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Olympics: Boxer Vikas, Sania-Bopanna bring cheer

Boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav and tennis stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna brought some much needed cheer as the Indian contingent continued their flop show at the ongoing 31st Olympic Games here.

Vikas defeated Onder Sipal of Turkey 3-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the men’s Middleweight (75kg) category here on Friday. 

Vikas, who is just one win away from a medal, will face Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan for a berth in the last four stage.

Sania and Bopanna meanwhile, entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event by defeating Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in straight sets.

The Indians won their quarter-final match 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and seven minutes at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

The fourth seeded Indian duo dominated their British opponents with both Sania and Bopanna coming with some fine work at the net and excellent returns of serve.

Sania and Bopanna, who now need just one win to ensure a medal, are expected to face a tough challenge in their next match as they will take on the US team of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram for a place in the final.

Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan also stayed in the hunt for a medal after he produced a creditable performance to finish 10th in the qualification round of the men’s Skeet event.

Khan had scores of 24, 25 and 23 in the three rounds to amass a total of 72 points at the Shotgun Range of the Olympic Shooting Centre here.

The 40-year-old from Bulandshar district of Uttar Pradesh has a strong chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, rower Dattu Bhokanal gave a spirited performance and qualified for Final C after finishing second in men’s singles sculls semi-final C/D 2.

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