After competing thrice in the Olympics, Yogeshwar got his first medal in London Olympics 2012 as he bagged a bronze in the men’s 60 kg segment. India this time had many big names capable of winning a medal but unfortunately the results were different. Among the biggest names were Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Abhinav Bindra and Saina Nehwal. However, though not claimed a medal, Indian archers pulled off a commendable job. Two other remarkable performances came from Dattu Baban Bhokanal in men’s individual sculls and Dipa Karmakar in artistic gymnastics.