As the 101st edition of the Olympic Games draws towards closure, most of the teams and nations have performed exceptionally well, while few have under performed to the expectations, as it’s time to review the Indian performance in the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016, at Rio de Janerio. India, who have been performing great of late in the Olympics, earning medals in almost every edition since the past three editions, have had a mixed performance this time as well. However, a couple of medals so far have raised India’s bar in the Games, although that’s not good enough considering the overall performance they have come up with so far. Let’s have a brief look at India’s performance in the Games. Rio Olympics 2016 LIVE Updates, 20th Aug, Day 16
In Archery, India had high hopes of medals from the female archers, especially Deepika Kumari. However, all the three female archers failed to fire, in both team and individual archery. As the team archery saw early elimination, the individual archery saw quarter-final elimination for the women. As for men’s, Atanu Das too was eliminated in the quarter-final round, following a head start, thus bringing archery to a sad end.
In Athletics too, the Indians failed to come up with a stellar performance, as in men’s discus throw, Vikas Gowda finished 28th, followed by women’s shot put, where Manpreet Kaur ranked 23rd, while Jinson Johnson ranked 25th in men’s 800 m. In men’s 20 km walk, Manas Singh finished 13th, followed by Ankit Sharma, who finished 24th in men’s long jump, while Dutee Chand finished 50th in women’s 100 m. In women’s 3000 m steeplechase, Lalita Babar ranked 10th, followed by women’s 400 m, where Nirmala Sheoran ranked 44th, while in women’s marathon, OP Jaisha ranked 89th, as in Men’s marathon, Thonnakkal Gopi, and Kheta Ram finished 15th and 26th, while Nitendra Singh Rawat finished in the 83rd place. In men’s triple jump, Renjith Maheshwary ranked 30th, followed by women’s 200 m, where Srabani Nanda ranked 55th, while Seema Punia ranked 20th in women’s discus throw, suggesting India’s below par performance. Rio Olympics India Day 16 schedule, August 21 in IST
In Badminton, the Indian women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa crashed out in the group stage, followed by the men’s doubles pair of BS Reddy and M Atri, who too crashed out of the group stage. In women’s singles badminton, top draw Saina Nehwal crashed out in Round 2, while in men’s singles, Srikanth Kidambi crashed out in the quarter-final. Only PV Sindhu managed to bag a silver in the women’s singles.
In Boxing, Vikas Krishan Yadav crashed out in the men’s middle 75 kg quarterfinal, followed by Manoj Kumar, who crashed out in the men’s light welter 64 kg pre-quarterfinal, while Shiva Thapa too crashed out in the men’s bantam 56 kg round of 32. In hockey, India too did not shine much, as they lost in the quarterfinal, while the women were ousted in the group stage again. In Golf, Shiv Chawrasia finished on rank 13, followed by Anirban Lahiri, who ranked 45th in the final round, while Aditi Ashok ranked 56th in the final round.
In Gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar finished in the fourth spot. While in Judo, Avtar Singh lost his opening bout in the round of 32. In Rowing, Dattu Baban Bhokanal finished first in the men’s single sculls Final C. In Shooting, Apurvi Chandela ranked 34th in women’s 10 m air rifle, followed by men’s 10 m air pistol, where Jitu Rai finished 8th, while Heena Sidhu ranked 14th in women’s 10 m air pistol. Manavjit Singh Sandhu finished 16th, while Kynan Chenai finished 19th in men’s trap. Abhinav Bindra finished 4th in men’s 10 m air rifle, followed by Heena Sidhu, who ranked 20th in women’s 25 m pistol, while Jitu Rai ranked 12th in men’s 50 m pistol. Gagan Narang ranked 13th in the men’s 50 m rifle prone, followed by Mairaj Ahmad Khan, who ranked 10th in men’s skeet, while Gurpreet Singh ranked 7th in men’s 25 m rapid fire pistol. Also, Chain Singh ranked 23rd in men’s 50 m rifle 3 positions.
In Swimming, Shivani Kataria ranked 41st in women’s 200 m freestyle, while Sajan Prakash ranked 28th in men’s 200 m butterfly. In table tennis, Manika Batra and Mouma Das were eliminated in Round 1, while Sharath Kamal Achanta too was eliminated in the opening round in men’s category. In tennis, the Indian doubles pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were ousted in the opening round, women’s pair of Sania Mirza and P Thombare too suffered the same fate. In mixed doubles, Sania and Rohan lost in the bronze medal round.
In Weightlifting, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu failed to perform in women’s 48 kg, while Sathish Sivalingam was ranked fourth in men’s 77 kg. In Wrestling, Ravinder Khatri lost in the pre-quarterfinal of men’s Greco-Roman 85 kg, followed by Hardeep Singh, who lost in the pre-quarterfinal of the Men’s Greco-Roman 98 kg, while among women, Sakshi Malik claimed bronze in women’s freestyle 58 kg. However, in women’s freestyle 48 kg, Vinesh Phogat did not make it past the quarterfinal. Babita Kumari lost in the women’s freestyle 53 kg pre-quarterfinal, followed by Narsingh Pancham Yadav, who unfortunately was banned for dope charges and failed to make an appearance in men’s freestyle 74 kg, while Sandeep Tomar failed to make it through in the men’s freestyle 57 kg pre-quarterfinal, as Yogeshwar Dutt too failed to make it past the qualifying round in the Men’s freestyle 65 kg.
Thus, overall if the the performance of the entire Indian contingent is considered so far, it has been a below par performance from most of the Indian athletes. However, a few of them have managed to give close fights in few of the most difficult sector of the games. Nevertheless, it has been a disappointing show overall. However, the promising athletes are bound to do well in the upcoming Games, and the overall future is definitely on the verge of improving, as India would get tougher and tougher in the upcoming days. The fields like Archery and Weightlifting are all set to face tough competition, and so would be Gymnastics, while Badminton too is on the rise, and would be the sport to watch out for in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, as would be Wrestling and Rowing.
Surprises: Wrestling, Gymnastics, Badminton, Rowing.
Disappointment: Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Hockey, Golf, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting.