The 9th day at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 proved to be a historic day for India. India’s star shuttler, PV Sindhu won the women’s singles bronze medal and the Indian men’s hockey team made it to the semifinals.
Star shuttler PV Sindhu scripted history yesterday when she became the first woman athlete from India to win 2 individual Olympic medals. Sindhu defeated He Bingjiao 21-15, 21-13 in just 53 minutes for the bronze medal match. She had won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Sindhu is also only the 4th women’s singles player to win back-to-back medals at the Olympic Games. With this, India’s medal count swelled to three. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu secured a silver, while boxer Lovlina Borgohain is assured of at least a bronze after making the semifinals to be held on August 4.
A determined Indian men’s hockey team advanced to the Olympic semifinals for the first time in four decades, beating Great Britain 3-1 in the quarterfinals yesterday. The eight-time former Olympic champions scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, and Hardik Singh to seal the win. Great Britain’s lone goal was scored by Sam Ward from a penalty corner in the 45th minute. India will take on world champions Belgium in the semifinal tomorrow.
On the golf course, Anirban Lahiri ended his second Olympic campaign at Tied 42nd spot after the fourth and final round. The other Indian in fray, Udayan Mane, ended 56th.
India’s Satish Kumar bowed out from the quarterfinals of his debut Games after putting up a fierce fight against reigning World and Asian champion Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan. Satish is India’s first super heavyweight boxer to compete in the Olympics. The 32-year-old entered the ring with 13 stitches on his face. His cuts opened up but Satish didn’t back off and though he lost the bout unanimously, he earned the respect of his opponent and the fans.