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As it happened: Sindhu first Indian woman to win Olympic silver

Welcome to the Live coverage of Day 14 at the Rio Olympics.


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0350 hrs: Great Britain beats Netherlands in Women's Hockey final, receive gold and silver respectively. Germany gets bronze.

0138 hrs: In Women’s 20km Race Walk, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th while Sapana did not finish the race. Khushbir clocked one hour 40 minutes and 33 seconds to complete the race.

2146 hrs: Aditi Ashok bogied the seventh and slipped to 5-under, Tied-9th, after the first nine. She is 1-over for the day. Needs to get back on her game if she is to challenge Korea's Inbee Park, who is at 12-under.

2117 hrs: Meanwhile, Aditi is still creeping behind. Currently tied-10th at -6.

2059 hrs: And that's that. Marin takes the women's Badminton gold and collapses into tears, all her aggression melted. Sindhu seemed to have lost her verve towards the end there as she goes down 21-19 12-21 15-21. Sindhu is the first Indian athlete to get a silver in women's badminton. It was the fifth time in seven Sindhu has lost to Marin.

2055 hrs: Marin getting in some exquisite smashes into the side court, pulling Sindhu wide laterally on one side and then pushing it across the net to the other side. Brilliant tactical play by the Spaniard as she goes to 20-14.

2052 hrs: But Sindhu maintaining that close gap. Now trails 14-16.

2051 hrs: With both players showing a tendency to be very vocal about their points, it's becoming increasingly unclear who has won the point. Sindhu loses the line-call review, trails 12-16.

2049 hrs: Marin is getting even more aggressive (if that were even possible) as the gap begins widening again; she leads 15-11.

2047 hrs: Sindhu loses an instant review as she leaves a Marin high-smash alone, only for it to kiss the inside of the tramline. She trails 10-14 now.

2040 hrs: Sindhu is showing some spunk here, as she brings out her down-the-line smash out to get equal 10-10. What a rally that was, the entire court was covered comprehensively.

2038 hrs: And Sindhu is fighting her way back into the match, as she whittles the widening gap down. 8-9 now.

2036 hrs: Marin, though, is showing that she possesses the greater experience and nerve of the two, naturally taking on the role of aggressor come crunch time. She leads 9-5.

2035 hrs: And a glorious leaping smash from the back of the court takes Sindhu to up to 4-7.

2034 hrs: Sindhu gets in yet another flat smash. 2-6. She has been looking considerably diffident this game, and she needs to rev it up.

2031 hrs: Marin is getting in some sharp smashes on either side of the court now. Sindhu needs to amp up her spirit in the decider here, as she trails 1-6.

2030 hrs: Sindhu gets one back to 1-2, with a violent smash down the centreline. Why isn't she doing that more often, one wonders.

2025 hrs: Marin equalises. There was a gorgeous backhand slice running backwards. And it's 1~1 (21-19 12-21).

2023 hrs: And Sindhu has a word with the umpire. Probably complaining that Marin is screaming a tad too often.

2021 hrs: Trailing 10-18, Sindhu seems to have her mind on the decider.

2018 hrs: Aditi Ashok bogeyed the second hole par-4, slipping to T-14th position now.

2010 hrs: Marin has a mean backhand push, that falls steeply at Sindhu's feet. This is a high-octane clash right here. Marin leads 11-2 at mid-game timeout.

2007 hrs: Sindhu needs to watch out for Marin's forehand slices, those devious drifters that dip and veer away from her extending racquet. The Indian trails 2-6 in the second game.

2004 hrs: And Marin takes a 3-0 lead in the second game. She seems to have mellowed down, her screams swallowed.

2001 hrs: And Sindhu has taken the first game, from behind, with a brilliant acute slap that beats Marin for speed. That's a huge start for the Indian taking the early lead 1~0 (21-19).

2000 hrs: Marin is being a bit too ambitious now with the long lofts, more drifting outside. And Sindhu has a gamepoint at 20-19.

1955 hrs: Both players are massively determined, as they complete an immense 49-shot rally that Marin breaks by pushing it long and giving Sindhu the point finally. 17-16.

1953 hrs: Now, Marin is making a few errors, pushing a few long. Now, Sindhu slams into the net. And the scoreline is getting narrower. 16-14.

1950 hrs: Sandeep Kumar is in 37th place in the Mens 50-km walk.

1948 hrs: Marin leads 13-9 now, as she makes Sindhu work very hard, sending her running to the back of the court, then drawing her forward and laterally with angular pushes. Marin seems to have a very keen sense of the lines, as she keeps attacking them.

1946 hrs: Meawhile, Aditi Ashok has begun with a par on Round 3. She laid a beautiful approach shot within 10 feet on the par-4 1st, but two-putted.

1942 hrs: Marin's fluency and superiority is plain to see. But do her screams indicate she is a tad nervous? As is Sindhu, who is forcing the shuttlecock into the net a bit too often. She needs to figure it out soon, as she trails 6-10.

1937 hrs: Marin is letting out loud primal screams for every point. Looks like she is taking Gopichand's advice to Sindhu to heart. The Spaniard takes the early lead 5-2 with some nifty pushes. Great technique though by Marin. She is drawing Sindhu to the net with soft dabs before unleashing a violent push that skirts past the Indian.

1935 hrs: The women's badminton final is now underway.

1922 hrs: China's Li Chen has won the Men's singles Badminton semifinal against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen 2-0, and grabs the Bronze. Next up, PV Sindhu will vie for the Gold in women's Badminton.

1916 hrs: Aditi Ashok fell a few more places to 8th spot in women's golf after her second round as Korean I Park took the lead overnight. She will be teeing off in just a minute. Stay tuned for her progress.

1900 hrs: Sandeep Tomar has lost to Russian Victor Lebedev in the Men's 57-kg Freestyle Wrestling pre-Quarterfinal 7-3. You know he will be praying for Lebedev's continued excellence this tournament.


Indians in the fray today

Today, PV Sindhu will be going for the India's first gold medal in women's badminton singles, as she comes up against top-ranked Carolina Marin of Spain. Meanwhile, Aditi Ashok has been scorching the golf course over the first two rounds, standing Tied-8th on -6 on Day 2, after having shared the lead for a while. Will she keep on current leader Korea's Inbee Park's tail? Sandeep Tomar takes on Russia's Victor Lebedev in the Men's Freestyle wrestling 57 kg PreQuarterfinal. Sandeep Kumar is competing in the Men's 50-km walk. Runners, both men's and women's teams, will compete in the 4x400-metre relay. And Narsingh Yadav has been slapped with a ban for four years after the WADA appeal has been upheld, and won't participate in the Men's 74 kg Freestyle Wrestling event.

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