Heading into the last day of Rio2016, India's current medal haul is the lowest since Rajyavardhan Rathore’s solitary silver in Athens way back in 2004.
The women in the contingent – Dipa Karmakar, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Aditi Ashok – have provided moments of magic and hope, and these signs are great for India at future Olympics if the talent can be managed properly.
On the last day, four Indians will try to win India’s third medal at the Olympics. The pressure will be on India’s ace wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, now in his fourth Olympics.
Men’s Freestyle 65 kg Wrestling – Round of 32: 5 pm IST
Yogeshwar Dutt will be starting what is almost certainly his final Olympic campaign against a formidable opponent. Ganzorig Mandakhnaran of Mongolia is a two-time medallist at the World Wrestling Championships and will prove no pushover.
On his part, Dutt will look to improve on his bronze medal performance from London. That said, this is a different weight class with more competitors. It will be tough, but a billion hearts will cheer for the Haryanvi grappler.
Men’s Marathon: 6 pm IST
India’s marathon men will run for glory on the final day. The three men running will be trying to break the 38-year national record of 2:12.00, set by Shivnath Singh.
Thonakkal Gopi’s story is one of the most inspiring tales to come out of Rio this year. Gopi, who used to be a pacesetter for the other two men competing in the marathon, Nitendra Singh Rawat and Kheta Ram, qualified for the Olympics when he came second among Indians in the Mumbai Marathon on his debut race.
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