Rio Olympics 2016: Indian athletes have a forgettable day, but a few silver linings

2016 Rio Olympics - Rowing - Preliminary - Men's Single Sculls Heats - Lagoa Stadium - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Dattu Baban Bhokanal (IND) of India competes. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Rower Dattu Bhokanal was one of the stars of the day for India, entering the Rio Olympics quarter-finals in men's single sculls. Reuters

Sharath Kamal of India, competing in his third Olympic event, fought hard but went down to Romanian Adrian Crisan. Getty Images

Sharath Kamal, competing in his third Olympics, fought hard but went down to Romanian Adrian Crisan. Getty Images

Rio de Janeiro : India's Shooting player Gurpreet Singh plays qualifying round during the Rio Olympic 2016 at Rio de Janeiro,Brazil on Saturday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav

Armyman and shooter Gurpreet Singh failed to make the cut after finishing 20th in men's 10metre air pistol. PTI

Leander Paes, of India, blocks his face with tennis balls as he talks with his partner Rohan Bopanna, right, during their match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Paes and Bopanna lost their first round match to Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna, who have made no secret of their dislike for each other, crashed out of the Olympics after losing their first round match to Polish duo Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski. AP

2016 Rio Olympics - Table Tennis - Women's Singles Preliminary Round - Riocentro - Pavilion 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Manika Batra (IND) of India eyes the ball during her match against Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc (POL) of Poland. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

There was to be no better luck in women's table tennis either, as Mouma Das and Manika Batra (above) both lost in women's singles clashes to Daniela Dodean Monteiro and Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc respectively. Reuters

Chanu Saikhom Mirabai, of India, fails in an attempt in the women's 48kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Chanu Mirabai, among the last athletes to participate on day one, made it a day to forget for India, failing to lift in clean and jerk, bowing out of the women's 48kg weightlifting competition. AP

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Jitu Rai of India gestures during the 10m Air Pistol Men's Finals on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Shooting Centre on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Jitu Rai, expected to be among India's genuine medal hopefuls at Rio, also put up a below-par showing, shooting way off target and finishing only eighth in men's 10metre air rifle category. Getty Images

India's Rupinder Pal Singh (right) celebrates a goal during the men's hockey India and Ireland. AFP


Updated Date: Aug 11, 2016 11:18 AM

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