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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 5 Highlights: Deepika Kumari on medal trail, Pooja Rani 1 win away from medal

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 5 Highlights: PV Sindhu advanced to the last-16 stage, Pravin Jadhav stunned the World Number 2 before going out in his next round. Deepika Kumari sailed through to the R16 after winning two matches. Pooja Rani won her R16 match and is 1 win away from a medal.

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda
Updated: July 28, 2021 8:55:36 pm
Deepika kumariTokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari sailed into the Round of 16 after winning her first two matches, beginning her Individual Women's campaign on Wednesday.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 5 Highlights: The fifth day of the ongoing Games started off on a disappointing note as the Rani Rampal-led India women’s hockey team lost 4-1 against reigning Olympic gold medallists Great BritainPV Sindhu added a positive spin to the day by progressing to the round-of-16 with a second straight win in badminton women’s singles Group J. She defeated Hong Kong’s NY Cheung in straight sets: 21-9, 21-16 in little more than half-an-hour. In archery, Pravin Jadhav stunned the World Number 2 Galsan Bazarzhapov in his first round but then lost to World Number 1 Brady Ellison.

Tarundeep Rai won his first contest but eventually lost to Israel’s Itay Shanny 5-6 in the round-of-32 of the men’s individual event. Out of contention for medals, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finished sixth in the semi-final A of lightweight men’s double sculls in rowing with a timing of 6:24.41, creating Olympic history for India in the process.

Late in the day, there were some very positive results for India. Pooja Rani won her Round of 16 match and is now one win away from a medal place. Deepika Kumari won her first round in straight sets. Up against the USA in her Round of 32 match, she lost an early lead to take us to a fifth set, which she also won to go into the last 16.


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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 5: India women's hockey team were the first in action on Wednesday as they lost 4-1 against Great Britain in their third group stage match. PV Sindhu progressed to the last-16 stage of badminton women's singles after beating NY Cheung 21-9, 21-16. Tarundeep Rai's Olympic journey came to an end in the round-of-32 of the men's archery individual event.

20:51 (IST)28 Jul 2021
India's golfers begin campaign

For Anirban, 34, Tokyo2020 will be his second Olympics appearance, after finishing 56th out of 59 at the Rio Games. Udayan, ranked 356, was the first reserve and made the cut after pull-outs. 

20:27 (IST)28 Jul 2021
On the bloodbath (and a ghost sighting) in Badminton Men's singles
19:49 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Food down the bin

The organisers apologised for wasting food during opening ceremony after videos of trucks disposing off food boxes went viral.

"From this week, measures to optimise (food) orders are being implemented at each of the venues, (and) we regret that large amount of over-ordering has occurred up until now," a spokesperson said. He also clarified thefood was not disposed but recycled into animal feed.

Junko Hitomi, an official at a non-profit organisation called The People that runs a food bank for people in need, told Reuters, "What a waste. I have no other way to put it."

19:46 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Momota nonotata

Kento Momota first came to prominence at the 2012 Junior World Championship as the home hero at Chiba, Japan. He would go the distance in a field which boasted of fellow Tokyo contender Viktor Axelsen. Dismissing a Korean 21-17, 21-8 in the semifinals, Momota would make the finals and go onto announce his arrival by being crowned champion beating the arch rival, a Chinese. 

Revenge was served kimchee cold - on Wednesday at the Musashino Forest arena, when Momota's Korean opponent, pickled in that defeat from 9 years ago, resurfaced in the Olympics draw, in the form of a 21-15, 21-19 nemesis. The Korean, his country's only Men's singles shuttler at Tokyo, Heo Kwang-Hee, dashed Japan's biggest hope, groomed to shine in this Olympics from the moment the country won the hosting rights. 

A champion from elementary high school right upto the double World Championships in 2018 and 2019 marked the 26-year-old as a Tokyo favourite.

Home hopes Naomi Osaka and gymnast Kohei Uchimura were upset earlier. 

The badminton shocker follows on the heels of a non-sport related gambling ban that saw Japan punish their big name on ethical grounds leading him to miss Rio Games. Momota would win a staggering 11 titles on the circuit in 2019 on his return. A freak pre-dawn car accident in Kuala Lumpur as Momota was headed to the airport, left the driver dead. Momota, extricated from the pileup, needed eye surgery last summer. Earlier this year, Momota tested positive for Covid at the airport, while headed to the first international meet on resumption. 

The Japanese just couldn't catch a break. And when Kwang-Hee, ranked 38, showed up opposite him, Momota couldn't believe his luck when shuttles sprayed wide. At one moment in the match, when he realised the exit was imminent, he glazed over and appeared to go blank. Ghosts from 2012 glided in front of him. The ghost's accreditation read Heo Kwang-Hee.

19:42 (IST)28 Jul 2021
India's schedule for tomorrow

19:06 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Pooja's punch

Pravin Jadhav would give her competition for the most combative Indian performance today, while Deepika also showed heart in digging herself out from a tight corner against the American in her 2nd round, but here's a look at what Pooja Rani's punch looks like:

18:52 (IST)28 Jul 2021
On PV Sindhu and Pooja Rani

Pooja won all three rounds on the five scorecards, with one judge ruling the second round for the Indian 10-8, a score reserved for a "clear winner". “I haven’t eaten or drank anything all day,” her coach Sanjay laughed, minutes after Pooja’s win on Wednesday. “I’m getting some juice right now. That is what happens when your child is at a big stage."

Earlier on Wednesday, looking to book her knockouts slot, Sindhu, a Rio silver medallist did well to ramp up the aggression and hit through Cheung’s defiance.

18:26 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Kento Momota knocked out in first round

Well, well, well. We had Osaka crashing out early. Now, on the badminton courts, Kento Momota crashes out in the first round.

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18:02 (IST)28 Jul 2021
La la land

In the much awaited equestrian event of individual dressage, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl wins gold, performing "horse ballet" on her mare 'Dalera' to the soundtrack of the film La la land.

In an interview with The Horse magazine, she had spoken about Dalera. 

"Dalera is a horse with no limits. She is such a dancer, such an easy mover, she is a real rock star in the arena, she wants to present herself, she wants to show how good she is. She loves competing.  She is the most amazing horse I have ever ridden at this level so far.

It wasn't always  that smooth when she first came upon Dalera.

"When I got her she was already eight years old, she was pretty tense, but already showed a lot of potential and a very good piaffe / passage, not perfect, but you could see that it was going to be good. But she was a bit afraid of the flying changes, so I nearly fell off in the first year, when she was bucking – she was crazy and really afraid of a single flying change.”

As Hugh Grant's character says famously in the movie Notting Hill, "the readers of Horse and Hound would be happy".

17:36 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Richarlison's goals give Brazil a 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia

Richarlison scored a pair of goals and Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament with a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.  Brazil started the day at the top of the standings in Group D, which includes Germany and Ivory Coast, but needed a win or draw to advance.

Matheus Cunha gave Brazil the lead in the 14th minute, but Abdulelah Almari equalized in the 27th with a goal that was confirmed by video review. Richarlison, who plays for Everton, scored a header in the 76th, and then added his second in stoppage time. He now has five goals at the Tokyo Games. Saudi Arabia has been eliminated.

17:10 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Schoenmaker makes a point

South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker breaks 200m breaststroke Olympic record in the prelims at 2:19.16. she was within one second to beating the world record (2:19.11, set in 2013 by Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen.) She has already won silver at 100m breaststroke.

Five years ago, when she couldn't qualify for Rio, Schoenmaker thought about quitting the sport. It was a tough setback. I really struggled to enjoy swimming after that, the excitement was so real, and we were getting so happy about me going, and then finding out I didn't make it," Schoenmaker told "But now I feel like I'm very happy, compared to who I was as a person and where I was in life."

16:44 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Swimming, gymnastics events continue

Some records being burned in the pool meanwhile.

16:42 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Day 5: Complete List of Results for Indians


- Tarundeep Rai beats Oleksii Hunbin (Ukraine) 6-4 in men's individual first round match; loses to Itay Shanny (Israel) in shoot-off in second round.
- Pravin Jadhav beats Galsan Bazarzhapov (Russian Olympic Committee) 6-0 in men's individual first round; loses to Brady Ellison (USA) 0-6 in second round. 
- Deepika Kumari beats Karma (Bhutan) 6-0 in women's individual first round match; beats Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez (USA) 6-4 in second round. 

- P V Sindhu beats NY Cheung (Hong Kong) 21-9 21-16 in women's singles group J match. Qualifies for pre-quarterfinals.
- B Sai Praneeth lost to M Caljouw (Netherlands) 14-21 14-21 in men's singles Group D match. Fails to qualify for pre-quarterfinals.

- Pooja Rani beats Ichrak Chaib (Algeria) in women's 75kg round of 16 bout.

- India loses 1-4 to Great Britain in women's Pool A match.

- Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finish sixth in men's lightweight double sculls semifinal 2; fail to qualify for medal round.

- KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finish 18th, 17th and 19th in three races to languish at 18th overall in men's Skiff 49er.

16:13 (IST)28 Jul 2021
The Olympic cheer

Yui Ohaishi was diagnosed with anemia is on medication for it. In a 2015 National Championships race in Japan, she clocked the slowest time among 40 competitors. Today, she won her second gold of Tokyo 2020.

After the early morning desappointment in Women's Hockey, this is how the late resurgence in the day by our Archers and Pooja Rani is making us feel about Day 5:

15:56 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Who is Pooja Rani?

Pooja Rani became a youth state champion in Haryana in 2009 and and followed it up with a silver in the Youth Nationals in the 60kg category.

Her big break came in 2014, when she won the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in the 75 kg category. She also represented India at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 in the 75 kg category. She won the gold medal in South Asian Games 2016. She also won Silver (2012) and Bronze (2015) in Asian Championship 75 kg weight categories. However, she failed to qualify for Rio 2016.

She hails from Nimriwali village of Haryana state’s Bhiwani district, which is considered to be boxing’s cradle in India. She joined the Hawa Singh Boxing Academy in her town, keeping it a secret from her family, who disapproved of the sport initially.

15:50 (IST)28 Jul 2021
India's women boxers continue on medal trail

After Lovlina yesterday, Pooja Rani today.

15:46 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Day 5: Who were the best performing Indians?

Deepika Kumari was probably the biggest performer from among India's medal hopes today. Pravin Jadhav was also stunning in his performance, but he had the worst luck possible in terms of draw and his campaign is over. Pooja Rani was also impressive in her dominant win in the Round of 16. Like Lovlina, she too is now one win away from a medal. PV Sindhu also had a very dominant display earlier today to sail into the knockout rounds.

That is it for Indians participating on Day 5. Do stay tuned for more updates from the Tokyo Olympics. We shall also let you know what events to watch out for tomorrow in a bit.

15:39 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Jesse Owens and the Olympic spirit he stands for

When Jesse Owens ran, nothing else mattered. Fluid, languid and loose, everything around him was a breeze as his body faced the runway like a catapult. Even as cold, drizzly rain fell, Owens moved his limbs in sweeping, lyrical motion defying time.

It was the summer of 1936 in Berlin...Writes Deeptesh Sen, who once kicked a football so hard his shoes went inside the goal along with the ball.

15:18 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Badminton: Praneeth's campaign ends

In badminton men's singles, Sai Praneeth's campaign ended when he lost to Mark Caljouw (WR 29) of the Netherlands 14-21, 14-21  in the second Group match. The Indian finished last and third in the Group. Both his matches were against lower ranked players. Mark also set a record of sorts when he became the first Dutch player to reach the round of 16 in Olympics history.

PV Sindhu has gone through to the knockout stages in the women's draw meanwhile.

15:17 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Deepika on track

A very successful day for Deepika Kumari, who began her Women's Individual campaign today. She is set for her Round of 16 match tomorrow. Archer Atanu Kumar is also set to begin his campaign tomorrow, relatedly.

On Tuesday morning, a storm that swirled towards Japan finally ended up skirting Tokyo. But at the Olympics, the Indian shooting camp found itself at the centre of a different storm of its own. On a day when the shooters were reasonably confident of winning at least one medal but ended with none, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh took aim at the coaching staff and pointed to why India missed the target by such a wide margin.

He said there would be an overhaul of coaching staff, highlighted the internal wrangling within the team and warned that no one was indispensable — even himself, although he cheekily added that he felt “less responsible” for the below-par performances.

“We are going to see an overhaul of the Indian coaching staff for sure. Everybody will be evaluated… You think it is only the athlete who will be evaluated? Even I will be evaluated as president of the NRAI. No one is indispensable,” Singh said after another medal-less day for India at shooting.

“I am consciously aware that I have done everything that is humanly possible. That’s why I feel a little less responsible this time. But, it’s my team,” he said.

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First published on: 28-07-2021 at 03:00:02 am
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