Rio 2016 Olympics India’s Day 2 preview: Women’s archers with medal promise

India will be represented by shooters, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and the women's hockey team at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Day 2.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: August 7, 2016 3:59:36 pm
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After a mixed day for India at the Rio 2016 Olympics that saw Dattu Bhokanal come up third in the heats and Jitu Rai finishing eighth in the 10m air rifle event, action now shifts to day two with archery, shooting, women’s hockey and gymnastics as far as the Indian contingent is concerned. (India’s schedule for day 2 at Rio 2016 Olympics)

The men’s hockey team posed a 3-2 win against Ireland in the Group B opener and the onus will now fall on the women to keep that momentum going.

The win for the men, though, was a tough one with nervous moments right at the death after Ireland made a late comeback to reduce India’s lead. The ladies take on Japan in their first match of the Rio Games. The women’s team is making is making a comeback to the Olympics after a gap of 36 years and will look to put up a good show in the first match.

Also involved in action will be the women’s archery team who carry strong hopes for India to bag a medal. The women’s recurve trio of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi will be up against Colombia in the last-8 elimination round.

First up in the day will be shooter Heena Sidhu in the women’s 10m Air pistol event. Later, Manavjit Singh Sandhu will be take part in the men’s trap event. Alongside him at the same event will be India’s rising star Kynan Chenai. There will be a strong field at the event but no one can count out the two.

Indoors at the Rio Olympic Arena, Dipa Karmakar will begin her attempt at getting a medal after becoming the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics in the sport.

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