Day two of the Rio Olympics was again a blended pack for India. On one hand, India made history when athlete Dipa Karmakar met all requirements for the final round of the Individual vault finals and the Indian ladies’ hockey group denoted a positive come back to the Olympics following 36 years, with a well-battled draw against higher-positioned Japan.
The Indian women’s hockey team showed tremendous fighting spirit as it came back from a two-goal deficit to hold Japan 2-2 in its opening pool encounter.
Japan’s Nishikhori Emi (15th minute) opened the scoring and then Mie Nakashima (28th minute) stretched the lead, while Rani Rampal (31st minute) and Lilima Minz (40th minute) were the goal-scorers for India The Indian women’s team were playing in the Olympics after a gap of 36 years.
However, Sunday also saw Heena Sidhu falter after she failed to qualify for the 10m air pistol final and the Archery team narrowly lost the quarterfinal against Russia.
Here’s a look at the hits and misses for India on Rio Olympics Day two.
Dipa Karmakar scripted history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian gymnast to enter the Olympic finals. The 22-year-old qualified for the final round in the Individual vault final of artistic gymnastics, after finishing eighth on the standings. Competing in the third sub-division, Dipa had an average score of 51.665. She managed to perform her much-vaunted ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to score 14.850 on the vault, 11.666 on the uneven bars, 12.866 in balance beam and 12.033 in floor exercises.
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 landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with a step to the side.