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Rio Olympics 2016 schedule, day 8: Watch out for Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna’s semis and shooting


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

Day eight of the Rio Olympics 2016 will see Indians in action across seven sports – golf, shooting, hockey, badminton, tennis, rowing, and track and field.

India's Lalita Shivaji Babar competes in the final of the women's 3000 metres steeplechase athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

India's Lalita Shivaji Babar competes in the final of the women's 3000 metres steeplechase athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. AFP

Who will be the Indian athletes in action?

In golf, India's Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will continue their campaigns in the men's individual third round. After the second round, Chawrasia brought home a second successive even-par 71 to lie tied at 30th place while Lahiri carded a disappointing two-over 73 to be placed tied at 51st place.

In shooting, in the men’s 25m Rapid fire pistol and men’s skeet qualification, Gurpreet Singh and Mairaj Ahmad Khan will look to qualify for the finals. Mairaj Ahmad Khan produced a creditable performance to finish 10th in the qualification round. Gurpreet scored 289 points in the qualification round to finish 10th as well.

The Indian women's hockey team will take on Argentina in their group B match. The team has not won a single game so far and their qualification for the quarterfinals depends on a win for them, and a loss for Japan against Australia.

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, fresh from their win over Andy Murray and Heather Watson in the quarters, will take on USA's Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals. A win would assure the mixed doubles tennis pair from India an Olympic medal. A loss would see them play the bronze-medal match.

India's badminton campaign will continue with the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa taking on P Supajirakul and S Taerattanachai from Thailand.

In the men's doubles event, Olympics debutantes BS Reddy and Manu Attri will play Japan's K Hayakawa and H Endo in their group D preliminaries. Both the doubles pairs are yet to register a win so far.

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were eliminated from the women's doubles event, after losing a second successive group A clash, while Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crashed to their second defeat in the group and were knocked out of medal reckoning.

Track and field will see Indian athletes compete in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase and women’s 400m heats. Lalitha Babar, the first Indian woman steeplechaser to reach a world final, and Sudha Singh will start with the steeplechase heats. Nirmala Sheoran will be part of the 400m heats.

In Rowing, the men's single sculls Final C will see Dattu Bhokanal in action once again. He is out of medal contention and will take part for ranking.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Anirban Lahiri of India plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of men's golf on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Anirban Lahiri of India plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of men's golf event. Getty Images

Here are all the Indians in action on day eight – Saturday and early Sunday morning:

Anirban Lahiri - Golf, Round three

SSP Chawarasia - Golf, Round three

Mairaj Ahmad Khan - Shooting, Men's skeet qualifier

Gurpreet Singh - Shooting, Men's 25m rapid fire pistol qualifier

Indian women's hockey team - Hockey, preliminaries

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna - Tennis, Mixed doubles semifinals

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa - Badminton, women's doubles prelims

BS Reddy and M Attri - Badminton, men's doubles prelims

Lalitha Babar - Track and field, women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Sudha Singh - Track and field, women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Nirmala Sheoran - Track and field, 400m heats

Dattu Baban Bhokanal - Rowing, Final C

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

The men's individual golf round three will begin from 4.00 PM onwards.

The men's 25m rapid fire pistol stage two will start at 5.30 PM, while the men's skeet qualification will take place at 6.00 PM.

The India vs Argentina women's hockey match will begin at 6.30 PM.

The women's doubles badminton match will start at 7.15 PM, while the men's doubles badminton will be at 4.15 AM on Sunday morning.

The rowing men's single sculls final C will start at 6.20 PM.

The women's 400m heats featuring Nirmala Sheoran will be at 7.30 PM. Lalitha Babar will be in action at 6.51 PM in her heat while Sudha Singh's heats will be at 7.07 PM.

The mixed doubles semi-final between Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna and Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram is scheduled for 11.30 PM.

India's Sania Mirza (L) and India's Rohan Bopanna react after winning a point against Britain's Heather Watson and Britain's Andy Murray during their mixed doubles quarter-final tennis match at the Olympic Tennis Centre of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

India's Sania Mirza and India's Rohan Bopanna react after winning a point against Britain's Heather Watson and Britain's Andy Murray during their mixed doubles quarter-final tennis match. AFP

What are India's medal prospects?

The medal prospects for India on Saturday will depend on our shooters' qualification. The Men's 25m rapid fire pistol and skeet finals, featuring Gurpreet Singh and Mairaj Ahmad Khan are slotted for later in the day.

First Published On : Aug 13, 2016 14:26 IST

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