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General News Rio Olympics 2016 - News & Updates
You've got to be little bit crazy to play in seven Olympics, says Leander Paes

New Delhi: Tennis ace Leander Paes has revealed what he really thinks about competing in a record seventh Olympics in 2016 Rio Games.

"Like my dad says, you've got to be a little bit crazy to play in seven Olympics," Paes told CNN's Open Court.

Regarded as one of the greatest doubles players, Paes first represented India at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, he became the first Indian player to win an individual Olympics medal in more than four decades. After losing to American great Andre Agassi in the semi-final, Paes defeated Fernando Meligeni of Brazil in the bronze-medal play-off.

"I remember when the last ball flew over my head and went out... I just turned to my dad, and it was a very special moment between father and son," he said, talking about the Atlanta Olympics.

And at Rio, he will be become the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at seven Olympic Games.

"Age is just a number. What drives me is passion. Passion to be everything I can be," he added.

Paes has also won a total of 18 grand slam titles in men's doubles and mixed doubles.

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2016 Rio Olympics: Opening Ceremony — India time, date, venue, TV listing, online streaming and many more...

New Delhi: The XXXI Olympiad is upon us. After years of preparations, Brazil will welcome world's best (read eligible) athletes at Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics Games.

The Rio Games will officially start with the opening ceremony on Saturday. Here's everything you need to know about the ceremony which promises to be a grand feast of Brazilian culture.

Date and Time: 6 August, 4:30 AM IST. It is expected to last approximately three hours. Note: Indian Standard Time is 8 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Brazil time.

Venue: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. It's where the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final was played. It went through major reconstruction projects for the 2014 World Cup and subsequently for the Olympics, and has a capacity of 78,000+.

TV Listing: Star Sports network. Commentary will be available both in Hindi and English.

Live Streaming: and

Details of the opening ceremony is still a closely kept secret. But we can give some spoilers here, including the name of the person who will the all-important Olympic flame.

In the Parade of Nations, Greece will enter first, and Indian contingent is listed 95 in the parade order. Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra is the flag bearer for India.

Host Brazil will come last. Mind you, this will be along parade with as many as 207 teams, including the Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) which is expected to the draw the loudest cheers, walking through Maracana.

Show Director: Famed Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, of City of God and The Constant Gardener, has co-directed the opening show, which will have at least 300 professional dancers and 5,000 volunteers in various acts.

Highlights: Traditional Olympic fare like the Parade of the Nations, the Olympic Oath taking, the hoisting of each nation’s flags and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron are the highlights. Yes, there will be speeches from International Olympic Association (IOA) president Thomas Bach.

Star Attractions: Brazil supermodel Gisele Bundchen, often regarded as one of the "sexiest ever". The former Victoria Secret model will perform in an undisclosed act, which will depict the life in Rio de Janeiro. Transgender model Lea T. will also play a role.

Celebrated singer Anitta and other musical gems like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil would perform during the opening ceremony.

The ceremony will also feature a poetry reading from renowned actors Judi Dench and Fernanda Montenegro.

Besides at least 100 heads of states are expected to attend the ceremony. France president Argentine president Mauricio Macri, French president Francois Hollande, Italian president Matteo Renzi, Dutch king Willem-Alexander and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are some of dignitaries who have confirmed their presence.

And, football legend Pele will light the cauldron.

An estimated 900 million people worldwide will watch the show on Saturday early morning.

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One day before the Olympics opening ceremony, IOC clears 270 Russian athletes for Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO: Olympic officials on Thursday cleared about 270 Russian athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics, just one day before the opening ceremony, the TASS news agency reported, citing the head of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Russian boxers, tennis players, judokas and shooters were among those given the last-minute approval by an International Olympic Committee panel set up to review the eligibility of all Russian athletes previously cleared to compete by their international federations.

"We have received documents on the admission of about 270 sportspeople, now we need to do the updated counting," TASS cited Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian committee, as saying. That is about 70 percent of the 387 athletes Russia initially planned to send to the games.

Russia, which narrowly avoided a complete ban from the Olympics following revelations of state-backed doping, had hoped to have between 272 and 280 athletes declared eligible for Rio after the IOC review.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) said all 11 Russian who qualified for the Games had been given the all clear.

They will be joined by eight Russian tennis players, 18 shooters, 11 judokas and Russian golfer Maria Verchenova, the sports` international federations said.

Russian news agency R-Sport reported that 29 Russian swimmers and canoeing world champion Andrey Kraitor would also be allowed to compete.

"AIBA has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games..." AIBA said in a statement.

"That process is now complete and confirmation has been received from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Review Panel that the following 11 Russian boxers are eligible to compete at Rio 2016."

Russia`s doping scandal, which centres on allegations that the Russian government and FSB security service systematically covered up widespread cheating in sport, has already cost the country`s track-and-field athletes and weightlifters their place at the Rio Games.

The IOC chose not to impose a blanket ban on all Russian athletes at a meeting in July, but directed sports federations to allow Russians to compete if they met a set of criteria, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events.

The Games` ruling body said on Saturday those decisions would now be reviewed by an independent panel consisting of Ugur Erdener, the IOC`s medical commission chairman, Germany`s Claudia Bokel and fellow IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.

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Rio Olympics 2016 - Opening Ceremony images

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Vault specialist Dipa Karmakar makes history at 2016 Rio Olympics; becomes first Indian gymnast to qualify for apparatus finals

India's lone gymnast Dipa Karmakar at 2016 Rio Olympics made history on Monday after qualifying for the finals of the Vault apparatus.

The Tripura-girl, who became India's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated 'Produnova' vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.


Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt. She finished eighth in the Vault individual round.

She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a Tsuk double full twist with step to the side.

However, it was American star Simone Biles who stole the show at the the HSBC Arena, with a stunning show of perfection. The 19-year-old scored 16.00 and 16.100 for a mean score of 16.050 to top list of eight qualifiers for Sunday's apparatus final.

North Korea's Hong Un Jong was second with a score of 15.683. Swiss Steingruber Giulia, Maria Paseka of Russia -- who won bronze at London, Chusovitina Oksana of Uzbekistan, Shallon Olson of Canada and Wang Yan of China are ahead of Karmakar in the table.

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13-year-old swimmer Gaurika Singh wins 100m backstroke event at Rio Olympics

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New Delhi: Teenage is a period where a person starts to think about what he or she wants to be doing in life.

Though, most of the children are being pampered by their parents in early teenage, Nepal's Gaurika Singh won the 100 meter backstroke event at Rio Olympics.

The 13-year-old, who survived Nepal earthquake, has now made her country proud by her performance in the quadrennial event.

She is also the youngest to participate the 2016 Games.

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Indian women's hockey team thrashed 1-6 by Australia

Rio de Janeiro: Indian women's hockey team dished out a disappointing performance to suffer a 1-6 thrashing at the hands of a rampaging Australia in their third fixture at the Rio Olympics here on Wednesday.

The Indians, who were playing in the Olympics after a gap of 36 years, were simply outplayed by the higher-ranked Australians who exposed the defensive frailties of their opponents with a comprehensive win in a lop-sided match.

Jodie Kenny struck twice (43rd and 46th minute) while Kathryn Slattery (5th), Georgina Morgan (9th), Jane Claxton (35th), Georgina Parker (36th) scored once each to route the Indians.

For India, Thokchom Anuradha scored the lone goal with just 8.3 seconds left on the clock.

The Australians, who were the 2014 World Cup losing finalists, laid seize of the Indian 25-yard with waves of attacking runs and forced seven penalty corners from which they scored four times.

India, on the other hand, got just one penalty corner which they failed to convert. They could barely string a goal-bound attack in the whole match as they suffered their second consecutive match.

The Indian forwards could not make any opening and Rani Rampal was fielded for very less time. The margin of loss would have been bigger for India had goalkeeper Savita Punia not come up with some fine saves in the match.

With today's loss, India are at the bottom of Pool B with just one point which they earned from the drawn match against Japan in their opening match. They had lost to Great Britain 0-3 in their previous match.

India have two matches to play in the six-team Pool B -- against higher ranked Argentina and United States. Only the top four finishers will advance to the quarterfinals.

Australia took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of 15 minutes before the Indians denied them any goal in the second quarter. They scored three goals in the third quarter before pumping in another one in the final quarter to win the one-sided match.

The Hockeyroos went into the attacking mode as soon as the match began and with better trapping and faster movement, they surged ahead in the fifth minute itself with Kathryan sounding the board from the first penalty corner they got.

Two minutes later, Preeti Dubey earned the only penalty corner for India in the match. However, her deflected shot from a penalty corner variation went wide.

Australia scored their second goal in the ninth minute with Georgina Morgan sounding the board from the second penalty corner they earned. Indian goalkeeper could have saved that low shot to her right but she failed to do that.

In the 20th minute, Anuradha got a rare chance to shoot at the Australian goal but her effort went over the bar.

Next minute, Australia got a penalty corner but the Indian was up to the task. The Indians put up a better performance in the second quarter and denied them a goal.

The Indian resistance in the second quarter did not last long as Australia scored in the fifth minute of the third quarter with Jane Claxton scoring a field goal. Georgina Parker than scored another field goal barely one minute later to make it 4-0 for Australia.

Jodie Kenny struck her double late into the match, one from a penalty stroke after Indian captain Sushila Chanu was hit on her foot just in front of the goal following a penalty corner.

In the final quarter, Kenny got the sixth goal for Australia from the penalty corner to complete the route.

India scored the consolation goal through Anuradha with barely nine second left in the match as she volleyed a high ball into the Australian goal.

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Laishram Bombayla, Deepika Kumari in pre-quarters of women's individual

Rio de Janeiro: Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event as Indian archers rounded off a good day in office at the Olympic Games here Thursday morning.

Competing in her third Olympics, the 31-year-old Bombayla, who finished 24th in the ranking round, dished out a dominating show to get the better off Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination after beating Austria's Laurence Baldauff in 1/32 elimination round.

Deepika also put up an excellent show as she comprehensively defeated Italy's Sartori Guendalina 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination after prevailing over her opponent from Georgia, Kristine Esebua, 6-4 in the 1/32 elimination round.

The 22-year-old from Jharkhand, who had lost in the first round in London Games four years ago, came back strongly from a set down to register a dominating 24-27, 29-26, 28-26, 28-27 victory in the end.

Deepika lost the first set before hitting two consecutive 10s and a nine in the second set to aggregate 29 as compared to 26 by the Italian.

After the first two 10s, Deepika sealed the set in her favour after her opponent hit a seven and a nine in her first two attempts.

The Indian once again started with a 10 in the third set, while two 9s in the next two arrows gave her a total of 28. The Italian, on the other hand, managed just 26.

Heading into the fourth set with a 4-2 advantage, Deepika tightened the noose. While both the archers began the round with an eight each, followed by 10, the last attempt made all the difference. While the Italian shot a nine, Deepika hit the bull's eye to eke out a one-point win.

Earlier, in the round of 1/32, Deepika beat her Georgian rival 27-26, 29-29, 30-27, 27-29, 29-29 to enter the next round.

In the first set, Deepika won by just one point as she managed to hit a 10 with her second arrow as compared to none by the Georgian girl.

After a 29-29 tie in the second set, Deepika hit the bull's eye in her all three attempts in the third set to surge ahead 5-1.

However, she lost the rhythm in the fourth set, going down 27-29. Deepika bounced back and kept her nerves in the deciding set to tie the scores 29-29 and clinch the issue in her favour.

Earlier in the day, Bombayla, who had lost in the second round of women's individual recurve event at the London Olympics, outclassed Lin 27-24, 27-24, 26-27, 28-26 to reach the pre-quarterfinals.

Up against Lin, who had already clinched a bronze medal in the women's team event, Bombayla started with a 10 and then hit 8 and 9 to total 27 as against 24 (8, 7, 9) of her opponent.

The Indian scored 8, 9, 10 against Lin's hat-trick of 8s to clinch the second set. In the third set, the Chinese Taipei girl hit the bull's eye twice even as Bombayla came up with a 7 and 9 in the first two shots. In the final shot, the Indian hit a 10 but that was not enough to win the set.

In the fourth set, Bombayla once again produced a perfect score of 10 and then hit 9 twice against Lin's 7, 9, 10 to seal the issue in her favour.

In the 1/32 elimination round, the girl from Minupur had rallied her way to beat Austria's Laurence Baldauff 6-2.

Bombayla showed tremendous nerves as she bounced back after losing the first set to outclass Laurence in the second, third and fourth set in the first round.

Bombayla, who was the best Indian performer in the women's team event, scored a 24-27, 28-24, 27-23, 26-24 win in the 1/32 elimination round.

The 41-year-old Laurence started off well with a hat-trick of 9s in the first set to get the better of the Indian, who started off with a 9 but then shot 7 consecutively.

However, Bombayla hit the bulls eye to start the second set on a dominating note and then produced consecutive 9s to bounce back into the contest. She produced a hat-trick of 9s in the third set to lead 4-2, before sealing the contest with a series of 9, 9, 8 in the fourth set.

India's Atanu Das had also entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Individual men's recurve event yesterday.

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Rio 2016, Day 6: India's Women Archery Campaign Ends, Sania-Bopanna in Quarters

Rio de Janeiro: The mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna and men's hockey team sealed the quarterfinal spots at Rio Olympics, even as India's campaign continued to be haunted by setbacks in archery, boxing and women's hockey on the sixth day of competitions here.

Indian shuttlers had a mixed day in office as women singles players -- Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu -- made a resounding start to their campaign but the women's doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, and men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost their opening matches.

For the Indian archers - Deepika Kumari and L Bombayla Devi - and boxer Shiva Thapa, it was the end of the road.

Indian women's hockey team also put up a lacklustre performance, slumping to a 0-3 defeat against USA in its penultimate Group B match to lose its third successive game.

The Indian duo of Sania and Bopanna entered the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event of tennis competition with a straight-set win over Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and John Peers.

The fourth seeded Indians, who are being touted as India's medal hope at the Olympics, won their opening round match 7-5 6-4 in 73 minutes.

In the quarterfinals, the Indian duo will take on the unseeded Great Britain pair of Andy Murray and Heather Watson.

The Indian men's hockey team, meanwhile, did not put a great show, wasting as many as five penalty corners seconds from the final hooter to go down 1-2 against Netherlands, but it still managed to book a quarterfinal berth.

India made it to the quarterfinals, owing to the reigning Olympic champions Germany playing out a 4-4 draw with Argentina in another Pool B match.

India are now on third spot in the Pool B standings with six points from four matches. Even if they lose against Canada in their last group match tomorrow, India are certain to make it to the last eight stage.

Argentina are at fourth spot with five points while Ireland are fifth with three points. Canada are at the bottom with no point. Top four finishers from Pool A and Pool B qualify for the quarterfinals.

Earlier in the day, London Games bronze winner Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No. 73 Brazilian Vicente Lohaynny 21-17 21-17 in a women's singles match that lasted 39 minutes, while two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu spanked World No. 64 Laura Sarosi of Hungary 21-8 21-9 in 27 minutes.

Saina will face World No. 61 Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in a Group G match and ninth seed Sindhu will clash with Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion Li Michelle of Canada in Group M to complete the preliminary group engagements.

Jwala and Ashwini, however, lost their women's doubles league opener after going down 15-21 10-21 to the World No.1 Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto. Men's doubles duo of Manu and Sumeeth lost 18-21 13-21 to World No.2 Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.

Young boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) bowed out of the Olympic Games after being out-punched by fourth-seeded Cuban Robeisy Ramirez in the opening round here today.

The 22-year-old, competing in his second Olympics, lost 0-3 in a one-sided contest, in which he also ended up sustaining a cut above his left eye.

The Indian boxing challenge is now limited to Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) and both of whom have advanced to the pre-quarterfinals.

India's campaign in women's archery came to an abrupt end with the elimination of Deepika and Bombayla at the pre-quarterfinal stage of the eliminations.

Both Deepika and Bombayla crashed out after being found wanting in pressure-cooker atmosphere.
Deepika, the young exponent from Jharkhand who was in her second Games, and third-time Olympian Bombayla were knocked out without putting up much of a fight in their respective pre-quarterfinal elimination matches.

Deepika was up against World No.2 Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, and was blanked 0-6 -- losing in straight sets -- while Bombayla lost 2-6 to World No.18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico, after winning the second set.

Both the archers were guilty of letting their nerves get the better of them.

The slender hopes in archery now rests on the less fancied Atanu Das, who is in the pre-quarters of the men's event and will be in action tomorrow.

In men's hockey, India slumped to their second defeat in Pool B.

Netherlands scored both their goals from penalty corners through Rogier Hoffman (32nd minute) and Mink van der Weerden (54th), while India's lone goal came from the stick of VR Raghunath (38th).
But the match witnessed intense drama in the final seconds as India did not bow out without a fight against the world number two side.

Here are India's Results on Day 6 at Rio 2016:

Badminton (women)
1. Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa lost first doubles group match to Japan's Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo.
2. Saina Nehwal won her first singles group match against Brazil's Lohaynny Vicente.
3. PV Sindhu won her first singles group match against Laura Sarosi of Hungary.

Badminton (men)
1. Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy lost their first doubles group match against Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
2. Kidambi Srikanth won his first group match against Lino Munoz of Mexico.

Tennis (mixed doubles)
1. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopannna moved into the quarterfinals after beating the Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and John Peers.

Archery (women)
1. Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi crashed out of women's individual event after losing their respective quarterfinal matches.

Hockey (men)
1. India lost to Netherlands by 2-1 but qualified for the quarterfinals after Argentina held Germany to a draw. India still have a pool game in hand against Canada.

Hockey (women)
1. India lost to USA 3-0 and are almost out of contention for the quarterfinals.

Boxing (men)
1. Shiva Thapa crashed out of the Olympics after losing his 56kg Bantamweight bout against defending Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba.

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Tennis, Boxing Bring Smile for India After Spate of Failures

Rio de Janeiro: India lifted its sagging morale as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna cruised into the semifinals while pugilist Vikas Krishnan advanced to the quarters on a day the shooters, archers, shuttlers and track and field athletes suffered reverses at the Rio Olympics here.

Sania and Bopanna subdued Britain's Andy Murray and Heather Watson with remarkable ease to breeze into the mixed doubles semifinals with a 6-4 6-4 win in just 67 minutes.

One more victory will ensure India a silver medal and a defeat in the semifinals would give Sania and Bopanna a chance to fight for the bronze.

Sania and Bopanna were a better team than the Britons, who never posed a threat to the Indians. Bopanna was solid with his booming serve while Sania played superbly from the back of the court.
Vikas then stood a win away from an elusive Olympic medal as he outclassed Turkey's Sipal Onder 3-0 to make the quarterfinals of men's 75kg middleweight boxing.

The 24-year-old Indian started off with some counter punches in a fast-paced round one in Pavilion 6 at Riocentro, and carried on the momentum throughout to emerge triumphant.

Before that though, India did not have anything to cheer about.

The men's hockey team, already assured of a berth in the quarter finals, led twice against lowly Canada before allowing their rivals to bounce back and earn a 2-2 draw in their concluding pool game.

London Games bronze winning shooter Gagan Narang and Chain Singh bowed out of Rifle Prone in the qualification, even as Gurpreet Singh and Mairaj Ahmed Khan finished the stage 1 qualifying of 25m rapid fire pistol and men's skeet on 10th position.

To add to the woes, the country's athletes made a disastrous beginning in track and field events with star discus thrower Vikas Gowda buckling under pressure once again to finish a distant 28th with a poor best throw of 58.99 metres and was eliminated.

The day commenced with Atanu Das letting slip chances in his men's individual recurve pre-quarterfinal to bow out of contention and draw curtains on India's fruitless campaign in archery.

Taking aim amid heavy rain, Atanu went down 4-6 to World No.8 Lee Seung-Yun, who had already helped South Korea win the team gold at the event, by losing two sets and winning one while the rest two ended in ties.

The Indian lost 28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28 28-28 to bring to an end the country's medal-less campaign.

"Every match (competition) has its own pressure. Olympics obviously is the highest level. You have more pressure here. This was my first Olympics. I tried my best but could not succeed. Hope to do better the next time," Atanu told PTI after his exit from competition.

Women archers Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Laxmirani Majhi have already bowed out of contention after losing in both the women's team and individual events.

The script was no different in another precision sport, shooting, where seasoned Narang and Chain Singh flopped in the 50m rifle prone event.

While Narang, who won the London Games bronze in 10m Air Rifle, signed off 13th with a total score of 623.1, Singh was way down at 36th with a score of 619.6 in the qualification round.

The outing was particularly disappointing for Narang, who was placed as high as 4th at one stage. However, he bungled the advantage by shooting his poorest in the sixth and final series, which yielded him his lowest score of 102.4.

In badminton, the experienced duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was eliminated from women's doubles event after losing a second successive group A clash while Manu Attri and his partner B Sumeeth Reddy crashed to their second defeat in the group and were knocked out of medal reckoning.

In a rollercoaster game against the Dutch team of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek, Jwala and Ashwini went down 16-21 21-16 17-21 in a 48-minute clash.

Lying second from bottom in the group standings, Jwala and Ashwini will have just pride to play for when they take on Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Indonesia in their final group clash.

Manu and Sumeeth lost to the Chinese pair of Biao Chai and Wei Hong 13-21 15-21. They lost 18-21 13-21 to World No 2 Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan yesterday.
They will finish their Olympics by taking on the Japanese duo of Endo Hiroyuki and Hayakawa Kenichi tomorrow.

Later in the day in athletics, Manish Singh Rawat finished 13th while his two other compatriots Gurmeet Singh and Krishnan Ganapathi were disqualified early in the men's 20km race walk road event.

In golf, SSP Chawrasia brought home a second successive even-par 71 to lie tied 30th while Anirban Lahiri carded a disappointing two-over 73 to be placed tied 51st after the second round.

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