INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 4 REPORT.

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MIXED TEAM 10M AIR PISTOL Indian pair of Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker progress to stage 2 of qualification for the medal event after topping the sheet in stage 1 qualification. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary registered a total score of 582. In series 1, Saurabh shot 92 and Manu shot 97. In series 2, Saurabh shot 100 and Manu shot 94 ensuring they finish 1st and comfortably qualify for stage 2. The second Indian pair on display Yashaswini Deswal and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify stage 1 finishing at 17th rank.

MIXED TEAM 10M AIR PISTOL Finishing 1st in stage 1 qualification, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary now will fight for a place in the top 4 to qualify for the medal event. Saurabh and Manu finished 7th in stage 2 and don’t proceed further for the medal event. In series 1, Saurabh shot 96 and Manu shot 92 they were positioned 8th at the end of first series. In the second series, Saurabh shot 98 while Manu shot 94 and this saw them finish at 7th position which surely wasn’t enough for then to proceeded further. Another disappointing exit for India in the medal event.

MEN’S HOCKEY Indian men defeat Spain 3-0 in their third group stage match. In the opening quarter, India took the lead as Simranjeet Singh scored a goal, soon Rupinder Pal Singh got into action and scored a goal, India end the first quarter with the 2-0 lead. Spain were attacking and looking hard for a goal and India did well in holding them off, both sides failed to score goals in the second and third quarter. In the fourth quarter, a penalty corner opportunity was converted as Rupinder Pal Singh scored a goal and got India’s lead 3-0 and that saw India bag a comfortable win.

BADMINTON MEN’S DOUBLE Indian duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy defeat Great Britain’s duo Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in a crucial final group game. Chirag and Satwiksairaj got their best game on display and won the first game 21-17, they continued their wining momentum and with a win in the second game of 21-19 they bagged the match in straight games. The pair see the exit doors as they finish 3rd in the group A rankings and with all teams finishing with same points, number of games won was in consideration to decide the qualifiers, that’s where India lost.

Despite a win, Indian duo exit with number of games in consideration to decide the qualifiers.

WOMEN’S WELTERWEIGHT Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain proceeds to quarterfinals in her maiden Olympics, defeating German veteran Nadine Apetz. It was a closely fought match where Lovlina finishes with a scoreline of 3-2, she claimed all the three rounds on split points. The 23 Y/O showed great character and grab the win by the barest of margins. She’ll next be up against Chinese Taipei Nien-Chin Chen and a win against Nien would ensure her a medal at her maiden Olympic outing.

Lovlina Borgohain enters boxing quarters, she stands a win away from bagging a medal.

TABLE TENNIS MEN’S SINGLE Indian paddler Sharath Kamal was up against the legendary Ma Long and with a defeat he see’s a third round exit. He lost a close first game and then looked to bounce back, he did with a 7-3 lead and soon Ma Long took 5 straight points and Sharath hit a slap shot to seal the second game. In the third game, with a lead of 4-2 he let momentum slip and Ma Long capitalised and took a 2-1 lead. Ma Long had complete control in the 4th game and bagged the match 4-1 in 46 minutes of play.

10M AIR RIFLE MIXED
Indian pairs fail to qualify for 2nd round of qualification. Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar finished 12th in the rankings with a total of 626.5 points and the other pair Anjum Moudgil and Deepak Kumar finished 18th in rankings with 623.8 points. Anjum and Deepak never looked of making it in the top 8 as they were in the bottom list right from the start, Elavenil and Divyansh did fancy their chance but again couldn’t make it for the 2nd round of qualification.

SAILING WOMEN (LASER RADIAL) India’s Nethra Kumanan today had a couple more races and with the completion of the two races, four more remain that she would want to finish big to get to the qualifying mark. In her fifth race, she was ranked 32nd and soon she had her second race of the day and was ranked 38rd in the 6th or final race of the day. She’s placed 33rd in the overall rankings.

SAILING MEN’S (LASER) Indian sailor Vishnu Saravanan had 3 races on schedule today. (4th, 5th and 6th Laser race). In this 4th race he finished at 23rd position, in his 5th race he was ranked 22nd and in his final race of the day 6th race, he was ranked 12th. Rankings hike in his 6th race is surely opening doors for his entry in the medal event and is ranked 22nd overall with 4 more races in hand.

SAILING MEN’S 49er Indian duo of Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy have 3 races of schedule today. They finish 18th in their opening race of the event. The 2nd and 3rd race that were on schedule today have been postponed for tomorrow.

That is it on India’s schedule at Olympics for the day. Many big names and big games on schedule tomorrow with elimination round and Rowing semifinal.

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