India&’s wait for it&’s first medal is finally over, thanks to grappler Sakshi Malik&’s marvelous showing, but the Games aren’t over by any stretch.
It is an all female line-up for Thursday across three disciplines, and on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, will India&’s eves make it a double whammy?
Aditi Ashok was in decent knick in Round 1 on Wednesday and let&’s hope that she continues in the same vein in Round 2 at 4 pm IST. The 18-year-old may just spring a surprise as the rounds progress.
Babita Kumari has a Women&’s Freestyle 53kg bout against Greece&’s Maria Prevolaraki at 7.10 pm IST. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist is a strong medal contender and may just be the second woman to keep the Indian flag flying high at Rio.
The main draw however, is PV Sindhu&’s semifinal clash with Japanese Nozomi Okuhara at 7.30 pm IST.
Both Sindhu and Okuhara are in Olympic debutants, and the fact that they have reached the semifinals is a big achievement in itself.
While the Sindhu and Okuhara are exactly the same age, the two 21-year olds have contrasting physiques. The Hyderabadi lass towers over her Japanese opponent, and there clash will be one to watch for definitely.