Jamaica wins the men's 4x100m relay, giving Usain Bolt his ninth Olympic gold medal
Athletics update: Well, well....The update is that Great Britain and India have been disqualified in Men's 4x400m men's relay round 1.
Athletics Update: India fail to qualify for the finals as they finish 7th in their Heat with a timing of 3:02.24 in 4x400m men's relay round 1. India end 13th overall. Just 8 teams qualify.
Athletics updates: Kunhu Muhammad, Muhammad Anas, Dharun Ayyasamy and Rajiv Arokia in the India's 4x400m men's relay team. The relay is underway.
Athletics Update: Up next: Men's 4x400m relay round 1 at 5.50 AM IST.
Athletics Updates: India's Women's 4 x 400m Relay team fails to qualify for the final as they finish 13th with a timing of 3:29.53. Just 8 teams advance to the finals.
Athletics Update: The quartet of Nirmla, Tintu Lukka, Poovamma, Anilda finish 7th with a timing of 3:29.53 in their Heat in Women's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1.
Athletics Update: Right! Women's 4x400m relay round 1 about to begin. India is in lane 1.
Schedule Update: Still to come - Women's 4x400m relay round 1 at 5.21 AM IST and Men's 4x400m relay round 1 at 5.50 AM IST.
Women's Golf update: Aditi Ashok ends the day tied at 31st with +2 overall (8 over 79 in Round 3)
Women's 20km Race Walk: Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th with a timing of 1:40:33. Sapna Punia didn't finish.
Women's Golf update: Aditi Ashok has slipped 7 places and is currently tied at 31st.
Women's Golf update: Aditi Ashok is currently tied at 24th, with 6 over par.
Women's 20km Race Walk: India's Sapna Punia did not finish the race.
Women's 20 km Race Walk: India's Khushbir Kaur in 48th place after 10 km mark with a timing of 47:35 in Women's 20km Race Walk.
20 km women's Race Walk: India's Sapna Punia in 46th place after 6km mark with a timing of 28:05 in Women's 20km Race Walk.
20 km women's Race Walk: Khushbir Kaur in 45th place after 6 km mark with a timing of 28:04.
One of the best women's singles badminton matches featuring an Indian player. Reminded me of the Saina-Wang Shixian Indonesian Open QF game.— Sachin Kalbag (@SachinKalbag) August 19, 2016
Badminton Updates: PV Sindhu goes down fighting 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to Carolina Marin. What a match! What a brilliant show put up by both the players.
Badminton Updates: BREAKING: CAROLINA MARIN IS THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION!
Badminton Updates: Sindhu pulls one back. It's 15-20.
Badminton Updates: MARIN HAS 6 GOLD MEDAL POINTS. Brilliant drop shot to make it 20-14.
Badminton Updates: Sindhu errs on her drop shot. She now trails 14-19.
Badminton Updates: Marin takes crucial two points. She now leads 18-14 to open up a four point lead.
Badminton Updates: Another judgmental error from Marin, she hits the drop shot wide. Sindhu has cut down Marin's lead to 2. It's 14-16.
Badminton Updates: Marin hits a smash way wide. Sindhu takes the point. She now trails 13-16 in the 3rd game.
Badminton Updates: Marin makes an unforced error but then Sindhu hits a smash wide on the next point. Sindhu trails 12-16.
Men's Race Walking Update! Sandeep Kumar finishes 35th with a timing of 4:07:55 in the Men's 50km Race Walking event. Great effort from the Indian. Well played Sandeep
Badminton Updates: Sindhu with a fiery smash to take a point but then Marin matches her in the next point and leads 15-11.
Breaks not good for Sindhu.......— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 19, 2016
Badminton Updates: An unforced error from Sindhu, she now trails 10-13 in the 3rd and final game.
Men's 50km Race Walking Update! India's Sandeep Kumar maintains 37th position at 45km mark with a timng of 3:42:04
Badminton Updates: At the half-way mark, Marin has a slim advantage. She leads 11-10. But this is turning out to be a cracking deciding game.
Badminton Updates: Sindhu is level 10-10 now. What a spectacular rally. In the end, Sindhu kept her nerves and clinched the point. Sindhu has won 6 of the last 7 points. Breathtaking stuff.
Badminton Updates: Superb point. A cracking smash from Sindhu, Marin returns it but then Sindhu follows up with a body smash which gives Marin no room. Sindhu trails by just one point it's 9-10.
Rio de Janeiro: P V Sindhu will strive her very best to become the first-ever woman Olympic champion from India across all sporting disciplines when she takes on world no 1. Carolina Marin in the gold medal contest in women's singles badminton In Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
The country's sports fans would also be fervently hoping that the Hyderabad shuttler's heroics against world champion Spaniard Marin would result in the country's maiden gold medal win in the Rio Games and divert attention away from dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav's shameful ejection from the 74kg competition.
Narsingh was thrown out of the Games after the ad hoc division of Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the appeal of World Anti-Doping Agency against the exoneration given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency for a doping offence committed in June after he cried foul that his food/drinks had been tampered with during training at Sonepat SAI centre.
Away from this sordid drama that was acted out at a four-hour hearing before the grappler was not only thrown out of the Games but also banned for four years, the attention of the entire country would remain focused on Sindhu in her quest for a rare individual gold in Olympics.
Only rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra - eight years ago in the Beijing Games - has become an Olympic champion when he won the men's 10m air rifle competition.
Prior to the Zirakpur ace ascending the highest podium, only the men hockey players held the distinction of being part of the gold medal winning teams on eight occasions - the last one in 1980 at Moscow.
Sindhu is thus standing on the cusp of history for women's sports in the country when she takes on the formidable Spanish girl Marin this morning (6:55pm in India).
At the age of 21 she has already ensured that India would come back with at least two medals from the Games by reaching the final on Thursday with a clinically efficient dismantling of world no. 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.
Sindhu made a historic entry into the final of badminton women's singles event, several hours after woman wrestler Sakshi Malik had nailed the country's first medal following 11 blank days in this Brazilian city.
The lanky Sindhu, ranked 10th in the world, ensured at least a silver medal to add to the country's near-empty kitty after Sakshi had captured the bronze in 58 kg women's wrestling.
With Thursday's brilliant show, Sindhu also went one better than her senior Saina Nehwal, bronze medal winner in London four years ago, and became the first ever Indian to enter the summit clash of the shuttle game in the quadrennial sports spectacle.
Sindhu defeated her short-statured, third-seeded Japanese rival, the current All England champion, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb, attacking play to also make sure that she is the youngest Olympic medal winner from the country.
The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad is a two-time bronze medallist in World Championships.
Her opponent in Friday's gold medal contest, Marin ousted defending champion Li Xuerei of China in the first semi-final with a 21-14 21-16 victory.
Apart from this encounter, wrestler Sandeep Tomar (men's 57 kg) and race walkers (Khushbir Kaur and Sapna - women's 20km and Sandeep Kumar - men's 50km), the men's and women's 4x400m relay squads and woman golfer Aditi Ashok (third day of stroke play) would be seen in action during the 14th day's proceedings in Rio de Janeiro.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Aug 20, 2016 06:21 am | Updated Date: Aug 20, 2016 07:25 am