Estonians in Rio, Day 5: Badminton player bested, sailors hang in there
Estonian Badminton player Kati Tolmoff was bested by Thai opponent Ratchanok Intanon in the first round, however she will continue to compete on Thursday. Meanwhile, Laser-class sailor Karl-Martin Rammo and Finn-class sailor Denniss Karpak both continue to hang in there, ranked 31st and 18th, respectively.
Women's singles badminton
In her opening round, Estonian Kati Tolmoff lost 14:21 and 13:21 to Thai player Ratchanok Intanon in a match that lasted 32 minutes.
21-year-old Intanon is currently ranked 4th in the world, however she briefly reached the number one spot this April. In 2013 Intaon won the World Championships after earning the Junior World Champion title three years in a row from 2009-2011, and won the Badminton Asia Championships in 2015.
"My opponent did everything a little bit better today," said Tolmoff of Wednesday's match. "Maybe I could have taken more risks, however I'm otherwise pleased with the game, although one can always do better."
On Thursday, Tolmoff, currently ranked 66th in the world, will be matched up against Hong Konger Yip Pui Yin, currently ranked 34th.
This is Tolmoff's second Olympics; eight years ago she competed in the Beijing Games, where she was tied for 33rd in women's singles badminton.
Men's Laser-class sailing
Karl-Martin Rammo is currently ranked 31st overall after his fifth and sixth races in the Laser-class competition, which is currently led by Croatian Tonči Stipanović.
Rammo began his fifth race in 38th place, however by the end of it he had made his way up to 30th. In his sixth race, the Estonian sailor eked his way up to 28th.
Men's Finn-class sailing
Deniss Karpak is currently ranked 18th overall after his third and fourth races in the Finn-class competition currently led by Brit Giles Scott.
Karpak finished 17th in his third race and 20th in his fourth.
Thursday could potentially bring Estonia a medal
Grigori Minaškin will enter into competition in the 100kg (220lb) division of judo beginning at 4:00 p.m.
At 4:12 p.m., Estonians Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä, Kaspar Taimsoo and Allar Raja will compete in the men's quadruple sculls A-final which was postponed due to inclement weather on Wednesday.
Fencers Irina Embrich, Erika Kirpu, Julia Beljajeva and Kristina Kuusk will face South Korea in the women's team épée quarterfinals beginning at 4:30 p.m.
In sailing, Deniss Karpak will continue his competition in the Finn class at 7:05 p.m. while Ingrid Puusta will continue to compete in the RS:X windsurfing class beginning at 7:15 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11*
*Note: All times listed in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) +0300 UTC.
|14:50||Rio 2016: Competition Day Preview|
|15:00||Fencing: Women's team épée||16:25||Fencing: Women's team épée (Irina Embrich, Erika Kirpu, Julia Beljajeva, Kristina Kuusk); Judo (Grigori Minaškin); Sailing: Finn-class 5th race (Deniss Karpak)|
|15:55||Rowing: Finals (Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä, Kaspar Taimsoo, Allar Raja)||22:00||Gymnastics: Women's individual all-around finals|
|22:35||Olympics Day 6 in Rio; Judo: Finals; Fencing: Women's team épée finals||00:50||Basketball: Nigeria-Spain|
|01:50||Sailing: Finn-class 5th race (Deniss Karpak); Badminton||02:50||Archery|
|02:50||Rugby: Medal matches||03:25||Table tennis: Men's gold medal match|