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Aug 01, 2017 at 12:29

Our School Live reporter Yuvvraj Singh brings for you the highlights, esp of India’s performance, from this year’s games held at Rio, Brazil from 5 August to 21 August 2016

The Olympic events took place at eighteen existing venues (eight of which required some redevelopment), nine new venues constructed for the Summer Games, and seven temporary venues which will be removed following the games. The official mascots of the 2016 Summer Olympics was Vinicius, and represents Brazilian wildlife and carries design traits of cats, monkeys, and birds. For the first time, due to the European migrant crisis and other reasons, the International Olympic Committee allowed athletes to compete as Independent Olympians under the Olympic Flag.More than 11,000 athletes from 207 National Olympic Committees participated. With 306 sets of medals, the games featured 28 Olympic sports.

Day (-1) and (-2)

The 2 days before the official opening of the Olympic Games included qualifying matches for Women and Men’s Football, including 12 matches in total.

Day 0

The Olympic Games were declared open by Brazilian President, Michel Temer, after the opening ceremony took place in the Maracana Stadium on 5 August 2016. The ceremony highlighted aspects of Brazilian history and culture. The only sport taking place on this day was the ranking/qualifying round of Archery.
India – Indian men and women archers easily qualified this round.

Day 1

The games begun in a full-fledged way from this day. Most sports took place including Archery, Basketball, Boxing, Fencing, Hockey, Weightlifting, Rowing etc.
India – Indian athletes Dattu Bhokanal (Rowing), Apurvi Chandela and Jitu Rai (Shooting), Leander Paes and Sania Mirza (Tennis) and Saikhom Chanu (Weightlifting) participated. Jitu Rai reached the Finals of 10m Air Pistol and ranked 8th while all others failed to reach the next round.

Day 2

Almost the similar sports took place on the second day as well with Diving being added to the list.
India – Heena Sidhu and MS Sandhu (Shooting) failed to qualify for the finals of their respective events. Dipa Karmakar ranked 8th and qualified for Women’s Vault Finals (Gymnastics). Indian Women Hockey Team drew with Japan 2-2 while Indian women Archery team lost to Russia in the Quarterfinals.

Day 3

India – Abhinav Bindra (Shooting) finished 4th in the Finals and missed a bronze by a whisker. Indian Men’s Hockey team lost to Germany 2-1 while the women’s team lost to Great Britain 3-0.

Day 4

India – Atanu Das (Archery) reached the Round of 16. Indian Men’s Hockey team beat Argentina 2-1. Vikas Krishan (Boxing) entered the Round of 16.

Day 5

Except the inclusion of Road cycling, all the sports were repeated.
India – Sathish Sivalingam (Weightlifting) ranked 4th in the finals of the 77kg event and missed the Bronze Medal. Indian women’s Hockey team lost to Australia 6-1, Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari reached the Round of 16.

Day 6

Men’s and Women’s Badminton as well as Golf matches were held. This was the first instance where Gold was played in an Olympic Games.
India – Pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa (Badminton) lost to their Japanese counterparts. Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi got eliminated in their Round of 16 matches. Men’s and Women’s Hockey team lost in their respective matches. PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Srikanth Kidambi (Badminton) won their first round matches.

Day 7

Events of Trampolining (Gymnastics) and the much awaited Athletics started on the 7th day of the competition. It also marked the end of Judo, Slalom Canoeing and Road Cycling.
India – Gagan Narang (Shooting), Vikas Gowda (Discus Throw) failed to qualify for the finals of their events. Atanu Das (Archery) lost his round of 16 match. Men’s Hockey team drew with Canada 2-2 while the pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna (Tennis) won their quarter final match against Britain, which included the stalwart Andy Murray.

Day 8

Events like Archery and Judo ended while all others remained in the competition. Michael Phelpscreated history by becoming the most decorated athlete of all time as he won his 28th medal, out of which 23 are Golds.
India – Shiv Chawrasia (Golf) qualified for Round 4 of the event. Women’s hockey team lost to Argentina 5-0. Lalita Babar (Athletics) qualified for the finals of the 3000 metre Steeplechase. India was eliminated in the Men’s and Women’s doubles (Badminton) while Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna (Tennis) lost their Semi Final Match to USA.

Day 9

The ninth day marked the end of Rowing, Tennis, Fencing and Trampolining and the start of Wrestling, while others remained to be played. Usain Bolt claimed the first position in 100 metres sprint for the third consecutive time and became the first man to do so.
India – PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi (Badminton) won their respective matches to qualify for the next round while in a shocking match, Saina Nehwal was eliminated from the competition. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost their Bronze Medal Match to Czech Republic. Men’s Hockey team lost to Belgium 3-1 in the Quarterfinals. Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) came 4th in the Women’s Vault and scripted history as the first woman gymnast from India.

Day 10

Rounds of Sprint Canoeing started for the first time while the tenth day saw the ending of Shooting and Tennis. Andy Murray (Tennis) emerged as the Gold Medal Winner after beating Del Potro of Argentina.
India – Vikas Krishan (Boxing) lost his Quarterfinal bout against Uzbekistan. Lalita Babar (Athletics) claimed 10th position in the finals of 3000 metre Steeplechase. PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi (Badminton) qualified to the Quarterfinal Round.

Day 11

The 11th day marked the end of Swimming and Track Cycling.
India – PV Sindhu beat World No.2, Wang Yihan to reach the Semi Finals of Badminton Singles. Hardeep Singh (Wrestling) failed to qualify for the Quarterfinals in the 98kg category.

Day 12

It marked the beginning of BMX cycling and the end of Weightlifting and Artistic Gymnastics
India – Sakshi Malik (Wrestling) won 3 straight matches and eventually her Bronze Medal Match against Kyrgyzstan, bringing home India’s first medal at Rio 2016. Aditi Ashok (Golf) qualified for the second round of her competition. Srikanth Kidambi (Badminton) lost to Lin Dan of China in the Quarterfinals of men’s singles.

Day 13

Usain Bolt won his second medal of the Games as he came first in the men’s 200 metres. Triathlon and Modern Pentathlon begun while Sailing came to an end.
India – PV Sindhu (Badminton) beat Japan in the Semi-finals and ensured a medal in her next match. Aditi Ashok (Golf) reached the third stage of her competition. Babita Kumari (Wrestling) lost her Quarterfinal match against Greece.

Day 14

Usain Bolt completed his Olympic campaign as he won his Third Gold medal in the 1*100 metre Relay. It also marked the end of BMX cycling and Equestrian and Synchronised swimming. Rhythmic Gymnastics started off on the same day.
India – PV Sindhu (Badminton) lost her Final match to Spain’s Carolina Marin and wrote history by become the country’s first woman to get a Silver Medal at the Olympics. Aditi Ashok was knocked out of her respective competition. Narsingh Yadav (Wrestling) was banned from competing due to failed dope tests.

Day 15

This was technically the last competitive day and most of the competitions met their fate except for a few like Athletics, wrestling, Basketball etc.
India – Aditi Ashok came 52nd in the last round of Women’s golf competition.

Day 16

This day marked the end of the Olympics 2016 with the Closing Ceremony taking place in the Maracana Stadium.
India – Medal hope Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling) failed to qualify for the finals of the 65kg category.

The Olympics 2016 was marked with 15 days of breathtaking action, full of World records as well as heartbreaks. The number of sports and the enthusiasm of even the best of the best show how big a success these games were.

Yuvvraj Singh

Student Reporter