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

Except a few athletes, most Indians had a disappointing day at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, suffering heartbreaking defeats and exiting the tournament

FP Sports August 11, 2016 11:18:41 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Indian athletes have a forgettable day, but a few silver linings
Rio Olympics 2016 Indian athletes have a forgettable day but a few silver linings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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