WOMEN’S 200M Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand failed to qualify for the semi-final of the women’s 200m event. Dutee running im Heat 4 finished with a season best time of 23.86 but wasn’t good enough as she finished last ranked 7th. Christine Mboma topped the heat with a timing of 22.17 as she broke the previous national record. USA’s Gabrielle Thomas finished 2nd with a timing of 22.20.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY QUARTER-FINAL Indian women’s Hockey team script history as they defeat Australia 1-0 and are through to their first ever Hockey semi-final, Indian Hockey is on revive. Indian women playing in the quarter-final were up against Australia who have already won 3 gold medals. Both team were electric on display and put in everything, India slightly better to tire and frustrate the Aussies. Just a goal scored during the match and Gurjit Kaur it was who scored during the first half through a penalty corner. In first quater, both teams had opportunities but failed to net one. Second quater, India bagged a goal and had the lead early in the 22nd minute and pushed Australia on backfoot from where they never managed a comeback. Australia had enough chances through penalty corners but Indian goalkeeper Savita Punia denied one to Australia, she stood tall and did defend everything that came her way, India were good to score a goal but were excellent to stop many that helped them bag the win. Australia were unbeaten coming into the quarter-final wouldn’t have wished to end on this note but that’s reality and Australia need to take.
Indian women’s Hockey team had a training camp at Bangalore in April when the second wave hit India and did hit the Indian camp too where 2 support staff and 6 players including the captain and goalkeeper and several other key names were all tested positive, missed trainings and everything was on rescheduled, standing up from that believing to perform in Tokyo Olympics this truly has been a remarkable journey which deserves a medal and now feels possible. Tokyo Olympics has seen a revive of Indian Hockey after 41 years.
MEN’S 50M AIR RIFEL QUALIFICATION Indian shooters Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Sanjeev Rajput both failed to qualify for the finals of 50m 3 position rifle shooting. Pratap Singh Tomar secured the 21st position with 1167 points and Sanjeev Rajput secured the 32nd position with 1157. With this disappointing defeat India’s shooting campaign comes to close.
EQUESTRIAN : JUMPING QUALIFIER Lone Indian Equestrian Fouaad Mirza and his Equine Seigneur Medicott put up a good display to finish the Individual Jumping Qualifiers with a time of 76:14 seconds. They registered 8.00 penalty points, their individual total was 47.20 points and finish ranked 25, just in to qualify for the Jumping final. They were brilliant on display but he had touched two objects towards his finish getting him the 8 penalty points.
EQUESTRIAN : JUMPING FINAL Lone Indian Equestrian Fouaad Mirza and his Equine Seigneur Medicott finish at disappointing 23rd rank after all the excellent displays. He had 12.40 penalty points in this final round and with a total of 59.60 in the tournament overall finishes 23rd. He’s been promising and is a serious contender in times to come. The journey’s been nice, he’s been impressive, no medals but that doesn’t define his performance and an inspirational performance on debut.
DISCUS THROW FINAL Kamalpreet Kaur progressed into the finals after a perfect 64m in the quarter-final. In the finals, throw 1 was a decent 63.70m, throw 2 was a disappointing 61.62 and the final 3rd attempt again was a 63.70m and she stays in the top 8 ranked 6th to proceed for the medal round meaning 3 more attempts. First attempt was a foul throw, second attempt gets to 61.37 and in her final attempt it was a wide throw outside the ring ending as a foul throw. No change in rankings finishes with rank 6th and her impressive and a promising debut at the Olympics ends.
That is it India had on schedule for the day. Hockey Men’s semi-final tomorrow at 7am and a few more events on schedule. Stay tuned !