INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 3 REPORT.

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FENCING WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL SABRE (TABLE OF 64) India’s lone fencer Bhavani Devi got to a winning start in her maiden Olympic campaign. She was up against Tunisia’s Ben Azizi Nadia. Bhavani Devi overpowered Azizi Nadia by a massive margin of 15-3 in just 6 minutes and 14 seconds, with that comprehensive win Bhavani Devi cruises into next round, table of 32. Bhavani’s win saw India celebrate it’s first ever fencing match win in the history of Olympics.

Bhavani Devi, India’s first ever fencer at Olympics. She comprehensively won the first match but had to face defeat in round 2.

FENCING WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL SABRE (TABLE OF 32) Comprehensive win in the table of 64 see’s Bhavani Devi compete in the table of 32, she’s up against France’s Manon Brunet and fails to qualify for the next round. The lone fencer had a decent outing but couldn’t bag the win, she was competing with world no. 3 Manon. Bhavani Devi lost 7-15 and is the end of road, overall she was impressive on her Olympic debut.

ARCHERY MEN’S TEAM Indian trio Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai were up against team Kazakhstan. With a deficit in round 1, brilliant 10’s from Atanu and Pravin got India 2 points in the first set, Kazakhstani put up a horror show and India didn’t fail to capitalise and bagged the set and also the 2 points. Decider, Kazakhstan won the third set and it was the fourth set that saw India win and bag the 2 points and the final scoreline read 6-2. India proceed further to meet Archery powerhouse South Korea for the semi-finals ticket.

ARCHERY MEN’S TEAM (QUARTERFINAL) Indian trio after the win against Kazakhstan walk into the quarterfinal, here India meet South Korea. The Korean trio defeated India 6-0 and enter the semis. Koreans started off with 10-10-9 putting India under pressure to which India reply with 8-10-10, then Koreans shot perfect 10-10-10 and grabbed 2 more points. Second set saw India shoot 9-10-10 and 10-10-8, that 8 from Atanu Das saw Koreans bag 2 more points. Third set saw India manage 8’s ans 9’s that weren’t enough to defeat the Koreans.

TABLE TENNIS MEN’S SINGLE India’s paddler Sharath Kamal was up against Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia in round 2 game and with a win is proceeded into the next round, Kamal defeated Tiago 4-2 in the round 2 game. Tiago was in full swing as he won game 1 comprehensively and Kamal made a comeback winning game 2, the match was levelled 1-1. Kamal continued his momentum in game 3 with a 2-1 lead. This time it was Tiago with a comeback in game 4 and match was poised 2-2. Kamal held his nerve in the final 2 games and made his way into the next round.

TABLE TENNIS WOMEN’S SINGLE India’s Sutirtha Mukherjee fails to qualify for the next round after losing round 2 match against Portugal’s Fu Yu. Fu Yu defeated Sutirtha 4-0 and the game lasted for just 23 minutes. Fu Yu was on money right from word go, Fu Yu won the first two games and Mukherjee could never make a comeback as Fu Yu continued her momentum and bagged the third and fourth game resulting to a 4-0 win. End of road for Sutirtha in table tennis singles event.

BADMINTON MEN’S DOUBLE Indian duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy face defeat by world no. 1 Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo. Indonesian pair were into the game straightaway giving no chance to the Indian duo as they bagged the first game very comfortably and then the second as well. The Indian duo had no answers of what was thrown at them and ended up losing the match in straight games.

TENNIS MEN’S SINGLE Sumit Nagal loses to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in 2nd round match. Medvedev dominated the first set giving no chance for a comeback to Nagal, in the second set he did continue his charge and bagged the win in two straight sets. Nagal was up against the world no. 2 and the game was surely a difficult one. End of road for Sumit Nagal the Indian Tennis star.

SKEET MEN’S QUALIFICATION Indian Skeet shooters Angad Vir Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad Khan both fail to qualify for the final. Angad finished on 18th rank and veteran Mairaj couldn’t improve on a lot today to his yesterday’s performance as he finishes 25th in the rankings. Angad was in an around the qualification mark but missed his targets thrice and that saw him fall in the rankings.

TABLE TENNIS WOMEN’S SINGLE India’s Manika Batra today was up against Austria’s Sofia Polcanova in round 3 game, Sofia defeated Manika 4-0 and the match lasted for 27 minutes. There were some great points exchange at the start as the game went on Sofia bagged the first set 11-8, the second set lasted for just 4 minutes where Sofia had answers to Manika’s reverse spin and that helped her bag the set 11-2. Sofia continued to dominate and win the remaining 2 sets and is into the next round. Manika’s early exit is a big blow.

BOXING MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT Indian boxer Ashish Kumar loses to China’s Tuoheta Erbieke in round of 32. Tuoheta defeated Ashish 5-0 in round one and Asish was under pressure straightaway. In the second round Tuoheta again was impressive and Asish wasn’t bad on display, he put in everything he could, after the 2nd round defeat his chances of qualification were slim and the third round defeat stamped Ashish’s exit as he couldn’t make any sort of comeback and the Chinese Boxer won the match 5-0.

WOMEN LASER RADIAL Indian Sailor Nethra Kumanan completed couple of races yesterday and today had a couple more of the total 10. Race 3 of Nethra saw her finish on 15th spot and in the 4th race she finished at 40th position. Nethra is ranked 28th overall after her 4 races, six more to go. Top 10 qualify for the final medal race, she’ll look to capitalise in the remaining six races and will look to finish big. Best 9 off 10 races are considered for deciding the 10 qualifiers.

MEN’S LASER Indian Vishnu Saravanan completed a race yesterday and the second was postponed due to bad weather. The rescheduled race (2) saw Vishnu finish at 20th position and in the 3rd race Vishnu was positioned 24th. In the overall rankings Vishnu stands at 25th position with 7 races to go he will fancy his chances of making it to the top 10.

MEN’S 200M BUTTERFLY HEATS Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash had a fine 200m swim, he finished 4th in heat 2 event. He was trying and pushing hard for the third place but just couldn’t get there. He did look a bit slow today, he did perform well but wasn’t at his best, recorded time of 1:57:22 seconds to complete the 200M. Sajan finished 24th in the overall rankings and fails to make it to the final, list of 16. Next he will be seen for the 100M butterfly swim.

WOMEN HOCKEY POOL (A) Indian women were up against Germany in their 2nd league game and despite a tuff fight face a 0-2 defeat. Germany bagged a goal in the opening quarter, India despite a penalty fail to score a goal. In the second quarter for the first time India penetrated through the German circle but failed to net a goal, two clear chances that India have let go. Germany continued to dominate as they score their 2nd goal in the third quarter. India desperate for a goal in the 4th quarter, despite all the hard work it never came India’s way. Hard day on field for the women in blue as they face two back to back defeats.

That is it, tomorrow another big day for India as there are a few medal events on schedule.

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