The main highlight on day seven was no doubt Vijay Kumar. He won second medal for India on Friday by stricking Silver in the men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol, three days after shooter Gagan Narang won bronze in men's 10m air rifle. It was India's second individual Silver in any Olympics in the last 100 years.
Sadly, 26-year-old shooter's success was marred by the controversy surrounding the Vikas Krishan dramatic ouster from the Olympics. The Indian boxer (69kg) was declared the winner in his pre-quarterfinal bout with American Errol Spence on Friday night but the International Boxing Association (AIBA) overturned the result five hours later following an appeal by the Americans. This incident brought disappointment to the Indian camp.
Overall, Friday was not a bad day for India. Here are the highlights on day 7:
- Shooting: Vijay Kumar won Silver in the men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol. He outperformed world champion Alexei Klimov of Russia, Chinese duo of Ding Feng and Zhang Jian and Christian Reitz of Germany to clinch the Silver.
- Discuss Throw: Krishna Poonia threw a brilliant of 63.54m at the Women's Discus Throw qualification event on Friday to qualify for the final.
- Shooting: Joydeep Karmakar qualified for the final of the Men's 50m Rifle Prone
- Badminton: Saina Nehwal lost to world number one Wang Yihan of China 21-13, 21-13 in the women's singles semifinals.
- Discus Throw: Seema Antil failed to make it to the final of the discus throw event. She stood in the 13th position but only the top 12 go to the final.
- Hockey: India lost 2:5 to Germany in a Group B men's hockey.
- Shot Put: Om Prakash Singh failed to qualify. His best performance was 19.86m.
- Swimming: Gagan Ullalmath didn't qualify in the 1500m freestyle.
- Shooting: Gagan Narang failed at the Men's 50m Rifle Prone qualification round.
- Boxing: Vikas Krishan lost Errol Spence of United States 13-15 in a controversial decision by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The AIBA overturned the result in favour of the American after declaring Vikas as the winner.
Tennis: Mixed doubles quarterfinals match between Leander Paes/Sania Mirza vs Max Mirnyi/Victoria Azarenka was delayed due to bad light. Mirnyi and Azarenka were leading 7-5, 3-2 (on serve in the second set) when the play was stopped. Play will contine on Saturday but time hasn't been announced.