The first day of Rio Olympics gets underway and as many as 14 Indians are in action. The Indian contingent has sent their largest ever contingent to Rio 2016 Olympics. Medal hopes are already running high as the Indian men’s hockey team start this year’s Gold conquest against Ireland on Saturday, August 6.
For India, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul will kick start the 10 metre air rifle event at the National Shooting Centre. Later in the day, Jitu Rai and Gurpreet Singh will be in action in the 10m air pistol event.
Apurvi and Ayonika, will be looking to impress with their performances in their debut Olympics. The Indian shooting teams are highly motivated by the presence of experienced duo in Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang.
Rio 2016 Olympic Shooting Live:
# In the end, Apurvi finishes 34th and Ayonika 43rd with scores of 411.6 and 407.0 respectively
# Apurvi’s scores so far – 104.2, 102.7, 103.3 and 101.4
Ayonika’s scores – 102.0, 104.5, 102.5, 98.0
# Apurvi and Ayonika both continue to languish in the rankings and will not be able to qualify for the finals.
# After four series of shots, Ayonika has a score of 370.8 and that of Apurvi is 371.5
# Ayonika Paul stands 25th with 237.7 and Apurvi is 33rd with 237.1.
# Both Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul are equal on 185.6 after second series of shots.
# First in action will be the women – Ayonika Paul and Apurvi Chandela
India would be eyeing a medal on the opening day of competitions itself when the redoubtable Jitu Rai takes aim at the shooting range even as the much-hyped men’s hockey team begins its quest to rediscover a golden past in the 31st Olympic Games.
The 31st Olympiad was open in Rio after a stunning opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium. All 207 countries plus the refugee team walked at the Parade of Nations. As part of the tradition, Greece led the parade followed by other countries in alphabetical order in the Portuguese language.
India start their Olympic campaign on Saturday, August 6, with the men’s hockey team taking on Ireland in the group stage. India have sent their largest ever contingent – 118 athletes – to an Olympic event. India’s search for Gold will begin right on Saturday after the opening ceremony at the Marcana Stadium.