Rio de Janeiro:
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna beat Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson with remarkable ease to enter into the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Rio Olympic Games.
The fourth seeded Indian pair dominated the quarterfinal contest, winning 6-4 6-4 in just in a little over hour time. One more victory will ensure India a silver medal.
India has only one tennis medal in its entire Olympic history. Leander Paes won bronze at 1996 Atlanta Games.
Hockey: A nervy India wasted a one-goal advantage as they allowed low ranking Canada to stage a fightback with a late strike and earn a 2-2 draw in their final men's hockey pool game. Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored the goals for India whereas Canadian skipper Scott Tupper equalised for Canada on both the occasions.
Archery: Shooting amid heavy rain, Atanu went down 4-6 to World No.8 Lee Seung-Yun, who had already helped South Korea win the team gold at the event, by losing two sets and winning one while the rest two ended in ties. The Indian lost 28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28 28-28 to bring to an end the country's medal-less campaign.
Shooting: India continued its flopshow on day seven in shooting of the Olympic Games with Atanu Das bringing down the curtains in archery, rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh coming a cropper and shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa making a tame exit.
Track & Field: To add to the woes, the country's athletes made a disastrous beginning in track and field events with star discus thrower Vikas Gowda buckling under pressure once again to finish a distant 28th with a poor best throw of 58.99 metres and was eliminated. A similar dismal story was repeated by woman shot putter Manpreet Kaur who came up with a best effort of 17.06 metres that fetched her the 23rd position overall. She too made an inglorious exit from the Games.
Half miler Jinson Johnson also bowed out by finishing fifth in first round heat 3 clocking 1 minute, 47.27. Overall his time gave him the 25th place out of 57 starters and was better than some of the other qualifiers who progressed automatically as they finished in the top three of the irrespective heats.