The Olympic flame was extinguished in an colorful opening ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016 and the baton was passed to Tokyo who has promised the best best Olympics games ever in 2020. American basketball team defeated Serbia 96-66, just before the closing ceremony, to win the final gold medal in the game and finishing the camping at the first place with winning 46 golds to Great Britain and China who finished second and third with winning 27 and 26 golds respectively. Finishing its Olympic campaign at 67th spot with winning one silver and one bronze medal by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik respectively India completed the Rio Olympics. Sakshi Malik was also the flag bearer of India at the closing ceremony as PV Sindhu returned to India on Saturday. Olympics chief Thomas Bach said, “These were marvelous Olympic games in the marvelous city. These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about Rio de Janeiro before and much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said, “The Japan’s government will work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever.” Michael Phelps, a swimming legend, by winning five gold at Rio Olympics and a silver and took his medal tally to 23 in his Olympic career. The host country Brazil celebrated the the famous football win when the Brazilian team defeated Germany, under Neymar, in the penalty shootout revenging their infamous 7-1 loss in World Semi finals in 2014. The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt who has announced his retirement after the 2017 world championship, won three gold medals in Rio at 100m, 200m and 4x100m event taking his Olympic medal tally to nine after winning the same in London and Beijing Olympics. The security as well as logistical problems were at its peak during the South America’s first Olympics. But it was kept under control by the authorities as the audience saw an outstanding performance by many Olympic athletes of the different countries. Among the controversies happened in the Games, Mongolia’s Chagnaadroj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test. In an another event, police raided the Irish Olympics office after the Irish International Olympic Committee chief Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam and seized passports, phones and computers. Mongolian coach protested in a furious way when he stripped down to his underwear after an alleged wrong decision against wrestler Gazorigiin Mandakhnaran. By Prajakt K.
India’s one of the top wrestlers, Yogeshwar Dutt, faced a shocking defeat in a qualification round as he was beaten by Mongolia’s Gonzorigiin Mandakhnaran and ended India’s Olympic campaign with two medals in total won by Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu in 58 kg women’s freestyle and women’s singles badminton event respectively at Rio Olympics 2016 Dutt showed extremely poor show at the match and the 33-year old wrestler from Haryana lost to the Mongolian grappler 0-3. Mandakhnaran showed some outstanding skills and played at a good pace and Dutt had no answer for his skills. Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won a bronze medal at London Olympics, had to depend on his Mongolian opponent to stay his hopes alive to go forward in the tournament. However, as Mandakhnaran lost in the quarter finals, it was all over for Dutt as well as for India. With Yogeshwar Dut’s shocking ousting from the Rio Olympics, India have finished it’s Olympic campaign with winning one silver and one bronze respectively by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik. Among the 119 player contingent, which was largest in any Olympics game from India, Indian athletes could not win enough medals and disappointed the nation. Dutt, who qualified for Rio Olympics in March after a knee injury, could not score the required points in the second half as well after being trailing 0-3 till the break which resulted into his shocking defeat in the 65 Kg freestyle event. Although in last minute he tried to pin down his opponent but all his efforts went in vain as he could not capitalize on it. By Prajakt K.
With the help of the fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt, Jamaican team won the finals of 4x100m baton relay event at Rio Olympics and secured the gold medal. Usain Bolt won his third gold medal at Rio and ninth in his overall Olympic career. Bolt, who accepted the baton in the final leg, had not comfortable advantage, although he won the race by two or three meters. Jamaican team finished their race in 37.27 seconds ahead of Japan (37.60s) and Canada (37.64s). The USA team which actually finished before the Canadians, when they were disqualified due to baton change outside the box. Bolt, who has announced his retirement after the world champion in 2017, has won the ninth gold medal in Olympics and third in Rio Olympics. Earlier, he had won 100m, 200m and 4x100m events with gold medals at Beijing in 2008 and at London in 2012. Usain Bolt now has finished his journey in Olympics with equaling the record of winning nine golds in athletics of US sprinter and jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi. By Prajakt K.
India’s badminton player PV Sindhu has been settled for silver after she got beaten by the Spaniard Carolina Marin in women’s singles final even of badminton in Rio Olympics on Friday at Riocentro Pavilion. Sindhu now has joined shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Vijay Kumar as well as the wrestler Sushil Kumar, as India’s only silver medalists in Olympics. PV Sindhu, who managed to fight back at the first after staying behind and won the first game, were quite defenseless in second as well as the third game. Marin defeated Sindhu 19-21, 21-12 and 21-15 and won the Gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Sindhu, in the first game, was way behind than world no. 1 Marin first at 3-7 and then 6-8 and 10-13. At 19-16, it was Marin’s game but Sindhu fought back and managed to win the first game from 17-19 to 21-19. Marin, however, immediately came back in the second game and scored a comfortable lead of 8-2. At the last she had 8 game points with her and capitalizing on it she comfortably won the second game 21-12. World no. 1 Marin took a lead at initial stage in the third and final game of the match but Sindhu was fighting back with her amazing skills and it was 18-14 when Marin needed only three points to secure gold in Rio Olympics. Despite Sindhu’s incredible effort, Marin won the match eventually, denting the hopes of billions of Indian fans that Sindhu would grab the first gold medal for the country in Olympics. By Prajakt K.
Even after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) appreciated India’s presentation of wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s case and showed signs that the wrestler would get to play on Friday morning, earlier, CAS has slapped four years ban on Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav and he now won’t be performing in the ongoing Rio Olympics. Yadav will now have to vacate the room allotted to him at the Games Village on Friday morning, after the ban. An official release from the CAS said, “The CAS panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was a victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore, the standard four year period of ineligibility was imposed on the athlete by the panel.” Earlier, Yadav’s urine sample was found positive for steroid methandienone on June 25 and July 5. However, he had alleged that his food/ supplement or urine had been tampered and he was a victim of sabotage. Indian anti-doping body, NADA had found him not guilty and cleared him for Rio after an inquiry. Rakesh Gupta, Indian contingent’s chef-de-mission, told a leading daily, “It is so unfortunate. After getting clearance from NADA, we had written to the wrestling body, the International Olympic Committee and also the organizing committee of the Rio Games. They had accepted Narsingh’s entry and that is the reason he traveled with us.” “When we assured that everything is fine, then we suddenly got a letter from World Anti-doping body, WADA three days back that it had appealed against Narsingh’s entry into the Rio Games. We asked for time but they gave us 48 hours. We tried to present the case and were confident but have got this shocking news now. Narsingh will be shattered man today. His career has been ruined. It is so unfortunate,” he added. Indian Olympic Association general secretary Rajeev Mehta, after the CAS imposed ban on Yadav said, “It's not a just loss for Narsingh at the Court of Arbitration for Sports but he was beaten by his compatriots who did not want to let him compete at the Olympics and not by his opponents.” “The picture is clear and neither I nor anyone has to say who's done the foul play. If you go back, you can easily connect the dots and would clearly know who could be the suspect. As of now, the culprits have been successful in stopping him from the Olympics, though we may challenge the order and minimize the ban. It's a loss for the country,” he said. Further focusing on a conspiracy theory he said, “We must go deep into the matter and the government should initiate a CBI inquiry into the matter. It's not a small thing, it's plaguing our country's sport and we must nip this in the bud. Days after he won the battle at the Delhi High Court, a phone call came from his SAI center in Sonipat about some doping activities, the raid happened and his sample was found positive. It cannot be sheer coincidence.” By Prajakt K.
India’s woman shuttler PV Sindhu storms into the final of women’s singles event of the badminton at Rio Olympics and has assured a medal for the country. Sindhu defeated Japan’s 21-year-old badminton player world no. 6 Nozomi Okuhara in straight sets, 21-19 and 21-20 in a 51 minutes long women’s singles semi finals. Earlier, she had beaten Wang Yihan of China in the quarter finals 22-20, 21-19 in a thrilling battle and became the second Indian badminton player to reach top four at Olympic games after Saina Nehwal. Sindhu has now become the first Indian player to enter the finals of badminton at the Olympic games. Sindhu will now face World no. 1 Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin on Friday. Sindhu had beaten Marin 21-15, 18-21, 21-17 in a 72-minute long Denmark Open’s final last year, registering her first win over Marin among the four matches they have played against each other. Okuhara was continuously pushed back by Sindhu throughout the match. She showed some incredible skills with her beautiful backhand flicks and cross-court smashes. In the first game, however, at one stage Okuhara played really well and came closer to Sindhu at 13-15. But Sindhu managed to bag the first game after 27 minutes 21-19. In the second game as well, story remained the same as Sindhu managed to take control of the game despite strong fightback from Okuhara. She erupted in joy after smashing a winning shot making it 21-10. Also Read: Sakshi Malik Scored Bronze Medal In Women’s 58 Kg Wrestling At Rio 2016; Opened India’s Account By Prajakt K.
Usian Bolt, Jamaican world record holder, won 200m running event at Rio Olympics 2016 and finished the race in 19.78 seconds to come ahead of Canada’s Andre de Grasse and France’s Christophe Lemaitre. The athlete believed that he could cross his own world record of 19.19 and even go under 19 seconds at Rio Olympic stadium. “I wasn’t happy with the time when I crossed the line but I’m excited I got the gold medal- that’s the key thing,” he said He told a leading daily, “The fact that I am here and executed what I wanted to is a brilliant feeling.” Bolt has won his eights gold at the Olympics and had said earlier that he would retire after 2017 World Championships The 29-year-old athlete has already won the 100m event at Rio and will be participating in 4x100m relay final on Friday. Bolt has become only a third athlete in the world to win more gold medal at athletics in Olympic after the American sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis (9) and Finland’s long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi (9). By Prajakt K.
Sakshi Malik, Indian woman wrestler in 58 Kg category, won a bronze medal on Wednesday as she beat Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in a thrilling bout and opened India’s account in Rio Olympics 2016. Sakshi Malik, earlier, had beaten Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the same category by 12-3 and secured a chance to bout for a bronze medal in 58 kg category. She played extremely well and was in control throughout the match. However, in the bout for gold or silver medal, Malik lost to the senior and much quicker wrestler Koblova 2-9 in the quarterfinals and got out of the race for gold or silver medal in 58 kg category. Sakshi won the bout quite comfortably at the end but she was 0-5 behind at the start and the 23-year-old performed outstandingly and came back 8-5 to win a medal for the country. In the beginning, Tynybekova performed the leg grab continuously and scored a massive lead. Sakshi, on the other hand, could only perform in the second period of the bout, when it was needed the most. She managed to push her opponent down and out of the mat. She went on to perform the similar tricks to reduce the deficit to just one point. There were only few seconds remaining when scores were tied at 5-5. The Indian wrestler kept her calm and scored three much needed points to register a win against her opponent. By Prajakt K.
By Defeating Chinese shuttler as well as the world no. 2 Wang Yihan, Indian badminton player P V Sindhu reached the semi finals of the Singles event of Rio Olympics 2016 on Tuesday. She is now just a step behind for an assured medal win in Olympics. A 21-year-old was ahead in the game from the start and managed to defeat her Chinese counterpart 22-20, 21-19 in a well-fought battle which lasted for 54 minutes. With the win, she has became the second Indian badminton player to reach an Olympic semi final after Saina Nehwal. Sindhu got huge support from the audiences as her every point was cheered by the Indian fans in the stadium. Indian badminton team coach Pullella Gopichand also busy in giving his feedback from the sideline. After 19-19 in the second game, Indian shuttler scored a match point and on the decisive point Wang hit the net as Sindhu registered a great win. Sindhu proved the ultimate winner at the end but both the players were indulged in grueling battle with fast-paced rallies with each trying to close out the points. Till the break of the first half, Wang was leading the game 11-8. But Sindhu kept her calm and showed a high quality play and pushed Wang back in the corner and earned few points. With an impressive opening in the second game, Sindhu scored 8-3 lead. Both the players played outstandingly but Wang committed an error and Sindhu managed to reach the break with 11-8 advantage. By Prajakt K.
India has pinned its hope of a medal in Rio Olympics to Haryana lad Manoj Kumar in the 64kg welter weight category by defeating two times Olympic bronze medalist Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania. It was a marvelous performance by Manoj Kumar who has clinched the bout in his favour from a double Olympic medalist with a superior performance. Five feet eight inches tall Manoj tried his level best to use his long reach throughout the bout and scored at regular intervals to maintain his lead. Lithuanian tried vigorously to make inroads to Manoj’s defense but by using good foot work Manoj kept him away. Manoj connected couple of body punches in the first round and used left right combination punches through the defenses of his opponent. Manoj, understanding the move, stayed away, but landed effective scoring blows on the face and body of the Lithuanian. The final score rightly came in favour of Manoj by a split two-one decision of 29-28, 29-28, 28-29. The Indian camp was not having any hopes of Manoj winning, but he proved it to be otherwise by bringing in all his experience and skill to defeat his opponent. It was not a good day for the Indians at Rio Olympics, as some of the medal expectants had lost, but some excellent performance from unexpected quarters has brought back the smile . Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari from archery and Manoj from boxing has boosted up the medal hope. By Premji
Once again, the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly stroke belongs to Phelps. 20th gold of his career only added to the satisfaction. Phelps held off Japan's Masato Sakai by a mere four-hundredths of a second. The winning time was 1 minute, 53.36 seconds. “When I was on the block I thought my heart was going to explode out of my chest,” Phelps said. “I was so hyped tonight, so excited.” Michael Phelps won his 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals and he still has three more events to go. Michael Phelps bagged the 21st gold medal of his incredible Olympic career, anchoring the United States to victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Phelps, who barely 15 minutes earlier had produced a superb victory in the 200m butterfly, led the United States home for a win in 7min 0.66sec after Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte built up a huge lead after the first three legs. Great Britain's quartet took the silver medal while Japan's men won bronze. The America’s most decorated athlete in Olympic history, added to his staggering title tally by overpowering the South African in the Rio final, clocking 1min 53.36sec. Le Clos, the defending champion, faded badly in the final 50m and finished out of the medals as Japan's Masato Sakai came through for a surprise silver in 1:53.40 with Hungary's Tamas Kenderesi taking bronze in 1:53.62. By Premji
Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round. She is the country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts. “I’m happy but wish I could have done a bit better. In practice, I perform way better than this,” Dipa said. Dipa received a big boost when she was wished luck by none other than three-time world champion Simone Biles of the US. “Simon Biles came up to me and wished me luck to do well in Produnova. She is like a star to me and difficult to think of standing beside her. I’m so overwhelmed,” Dipa said. “It’s my first Olympics, feels great. There was lot of noise from the local Brazilian supporters. It was so much noise that I found it difficult to hear the music,” Dipa said. “If you have seen the the Great Britain team, fourth and fifth and had to withdraw midway. But there’s no comparison of the test event to that of the atmosphere in the Olympics. The Olympic judging is very strict here. Those who usually get 16 are getting about 13. The scoring is tight. Vaulting is my main event,” she said. By Premji