PV Sindhu, Manika Batra and MC Mary Kom kept India’s hopes of winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics alive by winning their respective matches, while the shooters disappointed with their second consecutive poor performance. In the end, the men’s hockey team’s humiliating 1-7 defeat at the hands of Australia became unbearable.
Sindhu and Mary Kom lived up to their laurels and made it to the next round after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal on the first day of the competition. Manika struggled, but she also managed to reach the third round of table tennis. Thanks to Chanu’s medal, India is currently joint 21st in the medal tally.
The shooters were denied medals on the second day as well but India’s biggest disappointment came from the men’s hockey team, which Australia danced to at their behest for a full 60 minutes. Daniel Beale (10th), Jeremy Hayward (21st), Flynn Ogilvie (23rd), Joshua Beltz (26th), Black Gowers (40th and 42nd), and Tim Brand (51st) scored for Australia. Dilpreet Singh scored the only goal for India in the 34th minute. This is India’s worst defeat since Graham Reid took over as coach.
The Rio Olympic’s disappointment in shooting continued for the second day in a row in Tokyo. Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal in women’s 10m air pistol and Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar in men’s 10m air rifle failed to qualify for the finals.
The 19-year-old Manu, the world number two shooter, got off to a good start. She looked set to break into the top eight, but a technical snag in her pistol affected her performance. In the end she finished 12th. Manu’s score was 575, while the cut-off was 577. Yashaswini Singh Deswal, another Olympic debutant shooter, recovered from a poor start to score 574 and finished 13th.
In the men’s 10m air rifle event, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar crashed out of the qualification by finishing 26th and 32nd respectively. In the end, Deepak scored 624.7 points and Divyansh scored 622.8 points in six series. In skeet, Angad Veer Bajwa is leading 11th with 73 points after three rounds. He is in the race for a place in the finals. Another skeet shooter Mairaj Khan is ranked 25th with a score of 71.
World champion Sindhu, India’s medal hopeful in badminton, registered an easy straight games win over Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova in women’s singles. Sixth seed Sindhu, a Rio Olympic silver medalist, won the match 21-7, 21-10 in 28 minutes against her 58th-ranked Israeli rival. World No. 7 Sindhu will now face Hong Kong’s Chiung Engan Yi, who is ranked 34th in the world rankings.
Sunday was a mixed day for India in boxing and table tennis. In boxing, six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Olympic Games by defeating Miguelina Hernandez García of the Republic of Domenica in the opening round. London Olympics 2012 bronze medalist Mary Kom beat Pan American Games bronze medalist 4-1 but Manish Kaushik lost to Britain’s Luke McCormack in the men’s section by the same margin.
In table tennis, world number 62 Manika defeated 20th seed Margaret Pesotska of Ukraine 4-3 (4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12) after going down initially in a contest that lasted 57 minutes. -10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7). She will face Austria’s Sofia Polkanova on Monday in the third round. Earlier, Ji Sathiyan held a 3-1 lead against Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hong in the second round of men’s singles but eventually won the match 3-4 (7-11, 11-7, 11-). 4, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 6-11).
In tennis, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina crashed out of the women’s doubles after losing 6-0, 7-6, 10-8 to Nadia and Lyudmila Kichenok sisters of Ukraine. Pranati Nayak, India’s lone gymnast in gymnastics, failed to make it to the all-around finals of the artistic gymnastics event. In sailing, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh advanced to the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics by finishing third in the repechage round of the men’s sailing lightweight double skill event.
In Sailing, Netra Kumanan is running 27th after two races while Vishnu Saravanan is 14th after her first race. In swimming, Mana Patel failed to make the semi-finals after finishing second in her heat in the women’s 100m backstroke event. In the men’s 50m backstrokes, Srihari Nataraja finished fifth in her heat. Thus he too failed to make it to the semi-finals.