Rio Olympics 2016, Day 3: India Round up - Abhinav Bindra misses out on a medal as hockey team, swimmers falter
Here's how India fared at Rio 2016 on Day 3.
A number of Indians performed on Day 2 of the Rio Olympics 2016, notably shooter and former Olympian Abhinav Bindra, who at one point even looked to be in medal contention at the Games.
Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash was up against not only some of the best names in the sport, but the best of all time. Competing with Michael Phelps in the men’s 200m butterfly, his fellow competitors included Michael Phelps, Laszlo Cseh and Chad le Clos, making his prospects of winning a medal almost impossible.
Although the Kerala native failed to qualify, it will certainly have been a mammoth experience for the swimmer, who finished just over 4 seconds behind the third-placed Michael Phelps’ time.
Shivani Katariya, meanwhile, shared a field with Katie Ledecky, Sarah Sjostrom and Missy Franklin, also giving her a tough field to fight and making it unlikely she would win a medal here.
18-year-old Katariya was nervous at her heat today, finishing almost 15s behind the top placed Katie Ledecky, who yesterday broke her own record – and the world record in the process.
Although the swimmers will now be heading back from Rio, the fact that the two were able to reach the Olympic stage and compete with their idols will no doubt have buoyed their spirits.
Indian excitement and medal expectations reached a fever pitch last night as Olympic gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra participated in the 10m air rifle event. Playing in his last Olympics, the 33-year-old was expected to take a medal today, with anticipation for his colleague, Gagan Narang, also high.
In his final round, Bindra would finish in third – missing out on qualifying for the podium in the final round of his event by an extremely narrow margin.
Although a number of Indian shooters have crashed out of their initial events, here are some shooting prospects that remain for the country:
Events left for Indian shooters at Rio 2016
Women’s 25m pistol – Heena Sidhu
Men’s 50m pistol – Jitu Rai, Prakash Nanjappa
Men’s 50m rifle prone – Chain Singh, Gagan Narang
Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – Gurpreet Singh
Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions – Chain Singh, Gagan Narang