Rio Olympics 2016: Who can win India a medal now?

With only six days remaining in the Rio Olympic Games, India's chances of winning a medal look bleak.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 16, 2016 2:09 pm
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For the last 10 days, India has waited for its first medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics but its athletes have failed to finish on the podium. Many have come agonisingly close to winning one and many have had shock exits from early stages. With each passing day, the expectations are getting slimmer and the news, depressing.

India now has only six day left to win that elusive medal from these Games, otherwise, for the first time since 1992, it will return medal-less. The high of London four years ago is turning into disaster in Rio de Janeiro.

The biggest disappointment was the shooters returning without a medal with Abhinav Bindra managing the best position among all – fourth. Jitu Rai, a big medal hope, failed to finish on the podium in 10m air pistol while he failed to qualify for the final of 50m air pistol, his pet event.

Saina Nehwal’s exit from the group stages came as the biggest shock and while hockey was not considered a medal hope, a semi-final finish was realistic. The Rio Games can be called a failure for India.

Now India have a few athletes left to compete and though the medal hopes are still alive, they are very bleak. Kidambi Srikanth will play the quarter-final of men’s singles in badminton but he faces Lin Dan, the two-time defending champion.

India’s last medal hopes lie on the wrestler with Yogeshwar Dutt leading the charge. With him is the controversy ridden Narsingh Yadav and a dark horse in 57kg Sandeep Tomar will also be in medal contention. In the women’s category, India’s three wrestler, Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Sakshi Malik will open their campaign two days from Tuesday. A medal from them will be a pleasant surprise, though the Indian expectations have not come true.

In athletics, we have a few athletes left but none have the class to win a medal at the Olympics. The women’s and men’s 4x100m relay team will take part on the second last day of Olympics. In the men’s 50km walk, we have two participants but it would be a great achievement if they can manage a top-10 finish. In men’s marathon, India have three participants who will look to make a mark.

Wrestling remains the biggest medal hope for India and while badminton women’s singles player PV Sindhu stayed alive with the win in the pre-quarters, it can’t be said with surety of what will come of her.

But it is too late to guess the medal contenders. What was thought of the largest ever contingent could not be executed and this Olympics has to be a big disappointment for India. A medal or not, this should not have happened.

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    Majid syed
    Aug 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm
    Just banned ipl n encourage athletes
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      Aditya
      Aug 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm
      So how many politicians and babus accompanied the 125 or so athletes in the Indian contingent? That should give you the answer to you your question about medal expectations. Some day int he future when the resources will be spent on the performers and not on the chamchas, Indian contingent will win medals. Until then, lets hope that some of the netas and babus will feel shame.
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        p aravindhan
        Aug 17, 2016 at 8:09 am
        Friends, I would like to bring two unconnected events during last one week : 1. BCCI filing a review peion on Lodha Committee recommendations 2. Kohli preferring Rohit to Vijay. Do you think there is any hope for sports development in India? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If Cricket is included in Olympics, after few years, countries like Belgium will beat us.
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          B K
          Aug 16, 2016 at 6:37 am
          The corporate should undertake each discipline which is favored by them (only one discipline for each) for grooming, training and sourcing in a professional way instead of the bureaucrats most of who are interested in foreign trips and enjoying at the cost of the athletes. Let the private sector put their best efforts as CSR to groom the future olympians of India.
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            Harshita
            Aug 17, 2016 at 10:58 am
            Just pray for india that theyget at least one medal...or if they dont get any medal, then also we know that thay are the best.
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              Heena
              Aug 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm
              Blame the absence of auto-corrector.
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                Heena
                Aug 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                Sports needs athletes to be aggressive but history has it that we Indians are not aggressive and not just that we tend to pull aggressive people down.lt;br/gt;Blaming govt is not right.Look at your own homes,our parents were never supportive,our teachers had no confidence in us,we are physically and psychologically weak,we get scared easily,we get complacent and give up first.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Complaining about sleep time during compeion and whining about food offered at the emby gave us a clear picture that many were not committed for the kill nor were they interested in sports.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Instead of focusing on number of athletes they must focus on the quality of athletes during next olympics.
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                Heena
                Aug 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm
                Yeah 2 generations.Our society is still controlled by parents.That culture of independence is not there.
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