Finally, India raises its head in the Rio Olympics 2016. India smiles as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna step into the semi finals, and Vikas Krishnan the boxer, enters quarter finals, with their head raised high.
India had been immensely disappointed when shooters Chain Singh and Narang lost in the 50 m rifle prone event. Shuttlers, shooters, field and track athletes, and archers had all entered different competitions, but lost.
Things started to look up when the 24 year old, Boxer, Vikas Krishnan defeated Sipal Onder, 3-0, from Turkey and entered into quarter finals of men’s 75kg middleweight boxing. At Pavilion 6 in Riocentro, Vikas entered into a punch fight and managed to strike some very effective counter punches with his opponent in a fast paced and interesting round one. He didn’t lose his mantle and energetically beat his challenger.
made a mark in tennis and won the game in just 67 minutes with a 6-4 6-4 win. They went on to the semi-finals after defeating Andy Murray and Heather Watson from Britain. India was a far better team than the British adversaries. Watson and Murray were unable to cope up with the booming serves hit by Bopanna along with Sania who handled the back of the courts with expertise.
Maybe India can now forget the disastrous records in discus throw badminton, field and track events. Olympics are not an easy task. Talking about the challenges faced in archery, Atanu after his defeat stated “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.”