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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 6 Highlights: ‘Clear winner’ Mary Kom says she did not know she lost

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Highlights: India continued its search for the second medal on Thursday

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda | Tokyo |
Updated: July 29, 2021 9:49:02 pm
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Highlights: After Mirabai Chanu won the first medal for India on the opening day of the Tokyo Games, hopes of a second medal continue to grow. It was a good start to Day 6 for Team India. After the rowing team of Arjun and Arvind finished 11th, India’s best show at Olympics, Indian shuttler PV Sindhu beat Mia Blichfeldt in straight games to advance to quarters. Indian hockey men team gave a confident performance to beat reigning champions Argentina 3-1 and advance to quarterfinals. Boxer Satish Kumar won his first match to advance to quarterfinals.

Archer Atanu Das stunned London Olympics gold medallist Oh Jin-Hyek to enter pre-quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Manu Bhaker finished 5th with a score of 292 while Rahi Sarnobat stands at 18th spot with a score of 287 in 25m women’s pistol qualification precision stage. Mary Kom put up a valiant fight but lost by a 3-2 margin in her Round of 16 clash to bow out. Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane are also in golf action for India. Sajan Prakash finished 46th out of 55 swimmers in his 100m Fly event, thus ending India’s Swimming campaign.

The big setback in the day from an Indian perspective came in the second half of the day as Mary Kom lost by a 3:2 verdict in her Round of 16 match. Mary Kom says she was not aware that she had lost her bout. Learnt about it only when she read it on Twitter while going for a dope test. “My coach said I am a winner. What does that mean? I thought I had won. I read tweets by Kiren Rijiju sir and got to know (that she lost).”

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 6 Highlights: After rowers Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh achieve historic finish, shuttler PV Sindhu, boxer Satish Kumar and the Indian hockey men's team advance to respective quarterfinals

21:35 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Olympics trivia

Fearing backlash over a comedy act he performed in 1985, Japanese actor Naoto Takenaka pulled out of his scheduled performance in the opening ceremony at the last minute, his management agency said on Thursday.

36 years ago, his act had portrayed a visually-impaired person swinging his cane wildly on a crosswalk according to his agency who also stated that he had recalled that video and apologised after advocacy groups had criticised him then.

Takenaka was supposed to dress as a carpenter and do his act with the actress Miki Maya, but pulled out the night before the ceremony.

On that day, the show director for the event, former comedian Kentaro Kobayashi was sacked after a video emerged of him joking about the Holocaust in the 1990s.  A few days prior, according to Japan Times, the music composer for the opening ceremony, Keigo Oyamada, resigned over outrage over interviews in 90's in which he seemed to boast about abusing disabled children while in school.                      

In February, the former prime minister Yoshiro Mori too was removed as head of organising committee after he claimed that meetings drag too much because women talk too much.

20:59 (IST)29 Jul 2021
A well-deserved reward for Mirabai Chanu

After treating herself to pizza, Tokyo Olympics silver-medallist eats "ghar ka khana" after two long years. 

19:59 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Mary Kom was clear winner: Kiren Rijiju

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said boxer MC Mary Kom was the clear winner in Thursday’s pre-quarterfinals in the Tokyo Olympics but judges have their own calculations.

“Dear Mary Kom, you lost in Tokyo Olympics by just one point but for me you are always a champion! You have achieved what no other female boxer in the world has ever achieved. You are a legend. India is proud of you. Boxing and Olympics will miss you,” the former sports minister said in a tweet.

This is the tweet which broke the news to Mary Kom:

19:38 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Mary Kom says she did not know she had lost

Mary Kom says she was not aware that she had lost her bout. Learnt about it only when she read it on Twitter while going for a dope test.

"My coach said I am a winner. What does that mean? I thought I had won. I read tweets by Kiren Rijiju sir and got to know (that she lost)."

"this is an unfair decision. I thought I won two rounds. I was shocked when I saw I had lost. Later on, I will take this up with boxing's task force."

19:14 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Athletics campaigns set to begin tomorrow

From travelling from Ethiopia to The Netherlands as a refugee at the age of 15 to making headlines by becoming the European Under-23 champion, just nine days after being allowed to compete for her adopted country.

Two gold medals at the World Championships in Doha two years ago – in the 1,500 metres and the 10,000m – made her a star. No woman or man had won gold at a single major competition in these demanding, but vastly different, events.

Now Sifan Hassan is willing to push the boundaries once again....Writes Nihal Koshie

18:55 (IST)29 Jul 2021
A star is born

Sunisa Lee, the 18-year-old from USA, the first Hmang American Olympic gymnast, won the all-around gold medal in gymnastics.

18:24 (IST)29 Jul 2021
No teary farewell but a happy goodbye

The 38-year-old Indian lost the battle of the bronze-medallists by a razor-thin verdict, despite winning the last two rounds. With the Olympics having an age cap of 40, this was to be her last bout. This was no teary farewell but a happy goodbye...Writes Gaurav Bhatt.

17:44 (IST)29 Jul 2021
What does it mean for USA to have a Hmong American sporting icon?

Last year when George Floyd was killed in police custody in Minnesota, an unexpected fallout of the ensuing protests scared the family of Sunisa Lee, the US gymnast who led the way after her teammate Simone Biles’s exit in Tokyo Olympics.

Kellie Chauvin, the now ex-wife of Derek Chauvin, the officer who murdered George Floyd, is an Hmong American. So is another officer on the scene and who is set to stand trial in August... writes Sriram Veera.

17:17 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Images which tell the story of the day

Some of these will make your heart swell with pride. Others may make you want to look away.

17:00 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Magnificent Mary courageous in ring, gracious in defeat

We don't know yet if today was the last time we saw Mary Kom on the Olympics stage, but what a display of courage it was from her, if indeed the fight against the Colombian Valencia is how we bid her goodbye from the Olympics. The first round went to the Colombian, even though 1 judge awarded the round to Mary. Both the 2nd and 3rd rounds had split decisions, indicating the judges thought Mary grew into the game as it went on. In the end, it was a 3-2 victory for Valencia. For Mary, the narrowest possible margin of defeat in boxing was not enough to wipe the smile on her face. Gracious in defeat, as always!

16:50 (IST)29 Jul 2021
100m Fly: Sajan Prakash ends 46th out of 55 swimmers

Sajan Prakash finished 46th overall (out of 55 swimmers). His time today was 53.45 seconds. His best is 53.27s, which would also have been way off the qualifying mark. 16 swimmers have qualified for the semis.

That is the end of Sajan Prakash's campaign in Tokyo. He was 22nd in the butterfly event. He was 46th in the 100m Fly today. 

16:27 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Sajan Prakash finishes 2nd in heats

Sajan Prakash finishes 2nd in his heat with a time of 53.45 seconds. Will have to wait to see if he has any chance of making it to the semis.

16:11 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Breakdancing in 2024 Olympics?

Olympic organizers in Paris formally submitted breakdancing as a new competition they want to introduce to the games when they come to the City of Lights in summer 2024, reports AP. The International Olympic Committee has the final say, but won't consider it — or any other proposed new games — until after the 2020 Tokyo Games are completed. The mere proposal making it this far is a major triumph for breakdance advocates.

"It's a victory for us. Even if it goes no further, we'll still have won," said noted breaker Mounir Biba, who lives in France.

16:06 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Mary bows out with a smile

So many reasons to admire Magnificent Mary! One of them being that she was now not fighting in her own category. Mary, who had previously fought in the 46 and 48 kg categories, shifted to the 51 kg category after the world body decided to allow women's boxing in only three weight categories eliminating the lower weight classes. 

15:55 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Mary Kom knocked out in R16

Mary Kom has been knocked out in the Round of 16. What a close fight this was! All 5 judges had different points to give both athletes in all the rounds. Three judges award the fight to the Colombian. Two judges award it to Mary. What a close run thing!

15:53 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Round 3: Wait on for judges' verdict

An enthralling match this has been so far. And the third round continues in the same way. Both boxers covering a lot of ground. The cheers, which started off as muted in Round 1, are now full-throated and ringing out all around the arena. Mary hooks with her left! Ducks and lands a jab. 20 seconds left... again, Mary ducks out of the way.

All over. It's the Colombian who looks more confident. Which way will the judges go?

15:49 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Round 2: A very close match so far

Time for Round 1. It's the Colombian who rushes out from her corner with more alacrity as this round starts. As the round goes on, it's Mary now who looks to dominate. The Colombian hangs back, staying out of Mary's reach. What a topsy-turvy match this is turning out to be! Now Mary looks to hang back and wait for her openings.

Scorecard: Another split round. 3 judges award Round 2 to Mary. 2 award it to the Colombian. This fight is going down to the wire, folks!

15:41 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Mary Kom's Round of 16 match begins

India's Mary Kom, in blue, and Colombia's Ingrit Lorena, in red, enter the ring. We are set for Round 1.

Round 1: The Colombian gets an early warning from the referee for aiming low with her punches. Both boxers land some solid blows in the first three minutes. Now, it's Mary who gets a warning from the referee. That's the end of Round 1. The scorecard shows 4 referees awarded Round 1 to the Colombian. 1 judge awarded the round to Mary.

15:06 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Mary Kom in Tokyo 2020

Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) powered into the Olympic Games’ pre-quarterfinals after staving off a stiff challenge from Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez Garcia in the opening round on Sunday. Today she faces her next test. If she wins, she gets to within 1 more win of a medal place. Can the 38-year-old Boxing World Wonder pull it off? 

15:02 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Next Up: Mary Kom vs Ingrit Valencia Round of 16 match

India's Boxing queen Mary Kom will be stepping inside the ring for her Round of 16 match. She will be up against a Colombian boxer in Valencia Victoria. That bout is set to start in another 30 minutes or so.

Meanwhile, here's looking back at some Tokyo 2020 pathbreakers in other sports for India, even though their reception has not been as warm as some others.

India's gun totting teens looked so shaken that they could barely utter a word after the team drew a blank on Tuesday. Some choked while talking, a few held back their tears, and all of them were visibly distraught. “They have fallen prey to the infamous Olympic pressure,” National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh said.

Hours later, two of the biggest names at the Tokyo Olympics had a simple message for athletes who succumb to pressure at this level: It’s okay. Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka were predicted to leave a lasting impression on the Tokyo Olympics. And they did — but just not in a way many had imagined. (READ FULL STORY)

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