India’s sole rowing star Dattu Baban Bhokanal finished on the third spot in Heat 1 category of the rowing event, on Day 1 of the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016, at the Lagoa Stadium in Rio de Janerio on Saturday, as he eventually sealed his spot in the quarter-finals round of the event. Baban was off to a quick and fast start, as he keep the lead until the 500 meters, but was overtaken by Angel Fournier Rodriguez of Cuba, who eventually went on to maintain the lead for the rest of the event, and also finish at the first spot. Bhokanal was overtaken by Juan Carlos Cabrera of Mexico, who eventually went on to finish in the second spot, as the top three made their way to the quarter-finals round. Rio Olympics 2016 LIVE Updates, Day 1
In the other sections, Mahé Drysdale of New Zealand finished at the first spot, followed by Bendeguz Petervari-Molnar of Hungary, while at number three, it was Jhonatan Esquivel of Uruguay, as they too sealed their spot in the quarter-finals of the event. In Heat 3, it was Hannes Obreno from Belgium, who took the first spot, followed by Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk from Poland to finish in the second spot, while Brian Rosso from Argentina managed to book the third spot to seal their place in the quarter-finals. Rio 2016 Olympics India Schedule: Olympic Dates,Fixtures & TimeTable of Events in IST
In Heat 4, it was Alan Campbell of Great Britain to take the first spot, followed by Stanislau Shcharbachenia of Belarus in the second, as Memo Memo finished third for Indonesia, thus sealing their place as well in the quarter-finals. As for Heat 5, Ondřej Synek of the Czech Rebpublic claimed the first spot, followed by Rhys Grant of Australia in second, and Arturo Rivarola Trappe of Paraguay in the third, while the final section of Heat 6 saw Nils Jako Hoff of Norway finish at No. 1, followed by Damir Martin of Croatia at No. 2, while Abdelkhalek Elbanna from Egypt finishing third, thus making their way clear to the quarter-finals. Rio Olympics 2016: Full list of India’s 120 athletes who qualified this year’s for Rio Olympics
Note: The candidates failing to finish on top three would be competing in the Repechages category.