Which sports will Team India compete in on day nine of the Rio Olympics?
Day nine of the Rio Olympics 2016 will see Indians in action across eight sports – golf, badminton, shooting, athletics, tennis, hockey, boxing and gymnastics.
Who will be the Indian athletes in action?
In golf, India's Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will continue their campaigns in the final round of the men's individual event. Chawrasia and Lahiri were placed tied 22nd and joint 57th after posting two-under 69 and four-over 75 respectively in the third round of the Rio Olympic Games on Saturday.
India's singles badminton campaign will continue on Sunday with Saina Nehwal taking on Marija Ulitina of the Ukraine in the group G preliminaries. In her previous preliminaries encounter, she had beaten Brazilian Lohaynny Vicente 2-0.
Whereas, PV Sindhu will face Michelle Li of Canada in her group M preliminaries game. In her last outing she had defeated Laura Sárosi of Hungary 2-0.
In the men's singles badminton event, India's Srikanth Kidambi will match up against Henri Hurskainen of Sweden for their group H preliminaries encounter. Kidambi had previously beaten Lino Munoz of Mexico 2-0.
In shooting, the men’s 50m rifle three position qualifiers will see Gagan Narang and Chain Singh return to action as they try to push beyond the qualification stage in what is their last event at the Rio Games.
Narang had completed the men's 10m air rifle qualification in the 23rd position, while he fared slightly better in the men's 50m rifle prone qualification, where he had finished 13th. Singh had also failed to qualify in the men's 50m rifle prone qualification by finishing 36th.
The women's marathon final event will see two members of the Indian athletics contingent take part – OP Jaisha and Kavita Raut.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, following their tough loss to United States' Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals on Saturday, will take on L Hradecká and R Štěpánek of the Czech Republic for a shot at the Olympic bronze medal.
The Indian men's hockey team will take on Belgium in the quarter-finals. With a win in Sunday's match, the Indian team will be one step closer to winning an Olympic medal, as they would have two chances to play for a medal in the next round.
Indian boxer Manoj Kumar will have a bout against Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the round of sixteen men's light welter 64kg boxing event.
In what is bound to be the standout event of the day for Indians, gymnast Dipa Karmakar will take part in the women's Vault finals event.
Here are all the Indians in action on day nine – Sunday:
Anirban Lahiri - Golf, final round
SSP Chawrasia - Golf, final round
Saina Nehwal - Badminton, women's singles preliminaries
PV Sindhu - Badminton, women's singles preliminaries
Srikanth Kidambi - Badminton, men's singles preliminaries
Gagan Narang - Shooting, men's 50m rifle three position qualifier
Chain Singh - Shooting, men's 50m rifle three position qualifier
OP Jaisha - Athletics,women's marathon final
Kavita Raut - Athletics,women's marathon final
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna - Tennis, bronze-medal match
Indian men's hockey team - Hockey, quarter-final
Manoj Kumar - Boxing, men's light welter 64kg round of 16
Dipa Karmakar - Gymnastics, women's vault final
What time will these events happen? (all times in IST)
Golf: Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawarasia will participate in the final round of the event, which starts at 3:30 pm.
Badminton: Saina Nehwal will take on Marija Ulitina of the Ukraine in the women's singles group G preliminaries at 5:25 pm.
PV Sindhu will face Michelle Li of Canada in the women's singles group M preliminaries at 7:45 pm.
Srikanth Kidambi will match up against Henri Hurskainen of Sweden for the men's group H preliminaries at 7:10 pm.
Shooting: Gagan Narang and Chain Singh will start their 50m rifle three position qualifier at 5:30 pm.
Athletics: OP Jaisha and Kavita Raut's women's marathon final event will take place at 6:00 pm.
Tennis: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will take on L Hradecká and R Štěpánek of the Czech Republic in their bronze-medal match at 8:30 pm.
Hockey: The Indian men's hockey team will take the field against Belgium in their quarter-final match at 9:00 pm.
Boxing: Manoj Kumar's round of 16 light welter weight 64kg bout against Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov is scheduled for 9:15 pm.
Gymnastics: Dipa Karmakar's women's Vault finals will start at 11:17 pm.
What are India's medal prospects?
Three events can see India open its medal account on Sunday. While there is the women's marathon final which could bring a surprise medal, it will be very difficult. All eyes will be firmly set on gymnast Dipa Karmakar as she will attempt the Produnova vault in the finals, making her one of the favourites in the competition – owing to the difficulty of execution of that particular vault.
Another likely medal could come from the Mirza-Bopanna mixed doubles tennis event, as they look for victory in their bronze-medal match.
First Published On : Aug 14, 2016 14:16 IST