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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 3 Highlights: Indian women’s hockey team loses second group match

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 3 Highlights: After a bright start to Day 3, it was a disappointing outing on Day 3.

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda | Tokyo |
Updated: July 26, 2021 8:51:32 pm
india women hockeyTokyo Olympics 2020: India are into the quarter finals. (Hockey India)

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 3 Highlights: After a bright start to Day 3, it was a disappointing outing on third day for Team India. India’s first Olympic fencer Bhavani Devi delivered a win on debut but lost her Round of 32 match to get knocked out. Indian men’s archery team comprising Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav, and Tarundeep Rai lost to Korea in quarterfinals. Sharath Kamal won his second-round match against Portugal but it was the end of the road for fellow paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee. In badminton, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went down in their men’s doubles second round.

Later, in the evening, Indian women’s hockey lost 0-2 to Germany in Pool A fixture.

Elsewhere, boxer Ashish Kumar was defeated by Erbieke Tuoheta 0-5 in the round of 32. Swimmer Sajan Prakash finished 24th in Men’s 200m Butterfly and failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Tennis player Sumit Nagal lost Round 2 to World No.2 Daniil Medvedev. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished 18th while Mairaj Ahmad Khan ended 25th in the men’s skeet event. Manika Batra lost 4-0 in the third round to World No 17 Sofia Polcanova of Austria to end her campaign.

Vishnu Saravanan, who was 14th in the laser class after day 1, moved down to 25th while Nethra Kumanan dropped down from 27th to 28th in the laser radial after Day 2 of Sailing qualifiers.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 3: Bhavani Devi's resounding win on her Olympics debut was perhaps the brightest spot of the day for India, but she too was eliminated in the Round of 32.

19:11 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Full Time: Germany 2-0 India

Well, the second half has been mostly about clock management from the Germans. They hold out till the final hoot. A clinical display from India. India brave in defeat again. The game changed in a single passage of play in the 2nd Half: Gurjit missed a Penalty stoke. At the other end, Germany scored almost immediately. There was no getting back from that for the girls today.

A 1-5 defeat to Netherlands

A 0-2 defeat to Germany

Can the Indian women roar back in their last group matches? They'll play GBR, IRE and RSA. 4 teams go through to the quarters.

19:06 (IST)26 Jul 2021
4th Quarter: India try to get something back

India try without luck to break down the German defence. Germany now get a break away in the final few minutes of the 4th Quarter with Zimmerman down the right. Importantly, the clock is being managed very well by the Germans.

Germany 2-0 India

18:57 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Japan beat China to win Table Tennis Gold

For the first time since Athens 2004, China has failed to win a gold medal at any event in Olympic table tennis. The Japanese team of Jun Mizutani (ranked 18) and Mima Ito (No 2) came from 2-0 down to beat a strong Chinese team of Xu Xin (No 2) and Liu Shiwen (No 7) - both former World No 1s - 4-3 to claim gold in the first ever Olympic mixed doubles event. The Match went on for 1 hr 17 mins

Meanwhile, the Indian team are trying to fight back in the 4th quarter, but are still down by 2 goals with around 10 minutes left in the match.

18:50 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Potential upset in TT coming up

Potential upset coming up: Japan closing in on a historic Olympic gold in TABLE TENNIS! They're leading China deep in the deciding set of the mixed doubles final. Japan are leading 8-1 at the moment.

In the hockey arena, India are making more and more advances as the third quarter comes to an end, but the German defence is ensuring there's more frustration in store than joy for the Indians in the final third.

18:44 (IST)26 Jul 2021
3rd Quarter: Big chances for India

Vandana with acres of space as a long ball finds her unmarked! Vandana makes the run, she draws the goalkeeper out, shoots, but loses balance and falls as she shoots. Saved by Sontag! Times her dive to perfection. Neha now draws forward, finds an opening. Shoots! Or, well, at least tries to. Ends up scuffing her shot with the goalkeeper exposed. Two big chances for India in quick succession.

18:40 (IST)26 Jul 2021
3rd Quarter: Germany 2-0 India

Second goal! Anna Schroder now drives an unstoppable shot past Savita into the Indian goal. What fine margins! India were set to equalize after getting the Penalty stroke. Gurjit missed, and a few seconds later, Germany make their chance count and now they are 2-0 up. 

18:37 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Gurjit hits the post! Germany 1-0 India

It was a brave referral by Rani and she gets India their first Penalty stroke of Tokyo 2020. After 90 minutes of no PCs also for the campaign so far. Gurjit steps up. Off the post! Oh no! The German keeper lets out a roar.

18:36 (IST)26 Jul 2021
India get a Penalty stroke

NewsFlash: India have won their first Penalty Corner of Tokyo 2020! Rani Rampal with the hit! Lovely hit, which is turned aside behind goal. India want a Penalty stroke! They've gone for the Review. Looks like the ball hit Altenberg and then went out. Will India get a Penalty Stroke? Yes they do! 

18:32 (IST)26 Jul 2021
3rd Quarter: Germany with first attack of 2nd half

The third quarter begins. 30 more minutes for India to make something out of this match. They've played well so far, but they are up against one of the world's best teams. 

18:22 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Half Time: Germany 1-0 India

Germany now looking to wind down the closk as India look to ramp the pressure and increase the pace. It's been all India in the later part of the second quarter. But as the hooter sounds to signal Half-Time, Germany are 1-0 up.

Meanwhile, something not very significant but becoming a bizarre problem slowly. Remember, they've conceded 3 of their 6 goals conceded so far in Tokyo through PCs themselves.

18:16 (IST)26 Jul 2021
2nd Quarter: India look dangerous on counter

Salima blocks! Germany earns another PC as Savita continues being a rock in goal. Then, from the resultant PC, it is Salima who advances bravely to make the block! Great defensive work again. Pieper with a great opening on goal but she shoots over goal. Reprieve for India! Vandana now makes another darting run down the left flank. Into the box! But cleared. Still, Germany 1-0 India

18:10 (IST)26 Jul 2021
2nd Quarter: India try to fight back

German bombardments are the order of the match in the 2nd quarter too. Vandana has been impressive for the Indian women's team so far, even as the German opponents have dominated the match so far. Monika comes forward with the ball now, but dispossessed...Neha now from the right. Earns a corner for India. India showing good speed on the counter attack that time. Positive sign!

18:04 (IST)26 Jul 2021
2nd Quarter: Germany 1-0 India

The first quarter ends just as Susheela looks to initiate an attack from the right. It's 1-0 to Germany at the end of the first quarter. Another 45 minutes for the Indian team to turn it around. Remember, a draw could well be seen as a good result today, considering the points table and matches left for India. 

Perhaps more importantly from an Indian perspective, could the women's hockey team provide a joyful end to what has been a largely disappointing day?

17:58 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Germany score; Germany 1-0 India

A shot is slashed past the Indian goal, who are still holding on. With three minutes left in the quarter, Germany get the first penaltyu corner of the day. India conceded 2 goals from penalty corners against Netherlands. And would you believe it! They concede again! Germany score. 

Germany 1-0 with 3 minutes left in 1st quarter.

17:54 (IST)26 Jul 2021
1st Quarter: Savita saves!

The Women in Blue have also managed to penetrate the circle twice now. Savita forced to make a great save as the Germans throng the circle as the first quarter wears on. Magnificent save by Savita, who stretched out her heavily padded left leg to deny the Germans. 

Still 0-0 the score, as the two teams test each other out with their opening salvos.

17:49 (IST)26 Jul 2021
1st Quarter: Germany attack

Germany with the pushback as the hoot goes off. And it is the German team with the first attack of the match. They are shading possession in the first. A couple of attacks manage to penetrate the penalty circle as well, but none of them have managed the threaten the Indian goal so far.

17:44 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Match begins

It's time for the anthems. And then the teams to make a final team huddle on the turf. Big game for the Indian team! 

17:38 (IST)26 Jul 2021
How things stand for Indian women's hockey team

India lost their first Pool A match 1-5 to Netherlands. They're up against another top-grade team in Germany today. They are 5th out of 6 teams in Pool A so far after 1 match. Four teams from each Pool will go through to the quarters. India still have a great chance to qualify, given that games against Ireland and South Africa are left. For today, a draw against Germany could be seen as a great result! Match begins in 5 minutes.

17:34 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Next Up: India vs Germany women's Hockey

Time for the last action of the day from an Indian perspective. Can the Indian women's hockey team end the day on a high note? The match is set to begin in a few more minutes. 

17:21 (IST)26 Jul 2021
That's some way to celebrate

Ariarne Titmus was thrilled with her victory over Katie Ledecky. The Terminator's coach was even more excited. In the stands at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Dean Boxall yanked off his mandatory mask, let out a scream that echoed through the largely empty arena, pumped his fists, and thrust his hips in moves reminiscent of Mick Jagger. He grabbed at a glass railing like he wanted to rip it apart.

Boxall's emotional display became an instant hit on social media, where one admirer tweeted it was ``the best reaction of all time.'' The Australian Olympic team tweeted a GIF that said the coach's reaction ``sums it up perfectly.'' 

On Sunday, hopes were once again pinned on the hockey team to salvage what had been a largely miserable day for India at Tokyo 2020, save for a few impressive wins by PV SindhuMary Kom and Manika Batra. The afterglow of the silver medal that Mirabai Chanu won on Saturday was already beginning to wear off on the Indian contingent. At the shooting range in Asaka, which was an American army camp from 1945 to 1960, the bubble that the shooting team was living in was burst after none of the rifle and pistol shooters could make the final of their events.

An hour’s drive away at Ariake, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina surrendered their advantage to bow out in the women’s doubles first round while Manish Kaushik lost his opening bout, making it two defeats out of two for India’s male boxers at these Olympics.

On a hot, extremely sultry day when even laptops needed coolers, looking for an Indian win was tougher than searching for a drop of water in a dry, arid land. It was expected that the men’s hockey team would at least put up a fight against the Australians, if not beat them. But placing hopes on the hockey team is like a hopeless gambler placing one final bet, convinced he’ll break even. (READ FULL STORY)

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