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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: Tajinderpal Singh Toor failed to qualify for the men’s shot put final at Tokyo 2020.

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.

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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.

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16:51 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put: Final Standings

Tajinderpal Singh Toor fails to qualify for the Men’s Shot Put final at Tokyo 2020. The 26-year-old manages just one valid throw (19.99m) to finish 13th in his group. The top-12 make the cut for the final round. 

16:37 (IST)03 Aug 2021
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16:27 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put:Toor fouls yet again

The third attempt from Tajinderpal Singh Toor is a foul and that means he is virtually out of the medal round in men's shot put. With a best of 19.99m and two fouls from the allotted three, Tajinderpal Singh Toor bows out. His campaign ends here in Tokyo.

16:25 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put: Toor down to the 12th

Nick Ponzio's throw in the second attempt is 20.28 and that means India's Tajinderpal Singh Toor has gone down to 12th.

16:17 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put: Romani with a power throw

Brazilian thrower Darlan Romani crosses the qualifying mark with a throw of 21.31m. WOW! This means Toor has slipped further down to number 11. Toor needs to deliver his best throw on his last attempt to qualify for the final of the men's shot put event at Tokyo 2020! Still, now, his best throw is 19.99m 

16:15 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put: Toor continues to slide

Portugal's Belo Francisco records 20.58 meters. That means Tajinderpal Singh Toor is now at number nine after 7 shot putters completed their first two attempts. 

16:04 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put: Second attempt from Toor

The second attempt is invalid because it is a foul. He slips to number 8 on the list. Top 12 qualify from 31 (Group A has 16, Group B has 15) competitors.In the final, three throws each will allowed to top 12 finishers. Bottom four will be eliminated. Top eight will get three more throws

15:48 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put: First attempt from Toor

19.99m in Tajinderpal Singh Toor's first attempt. Remember the automatic qualification mark for the finals is 21.20 meters. Others in the competition- Bahrain's Mahmoud Abdelrehman with 18.95m. South Africa's Jason van Rooyen records 18.92m! Portugal's Francisco Belo fouls. But Serbia's Armin Sinancevic has thrown 20.5m. Brazil's Darlan Romani scores 21.00m and is in the lead.

15:46 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's Shot Put:Toor up first

Tajinderpal Singh Toor will be the first one to attempt his shot. Everyone will get three attempts. We will see him in action shortly. A top 12 finish or a throw of 21.20m+ can take him to the finals. He got his PB throw of 21.49m earlier this year.

15:36 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Brave Bronze for Biles

The extraordinary story of this Olympics might well be that athletes have finally started to say no. A big no to abuse of body and mind. And a thumbs down to critics who purport to know their state of mind more then the athletes themselves. The star among them has been Simone Biles, who pulled out of a few events. Until today In her last chance to win an individual medal, Biles returned to her arena, to the balance beam, and got the job done, winning bronze. Her seventh Olympic medal of which four are gold She had taken about having "twisties", a state of disconnect between body and mind while twisting in the air, experienced by gymnasts. On Tuesday, she didn't go for her signature dismount to avoid the twisting.

Her move is a double-twisting double backflip, but she opted instead for a 'double pike" and aced it. Simone Biles returned to competition on the apparatus finals of the Balance Beam, and scored a 14.000 hitting a double pike dismount to a standing ovation. And a fighting bronze. Chinese gymnasts Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing won gold and silver. Biles coming back from opting out of team and individual all around competitions, as well as sitting out Floor and Vault, was welcomed warmly, and with some trepidation of her routine.

Putting her best toes forward, she went through her jumps meticulously. Biles' routine started with a really aggressive triple wolf turn. The front aerial transitioning into spilt jump moving into a straddle jump went without deduction. A double pike on switch leap was a wobble. On the side aerial jump, the transverse jump and half split jump was a little short, before her double pike dismount ended with a small hop back.

But the crowd was on its feet, to watch her return and attempt the 6.1 difficulty. She was scored 7.900 on execution. And she looked happy Chinese Chenchen going in last, the youngest in the field, crescendoed with a front aerial to straddle and a Korbut, for a cleanest turn on her own perfect double pike dismount. Her gold came at 14.633. The young Guan, was wildly cheered by Sunisa Lee and Simone Biles before she went out for her routine, showing remarkable camaraderie and solidarity.

The Chinese aced the tough handspring from a switch leap. Her transverse jumps and dismount got her a 8.033 on execution, to top the difficulty of 6.6. Silver medallist Tang Xijing had an excellent back handspring. Her straddle jump earned applause, and her dismount with college stick, ankle form put her in lead at 14.233, right before Biles went in.

15:32 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Simone Biles sticks landing in balance beam, wins Olympic bronze

Simone Biles has won a bronze medal in balance beam, her first of the Tokyo Olympics. The American gymnastics star finished behind gold medalist Guan Chenchen and silver medalist Tang Xijing both of China. A week after taking herself out of several competitions to focus on her mental health, Biles drilled a slightly altered routine on Tuesday. Biles, using a routine that ended with a double-pike dismount no twisting required posted a score of 14.000. That was good enough for second after four competitors during the eight-woman final.

15:24 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Men's shot put competitors

In group A, at least four competitors are in the 22m+ range  including Joe Kovacs (PB: 22.91m) of the USA, Thomas Walsh (PB: 22.90m) of New Zealand, Konrad Bukowiecki (PB:22.25m) of Poland and Tomas Stanek (PB: 22.17m) while three have recorded more than 21.50m. Ryan Crouser of the USA holds the world record of 23.37m and Olympic record of 22.52m. But he will be competing in Group B which will held two hours later.

15:21 (IST)03 Aug 2021
Tajinderpal Singh Toor in action soon

On Tuesday,  Day 11 of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Tajinderpal will compete in Group A of men’s shot put qualification. His national record of 21.49m is also an Asian record which he set on June 22 this year during IGP-4.

15:12 (IST)03 Aug 2021
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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)

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