India finish last in double sculls

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Beijing, Aug 10 (UNI) Devender Kumar Khandwal and Manjeet Singh failed to make an impact at the world stage as the Indian duo finished at the bottom in the second heat of the men's lightweight double sculls in rowing at the Beijing Olympic Games here today.

The Indian duo finished fifth and clocked 6:37.13, which was nearly 21 seconds late to the eventual winners Marcello Miani and Elia Luini of Italy, who timed 6:16.22.

From here, the top two pairs move into the semi-finals, while the next three will go into a repechage. The Indian duo will now be seen in the repechage.

Earlier yesterday, Bajranglal Takhar, opened his Olympic campaign on a bright note, finishing third in the heats to enter the quarterfinals of the men's singles sculls event of the rowing competition.

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