INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 2 REPORT.

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WOMEN 10M AIR PISTOL Manu Bhaker a strong medal contender and Yashaswini Singh Desai don’t qualify for the final round. The qualifiers were played today and Manu Bhaker was consistently in an around the top 8 rank for the qualification but at the end one perfect 10 was needed, she got an 8 and that last shot saw her finish 12th with 575 points, Manu also had some technical issue with her equipment and that costed her 5 minutes, yet ends impressive. Yashaswini had a nervous start where with 2 low totals she couldn’t make it to the final round. End of road.

MEN’S 10M AIR RIFLE Indian shooters Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar fail to qualify for the final round or say the medal event. Both Deepak and Divyansh didn’t have the best of starts but little too late they tried to make a comeback but yet were below par. The 18 Y/O Divyansh was very nervous, he was constantly interacting with his coaches and also had a 15 min talk after his first series. Divyansh finishes 32nd in the rankings with 622.8 points and Deepak finishes 26th in the rankings with 624.7 points. Yet another disappointing qualifier where India fail to make it to the medal event.

ROWING Indian duo continue to impress as they qualify for the repechage semifinal A/B in Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls. In the round 2 they finished third with time of 6:51:36. Arjun was the bower and Arvind was stroking. The Indian pair paced up after the 1000m mark as they moved ahead of Uzbekistan and maintained the lead till the finish. They proceed into the next round.

BADMINTON WOMEN’S SINGLE PV Sindhu start’s her Olympic campaign with a comfortable win, she was up against Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova. Opening group game PV Sindhu got her A- game on display and in 28 minutes took the big win in straight set wins, she never gave a chance to Ksenia to take some momentum. PV Sindhu start’s on a winning note.

TABLE TENNIS MEN’S SINGLE India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran was up against Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang. This was the round 2 game where Sathiyan started off slow as a result Siu Hang won the first game and then Sathiyan bounced back strong as he won the second game, scoreline was levelled. Sathiyan continued his momentum as he bagged the third and fourth game and leads 3-1 and is a win away from entering the next round. Siu Hung made a strong comeback as he bagged the 5th set and also the 6th, scoreline 3-3. Tiebreaker, 7th game and Sathiyan couldn’t get the win as a result that’s the end of road, an early exit. Lam Siu Hung with the 4-3 lead is proceeded into the next round.

WOMEN TABLE TENNIS SINGLES India’s Manika Batra has progressed to round 3 of women’s single event. She was up against Ukraine’s Margaryta Pesotska. Manika defeated Margaryta 4-3 in round 2, Margaryta won the opening game quite comprehensively and under pressure Manika failed to make a comeback in the 2nd game. Manika bounced back in the must win 3rd game and then continued to win the 4th as well, the match went to-and-fro and was evenly poised 3-3 and it was time for the decider where Manika Batra dominated and saw her proceed into the next round.

Indian paddler Manika Batra was 0-2 down and then finished 4-3, she was electric on display.

TENNIS WOMEN’S DOUBLES India’s tennis duo, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina (debut game) see a very disappointing defeat in the first round. They were up against Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok. The Indian duo had dominated the first set completely but soon the Ukrainian duo made a good comeback and put India on the back foot and it was close set but Ukraine managed to grab the second set. Tiebreaker, third set saw Sania and Ankita fumble as lost the set, was a close one again but just couldn’t get it over the line. (3rd set 10-8)

MEN’S SKEET Indian shooting duo of Angad Vir Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad khan complete 3 rounds of shooting today and two more rounds to be played tomorrow. The top 6 qualify for the finals, current rankings and points, Angad stands at 11th position with 73/75 points and Mairaj the veteran stands 25th with 71/75 points in the 3 rounds played today. Both men were excellent today and were in the top rankings consistently for qualification and will hope to qualify tomorrow with couple more rounds to happen.

WOMEN’S SAILING Nethra Kumanan creates history as she is the first Indian women to qualify for Olympics in Sailing, she’s competing in Laser Radial race event. Out of the 10 races, 2 were completed today and she is ranked 27th overall. Top 10 sailor’s after the completion of 10 races qualify for the medal round. Race 1 she was ranked 33rd and she was ranked 16th in the 2nd with 49 net points. The remaining races will be completed in the following week.

MEN’S SAILING India’s Vishnu Saravanan had an very impressive outing today. He had started off a bit slow and had to pace up to maintain a good rankings, he was ranked 29th at a stage and then paced up and hiked up the rankings and finished the game 1 at 14th rank. Race 2 postponed due to bad weather conditions at Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS Lone Indian gymnast at the Tokyo Olympics, Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for the all round final of the event. The 26 Y/O recorded a total score of 42.565 over the four categories floor exercise, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. She is ranked 29th overall and last in subdivision 2, Pranati finished at the bottom half in all the events.

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (48-51 KG) India’s great Mary Kom announces her arrival in style with a 4-1 win. Round of 32, Mary Kom was up against Miguelina Garcia of the Dominican Republic. Post the first two games the scoreline was evenly poised 19-19, in round 3 Mary Kom rose up to the occasion and did enough that certified she goes ahead into the next round, round of 16.

Mary Kom was impressive and with her 4-1 win gave India a lot to cheer.

MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT (57-63 KG) Indian boxer Manish Kaushik fails to qualify in the round of 32 as he suffers a big defeat to Britain’s Luke McCormack. McCormack had the lead in the first round then Manish bounced back and the lead was in his favour but the scoreline was tied and the final round saw McCormack bag the win. McCormack defeated Manish 4-1 and enters round of 16. India again see defeat in a qualifier, the tournament for India hasn’t gone as wished.

MEN’S HOCKEY POOL GAME (A) India yesterday won their opening Hockey game and so did Australia. Australia on song straightaway push India on backfoot. In the first quarter Australia lead 1-0, India had no answers to what was coming at them, they were 0-4 down by the end of second quarter. India in the third quarter finally manage to score a goal and it was 21 Y/O Dilpreet Singh. However, Australia weren’t affected by 1 Indian goal as the Aussies went on scoring 3 more goals finish 7-1. Huge blow for India as they just score a goal against the Australian 7.

MEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE – HEAT 3 Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj failed to qualify for the Men’s 100m backstroke semi-finals. He took time of 54.31 seconds in Men’s 100m backstroke Heat 3. He finished 5th in Heat 3 and 27th overall.

WOMEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE – HEAT 1 Indian swimmer Maana Patel also failed to qualify for the 100m backstroke semi-finals, earlier this month Maana Patel became the first Indian female swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The young Indian swimmer recorded 1:05:20 seconds in Heat 1.

That is all India had on display today, Thank You !

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