Rio de Janeiro, Aug 9: India’s dream for medal in the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016 shattered again on Day 4 as lone rower representing the country, Dattu Baban Bhokanal lost in his singles sculls quarterfinals. Dattu Baban Bhokanal finished at 4th position with a timing of 6:59:89 in the men’s singles sculls quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics 2016. Dattu Bhokanal started in Lane 5 in the fourth quarter-final and ended the race fourth among six rowers. After Abhinav Bindra’s exit without a medal from Olympics 2016, India had pinned hopes on Dattu Baban Bhokanal, but the Indian rower couldn’t bring medal for the country. (ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016 India: Schedule, Fixtures of Events in IST)
In the quarterfinals, Dattu Bhokanal was at third after 500m. Dattu then dropped to 4th spot at the 1000m mark. Croatia’s Damir Martin and New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale clinched first and second position respectively. Belgium’s Hannes Obreno came at 3rd position. Earlier Dattu Bhokanal entered the quarter-finals of the men’s single sculls after finishing third in his qualifying round of the Rio Olympics 2016. Armyman 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. (ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016: Full list of India’s 120 athletes who qualified this year’s for Rio Olympics)
Many sports expert are not surprised with the result of Dattu Baban Bhokanal. They believe that Dattu exhibited excellent performance at Rio Olympics 2016 despite being not trained as much as his competitor were. “One should just look and compare size, build and body weight of Indian rowers vis a vis their competitors and then dream about winning,” tweeted a sports journalist.