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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 4 Highlights: On day of heartbreak in shooting, badminton, Lovlina provides hope

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 4 Highlights: Lovlina Borgohain won her Round of 16 match and will face Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal on Friday (July 30).

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 4: Paddler Sharath Kamal lost to defending champion Ma Long and shuttlers Satwiksairaj/Chirag were eliminated from their group by a narrow margin despite winning on Tuesday.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 4 Highlights: Team India had a heartbreaking day in Badminton and Shooting on Tuesday. The day started on a bright note as Indian shooters Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary topped their mixed team air pistol qualification Stage 1 but they finished 7th in Stage 2 to miss medal events. The day then continued to worsen for Indian shooting as Divyansh/Elavenil and Anjum/Deepak also failed to make it to rifle final.

In a morale-boosting news for hockey fans, the men in blue gave a superb performance on Tuesday as they beat Spain 3-0. Meanwhile, boxer Lovlina Borgohain advanced to quarterfinals and is a step away from winning a medal. She will face Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal on Friday (July 30).

Even though shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won on Tuesday, they finished third in Group A, failing to make it to quarters. The 39-year-old Achanta Sharath Kamal ended India’s table tennis campaign, going down in the third round to reigning champion Ma Long. Sailor Vishnu Saravanan improved his overnight rank of 25 to 22.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 4: Highlights 

20:18 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Day 5: Sindhu and Archers likely to headline Wednesday

India's Shooting contingent's show might have disheartened in the early hours of Tuesday, but there's a whole new set of elite athletes set to be in action again tomorrow. Archers Deepika Kumari and the men's trio of Atanu, Pravin and Tarundeep are in their Singles Knockout matches tomorrow early in the morning. PV Sindhu also in action in the morning session.

19:23 (IST)27 Jul 2021
India's Tennis campaign

India's Tennis campaign has come to a premature end at this Olympics. Nagal and Mirza needed a few pull-outs for them to be able to compete in the mixed doubles, but that was not to be. Ankita and Sania have already been knocked out, while Nagal gave a great display of himself yet again, before losing to World Number 2 Daniil Medvedev.

18:54 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Dutee Chand posts training video from Tokyo

Meanwhile, those set to enter the fray in the later half of the Tokyo Games, such as the athletics contingent or the wrestling contingent, are now beginning to get into their grooves training in Japan. 

Meanwhile, on the immediate horizon, here are the big events lined up for tomorrow:

18:34 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Russia win Artistic Gymnastics Team Final gold

After that Biles disaster for the USA, it is Russia (ROC) who win gold. And it is Biles who is the first person to walk across and congratulate the Russian Olympic Committee on their gold medal

18:17 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Indians in action on Wednesday

Here's a look at Indian participation tomorrow. It will be a much less top-heavy day tomorrow than today was, with action spread across the day. PV Sindhu resumes her campaign, she will be playing a Round-Robin match tomorrow. In terms of medal prospects, we have the Archery individual rounds. Will 2021 finally be redemption year for Deepika Kumari? Could Atanu or Pravin have a special day? Then there is the Rowing semifinal featuring Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh, as they look to broach uncharted territory. We shall end with another Indian boxer, Pooja Rani, taking the ring for the first time in her R16 match. If she wins, like Lovlina today, she will also be within just 1 more win of a medal.

18:07 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Biles's Instagram post on eve of final

Here's what Simone Biles posted on her Instagram yesterday: "I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha."

18:03 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Manu Bhaker's father says she had a bad day

"She shoots better than that in her training," Ramkishan Bhaker, Manu Bhaker's father, was quoted as saying by the Olympics website. 

"I don't know what could be the reason (for her below-par performance), maybe it can be the effect of the first day, which she has not forgotten. Or might be the case that she might be overthinking that 'today I have to win a medal for sure... I think if you start thinking about medals, then you forget the target as far as I understand it," her father says.

Meanwhile, here's how Lovlina strode her way into the Last 8.

17:42 (IST)27 Jul 2021
More on Biles pulling out

An official USA Gymnastics statement: “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the  team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

As per NBC broadcast, A Team USA coach said that Simone Biles' exit from the gymnastics team event "is not injury related." Coach said it is a "mental issue she is having."

17:37 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Simone Biles pulled out of Gymnastics final for 'a mental issue'

Gymnastics great Simone Biles has been withdrawn from the USA team for the women's team finals. Her coach told reporters at the venue that she has been pulled out due to a 'mental issue'.

The 24-year-old was supposed to lead the USA team in the final, but following an error on the vault and an apparent knee jarring while landing, Biles left the stadium. She was closely followed by the team's medical staff.

17:28 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Mirabai's homecoming

Some more visuals of how Imphal is greeting its hero as Mirabai Chanu brings home a silver.

17:08 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Biles pulls out of final

Simone Biles has pulled out of the gymnastics team competition. We don't know why yet, but it is speculated it is an injury.

"We are being told that Simone Biles has now pulled out of the entire Team Finals. We don't know why. We aren't going to speculate, but that is crushing news." says a NBC live coverage report.

16:41 (IST)27 Jul 2021
A hero's homecoming

Imphal is buzzing today as an Olympic silver medallist returns home.

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16:12 (IST)27 Jul 2021
A glimpse of Satwik-Chirag

They won in straight games earlier today but still went out of the Olympics earlier today. They've been blazing their trail in the men's doubles circuit over the last couple of years, and they are just 20 and 24 years old. There's a reason why Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are one of the most exciting things to have happened in Indian sports in recent years, this rally one of them:

15:51 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Titmus's coach apologises for 'celebration of Tokyo 2020'

An Australian swimming coach whose wild victory celebrations at the Tokyo Olympics went viral online has apologised for tearing off his mask in defiance of strict coronavirus rules. Coach Dean Boxall flipped out after his swimmer Ariarne Titmus clinched gold in the 400m freestyle ahead of fierce American rival Katie Ledecky on Monday.

The exuberant coach who stole the show yesterday, tells Australian media: "I need to apologise, actually, because I tore my mask off and it ripped. I just lost it in the moment... It just came out. It built up in the trials, it was coming through and then when I saw the race unfolding I couldn't keep it in... I think I went outside of my body.'

15:24 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Shooting: Federation chief says entire coaching staff will be overhauled

After the heartbreak, come the initial reactions. India's shooting contingent would already be feeling the heat of not meeting expectations of fans, and now NRAI chief Raninder Singh has added to the sense of dread with some tough statements.

On the Manu Bhaker-Jaspal Rana issue, this is what the NRAI chief had to say: "It’s for reasons best known to him and the athlete concerned, they are unable to work together, well, this is not China we live in. I cannot dictate. They have to be willing to work with each other...I got Manu’s family together with Jaspal but they did not get on. It’s not just Jaspal, the other side also was not willing to work with him because of various instances that they both cited. The girl said something, the family said something, Jaspal in his defence said something.

"Here's our report from Ground Zero: ‘Coaching needs overhaul, Jaspal Rana was negative factor’, says shooting federation chief 

15:02 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Sailing: Vishnu Sarvanan ends day at 22nd spot

Vishnu finishes Laser Race 6 at 12 spot. Race 7 and 8 are scheduled to take place tomorrow for him. This moves him to 22nd in the overall standings, had been 25th at the end of day yesterday. 4 races remaining. Only Top 10 qualify for Medal race. Meanwhile, Nethra Kumanan has finished 38th in race 6 of the women's laser-radial. With 4 races left, the task is significantly more uphill for Nethra. Could Vishnu have a chance though? His next race is scheduled for tomorrow.

14:47 (IST)27 Jul 2021
From Taiwan to Italy, the whole world celebrates

Taiwan's Kuo Hsing-Chun won the gold medal in the women's 59kg weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, breaking Olympic records in all three categories. Kuo, who holds the world record with a total lift of 247kg, lifted 236kg to win gold on Tuesday, an Olympic record. Her lifts in the snatch -- 103kg -- and clean and jerk -- 133kg -- were also new Olympic marks.

14:37 (IST)27 Jul 2021
Chirag-Satwik's unlucky exit

Satwik and Chirag suffered an unlucky exit earlier today, going out of the Olympics on the basis of number of games won after all three of Chine Taipei and Indonesia finished with the same number of match wins. India lost in 2 games to the World Number 1 Indonesian pair. The badminton draw was indeed a very unlucky one for Indians. They were placed in the Group of Death.  

Turkmenistan would be celebrating today:

14:23 (IST)27 Jul 2021
How Day 4 has gone for Team India

A quick recap of Indians on the day so far: The Indian men's hockey team defeated Spain to get their campaign back on track. Lovlina Borgohain progressed to the quarters. The shooting contingent, meanwhile, had a heartbreaking day, with none of the teams making it into the medal matches. The sailing pair of Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy are currently in action on the open waters, we shall keep you posted about their results.

Back home, Olympian Judoka Shushila Devi received a warm welcome after arriving at Delhi Airport a little earlier.

14:03 (IST)27 Jul 2021
India's Table Tennis campaign at Tokyo 2020 comes to an end

With Sharath Kamal's defeat at the hands of Ma Long (though he did manage to take the second game against the Chinese living legend), India's TT campaign at Tokyo 2020 has come to an end.

It was a commendable performance, with two Indian women managing to cross the first round - something that has never happened before. Achanta Sharath Kamal, at 39, proved he still has what it takes - with a warrior's headgear still firmly in place - even though Sathiyan, of whom there had been immense expectations, could not deliver on Olympics debut. It has been an impressive campaign for the Indians at TT in Tokyo, but the Chinese wall is still proving to be impenetrable. Onwards to Paris. With a Sharath Kamal, in his 40s, still leading the charge!

Welcome to the eerie world of the Tokyo Olympics. Without any spectators due to Covid restrictions, the silence inside the giant, empty arenas provides a strange background score. At swimming, you can hear the sound of water splashing with every stroke, even at a distance. There is a smattering of applause occasionally but it is hard to say if it’s from the volunteers or the fake crowd noise that is, at times, employed.

When Tokyo presented its stadiums to the world, this wasn’t what anyone had imagined. They had built spaceships, not stadiums. Some, like the volleyball or the hockey venues, are so massive that there are carts and bikes to ferry fans from security checkpoints to the gates. From there, robots would have guided them to their seats. There are rooms to “keep your feelings calm and relaxed”, and volunteers who are ready to help “if you begin to feel worse”.

But the best-laid plans had to be compromised after the city was hit by the fifth wave of the pandemic. Now, the shrill echoes of players and their coaches reverberate around the arena. (READ FULL STORY)

Argentina and Spain stand on the field for the playing of their national anthems before a women's field hockey match at the 2020 Summer Olympics (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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