Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 11 Highlights: Tajinderpal Toor fails to qualify for shot put final, India lose to Belgium in hockey.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 11 Highlights: In the men’s shot put event, Tajinderpal Singh Toor failed to qualify for the final in the evening and left the arena with one legal throw of 19.99m. The automatic qualification mark was at 21.20m. He fouled his next two attempts and bowed out. Tajinder finished 13th in his Group A which had 16 competitors.
It was a day of massive disappointment for India after its men’s hockey team’s dream of Olympic gold after 41 years remained unfulfilled as it lost 2-5 to world champions Belgium in the last-four stage. However, India is still in the hunt for a bronze in the Tokyo Games. For Belgium, Alexander Hendrickx (19th, 49th, 53rd minutes), the tournament’s highest goal-getter, scored a hat-trick while Loick Luypaert (2nd minute) and John-John Dohmen (60th) also struck to hand the reigning silver-medallists their second successive entry into the final of the Olympics.
In the women’s javelin throw event, India’s Annu Rani’s campaign ended as she finished 14th out of 15 in Group A qualification with the best attempt of 54.04m. Her personal best has been 63.24m but could not improve any further. In wrestling, India began their campaign at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba with Sonam Malik losing her bout against Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the round of 16 of the women’s 62kg freestyle category.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 11 Highlights: Tajinderpal Singh Toor failed to qualify for the men’s shot put final. Earlier in the day, India lost 5-2 to World Champions Belgium in the semi-final.
While pulling off their biggest heist at the Olympics, India made short work of Australia, quite literally.
Playing their biggest, most tense match ever, India resorted to a game of ‘mini hockey’, a tactical switch executed with breath-taking efficiency.
Sjoerd Marijne’s team started their quarterfinal by pressing high and unafraid to play long passes from the centre of the pitch to the attacking third, bypassing the midfield completely. But after drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur scored her first goal of the campaign to put India ahead in the 22nd minute, Australia got more aggressive, pushing India deep into their half in search of an equaliser.
That forced Marijne to deploy a different strategy at the start of the third quarter. Continuing with long passes to get some breathing space could have only led to easy interceptions, simple turnover of possession and more pressure on the defence.
This wasn’t the first time Marijne had adopted this tactic. (Source: Sjoerd Marijne/Twitter)
The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.