Rio Olympics 2016 has been a roller-coaster ride for Indians. Day 4 came as a welcome respite from the heart-breaking journey Indian sportspersons have been on so far at the events. In the past few days, we saw some of our most prominent sports personalities like Abhinav Bindra crash out of the Olympics without a medal. While we saw a couple of crash outs even on day 4, it was a day that brought victories to team India in archery, hockey and middleweight 75 kg boxing. After Dipa Karmakar qualified to the gymnastics vaults final, this was the first time India enjoyed a taste of success.
It started with the Indian Men’s hockey team defeating Argentina 2-1 in a thrilling encounter. It was an extremely crucial group B match and India played hard to maintain the lead they managed to get in the first quarter. India had defeated Ireland 3-2 in the first match but lost its second one against Germany. This victory has helped boost their spirit.(ALSO SEE 2016 Rio Olympics India Schedule: Fixtures, TimeTable & Olympic Dates in IST)
In the individual archery event, Ace archer Athanu Das registered back to backs wins to qualify into round of 16. Das defeated Jitbahadur Muktan of Nepal 6-0 in the first round and then Cuba’s Adrian Andres Puentes Perez 6-4 in the second. He showed tremendous command over his sport and looked confident for the games to come.
Even as India did well in these two events, we faced disappointment in a couple of other sports. Starting with the sculls event — the lone rower representing India, Dattu Baban Bhokanal crashed out of the competition in the singles sculls quarterfinal shattering his hopes of an Olympic medal. He finished fourth in the competition timing 6:59:89.
In another shock to Team India at the Rio Olympics 2016, Heena Sidhu crashed out of the competition. After finishing 30th in the precision round of the Women’s 25 m pistol round, Heena finished 20th in the Rapids round at the Olympics shooting centre in Rio De Janeiro bidding goodbye to this year’s competition.
However, India did get one final taste of victory before the day ended. In the Men’s middleweight 75 kg boxing category, Indian boxer Krishan Vikas started on a high note winning the first two rounds hands down. While his US opponent Charles Conwell tried to fight back in round 3, Vikas Krishan Yadav emerged victorious clearing the preliminaries and making it to the pre-quarters just one win away from entering the quarterfinals.
Barring the natural disappointment due to crash outs, the country has been appreciative and supportive of our sportspersons in Rio. Supportive comments and congratulations kept pouring in on Twitter throughout the day and even at night after the boxing event. (CHECK OUT Twitteratti congratulates Indian boxer Vikas Krishan on entering round of 16) With these victories on Day 4, there is still a lot in store for India at the Rio Olympics 2016.