Rio Olympics 2016 schedule, day 16: Yogeshwar Dutt aims for gold; marathon runners in action
Day 16 of the Rio Olympics 2016 will see Indians in action across two events – wrestling and athletics. All eyes will be on Yogeshwar Dutt for a medal.
Which sports will Team India compete in on day 16 of the Rio Olympics?
Day 16 of the Rio Olympics 2016 will see Indians in action in two events: Wrestling and athletics.
Who will be the Indian athletes in action?
India's hopes for a last Olympic hurrah will rest on the shoulders of London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who is trying hard not to let the Narsingh Yadav episode affect him ahead of the men's 65kg freestyle wrestling event on Sunday.
Yogeshwar's journey to securing an Olympic quota place hasn't been very smooth. Having recovered from three surgeries in 2015, he only managed to book a ticket to Rio this year. Now expectations are high and he himself wants to bid adieu to the wrestling arena with a second straight medal at the Olympics.
Playing in his fourth and, in all probability, last Olympics, the 33-year-old will have his task cut out when he faces Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia in the qualification round.
In athletics, India will field three athletes — Thonnakkal Gopi, Kheta Ram and Nitendra Singh Rawat — in the men's marathon final.
Here are all the Indians in action on day 16:
Yogeshwar Dutt - Wrestling, men's 65kg freestyle
Kheta Ram - Athletics, men's marathon final
Nitendra Singh Rawat - Athletics, men's marathon final
Thonnakkal Gopi - Athletics, men's marathon final
What time will these events happen? (all times in IST)
Yogeshwar Dutt's men's 65-kg freestyle wrestling qualifier is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm.
The men's marathon will start at 6:00 pm.
What are India's medal prospects?
All eyes will be on Yogeshwar Dutt, as he is the last realistic hope of winning a medal for India. The London Olympics bronze medallist has the experience and the skill to compete against the best in the world and will look to help India close it's Olympic campaign on a high note.
The men's marathon final is also a medal event and could yield a surprise.
An unnamed man in his 30s, who had taken part in the relay in the western island of Shikoku, has tested positive for the virus, said the organisers.
Pranati's long-time coach Minara Begum, who retired from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 2019, was also extremely pleased to see her ward achieve the qualification.
Tokyo Olympics are already slated to go ahead without foreign fans with the decision on domestic fans yet to be taken.