Rio de Janeiro: In yet another dismal day for India, the country’s medal hope Vikas Krishan lost 0-3 to more powerful and compact Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the 75 kg weight catehory, here on the 10th day of Rio Olympics on Monday.
Krishan, who was one win away from an Olympic medal, was simply no match for the world No.3, a world championships silver-medallist and the reigning Asian champion and surrendered to Melikuziev without much fight. It also ended India’s boxing campaign in the Games without a medal.
Lalita Babar, too, ended her Rio Olympic journey with a top-10 finish in the 3000m steeplechase final. She failed to repeat her creditable display in the qualification as she clocked 9:22.74 in the finals which was nearly three second outside her national record effort of 9:19.76. However, her effort was still the best performance by an Indian in a track event after after PT Usha’s fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Meanwhile, Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective matches to storm into the quarterfinals and kept the medal hopes alive for India.
Sindhu beat Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying in straight games 21-13, 21-15in 40 minutes. She will now face world No. 2 and second seeded Wang Yihan of China in the quarterfinal and will have to elevate her game further in order to earn a semi-final berth.
Earlier, Srikanth defeated world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark to reach the quarter-finals. The 11th-ranked Indian got the better of higher ranked Danish 21-19, 21-19 in 42 minutes and will now face China's Lin Dan, two-time Olympic champion, for a place in semi-finals on Wednesday.
However, India's campaign in the wrestling event got off to a disappointing start as Ravinder Khatri crashed out of the Greco-Roman 85kg category after suffering a first round loss. Khatri went down tamely against Viktor Lorincz of Hungary and bowed out of the competition.
Seema Punia too failed to qualify in the Women’s Discus Throw qualifying round as Punia stood ninth in the Group B Heat with a final score of 57.58. Punia missed her second throw while she scored 56.78 in her final attempt.