Tomar loses in the first round; relay teams disappoint

Sandeep Tomar lost his Round of 16 bout 7-3 to Russia's Viktor Lebedev.


Sandeep Tomar in action.   -  Reuters

Talented Indian grappler Sandeep Tomar lost to two-time World Champion Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the 57 kg category to get ousted from the men's freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics today.

Tomar officially bowed when Lebedev was beaten 1-6 in his next encounter against Sabzali Hassan Rahimi of Iran.

Sandeep first conceded a penalty point for his passivity and the Russian World Champion defended well as the Indian did not succeed in his attempt to get an ankle hold.

In the process, Lebedev got a couple of technical points, getting better of the Asian Championship gold medallist.

The first three-minute period saw the Russian leading 3-0. Tomar was more purposeful in the second period as he pushed Lebedev out to get a point and then finally got a single ankle hold right to reduce the margin to 3-5.

However with little time left, Tomar had to go for the jugular but in the process had his defence open which enabled the Russian to clinch the bout with a two-point manoeuvre to take an unassailable 7-3 lead.

The only wrestler left in the fray in London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.

Sandeep Kumar clocked 4 hours, 7 minutes and 55 seconds in placing 34th in the men’s 50 kilometre race walk on Friday.

Matej Toth of Slovakia beat the defending chamion Jared Tallent of Australia with a time of 3:40:58. The Aussie clocked 3:41:16 to stay ahead of of Evan Dunfee of Canada, who had a time of 3:41:38.

The 34-year-old Sandeep had clocked 3:56:22 in China and bettered the national record of 3:56:48 set by Basant Bahadur Rana in the London Olympics. However, in the given conditions, he could not reach his best. He had qualified for the 20 kilometre walk as well, but opted for the tougher endeavour.

In Women’s 20km Race Walk, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th while Sapna did not finish the race.

Khushbir clocked one hour 40 minutes and 33 seconds to complete the race.

Khushbir was way behind her personal best and finished 11:58 behind the gold medallist Liu Hong of China. At the half-way mark, Khushbir was 48th with a time of 47:35. At that stage, she was 2:11 behind the leader.

Sapna retired after 8 kms, having clocked 37:44.

Women's relay team bows out, men disqualified

Indian athletics contingent rounded off their dismal show in the Rio Olympics with a below-par effort from the 4x400m relay quartets, which saw them crash out of their respective heats here today.

The women’s team finished seventh in their Heats even as the men’s team faced embarrassment of being disqualified.

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