India at Olympic Games today : Shooters carry India’s medal hopes on day 1

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India at Olympic Games today : Shooters carry India’s medal hopes on day 1

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SportsCafe Desk


After a glittering opening ceremony at the Maracana, all eyes will now turn to the events with shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ayonika Paul, Jitu Rai, and Gurpreet Singh set to carry India’s medal hopes on the first day. Men’s hockey team will also start their campaign today against Ireland.

While Atanu Das produced a scintillating performance in the archery ranking round yesterday, Deepika Kumari and the women’s team failed to live up to the expectations and secured mediocre finishes for India on day 0 of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Shooters will carry India’s biggest medal hopes on the day and Jitu Rai will be the biggest prospect for medal for India in the men’s 10m air pistol. Gurpreet Singh will also be in action in the same event, while Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul will take the shooting range first today in the women’s 10m air rifle event.

The Indian men’s hockey team skipped the opening ceremony in order to be fresh and ready for their opening match and will be looking to start their campaign with a win when they face Ireland in the first game of Group B. Tennis stars Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza, and Prarthana Thombare also skipped the ceremony today early morning, while Bopanna’s partner Leander Paes chose to attend the ceremony. Bopanna and Paes will be up against Poland's Marcel Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot in the first round of the men’s doubles, while Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare will face Chinese duo of Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai.

Apart from these high-profile stars, Dattu Bhokanal in rowing, Mirabai Chanu in weightlifting, and the table tennis quartet of Mouma Das, Manika Batra, Soumyajit Ghosh, and Achanta Sharath Kamal will also be in action for India today.

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Here is the schedule for the day (August 5, Day 1):


Event: Men’s singles sculls (heat 1)

Athlete: Dattu Bhokanal

Time: 5pm

Venue: Lagoa Stadium


Event: Women’s 10m Air Rifle (qualification)

Athletes: Ayonika Paul and Apurvi Chandela

Time: 5pm

Venue: Olympic shooting centre

The final will be at 7pm

Event: Men’s 10m Air Pistol (qualification)

Athletes: Jitu Rai and Gurpreet Singh

Time: 9.30pm

Venue: Olympic shooting centre

The final will be at 12am (August 7)


Event: Men’s team (Group B - preliminaries)

Match: India vs Ireland

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Olympic Hockey centre


Event: Men’s Doubles (Round 1)

Match : Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes vs Marcel Matkowski/Lukasz Kubot

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Olympic Tennis centre

Event: Women’s Doubles (Round 1)

Match: Sania Mirza/ Prarthana Thombare vsPeng Shuai/Zhang Shuai

Time: 1.30 am (August 7)

Venue: Olympic Tennis centre

Table Tennis

Event: Women’s singles (Round 1)

Match 1: Mouma Das vs Daniela Monteiro Dodean

Time: 7.45pm

Match 2 : Manika Batra vs Katarzyna Grzybowska-Franc

Time: 8.30 pm

Event: Men’s singles (Round 1)

Match 1: Soumyajit Ghosh vs Padasak Tanviriyavechakul

Time: 12.30am (August 7)

Match 2: Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Adrian Crisan

Time: 12.30am (August 7)

The round 2 matches of both the men’s and the women’s events will be played on the same day after the completion of the first round.


Event: Women’s 48kg – Group A

Athlete: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Time: 3.30am (August 7)  

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