INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 7 REPORT.

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WOMEN’S ARCHERY INDIVIDUAL (1/8) Indian Archer Deepika Kumari defeated Russian Olympic Committee’s Ksenia Perova 6-5 to make her way to the quarter-final. Both Archers started off well with a 9 and Deepika’s perfect 10 in second shot put pressure on Ksenia who then replied with a 7 resulting Deepika with two points. In second set Ksenia Perova bagged the win, Deepika bagged the third with a good comeback. Scores were levelled 26 each in the 4th set and Ksenia bagged the 5th set with 28, scores were levelled 5-5 and it came down to shoot-off to decide the winner, Deepika Kumari shot a perfect 10 and bagged the set and the match as well, she next meets Archery powerhouse Korean An San in the quarter-final. She is also India’s first Archer to reach a quarter-final in Olympics.

WOMEN’S ARCHERY QUARTERFINAL Indian Archer Deepika Kumari after defeating ROC’s Ksenia Perova in shoot-off was next up against An San the no.1 seed. Indian Archer Deepika Kumari lost 0-6 to An San in less than five minutes. An San started off with a perfect 30 in set 1 where Deepika managed 27 after a poor first shot. Second set, Deepika again missed her targets and could just grab 24 in reply the Korean comfortably shot 26 and had the lead 4-0. With a final set to close for An San she does it with a 26 in response to Deepika Kumari’s 24 and bagged the match 6-0. Deepika see’s exit and An San makes her way to the semi-final.

WOMEN 25M AIR PISTOL RAPID Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat fails to qualify after finishing 32nd in the rankings. She had started off well with a 9 and follows it with a 10 then gets a 8 and then shoots 5-10’s to cover the 8 and then a 9 and 10 to wrap her set 1, she stands 25th with total of 96. She started her second series with 3-10’s and then comes a 6, she covers the 6 with 4-10’s and 2-9’s as she stands 32nd and scored 92 points in series 2. Her final series with 4-10’s and a 9 and finishes 3rd and final series with 96 points ranked 32nd. Rahi with 287 in precision (yesterday) and 286 in rapid (today) fails to proceed further.

WOMEN 25M AIR PISTOL RAPID Indian shooter Manu Bhaker too fails to make it to the final medal event, Manu needed 292 she shot 290 and by the barest of margins fails to proceed further. Series 1, Manu shot 4-10’s and 1-9 in her first five and then 3-10’s, 1-9 and a 8 made her fall down in the rankings and she accumulated 96 in series 1 and was ranked 9th. Second series, Manu shot 5-10’s to starts off and then a couple more of 10’s and then came 3-9’s that saw no change in her rankings and had 97 points. Her final round, third series she started with 4-10’s and 1-9 in her first 5, her last five she hit a 8 that saw her fall to 15th rank and with 4-10’s finished 11th. She falls short of 2 points from making it to the finals.

WOMEN’S WELTERWEIGHT Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain makes her way into the semi’s after defeating Chinese Taipei’s Nien Chin Chen 4-1 and has assured Indian a medal. Lovlina bagged the first set very narrowly 3-2 creating pressure on Nien Chin Chen. Lovlina maintained her charge and all judges anonymously voted in her favour as she smartly saw off Nien Chin Chen’s punches with some smart footwork. Confident Lovlina didn’t fail to impress and bagged the 3rd and final set and has assured India a medal. On her debut season, she has been very impressive.

Boxer Lovlina Borgohain makes it to the Semi’s after a big 4-1 win vs Chinese Taipei.

WOMEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT Indian boxer Simranjit Kaur lost to Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee in round of 16. The first round saw both boxers start cautious as more focus was on defense than attack, few punches were shared and Seesondee bagged the first round 10-9 from all the five judges. In round two, Seesondee was landing all her left hand punches and Simranjit Kaur looked a bit reckless and ones again takes 10-9 from all the five judges. Seesondee’s footwork was fantastic as she was able to evade most of Simranjit punches and Seesondee bagged the match 5-0.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY Indian women’s Hockey Team defeat Ireland 1-0 to keep the quarter-final hopes intact. The first half fo the game saw no goals being scored and the scoreline remained 0-0, this was a must win game for Indian women to keep their quarter-final hopes alive and had started feeling the pressure. The third quater also saw no goals and finally just in dying minutes before end of play India’s Navneet Kaur broke the deadlock gave Indian the lead with just 3 minutes left in play. India don’t commit any mistakes allowing Ireland to level the score and bag the match 1-0, this is India’s first win in the league matches.

MEN’S HOCKEY Indian Hockey team trash Japan 5-3. India today start with a goal and it coming early on in the game created pressure on Japan, Gurjant Singh scored the second goal early in second quater and Japan too had their first goal as Tanaka nets one. In the third quater Kota Watanabe scored an equaliser but wasn’t too late that Shamsher Singh net one and got the lead back to India. In the final and thrilling fourth quater it was Nilakanta Sharma who doubled India’s lead after a desperate attempt from both sides to net one. It was a top-notch show by the men in blue again.

Indian Men’s Hockey team continue to impress, bag a 5-3 win vs Japan late today.

SAILING 49er Indian duo Varun Thakkar and K C Ganapathy had three races on schedule today, 7th, 8th and the 9th. The Indian duo finished ranked 17th, 11th and 16th in respective races. After the end of their 9 races they are positioned 17th overall. There are three more qualifying races on schedule in which the Indian duo will look to do well and capitalise on to see a hike in rankings.

SAILING LASER RADIAL Indian sailor Nethra Kumanan ends her Tokyo Olympics journey today after finishing 35th in the event. She had her last couple of races on schedule today, Nethra finished her race 9 ranked 37th and in her final race 10 she was ranked 38th. She is positioned 35th overall after 10 races in the Laser Radial event. This was Nethra Kumanan’s maiden season at the Olympics and had created history by being India’s first women sailor.

SAILING LASER Indian sailor Vishnu Sarvanan too had his last couple of races on schedule today and after finishing ranked 20th overall Vishnu too see’s the exit door. A very huge achievement for Vishnu as he finished his 9th race ranked 3, this has been excellent from the debutant and his best so far. Vishnu finished his final race 10, ranked 15th and despite being ranked 3rd in his 9th race he fails to qualify for the next round, but this has been a promising debut from Vishnu Sarvanan.

WOMEN’S SINGLE QUARTER-FINAL Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu makes her way to the semi-finals after an edge of seat thriller in quater final where she defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. The clash lasted for 56 minutes where PV Sindhu won the match in straight sets 21-13 and 22-20. The scoreline of the first set looks like it would have been a comfortable one but wasn’t, Sindhu had to get the best out of her to bag the set and yes at the end does it. The second set was no different, Akane made Sindhu toil hard for every point and a rally of 54 shots lasted for 1 minute and 2 seconds indicating the intensity of the match. PV Sindhu at the end held her nerve to win the game in straight sets and also remains unbeaten in the tournament.

EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE Indian Equestrian Fouaad Mirza and his equine partner Seigneur Medicott were in action today. Fouaad Mirza & Seigneur Medicott complete their individual Equestrian Dressage with a score of 28.00. He currently stands 6th in the rankings, Fouaad got an average of 72% from the 3 judges.

Fouaad Mirza and his equine partner Seigneur Medicott.

MEN’S 3000M STEEPLECHASE Indian Avinash Sable fails to qualify for finals. Running in Heat 2 Sable finished with a time of 8:18:12 on 7th position improving his previous national record of 8:20:20. Abraham Kibiwot of Kenya topped the sheet with timing of 8:12:25.

WOMEN’S 100M Indian sprinter Dutee Chand failed to proceed to semi-finals of the women’s 100m event. Running in Heat 5, Dutee finished with the timing of 11.54 and was 7th in the rankings. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Frasher-Pryce topped the Heat 5 with a timing of 10.84.

MEN’S 400M HURDLES Indian Athlete MP Jabir failed to qualify for the semi-final. He finished last in Heat 5 and recorded a time of 50.77s. He overall finished 33rd out of 36, his personal best of 49.13s would have been enough for him to go through.

4×400M RELAY MIXED ROUND Four Indian Athletes Alex Anthony, Sarthak Bhambri, Revathi Veeramani and Subha Venkatesan take part in India’s mixed team relay and finish 8th in their heats with season best time of 3:19:93 and India don’t proceed to the next final round finishing bottom.

MEN’S GOLF INDIVIDUAL EVENT Indian Golfer Udayan Mane finishes round 2 at rank T-57, 3 over par (+3) with a score of 145. India’s second golfer Anirban Lahiri’s round 2 was interrupted due to adverse weather, it will resume tomorrow. He currently is positioned T20, 4 under par (-4) on 16th hole.

That is it from India’s big day at the Olympics. Stay tuned !

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