In the Tokyo Olympics, it was the mixed day today for Indian contingent. In a big upset, ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu lost to top-seed Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei 18-21, 12-21 in the semi-final of the women’s singles. First game was a hard fought one, but in second game, Tzu-Ying literally blew away Sindhu with her immaculate style. However, Sindhu is still in contention of a podium finish when she’ll feature in the bronze medal match against China’s He Bing Jiao tomorrow.
The quest for medal of Indian Women pugilist Pooja Rani also ended as she was defeated by Qian Li of China in middleweight (75 kilogram) category. Pooja lost 0-5 in the boxing encounter. Top-seed and favourite boxer Amit Panghal also bowed out after losing to Yuberjen Martínez of Colombia, 1-4 in pre-quarter finals of Men’s flyweight event.
India’s campaign in Archery ended this morning as Atanu Das failed to qualify for the quarterfinals after going down against Takaharu Furukawa of Japan, 4-6 in a close battle of bows in the Men’s individual event final.
However, Indian women’s Hockey Team defeated South Africa 4-3 in a must-win pool ‘A’ match. Vandana Katariya’s historic Olympic hat-trick helped the Indian side in improving their chances of entering the quarterfinals.
Athlete Kamalpreet Kaur entered the final of Women’s Discus Throw after pulling out a monster 64-metre throw in the qualification round. India’s national record holder Kamalpreet also finished second in the overall standings. However, discus thrower Seema Punia was out of the medal contention after she finished at 16th position with 60.57-metre throw. The final will be held on Monday.
In, Men’s Long Jump Qualification – Group ‘B’ India’s Sreeshankar finishes 13th with a best jump of 7.69 metres.
Indian shooters Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to make it to the finals of the women’s 50-m rifle three positions event, settling for the 15th and 33rd position respectively.