Aug 13, 2016

Age is just a number and sport cannot defeat it... Rio2016 #5

For a Grand slam-tennis-follower like me, finals happening and results emerging in barely 4-5 days time reveals a new definition of 'brisk'. A day before, I watched Nadal playing men's singles pre-quarter final match and today I read that he and his partner had won a medal in men's doubles, that too a Gold. Great to know that about the champion player whom I longed to see smiling his heart out. On the podium with his partner and with the gold, he glittered in all smiles. Wonderful moment it was for him for sure and for me for sure too. It's not easy to see your favorite players not entering the play field for months, missing championships, have to pull off in between the tournaments due to injuries and so on. Good to see Rafa back to form and most important back to the Olympic podium. Wishing him all the best to win yet another Gold in Men's singles.

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are due to play one more match before they play their dream finals. Looking in good coordination on the field, they must make it to the finals I think. Best wishes for the next match. Sania Nehwal and Sindhu are thorough to their next round and hope they will continue their run until they get a medal each. It's all over, for Rio of course, for Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The most-talked-about pair must not part ways after this loss. They make a good combination. Looking forward for Srikanth Kidambi's play. Indeed Badminton is a medal prospect for India, hope it proves so too.

I want to watch Dipa Karmakar's finals tomorrow. Hope I will be able to watch, huge time difference is taking its toll a few times this time round. While it could look easy but it's not actually easy to stand out in the list of  finalists, and that too in Gymnastics. Hope "Prudunova" will give India it's first Olympic medal in Gymnastics. Best wishes to her and her team.

Having been known as an yet another medal prospect for India, shooting event has sheerly disappointed at Rio. It was one of the unexpected performances ever. So is there case with Archery. But I believe Athletes have practiced their best and to perform their best in the given moment, a lot needs to be worked upon them in terms of handling pressure and performing-in-the-moment. Their coaches have a big job to do.

Men's hockey team has done well so far. Defense needs to rise their game to the medal-level I think. Marry Kom is being missed a lot at the Rio, and I hope Vikas Krishnan does it this time round. Athletics have just started and I'm looking forward for that men's 100 m finals and women 4*400 m relay, my favorite ever.

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Can't end this post without mentioning about this cyclist. Special wishes to Kristen Armstrong for her hat-trick gold at the games in cycling. Her incredible story is a must read for every person, every woman, every mother especially. What she has done at the age of 42 once again proves that age is just a number and sport can not defeat it. Hearty congratulations to her. And I thank her for this inspiration.

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