Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day Highlights: After Mirabai Chanu’s historic silver medal in weightlifting lifted Indian athletes’ spirits on the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics, India could not improve their medal tally on Day 2. However, it was a good day for the Indian rowing team of Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh that made it into the semifinals. Shuttler PV Sindhu won her opener in a fierce start to better Rio campaign. Paddler Manika Batra advanced to the third round.
Afterward, Mary Kom opened her Tokyo 2020 campaign with a round of 32 win in the 51kg category but fellow boxer Manish Kaushik (63kg category) faced an early exit with a loss in the round of 32. India’s disappointment in shooting, however, continued as Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Deswal and Deepak Kumar, Divyansh Panwar failed to qualify for 10m air pistol in their respective categories.
Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina crash out of the women’s doubles after losing 6-0, 6-7(0), 8-10 to the Kichenok twins of Ukraine. India’s lone gymnast Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for All Round finals. Paddler G Sathiyan goes down in the first round after battling on for seven sets. India men’s hockey team were also defeated by a big margin of six goals by Australia. However, Manpreet Singh’s men have a chance to qualify for knockouts with a win over Spain on July 27.