Rio Olympics Day 6: Baddies good on a bad Indian day

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Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu; picture credit: India Today

India’s Day 6 at Rio Olympics was full of ups and downs. A roller coaster ride, to say the least. Thousands of people in India and around the world were glued to their television sets for a good part of the day. The supporters had high hopes on both Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi Laishram, which had a short life as both of them were knocked out of the pre quarter finals of Women’s Individual Archery event at the Rio Olympics 2016 on Thursday.

In the meantime, Indian hockey team was ready to take on the Netherlands for a berth in the last eight of Men’s Hockey event. Due to the past performance, great things were being expected from this team, but it ended in a whimper as Indian team lost to the Netherlands in last few minutes with scoreline of 2-1.

Boxing event started piling on the misery the moment it kicked off. No marks for guessing how Shiva Thapa fared. Yes, he convincing lost to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez.

The coaster kept going to the depths as after so many loses, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lost Men’s doubles to Indonesia.

Supporters started losing hope and that is when P.V. Sindhu’s opening match for Badminton Women’s Single against Laura Sarosi of Hungary took place. As two consecutive games went to her way 21-8 and 21-9, it was matter of time that she makes it to the next round.

It was toast of the nation Saina Nehwal who provided that feel-good touch to India’s in an otherwise bad show. Badminton singles is quite harder than it looks and so was the match for Saina against Lohaynny Vicente of Brazil. But at last, Saina won the match in straight sets 21-17 21-17.

Theron, things started looking brighter for India, barring a slight embarrassment in 2-1 hockey loss to The Netherlands. Luck was on our side that India made the quarter finals of Rio Olympics despite the defeat. This happened due to the ranking system as India stood on the 3rd position with 6 points after Germany and Argentina’s match which resulted in a tie and giving Argentina a total of 5 points placing it on the 4th place.

This news was a cherry on the cake for Indian Supporter and it is after 36 years India made it to the quarter finals of the Olympics.

Where on one side there were disappointments from the best of players, the brighter side did come up and gave Indian athletes hope to continue their quest for medal in Rio Olympics 2016. Hurry up, time’s running out!

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