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Rio Olympics 2016 schedule, day 16: Yogeshwar Dutt aims for gold; marathon runners in action


Which sports will Team India compete in on day 16 of the Rio Olympics?

Day 16 of the Rio Olympics 2016 will see Indians in action in two events: Wrestling and athletics.

India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates his victory over North Korea's Jong Myong Ri for the gold medal on the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT WRESTLING) - RTR36P5O

India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates his victory during the 2012 London Olympics. Reuters

Who will be the Indian athletes in action?

India's hopes for a last Olympic hurrah will rest on the shoulders of London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who is trying hard not to let the Narsingh Yadav episode affect him ahead of the men's 65kg freestyle wrestling event on Sunday.

Yogeshwar's journey to securing an Olympic quota place hasn't been very smooth. Having recovered from three surgeries in 2015, he only managed to book a ticket to Rio this year. Now expectations are high and he himself wants to bid adieu to the wrestling arena with a second straight medal at the Olympics.

Playing in his fourth and, in all probability, last Olympics, the 33-year-old will have his task cut out when he faces Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia in the qualification round.

In athletics, India will field three athletes — Thonnakkal Gopi, Kheta Ram and Nitendra Singh Rawat — in the men's marathon final.

Here are all the Indians in action on day 16:

Yogeshwar Dutt - Wrestling, men's 65kg freestyle

Kheta Ram - Athletics, men's marathon final

Nitendra Singh Rawat - Athletics, men's marathon final

Thonnakkal Gopi - Athletics, men's marathon final

Kheta Ram at the Rio Olympics. Image courtesy: Shrenik Avlani

Kheta Ram at the Rio Olympics. Image courtesy: Shrenik Avlani

What time will these events happen? (all times in IST)

Yogeshwar Dutt's men's 65-kg freestyle wrestling qualifier is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm.

The men's marathon will start at 6:00 pm.

What are India's medal prospects?

All eyes will be on Yogeshwar Dutt, as he is the last realistic hope of winning a medal for India. The London Olympics bronze medallist has the experience and the skill to compete against the best in the world and will look to help India close it's Olympic campaign on a high note.

The men's marathon final is also a medal event and could yield a surprise.

First Published On : Aug 21, 2016 13:28 IST

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