Two Indian shuttlers – Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu – gave India reason to smile on Day 10 of Rio Olympics, reaching the quarterfinals in their respective men's and women's competition. However, boxer Vikas Krishan and wrestler Ravinder Khatri crashed out on Monday.
Well-known Indian track and field athlete Lalita Babar finished 10th in the women's 3,000m steeplechase finals. Though she could not finish in the podium, the athlete should be applauded for her special performance as she has become the first Indian to qualify for the track and field final since PT Usha in 1984 at Los Angeles.
After Saina Nehwal's unfortunate exit from the singles competition, all eyes were on Srikanth and Sindhu, and they did not disappoint putting up an amazing display of aggression to win their respective matches.
Srikanth was on top of his game against former world number two Jan O Jorgensen, who gave it his all, but was flummoxed by the Indian shuttler's aggression on the court. Srikanth used his smashes to good effect, and Jorgensen was not able to withstand his powerful game.
Even when Jorgensen came up with some strong game, Srikanth was determined to win, as his defence was top notch. Srikanth did not give the Dane any time to settle in the crucial encounter as he emerged victorious in straight games, 21-19, 21-19.
Likewise, Sindhu also stunned Tai Tzu Ying, who was one of the serious medal contenders in the women's singles event. The Indian woman, who loves playing an aggressive game, dominated the Chinese Taipei player throughout the game with her offensive skills.
With some consistent play, Sindhu came up with a straight game win, score reading 21-13, 21-15. Srikanth and Sindhu might have emerged victorious, but they have a tough task in the quarterfinals. The male shuttler is set to face Lin Dan, while Sindhu will have to defeat Wang Yihan to reach the semifinals of the competition.
In the boxing arena, Krishan was up against strong Uzbekistan boxer Bektemir Melikuziev, who dismantled the Indian with a 3-0 win. With this, India's campaign in boxing has also come to an end without a medal.
Similarly, wrestler Khatri could not impress as he faltered in the prequarters of the men's 85kg greco-roman wrestling, losing to Hungary's Viktor Lorincz on Monday.