It was the much less in the focus, Haryana lad Manoj Kumar in the 64kg welter weight category that brightened up the day for Indian contingent with his impressive win over the two times Olympic bronze medalist Evaldas Petrauskas of Lithuania.
Shooter Jitu Rai’s was the biggest upset of the day as he looked tensed and was way off the mark and failed to qualify for the men’s 50 pistol.
Indian women’s hockey team could have shown some grit as they lost miserably to the visible much stronger Australian team, and lost 6-1.
Again it was women archers Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari who brought in some cheer. Both advanced in their game in the women’s individual recurve event. Bombayla Devi in her third Olympics seemed to know the grind. She looked cool and composed as she took on the show from Chinese Taipei’s Lin Shih-Chia in the 1/16 elimination after beating Austria’s Laurence Baldauff in 1/32 round.
The 22-year-old from Jharkhand, Deepika also put up a great show as she defeated Italy’s Sartori Guendalina 6-2 in the 1/16 elimination.
Indian weighlifter Satish Sivalingam finished 11th in the men’s 77kg Group B, and that was an end to his campaign at Rio. The Indian tennis mixed doubles pair, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna could not play as their match had to be postponed due to rain.
It was a mixed bag of fortunes on Day 5 at Rio for India and we still wait for the elusive medal.