INDIA AT OLYMPICS, DAY 8 REPORT.

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WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW, GROUP A Indian Athlete Seema Punia wasn’t off to the best of starts in the qualification round as she starts with a foul throw in her first attempt, her second attempt goes to 60.57 mark and climbs up to no. 3 in rankings. In her final 3rd attempt she registered a distance of 58.93 which gets her down in rankings to 6th position and that see’s the veteran fail to qualify for the final.

WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW, GROUP B Indian Athlete Kamalpreet Kaur on debut is through to the finals after finishing 2nd in rankings of group B. Kamalpreet Kaur paces up as she recorded 60.29m in her first throw and was ranked 6th, in her second round she recorded 63.97 and falls 0.03 short or else would have qualified for the finals directly. In her third and final attempt she goes for it and gets it, she has a perfect 64.00 to grab her final ticket. All eyes will be on Kamalpreet Kaur on the 2nd of August for the final event.

Kamalpreet Kaur the 25 Y/O is the first Indian in athletics to qualify for the final in Tokyo.

MEN’S ARCHERY ELIMINATION (1/8) Indian Archer Atanu Das fails to qualify in round of 8 for a semi-final ticket. Atanu Das lost to Japan’s Furukawa 6-4 in the deciding round. Furukawa started with 3-9’s and Atanu replied with a 9 and 2-8’s handing over the 2 points to the Japanese. Second set, Atanu shot a perfect 10 and followed it with 2-9’s and the Japanese too ended up with 9-9-10 and the points were shared. In the third set Atanu shot 2-10’s and a 8 bagged the set and levelled the scoreline. Both Archers again shared points in the fourth set and it was down to the decider where Atanu’s shot of 8 saw him end on 26 and the Japanese held his nerve and shot a 27 to finish the match, end of road for Atanu Das and India.

BOXING MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT Indian boxer and top seed Amit Panghal fails to qualify in the round of 16, he was up against Colombia’s Yuberjen Martinez. Amit started of well as he gave some serious body blows to the Colombian and the judges voted in his favour 4-1. Yuberjen bounced back and bounced back strong as he bagged the second round 4-1, the scoreline was levelled after the end of 2 rounds. In the third round, the Colombian gave serious body blows or say flurry of punches to Amit and he had to seek medial attention and fumbled under pressure, aggressive intent of Yuberjen worked as he won the match 4-1 and shows exit doors to Amit.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY India Hockey women’s team defeat South Africa 4-3 in a thrilling contest for their final group stage match and keep their quarter-finals hopes alive. Vandana Katariya started the scoring today giving India the 1-0 lead, South Africa’s Tarryn Glasby scores the equaliser in dying minutes of first quater. It was Vandana again who in the second quater scored her 2nd and also got India with the 2-1 lead and South Africa again score the equaliser in dying minutes of second quater. Neha scores a goal in the third quater and again South Africa managed to net one and get the equaliser. Final and the 4th quater, Vandana scores her 3rd of the day and is now the first Indian women to score a hat-trick in a game, India had their 4th and with only 11 minutes of play left India take the lead and manage to hang on in the final minutes and deny South Africa an equaliser. India are through and are set to play Australia in quarter-finals on the 2nd of August.

Vandana Katariya becomes first Indian woman hockey player to score hat-trick in a game.

EQUESTRIAN INDIVIDUAL EVENTING Lone Indian Equestrian Fouaad Mirza was in action today in Dressage session 3. Fouaad is positioned 9th out of 62 participants. He currently is 6.9 points away from the leader or say the 1st positioned German M. Jung with 21.10, Fouaad stands 9th with 28.00. He along with his Equine partner Seigneur Medicott scored 70.45%, 73.18% and 72.50% from the three judges. Cross country, Individual eventing starts tomorrow.

WOMEN’S 50M RIFEL, 3 POSITIONS Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil fails to qualify for the medal event finishing 15th in the rankings. Anjum Moudgil accumulated 1167 points at an average of 9.725 after her 120 shots on target in three positions. In the first position of the qualification event Kneeling Anjum got off to a flyer as she aimed 99 and 97 in her first two series, with 4-9’s in the third and 97 in the final series she moved out of top 10. Prone position series, she ones again was off to a flyer with a 98 and a perfect 100 in the first two series, she then got a 98 and finished high on total of 99. Anjum wasn’t able to carry her momentum in the final Standing position as she started with a 98 and lost her rank from the top 8 and then got a 96 and then a 95 finishing on a strong 97 but wasn’t enough to proceed further but truly was an excellent display by the 27 Y/O.

Anjum Moudgil fails to qualify despite a top show on display early today.

WOMEN’S 50M RIFEL, 3 POSITIONS Indian shooter Tejaswini Sawant also failed to qualify for the medal event finishing 33rd in the rankings. Tejaswini Sawant accumulated 1154 points. In Kneeling position veteran Tejaswini scored a 97 to begin proceedings and then a poor 92, she then followed it with a 98 and 97. In the Prone position she shot 2-98’s and 2-99’s and continued to remain out of the top 25. In the final Standing position she scored 94, 93, 95 and 94 and now was dropped below the top 30. Wasn’t the best from Tejaswini and she see’s the exit door.

GOLF ROUND 3 Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri completed his postponed round 2 early today. He completed his round 2 ranked T24, 3 under par (-3) with total score of 139. He then proceeds to round 3 and finished ranked T28th going at 3 under par (-3) today with score of 68. Golfer Udayan Mane too was in action for his third round and the veteran is ranked T55th and is going 1 under par (-1) with score of 70. Both golfer will have their final round 4 tomorrow.

SAILING 49er Indian Sailors Varun Thakkar and K C Ganapathy were in action today for their final three races. Race 10 they finished on 16th position, race 11 they finished on 9th position and for one last time this Olympic season finish their final race 12 ranked 14th. Indian duo finish 17th/19 in the overall rankings and their Tokyo Olympics 2020 journey comes to a close.

WOMEN’S BADMINTON SINGLES QUARTER-FINAL Indian shuttler PV Sindhu fails to grab the finals spot, she was up against Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the semi-final and loses in straight sets 21-18 and 21-12. The first set was a neck to neck encounter where the lead was often a split point away but it was Tai who held her nerves and with aggressive intent bagged the first set, PV Sindhu did put in that extra bit trying to grab the first set and that reflected in her second set where she did look a bit slow. The second set was relatively easy for Tai as Sindhu did look a bit rusty to start off and with the lead Tai never looked back and just took a comprehensive win in the second set to bag the match for the finals ticket. Sindhu was excellent on display but the fuel in tank wasn’t enough today, she’ll next be playing the bronze medal match tomorrow.

WOMEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT QUARTER-FINAL Indian boxer Pooja Rani lost to Chain’s Li Quin 0-5. Pooja did start off well with aggressive punches as she got 4-9’s from the jury and Li Quin who was slightly better bagged the first set with 5-10’s. Round two saw the same story unfold, but this time Pooja did look a bit trapped in head thinking ahead of the opponent yet managed to get 5-9’s and Quin again had 5-10’s. The final round 3 Pooja looked ordinary and Quin capitalised completely and the jury again voted 5-10’s to the Chinese and Pooja was awarded with 4-9’s and a 8. That’s the end of Pooja’s Olympic journey that truly was excellent and promising.

MEN’S LONG JUMP ATHLETICS India’s Murali Sreeshankar fails to qualify for the finals of Athletics in long jump. He finsihed 27th overall in rankings out of 31 participants. In his first attempt he recorded a distance of 7.69m, in his second attempt he recorded a distance of 7.51m and in his third and final attempt he recorded 7.43m. His personal best of 8.26m would have given him a direct entry into the finals but nothing such this time.

That is it on India’s schedule for the day. Stay tuned !

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