Aug 20, 2016 07:21(IST)
Jamaica wins the men's 4x100m relay, giving Usain Bolt his ninth Olympic gold medal 06:07(IST)
Athletics update: Well, well....The update is that Great Britain and India have been disqualified in Men's 4x400m men's relay round 1. 05:57(IST)
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. 05:54(IST)
Athletics updates: Kunhu Muhammad, Muhammad Anas, Dharun Ayyasamy and Rajiv Arokia in the India's 4x400m men's relay team. The relay is underway. 05:50(IST) 05:46(IST) 05:33(IST)
Athletics Update: Up next: Men's 4x400m relay round 1 at 5.50 AM IST. 05:30(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. 05:29(IST)
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. 05:23(IST)
Athletics Update: Right! Women's 4x400m relay round 1 about to begin. India is in lane 1. 03:22(IST)
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. 03:17(IST) 02:21(IST)
Women's Golf update: Aditi Ashok ends the day tied at 31st with +2 overall (8 over 79 in Round 3) 00:58(IST)
Women's 20km Race Walk: Khushbir Kaur finishes 54th with a timing of 1:40:33. Sapna Punia didn't finish. 00:55(IST)
Women's Golf update: Aditi Ashok has slipped 7 places and is currently tied at 31st. 00:21(IST)
Women's Golf update: Aditi Ashok is currently tied at 24th, with 6 over par. 00:16(IST)
Women's 20km Race Walk: India's Sapna Punia did not finish the race. 23:55(IST) 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. 23:34(IST)
20 km women's Race Walk: Khushbir Kaur in 45th place after 6 km mark with a timing of 28:04. 21:46(IST) 21:37(IST)
Still tied tenth. C'mon Aditi!!! 21:24(IST) 21:10(IST) 21:09(IST) 21:09(IST)
Aditi Ashok tied on tenth spot!!! 21:07(IST) 21:04(IST) 21:01(IST)
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. 20:59(IST) 20:58(IST)
Badminton Updates: BREAKING: CAROLINA MARIN IS THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION! 20:57(IST) 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. 20:56(IST) 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. 20:54(IST)
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. 20:53(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin hits a smash way wide. Sindhu takes the point. She now trails 13-16 in the 3rd game. 20:52(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin makes an unforced error but then Sindhu hits a smash wide on the next point. Sindhu trails 12-16. 20:51(IST)
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 20:51(IST)
Badminton Updates: Sindhu with a fiery smash to take a point but then Marin matches her in the next point and leads 15-11. 20:49(IST) 20:48(IST) 20:48(IST) 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 20:45(IST) 20:45(IST)
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. 20:43(IST) 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.
20:42(IST) 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.
Badminton Updates: Sindhu bounces back with 4 consecutive points in a row. She now trails 8-9. Brilliant play from Sindhu, making Marin cover the distance. A swing in momentum here. 20:38(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin has taken a 5-point lead now. She leads 9-4. The crowd getting right behind Sindhu with chants of India...India... 20:37(IST)
Our man Sidharth at NSCI, Mumbai: " Smash it smash it." The crowd cheered as Sindhu took the 3rd point in the set. 20:35(IST)
Badminton Updates: Sindhu takes two consecutive points now. A cracking smash from her on the second point. She has cut Marin's lead down to three. It's 3-6. 20:34(IST)
Badminton Updates: A very good disguised smash from Marin, she slowed the pace down and made sure Sindhu had no chance on that point as she had to elevation on that shot. Marin leads 6-1 in the 3rd game. 20:32(IST)
Badminton Updates: Tremendous wrist-work from Marin to get the placement right on the point. She now leads 5-1 in the 3rd game. 20:31(IST) 20:30(IST)
Badminton Updates: A good rally and then a superb body smash from Sindhu. She trails 1-2 in the 3rd and final game. 20:27(IST)
Badminton Updates: BREAKING: Carolina Marin takes the 2nd game 21-12. She has bounced back in some fashion. We are into the decider now. PV Sindhu needs to gain that momentum back. 20:27(IST)
Men's 50km Race Walking Update! India's Sandeep Kumar maintains 37th position at 45km mark with a timng of 3:42:04 20:26(IST)
Badminton Updates: Superbly placed drop shot from Marin. She now has 8 GAME POINTS. 20:25(IST)
Our man Siddharth from NSCI: First time watching badminton, it's only because of Sindhu, says spectator Bharat Mehta. 20:24(IST) Badminton Updates: Sindhu hits back with 2 consecutive points but there is still a long way to go. She is trailing 11-18.
Badminton Updates: A couple of brilliant smashes from both Marin and Sindhu to earn one point each but then Sindhu errs on drop shot and makes an unforced error. Marin leads 17-9 in the 2nd game. 20:20(IST)
Badminton Updates: Some fabulous badminton on display right now. Sindhu, she defends a smash which loops over Marin and is out of reach. But then the Spaniard hits back with a thumping smash to lead 15-7. 20:18(IST)
Men's Wrestling Update! Sandeep Tomar out of Rio Olympics 2016 after Russia's Victor Lebedev loses in the quarter-final of Men's 57kg Wrestling event 20:18(IST)
Badminton Updates: Sindhu errs on the drop shot, she now trails 6-14 in the 2nd game. 20:15(IST)
Badminton Updates: Sindhu takes 2 consecutive points but then Marin hits back with a smash followed by a clever drop to win the point. It's Marin 12-4 Sindhu. 20:13(IST) Badminton Updates: Marin totally dominating. She's come out fighting and taken a 11-2 lead at the halfway mark in the 2nd game. The determination on her face is clearly palpable. Sindhu needs to up the ante big time.
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Badminton Updates: Marin has taken the aggression to another level and now leads 8-3 agianst Sindhu in the 2nd game. 20:08(IST)
Badminton Updates: Sindhu pulls one back but Marin hits back with a scintillating smash to take a 5-1 lead in the 2nd game. 20:06(IST) Badminton Updates: Marin has started off positivel in the 2nd game and has taken a 4-0 lead in the 2nd game.
Bogey for Aditi Ashok.Slips to T14 20:04(IST)
Badminton Updates: BREAKING! Sindhu takes the first game 21-19. What a comeback from Sindhu. She took last 5 points to clinch the first game. 20:02(IST)
Badminton Updates: FOUR STRAIGHT POINTS FOR SINDHU AND SHE HAS A GAME POINT!!! 20:01(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin mistimes her net shot and Sindhu gets another point, And then the Indian draws level to make it 19-19. She is pumped up with that point. 20:00(IST)
Badminton Updates: Sindhu pulls back one point to make it 17-19. 19:59(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin leads 19-16 in the first game now. Sindhu has to up her game big time now. 19:57(IST)
The crowd murmurs : why is she(PV Sindhu) playing on the defense? Siddharth Firstpost: Live from the NSCI, Worli, Mumbai: A live DJ, constantly waving flags, the young, old, youth and players plus members of the NSCI, watch with patience as the first set is being led by Marin. 19:56(IST)
Our man Siddharth is at the NSCI in Mumbai. He is sending in updates of the crowd reaction. 19:55(IST) Badminton Updates: A service fault from Marin and then Sindhu takes one more point, then there is a 52-shot rally which Sindhu wins and she now trails but just one point, it's 16-17.
Badminton Updates: Unforced errors from Marin. The lead is cut down to 2 points. It's Sindhu 13-15 Marin. 19:52(IST) 19:51(IST) Badminton Updates: Sindhu trails 10-14. Both the players have upped the ante. Sindhu needs to be more consistent though.
Men's Race Walking Update! Sandeep Kumar moves up to 37th place with a timing of 3:16:12 19:50(IST) 19:49(IST)
Badminton Updates: Three consecutive points for Sindhu. She starts off with a couple of fiery smashes which achieves her a point. Marine then hits a brilliant smash but ends up touching the net. The Spaniard then misjudges a lob from Sindhu to help the Indian cut the lead down to just 3. Sindhu 9-12 Marin. 19:47(IST) 19:46(IST) 19:46(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin brilliant with her drop shots. At the half way mark in the first game PV Sindhu trails 6-11. 19:44(IST)
Badminton Updates: Marin upping the ante big time, making Sindhu cover vast spaces and then thumping in a killer smash. Sindhu trails 5-9. 19:42(IST) Badminton Updates: A solid smash from Sindhu. She still trails 4-7 against Marin.
Badminton Updates: Marin wins four consecutive points but then Sindhu takes back one however, Indian errs on service return to give Marin a 3 point advantage. It's 6-3. 19:40(IST)
Badminton Updates: An unforced error from Sindhu and then brilliant drop shot by Marin followed by a ferocious smash gives the Spanish a 3-2 lead in the first game. 19:39(IST) 19:38(IST)
Badminton Updates: A nice little rally for the 2nd point and PV Sindhu draws level to make it 1-1 after losing the first point against Carolina Marin in the first game in women's badminton final. 19:36(IST) 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.
PV Sindhu is proud of her achievement and her efforst at Rio Olympics 2016. AP
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
First Published On : Aug 20, 2016 06:21 IST