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Rio 2016: Lalita Babar Creates History but India Still Awaits First Medal

Olympics | News18.com | August 13, 2016, 11:34 pm
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Woman steeplechaser Lalita Babar became India's first track and field finalist since PT Usha in 1984. She had a timing of 9:19.76 and was overall ranked 7th for the finals. (Getty Images)

Woman steeplechaser Lalita Babar became India's first track and field finalist since PT Usha in 1984. She had a timing of 9:19.76 and was overall ranked 7th for the finals. (Getty Images)

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Usain Bolt won his 100metres heat and qualified in a leisurely 10.07 seconds, picking up the pace after lumbering from the blocks and looking stiff in his warm-up. (Getty Images)

Usain Bolt won his 100metres heat and qualified in a leisurely 10.07 seconds, picking up the pace after lumbering from the blocks and looking stiff in his warm-up. (Getty Images)

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The Indian women's hockey team suffered a humiliating 0-5 loss against higher-ranked Argentina in their final Pool B fixture to end their campaign at the Rio Olympics . (Getty Images)

The Indian women's hockey team suffered a humiliating 0-5 loss against higher-ranked Argentina in their final Pool B fixture to end their campaign at the Rio Olympics . (Getty Images)

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 Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal, who was already out of the medal reckoning, on Saturday finished 15th in overall rankings in the men's single sculls. (Getty Images)

Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal, who was already out of the medal reckoning, on Saturday finished 15th in overall rankings in the men's single sculls. (Getty Images)

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The Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna went down fighting in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event to the US team of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram at the Rio Olympics. (Getty Images)

The Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna went down fighting in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event to the US team of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram at the Rio Olympics. (Getty Images)

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India shooter Gurpreet Singh on Saturday failed to make the final of men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol after finishing seventh in the qualification round on Saturday. (Getty Images)

India shooter Gurpreet Singh on Saturday failed to make the final of men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol after finishing seventh in the qualification round on Saturday. (Getty Images)

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Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in the Men's Singles Semifinal Match on Day 8. (Getty Images)

Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in the Men's Singles Semifinal Match on Day 8. (Getty Images)

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Indian golfers SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri were placed tied 22nd and joint 57th after posting two-under 69 and four-over 75 respectively in the third round. (Getty Images)_

Indian golfers SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri were placed tied 22nd and joint 57th after posting two-under 69 and four-over 75 respectively in the third round. (Getty Images)_

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Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro ended Rafael Nadal's hopes of a second Olympic singles title Saturday with an epic 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, (7/5) win to set up a gold medal showdown with defending champion Andy Murray. (Getty Images)

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro ended Rafael Nadal's hopes of a second Olympic singles title Saturday with an epic 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, (7/5) win to set up a gold medal showdown with defending champion Andy Murray. (Getty Images)

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Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday when she defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the women's tennis singles final. (Getty Images)

Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday when she defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the women's tennis singles final. (Getty Images)

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Britain's Mo Farah overcame a dramatic mid-race fall on Saturday to take a second straight Olympic 10,000m title and extend his remarkable record at global championships. (Getty Images)

Britain's Mo Farah overcame a dramatic mid-race fall on Saturday to take a second straight Olympic 10,000m title and extend his remarkable record at global championships. (Getty Images)