Vikas Krishan Yadav has quietly been India’s most impressive male athlete in Rio so far. Only Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev now stands between him and a guaranteed medal. In wrestling, Ravinder Khatri will be the first Indian grappler to take the stage in Rio in men’s Greco Roman 85kg.
In athletics, Lalita Babar is making a happy habit of making finals of major events, and changing attitudes along the way. She raced into the steeplechase final, becoming the first Indian woman to do so. Srabani Nanda will look to be noticed in the 200m heats, meanwhile. Two ‘veteran Indian Olympians’ will be in action as Renjith Maheshwary and Seema Antil look to make a mark in their third apperance at the Games.
Men’s 75kg Middleweight (Quarterfinals); 03:30 hrs
Men’s Greco-Roman 85 kg; 18:30 hrs onwards
Women’s 200m Round 1; Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final
18:05 hrs, 19:45 hrs
Men’s Triple Jump Qualifying; Women’s Discus Throw Qualifying
18:00 hrs, 05:00 hrs
Round of 16: Men’s Singles; Women’s Singles
17:00 hrs onwards, 02:00 hrs onwards
Women’s 400 m final: (07:15hrs): Allyson Felix is aiming to boldly go where no female Olympian has gone before by clinching her fifth gold medal. She’s yet to get over the disappointment of not getting to defend her 200m title, only making her more determined.
Gymnastics: Men’s Rings Final (22.30 hrs): Apart from being Brazil’s only ever Olympic gymastics champion, Arthur Zanetti has also been the poster boy of the Rio Games since 2012. Many locals missed his impecabble performance during the team event, but the entire nation will cheer him in his pet event.
Women’s hammer throw: Final (19:10 hrs): Few events at Rio have as overwhelming a favourite for the medal as Anita Wlodarczyk, who became the first woman to throw the hammer past the 80m barrier. And it’s inevitable that the Pole will do one better than her London performance, this time not settling for silver.
Beach Volleyball: Russia vs Cuba (01:30 hrs): Having eliminated the fancied US, Russia are in full flow.
‘King’ david rudisha
‘Bolt was good, Rudisha was magnificent’ is how Seb Coe had described the Kenyan’s sensational run at London. Many have cast serious doubts over whether he’s in the same physical and mental frame four years on. But King David hardly looked like breaking a sweat while acing his heats.
Men’s 800 m final: 06:55 HRS
In February 2014, the Frenchman went to Sergey Bubka’s hometown of Donetsk and broke his historic world record with the ‘Tsar’ watching and cheering from the stands. He had already won Olympic gold in London, which he will defend at Rio with the likes of Sam Kendricks, pole-vaulter cum military man, right on his tail.
Men’s Pole Vault Final: 05:05 HRS
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Zhan Beleniuk (Ukraine) Wrestler
Raised by single Ukrainian mother after Rwandan father died in his country’s civil war. Was often the target of racism while growing up. Still won Ukraine’s athlete of the year in 2015, and their biggest medal hope. (18:00hrs)