Seema Punia fails to qualify for Discus Throw final
Rio Olympics 2016, day 10 highlights: Seema Punia fails to qualify, PV Sindhu into QF
Catch all the Live updates from Day 10 of Rio Olympics 2016 as India's medal hopes are largely pinned on Vikas Krishan, Lalita Babar, Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu
Schedule Update: Women's discus throw qualifications will begin at 6.20 AM IST, where veteran Seema Punia will be hoping for a finals berth.
Boxing updates: Breaking: India's boxing campaign ends at Rio as Vikas Krishan loses 0-3 to Bektemir Melikuziev in men's 75 kg QF bout. Melikuziev got 10,10,10 in the final round while Vikas Krishan received 9,9,9. Melikuziev totally outclassed Vikas.
Schedule Update: Up next, at 3.30 am IST - Vikas Krishan's men's 75 kg quarterfinal bout against Bektemir Melikuziev.
Schedule Update: Still to come......
India's PV Sindhu will be in action in the Badminton pre-quarterfinal at 2 am IST.
Vikas Krishan will fight his quarter-final bout at 3.30 am IST.
Women's discus throw qualifications will begin at 6.20 AM, where veteran Seema Punia will be hoping for a finals berth.
BIG EVENT UPDATE! Lalita Babar will be in action in the 3000m steeplechase Final at 7:45 PM IST, she will be the first Indian to reach a final in Athletics after PT USha
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling: Ravinder Khatri thumped 9-0 by his Hungarian opponent in the Round of 16 match
Badminton Update! Kidambi Srikanth qualifies for the quarter-finals of Men's singles badminton with a 21-19 21-12 win in the Round of 16 match
Men's Triple Jump Update! Ranjith Maheshwary finishes with 15.99 which is not good enough to take him to the next round. He becomes the second Indian athlete to be knocked out of the Rio Olympics after Srabani Nanda
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling Update! India's Ravinder Khatri will be in action shortly in the Round of 16 match. Stay tuned for Live updates
Badminton Update! Kidambi Srikanth takes the first game 21-19. It was a close affair, but Srikanth never let his opponent get ahead in the game. Can he keep it up in the second game?
Badminton Update! Kidambi Srikanth has begun his Round of 16 match against Jan O Jorgensen. He leads 4-3 in the first game
Women's 200m Update! Srabani Nanda finishes sixth in her Heat with a time of 23.58 seconds. Very unlikely to qualify for the next round
Women's 200m Update! India's Srabani Nanda will be in action in Heat 5 of the first round shortly
Men's Triple Jump Update! Renjith Maheshwary will be in action in the Qualifying round at 6 PM IST
LIVE NEWS and UPDATES
Rio de Janeiro: Woman steeplechaser Lalita Babar carries the fervent hopes of the sports fans to finally open India's medal tally on day 10 of the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
It has been a disastrous outing, barring a few notable exceptions like pint-sized gymnast Dipa Karmakar, for the 100-plus Indian contingent which is now looking up to the Maharashtra woman Lalita to find the elusive medal and create history as the first from the country to climb the podium in athletics.
Be that as it may, it's not going to be an easy task to achieve for the girl from a village in Satara, who clipped nearly seven seconds off compatriot Sudha Singh's national mark when qualifying for the final here through the heats.
Lalita's feat, the first time that a track athlete from the country has made it to the final in 32 years, has been among the very few bright spots for India in the Games which has seen most of its competitors falling way short of expectations.
Also due to step into the athletics arena today are Renjith Maheshwary (men's triple jump), Srabani Nanda (women's 200m) and Seema Punia (women's discus).
Wrestlers start their action in the Greco Roman style with Ravinder Khatri taking part in the 85 kg while lone surviving boxing hope, Vikas Krishan, will strive to progress to the semi finals and a sure medal in the men's 75 kg class.
Day nine ended with diminutive gymnast Dipa missing the vault bronze medal by a whisker despite putting on a brave performance in her first Olympic final that saw her finish fourth.
The girl from the north eastern state of Tripura, who has not had the sort of help most other Indians had received in the run-up to the Games, ended up just outside the medal bracket with 15.066 points after putting on a superb display in the eight-woman vault final.
It came as the final redeeming act on a day of unmitigated disaster when shuttler Saina Nehwal, the men's hockey team and tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna crashed out.
Dipa's superb show in a sport that is not popular in the country lit up the gloomy day which started with the the exit of London Games bronze medal winner Saina.
Saina, who was carrying a knee injury into the quadrennial sports spectacle, lost 18-21 19-21 to lower ranked rival Maria Ulitina from Ukraine to make a shock exit.
Two other shuttlers, K Srikanth and P V Sindhu, atoned somewhat for Saina's exit by reaching the pre-quarterfinals from their respective groups in men's and women's singles.
Both would be seen in action on Monday.
But more disappointment was in store for the contingent when mixed doubles medal hopes - Bopanna and Sania - lost in the bronze medal play-off in straight sets to the Czech pair of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradceka.
To add insult to injury, the men's hockey squad, which had qualified for the knock-out phase after 36 years, was bundled out of the competition by Belgium which inflicted a 3-1 defeat.
The shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to make the final of the 50m 3-position event, finishing a lowly 23rd and 33rd respectively, to end the country's dismal campaign.
Women marathoners O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut were also out of depth and finished way behind in 89th and 120th spots clocking unimpressive time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds and 2:59:29 respectively.
Boxer Manoj Kumar lost 0-3 to Uzbek rival Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the light welter (64kg) pre-quarterfinal bout.
Also performing poorly were the golf duo of SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri who finished way down the pecking order in the tied 50th and tied 57th respectively.
Lahiri carded one-over 72 in the fourth and last round yesterday to finish at 10-over 294 while Chawrasia carded seven-over 78 to finish at a total of five-over 289.
It will be Prajnesh (ranked 165) who will open the tie for India with a match against Otto Virtanen (ranked 419). It is a splendid opportunity for India to draw first blood as Prajnesh is a superior player.
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