Welcome to our live coverage of Day 9 of the Rio Olympics.
India’s dwindling medal hopes in the Olympic Games suffered a severe jolt when star shuttler Saina Nehwal was knocked out at the group stage while the men’s hockey team also crashed out along with the tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna on a miserable day at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar narrowly missed the bronze by finishing fourth in the women’s vault event.
Live updates (all times in IST)
0930 hrs: Britain's Justin Rose triumps over Sweden's Henrik Stenson win Britain's first Olympic golf title in 112 years.
0700 hrs: Bolt wins the gold with an incredible 9.81 second run. Gatlin, who was in the lead at one point, missed the gold medal by a mere 0.08 seconds. He finished at 9.89.
0655 hrs: And Bolt does it! Usain Bolt gets his third consecutive gold medal at the Olympic games. Gatlin, coming in at a close second, will get the silver.
0650 hrs: Bolt gets the loudest cheer in the stadium as his name is called out. Will Bolt's rivalry with USA athlete Justin Gatlin continue?
0640 hrs: Next up is the men's 100 m final, where all eyes will be on Jamaican Usain Bolt who is bidding for a third straight Olympics win.
0500 hrs: Andy Murray takes home gold in Men's singles in Tennis.
0420 hrs: One set to go! Britains's Andy Murray inching towards gold in men's single in tennis. He is playing against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.
0200 hrs: Japan's Kei Nishikori wins bronze in men's single in tennis. Spain's Rafael Nadal loses.
1205 hrs: USA's Simone Biles wins gold, Maria Paseka of Russia wins silver, and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland finishes third, winning a bronze.
1200 hrs: Dipa Karmakar misses medal by a whisker , comes 4th.
2341 hrs: Dipa Karmakar clocks first Vault 14.886, and final Vault: 15.066.
2331 hrs: Women's vault final strats; Dipa Karmakar one of the medal contenders.
2224 hrs: And that's the end of the Rio road for the Indian men's hockey team as well, as they fought hard but lost 1-3 to Belgium's superior attack and fluency.
2223 hrs: Manoj Kumar defeated by Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 0-3 in the round of 16 Boxing quarter-final, knocked out of the tournament.
2217 hrs: And PV Sindhu keeps India's medal hopes alive, defeating Canada's Michelle Li 19-21,21-15,21-17, enters Pre-Quarterfinals, or Round of 16.
2215 hrs: Manoj Kumar is down two rounds against Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in theround of 16 Boxing quarter-final.
2208 hrs: Belgium now strikes yet another field goal as as Tom Boon runs in with a crisp strike through Sreejesh's legs. 3-1 now.
2159 hrs: Belgium goes into the lead with a penalty conrner conversion as Sebastian Dockier strikes for the second time this match. Belgium leads 2-1 as Halftime whistle blows.
2159 hrs: PV Sindhu is leading 9-5 in the final game of her must-win badminton match against Michelle Li.
2157 hrs: Raghunath Vokkaliga gets a two-minute suspension with three minutes left in the 3rd Quarter.
2151 hrs: Belgium equalise as Sebastian Dockier delivers a field goal weaving through India's defence cordon. 1-1 now. Have India been a touch too defensive so far?
2150 hrs: That's the end of the Rio road for Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, as their Bronze hopes die with the loss to Czech mixed doubles pair Radek Štěpánek and Lucie Hradecká.
2146 hrs: Sindhu takes the second game 21-15. This is a must-win match for Sindhu, and it's going into the decider.
2145 hrs: Thomas Briels can't penetrate Sreejesh's defence, neither with a flick nor a lob.
2142 hrs: Sania serving at 5-5. Tight second Set, and the Indians are holding on.
2140 hrs: P.V. Sindhu leads 11-8 at timeout against Michelle Li.
2133 hrs: Belgium unable to equalise despite a few penalty corners coming their way, and India go into the halftime break leading the match 1-0.
2119 hrs: Sania-Bopanna are leading the Second Set 4-3.
2128 hrs: Michelle Li takes the first game against P.V. Sindhu by a narrow margin 21-19.
2126 hrs: Akashdeep strikes at the goal again, but goes just wide.
2118 hrs: PV Sindhu and Canada's Michelle Li are going neck-to-neck in the first game of theWomen's badminton group M match so far. 15-15.
2114 hrs: The Indians have struck, courtesy Akashdeep Singh, and taken the early lead 1-0with a few seconds left in the 1st Quarter.
2109 hrs: Belgium gets a green card for tackle on Sardara Singh. India gets early advantage as Belgians are whittled down to 10 men.
2107 hrs: The Czechs have taken the first Set, defeating Sania-Bopanna 6-1 in the Bronze medal Tennis match.
2100 hrs: India vs. Belgium Quarterfinal Field Hockey match gets underway.
2052 hrs: And Kidambi Srikanth has defeated the Swede (21-6 | 21-18). Clinical, the Indian turned out today.
2049 hrs: Meanwhile, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are down 0-2 in their Bronze-bid match versus Radek Štěpánek and Lucie Hradecká.
2041 hrs: Srikanth comes back to enter the second game timeout trailing 10-11.
2032 hrs: The Swede takes the lead early in the second game, 4-2, with some sharp angles.
2028 hrs: Srikanth takes the first game with consummate ease, 21-6. He leads 1-0. Srikanth's looking real formidable with his agility and court coverage. He's everywhere, leaping and sashaying into position.
2024 hrs: Hurskainen looked to be coming back into some form with a long rally that ended beautifully in the right-corner of Srikanth's duece court. But Srikanth's sharp leaping smashes are putting the cock out of the Swede's reach.
2019 hrs: The 11th-ranked Srikanth is in the lead 11-2 at the break.
2015 hrs: Kidambi Srikanth in action now against Sweden's Henri Hurskainen in the Men's Badminton prelims, in group H.
2010 hrs: Another disappointment! Chain Singh, Gagan Narang fail to qualify for men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions final.
2000 hrs: Ahead of his big final, Bolt doesn't mind telling everyone about his priorities:
1940 hrs: The first match of the Olympic wrestling tournament produced one of the biggest upsets the Rio Games will likely see.
Unheralded Japanese wrestler Shinobu Ota stunned seven-time world champion Hamid Soryan of Iran 5-4 in the opening set of Greco-Roman bouts in Arena Carioca 2.
The loss was the second straight international flame-out for Soryan, who has won six world titles in addition to gold at the London Games in 2012.
At last year’s world championships in Las Vegas, Soryan was flagged for excessive brutality and ruled ineligible for a medal.
Iran is still expected to factor heavily in the medal chase in Rio. But Soryan’s first match wasn’t exactly how the wrestling—mad nation wanted to start the week.
1840 hrs: Meanwhile, O.P. Jaisha is participating in the women's marathon. The race started with 157 runners at the Sambodromo parade area where it will also end.
Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia is looking to add Olympic gold to the world title she won last year.
There’s also a first in the marathon, with the Luik sisters from Estonia becoming the first triplets to compete in an individual Olympic event.
1827 hrs: Big upset! World No. 61 Marija Ulitina beats Saina Nehwal, who crashes out of the women's singles event. The Ukranian beats Nehwal in the second game, 21-19
1823 hrs: Another tough game for Saina, she trails by point in the second game. Score: 18-17
1800 hrs: Ulitina takes the first game, 21-18. It was a close one but the Ukranian managed to hold her nerve.
1757 hrs: Very little gap between the two, here. They're neck-and-neck in the first game, with Saina having a slender lead of 1 point. Score reads: 13-12.
1745 hrs: Saina Nehwal's second match is about to begin.
1740 hrs: Japan's Yamaguchi defeats Malaysia's Tee Jin Yi by 21-18, 21-5
1736 hrs: At the other end of Rio, the men's 50m rifle 3 positions event has started with India's Chain Singh and Gagan Narang are participating.
1731 hrs: Japan's Yamaguchi races to a 6-1 lead in the second game
After this match India's Saina Nehwal will be up against Ukraine's Marija Ulitina
1724 hrs: Japan's Yamaguchi wins the first game 21-18.
1719 hrs: Malaysia's Tee Jin Yi is in some sort of trouble as she is being attended for calf muscle injury.
1716 hrs: A great comeback from Japan's Yamaguchi against her Malaysian opponent.
1714 hrs: In another women's singles match, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon is playing against Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong.
1711 hrs: Malaysia's Tee leads in the first game
1706 hrs: Women's badminton singles match has started. Japan's Akane Yamaguchi is up against Malaysia's Tee Jin Yi.
High expectations for Dipa Karmakar: Excitement and expectations has reached a feverish pitch in Tripura as the people from the small north-eastern state will watch their favourite daughter Dipa Karmakar vault into history during the finals at the Rio Olympics. Agartala, from where Dipa hails, is covered with posters wishing her grand success and many local clubs have performed yagnas for her. Her parents Dulal Karmakar and Gauri Devi are predictably tensed. “I will stay at home today. Many of our relatives will come in the evening to sit before the television with us to see Dipa’s performance. I called up Dipa and told her to go ahead and that God will be with her,” said her father, who is also a wrestling coach. “I am only praying to God that her performance makes the country and our state proud,” said mother Gauri. Read more
Lalita Babar has been quite a trendsetter in Indian athletics and she will be expected to scale new heights when she gets on her mark for the 3000m steeplechase final at the Rio Olympics on Monday. Winning a medal will though will be tough but not entirely impossible for the 27-year-old from the drought-prone Satara district in Maharashtra, who became the second Indian woman after PT Usha in 1984 Los Angeles, to qualify for a final at the quadrennial extravaganza.
1619 hrs: Newly-crowned Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting has apologised for his antics on the podium and refusal to give interviews after his shock win at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Germany's Harting, whose older brother and defending Olympic champion Robert failed to qualify for the finals due to a strained back, threw a personal best of 68.37 metres on his sixth and final attempt in Rio. But he was heavily criticised for whistling on the podium when the German national anthem was played and then cut a grumpy figure in the press conference.
1616 hrs: At 5.30 p.m. India's Chain Singh and Gagan Narang will be seen in action in the qualification rounds of the 50m rifle 3 positions event.
1611 hrs: In the golf event, india's Shiv Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri are way behind the toppers Great Britain's Justin Rose, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Australia's Marcus Fraser. Today is the final day of the golf competition.
1547 hrs: It’s impossible not to watch Usain Bolt when he’s on the track. The Jamaican sprinter is seeking an unprecedented third straight gold at the 100 meters Sunday night at the Rio Olympics. Bolt won his first heat in 10.07 seconds Saturday and is still a favorite, despite a sore hamstring that forced him from the world championships last month. American Justin Gatlin posted the fastest time in the Rio heats. Others in the mix include Andrew Fisher, a Jamaican who competes for Bahrain, Jamaican Yohan Blake, Americans Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre. For those who run fast a tad longer, Sunday’s Olympic men’s 400 meter final is shaping up to be a titanic showdown between LaShawn Merritt of the United States, Kirani James of Grenada and Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa.
1524 hrs: If it’s Sunday, there must be a golf final somewhere. Oh wait this week it’s at the Olympics for the first time since 1904. Britain’s Justin Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes Saturday on the way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson going into the final round at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro. The two golfers were undefeated as partners two years ago at the Ryder Cup. More recently, Stenson won the British Open at Royal Troon a month ago with the lowest score in major championship history. Marcus Fraser of Australia is in third, four shots back
1450 hrs: The U.S. men’s basketball team could take a lesson from the U.S. women’s soccer team: beware of being the heavy favourite. The U.S. men play France in the Olympic tournament on Sunday and they’re being dogged by questions over where the dominating team of years past has gone. The U.S. men have had two straight close games, topping Australia 98-88 and squeaking by Serbia 94-91. Four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony says “we’re OK. We’re fine.” But the U.S. team that many considered a gold medal lock won’t even win its group outright with a loss Sunday, either tying France or sharing first with the French and Australia at 4-1. In fact, the Americans could even end up finishing third in Group A. In other Olympic action, the U.S. women’s basketball team plays the Chinese. The Americans were out of synch Friday against Canada, but turned up the defense and won.
1436 hrs: Does she really even need a vault to fly sky-high? Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles goes for her third gold in Rio de Janeiro when she competes in the women’s vault final Sunday. But the 19—year—old American already proved she can soar with astonishing tumbling routines that won the all-around title. On the uneven bars, world champion Madison Kocian posted the top qualifying score but faces strong competition from teammate Gabby Douglas and defending Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia. On the men’s side, British teammates Louis Smith and Max Whitlock square off in the pommel horse final, along with American Alex Naddour and Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev. Americans Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton posted the top qualifying scores on the men’s floor exercise, but Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, Whitlock and British teammate Christian Thomas are also in the hunt Sunday for medals.
1400 hrs: Britain’s Andy Murray is going to see if he can turn his trademark menacing grimace into a smile. The defending champion, who is trying to become the first player to win two Olympic singles golds, faces Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the men’s final Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Murray is going to have to work extra hard, though, because del Potro is on a roll, having ousted both the top player in the world, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, and No. 5 Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Olympic tournament. Nadal plays Japan’s Nishikori Kei for the bronze. Venus Williams can become the first tennis player with five career Olympic golds, pairing with Rajeev Ram against Bethanie Mattek—Sands and Jack Sock in an all—American mixed doubles final. The women’s doubles gold will either go to Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland or Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia.
1300 hrs: While Olympic athletes were getting some well—deserved rest, Olympic officials are racing through the night to drain the murky green water out of a pool at the troubled Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. The goal is to pump in nearly 1 million gallons of clean water before the synchronized swimming competition takes place Sunday and even if everything goes right, they will finish barely four hrs before it begins. Rio Olympics spokesman Mario Andrada says the “radical measure” was necessary to ensure clear water for both judges and competitors, since synchronized swimmers spend much of their time underwater. He stressed again that the water posed no health risks. Andrada says “we could have done better in fixing it quickly. We learned a painful lesson the hard way.” An adjacent smaller pool will still be used for the divers, even though it remains murky. American diver Abby Johnston has dubbed it “the swamp.”
1230 hrs: In the end, this is the way he wanted to go. Standing atop the Olympic medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up and bit his lip. “It turned out pretty cool,” Phelps said, another gold medal around his neck. “It’s just a perfect way to finish.” Phelps, who says he really is retiring this time, put the United States ahead to stay Saturday on the butterfly leg of the 4x100—meter medley relay, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd gold medal. To put this in perspective, no other Olympian has more than nine golds. With 28 medals in all, Phelps is 10 clear of anyone else. “It’s not even once in a generation,” said his coach, Bob Bowman. “It might be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael Phelps comes along.”
Important events to watch out for India
|Event||Athlete||Time (in IST)|
|Gymnastics||Dipa Karmakar||2317 hrs|
|Tennis||Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna (Bronze medal match)||2030 hrs|
|Hockey quarterfinal||India vs Belgium||2100 hrs|
The Indian contingent’s schedule on Sunday at the Rio Olympics here:
(All in IST)
Women’s marathon: O P Jaisha, Kavita Raut at 1800 hrs
Women’s Singles: Saina Nehwal v Maria Ulitina (UKR) at 1725 hrs & PV Sindhu v Michelle Lee (CAN) at 1945 hrs
Men’s Singles: Srikanth Kidambi v Henri Hurskainen (SWE) at 1910 hrs
Manoj Kumar v Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (UZB) at 2145 hrs
Round 4: SSP Chawrasia/Anirban Lahiri 1530 hrs onwards
Women’s Vaults Final: Dipa Karmakar at 2317 hrs
Quarterfinals: India vs Belgium at 2100 hrs
50M Rifle 3P (Qualification Round): Gagan Narang/Chain Singh) at 1730 hrs.
Final Round at 2130 hrs (subject to qualification)
Mixed doubles bronze—medal match at 2030 hrs
What to watch at the Rio Games on Sunday
Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local)
TRACK AND FIELD
The title of world’s fastest man goes on the block when Jamaican Usain Bolt , American Justin Gatlin and the other sprinters take to the track. The 100 meter final is at 10-25 p.m. following three rounds of semifinals that start at 9 p.m.
Bolt won his first heat of the games in 10.07 seconds Saturday. He’s still a favorite for an unprecedented third straight gold, despite a sore hamstring that forced him from the world championships last month.
Gatlin took Saturday’s fastest time in the heats.
Andrew Fisher, a Jamaican who competes for Bahrain, Jamaican Yohan Blake, Americans Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre also qualified for the semis.
The 400 finals, at 10 p.m., is shaping up to be a titanic showdown between LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James and Wayde van Niekerk.
Defending Olympic champion James ran the fastest time of the heats Friday. Merritt is the 2008 champion and van Niekerk is a South African who surprised those two to win the world championships last year.
Women take to the track for the 400 semifinals starting at 8-35 p.m. Shaunae Miller, of the Bahamas, has the fastest time in the event this year. Competition in the finals should include Americans Allyson Felix and Phyllis Francis.
For the first time in an Olympics, triplets will compete in an event. The Luik sisters from Estonia are part of the marathon field that heads out at 9-30 a.m.
Olympic all—around champion Simone Biles goes for her third gold in Rio when she competes in the women’s vault final at 2-47 p.m. The 19—year—old already has two golds during the games after leading the “Final Five” to the team title and becoming the fourth straight American woman to win the all—around last week. Biles’ biggest challenge will come from Russia’s Maria Paseka, who upset Biles at the 2015 world championships.
Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, competing in her record seventh Olympics , will also try to reach the podium. The 41—year—old captured silver on the vault in Beijing in 2008.
Two other members of the “Final Five” will attempt to add to their medal haul.
World champion Madison Kocian posted the top score during qualifying for the uneven bars, finals for which are held at 4-21 p.m. Gabby Douglas , the Olympic all—around champion in 2012, is also in the final, as is defending Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia.
British teammates Louis Smith and Max Whitlock will square off in the pommel horse final at 3-34 p.m. The field also includes American Alex Naddour and Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev, who was a narrow second to Japan’s Kohei Uchimura in the men’s all—around last week.
Americans Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton posted the top scores during qualifying on men’s floor exercise. Uchimura and Brits Whitlock and Christian Thomas are also in the group of eight finalists who start at 2 p.m.
Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain tries to become the first player to win two Olympic singles golds, facing Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the men’s final at 3-30 p.m. And Venus Williams can become the first tennis player with five career golds, pairing with Rajeev Ram against Bethanie Mattek—Sands and Jack Sock in an all—American mixed doubles final at 2 p.m.
At 1-30 p.m. Rafael Nadal plays Japan’s Nishikori Kei for the bronze.
The women’s doubles gold will either go to Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland or Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia. They play at 12 p.m.
Britain’s Justin Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes Saturday on the way to a 6—under 65, giving him a one—shot lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson going into the final round at Olympic Golf Course. Play begins at 7 a.m. on the way to the awarding of golf’s first Olympic medals since 1904.
The U.S. men’s team plays France at 2-15 p.m. and they’re being dogged by questions over where the dominating team of years past has gone. The U.S. has had two straight close games, against Australia and Serbia. France routed Venezuela on Friday.
At 12-15 p.m., the U.S. women play the Chinese. The Americans were out of synch Friday against Canada , but turned up the defense and still won.
Women’s quarterfinals start at 4 p.m. Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross will be back out for a midnight match, facing Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden.
The men’s light fly final bout is at 2-15 p.m., featuring Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov against Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez. Dusmatov on Friday beat American Nico Hernandez , who will get bronze and end a medal drought for the U.S. that stretched to 2008.
The men’s epee team gold medal match starts at 6-30 p.m. Individual gold medalist Sangyoung Park will start his day against Hungary at 10-30 a.m.
In the velodrome, defending gold medalist Jason Kenny meets Callum Skinner in an all—Brit final in the men’s sprint at 5-40 p.m. The medals will give Britain four golds and five overall through the first six events of the 10—event program.
Wrestling might look like a brand new sport to the casual viewer when it makes its Olympic return Sunday when Greco—Roman grapplers take to the mat.
The world’s oldest sport underwent major changes after being forced to apply for reinstatement to the IOC in 2013.
Matches now feature two 3—minute periods with cumulative scoring, a move designed to stop wrestlers from sitting on a lead as they often did under the old best—of—three format.