Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 2 Highlights: Mary Kom, Manika Batra, PV Sindhu all win, AUS thrash IND by 7-1

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 2 Highlights: PV Sindhu wins opener, Mary Kom progresses to R16 in 51kg category whereas the hockey team gets thrashed by Australia

Mary Kom was beaten on Thursday.

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.

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India at Tokyo Olympics, Day 2 Highlights: Mary Kom, Manika Batra, PV Sindhu advance

20:37 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Basketball: USA's winning streak ends

USA's men's basketball team, which included Kevin Durant, suffered their first defeat since 2004 when they were beaten by France 83-76 in their first group game on Sunday. USA were leading 74-73 with just a minute to go. USA were on a 24 match winning streak.

20:09 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Schedule for tomorrow

Archery: India (Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai) vs Kazakhstan in Men's Team 1/8 Eliminations: 6:00am IST

Badminton: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Marcus Gideon Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) in Men's Doubles Group A Match: 9:10am IST.

Boxing: Ashish Kumar vs Erbieke Tuoheta (China) in Men's 75kg Round of 32 Bout: 3:06pm IST.

Fencing: C Bhavani Devi vs Nadia Ben Azizi (Tunisia) in Women's Sabre Individual Table of 64 match: 5:30am IST.

Hockey: India vs Germany in Women's Pool A match: 5:45pm IST

Sailing: Vishnu Saravanan in Men's Laser Race: 8:35am IST. Nethra Kumanan in Women's Laser Radial Race: 11:05am IST.

Shooting: Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa in Men's Skeet Event Day 2: 6:30am IST. Mens' Skeet Final: 12:20pm IST.

Swimming: Sajan Prakash in Men's 200m Butterfly Heats: 3:45pm IST.

Table Tennis: Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Tiago Apolonia (Portugal) in Men's Singles Round 2 Match: 6:30am IST. Manika Batra vs Sofia Polcanova (Austria) in Women's Singles Round 3 match 12:00pm IST.

Tennis: Sumit Nagal vs Daniil Medvedev (ROC) in Men's Singles Round 2: Third match after 7:30am IST start.

19:26 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Gymnastics: US' Simone Biles fails to qualify for uneven bars finals

Simone Biles, the reigning Olympic all-around champion who won four gold medals in Rio and was widely expected to substantially top that number during the Tokyo Games, on Sunday failed to qualify for the finals in the uneven bars. She has still qualified in the beam, floor, all-around and vault, meaning that if the U.S. team - currently in second place - takes gold, she could potentially win five golds. 

19:04 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Gymnastics: German team wears full-body suit at Tokyo qualifications

The German women's gymnastics team wore full-body suits in qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday after saying their fashion choice went against the sexualisation of their sport and showed that women could wear what they choose.

The team, composed of Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elisabeth Seitz and Kim Bui, opened their Olympic performance on the asymmetric bars wearing red and white unitards, which are combined leotards and leggings extending to the ankles.

19:01 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Fencing: US' Kiefer, Frenchman Cannone topple favourites to take gold

US fencer Lee Kiefer clinched her first ever gold medal on Sunday in the individual women’s foil fencing event, beating defending champion Inna Deriglazova in the final.'To come out here and to feel good about your fencing is what all the athletes strive to do and hope you have a medal at the end, so I have everything,' Kiefer said after the finals.

18:55 (IST)25 Jul 2021
American redemption or a Japanese swansong?

The breezy morning in Beijing, 13 years ago, is still fresh in Yukiko Ueno’s mind. The Japanese pitcher, now 39, produced the finest performance of her career to orchestrate an upset over defending champions USA and clinch an Olympic gold. “Whenever I feel short of motivation, I turn back to that day, whenever I am facing setbacks, I turn back to the day. It changed my life forever,” she recently told Japan Times.

She had a monster playoff performance, she threw 413 pitches over three games in two days, in an IPL-style play-off, eliminator and final. Theirs was an intense rivalry between two softball powerhouses. Japan had the richest softball league in the world, though the US had hoarded gold medals in every Olympics since the sport’s inception at the Atlanta Games in 1996. She returned to a hero’s welcome, grabbed accolades and the profile of the sport expanded in Japan. “It meant, we started getting enough money to become full-time professionals, to not worry about livelihood,” she said, as she built on the success, became a ubiquitous face in commercials, and became something of softball’s Ninja lady.


18:06 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Swimmers Maana, Srihari clock below personal best

Maana Patel in women’s 100m backstroke and Srihari Nataraj in men’s 100m backstroke – competed but failed to qualify for semifinals.

Both clocked timings below their personal bests set in the European meets held last month in their respective heats.

Among 43 competitors, two did not start, Maana finished 39th clocking 1 minute 05.20 seconds. The 21-year-old from Ahmedabad entered the Olympics thanks to FINA’s Universality Quota and has a personal best of 1:03.77s a national record set at the Belgrade Trophy on June 20 in Serbia in the 100m backstroke event. Her previous record of 1:04.21s was set in 2015 in Uzbekistan.

17:40 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hundreds defy scorching heat to grab 'last' glimpse of Games

The first public park where spectators can view an Olympic event on a large  screen was held in the village of Yamanakako. A cycling race, that went through the municipality, was shown on an outdoor screen. Only people living in covid-free areas were allowed, reports The Japan News. "Even if people blame us for being discriminatory, we had no choice but  to protect the lives of residents,” a village official was quoted. About 550 people turned up at the park with a planned viewing space for 2000.

17:14 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Judo: Japanese siblings win

Siblings sweep gold! Japanese Judoka Uta Abe won the women's 52-kg, while her elder brother Hifumi  clinched men's 66-kg gold. Their father, a firefighter, had once thought Uto would be better off learning piano.

16:35 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Australia thrash India by 7-1

It was total annihilation from Australia as they scored seven goals against India. Only Dilpreet Singh managed to score the lone goal for India. Manpreet Singh's men sloppy while taking penalty corners and it was clearly visible. India will take on Spain in a bid to advance beyond the group stage. The goal difference may turn out to be a problem. FULL TIME | IND 1-7 AUS

16:24 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: 7th goal for Australia

Tim Brand beats PR Sreejesh one-on-one. An excellent counter-attack from Australia and Indian defense was in shambles. Australia are not done scoring yet and we can see a few more goals in the last quarter. IND 1-7 AUS

16:21 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Sreejesh takes a hit

It has been a bad day at work for PR Sreejesh but he does well to deny Australia their seventh goal in the 49th minute after a collision with Blake Govers. He takes his time to get up and gets on with the job. IND 1-6 AUS

16:17 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: End of third quarter

India looked promising after half-time scoring one goal but ended up conceding two more before the third quarter hooter. Australia scored off a penalty corner and a penalty stroke. India have been sloppy while taking penalty corners which is visible on the score line. Also, Rupinder Singh is struggling every time India gets a penalty corner. India should ensure that the goal difference does not get any larger as it will come in to play later in the tournament. IND 1-6 AUS

16:11 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Australia convert another penalty corner

This is clinical from Australia. They score off the second consecutive penalty corner in the 42nd minute. Blake Govers scores again and India are getting thrashed out there. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur seemed to have pulled a muscle after falling during Australia's penalty corner. IND 1-6 AUS

16:08 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Australia convert penalty stroke

A referral could not save India from giving away a penalty stroke. Blake Govers hits it to the left of PR Sreejesh. Back to square one for India. IND 1-5 AUS

16:04 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Referral from India

Excellent referral from India earns them a penalty corner. However, once again India fail to convert it into a goal in the 40th minute of the game. IND 1-4

15:59 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: India finally score

In the 34th minute, Dilpreet Singh finally finds the back of the end. Is this the opening India needed? India would at least like to narrow the lead as the goal difference may come into play later. IND 1-4

15:54 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Consecutive penalty corners

India's finishing has been way off in today's game. They have not been able to convert penalty corners into goals despite consecutive penalty corners in the 33rd minute. Also, green card for Australia's Alan Zalewski. IND 0-4

15:52 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Second half underway

Another chance missed by India in the 32nd minute because of terrible fumbles. India are clearly under pressure here. They have earned penalty corners but have not been able to convert them into goals. IND 0-4

15:39 (IST)25 Jul 2021
Hockey: Green card for Dilpreet

A harsh tackle from Dilpreet Singh after losing the ball on attack and the referee shows him a green card. The second quarter comes to an end and India conceded three goals in this passage of play. At half time, it looks like an easy win for Australia. IND 0-4 AUS

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After suffering a crushing blow at the Rio Olympics, then rising to become the world champion in 2017 before being laid low first by a career-threatening injury, and after that the pandemic to eventually win a silver medal at the Olympics, Mirabai Chanu’s journey from the lowest of lows to the second-highest of highs has been enthralling. “I will celebrate by eating a pizza,” she says. “I can’t go out and party, so this is the least I can do.” Before the podium and the pizza, though, there was insufferable pain. In one form or another, pain has been the ever-smiling lifter’s constant companion throughout this Olympic journey. (READ FULL STORY)

Silver was always there for her taking. Chanu knew she simply had to turn up and do the bare minimum to get on the podium. But there wasn’t a lot of fun in following this plain-vanilla script. So, Vijay Sharma – the gentle giant in the corner of the iron-pumping, Olympic-medal winning Chanu – decided to throw the gauntlet on the eve of the competition. The only way, he was convinced, to enhance whatever theoretical chance Chanu had of winning a gold medal was by forcing a mistake from the Chinese lifter, Hou Zhihui. So, when the entry weights were revealed on Friday, Chanu declared she’d lift 210kg – five more than her personal best, which is also a national record. (READ FULL STORY)


India's Mirabai Chanu on the podium after receiving her silver medal in 49 Kg category of Weightlifting in Tokyo (PTI Photo)

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