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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 7 Highlights: PV Sindhu storms into semis, Men’s hockey team to meet Great Britain in QF

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 7 Highlights: Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu is into the last 4 after beating Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. She is in line to become the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals.

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda | Tokyo |
Updated: July 30, 2021 9:42:31 pm
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 7 Live Updates: PV Sindhu and Lovlina Borgohain will be under the spotlight (PTI and Reuters Photo)

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 7 Highlights: It was an action-packed day for the Indian contingent on Friday, with many athletes getting one step closer to increasing India’s medal tally. Lovlina Borgohain assured India of their second medal after winning her quarterfinal clash. PV Sindhu claimed a 21-13, 22-20 win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in her quarterfinal match to storm into the last four stage, where she will be up against Tai Tzu-Ying.

The Indian hockey women team marked their first win, beating Ireland 1-0. Meanwhile, Deepika Kumari held her nerves in a shoot-off against Ksenia Perova to book quarterfinal spot, where she went down 6-0 against An San. With athletics kickstarting on Friday, Avinash Sable bettered his own national record. He, however, missed making the steeplechase final. MP Jabir and Dutee Chand also failed to reach 400m Hurdles and 100m finals. In shooting, it was all over for Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat, who were both out of medal contention in 25m pistol event.

The Indian men’s hockey team beat Japan 5-3 in their last group match to finish their group at second spot. They have gone through to the quarterfinals. India’s 4X400 Mixed Relay Team finished last in their heats to be eliminated. Equestrian Fouaad Mirza finished the day at 7th in Eventing Dressage Day 1.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 7 Live Updates: Lovlina Borgohain enters semifinals, assuring India second medal; Deepika Kumari loses quarterfinals; Avinash Sable breaks own national record; Indian women hockey team deliver first win

20:18 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India on Day 8: What to look forward to

PV Sindhu’s titanic contest with Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying is set to headline the list of Indians in action in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. On the other hand, a lot of eyes will also be on the boxing ring — for two reasons. One is Amit Panghal, who is considered to be the leading medal hope among the boxing contingent. The other is Pooja Rani, who could assure India of a third medal if she wins her quarterfinal match. Lovlina Borgohain already assured India of a second medal by winning her QF on Friday.

The athletics contingent, which began its campaign on Friday, will be fielding, among others, long-jumper M Sreeshankar and Kamalpreet Kaur, who would be looking to qualify for the final.

Archer Atanu Das is the only Indian left in the fray, and he will play his R16 match in the first action of the day. Shooters Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant will also be in action. As will the Indian women’s hockey team, who will be hoping they can qualify for the knockouts with a big win.

Tokyo Olympics, Day 8 India full schedule, timings:

Archery: Atanu Das vs Takaharu Furukawa (Japan) in Men’s Individual Pre-Quarterfinals Match: 7:18am IST

Athletics: Seem Punia in Women’s Discus Throw Qualification – Group A: 6:00am IST | Kamalpreet Kaur in Women’s Discus Throw Qualification- Group B: 7:25am IST | Sreeshankar in Men’s Long Jump Qualification – Group B: 3:40pm IST.

Badminton: PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu-Ying (Chinese Taipei) in Women’s Singles Semifinal Match: 3:20pm IST

Boxing: Amit Pangal vs Yurberjen Herney Martinez Rivas (Colombia) in Men’s 52kg Round of 16 bout: 7:30am IST | Pooja Rani vs Li Qian (China) in Women’s 75kg quarterfinal bout. 3:36pm IST

Golf: Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane in Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 2, which was suspended on Friday: 04:15am IST.

Hockey: India vs South Africa in Women’s Pool A Match: 8:45am IST.

Sailing: KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar in Men’s Skiff 49er Race 10, 11 and 12: 8:35am IST.

20:11 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Medvedev's angry reaction

The Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev reacted angrily when a Chilean journalist asked him if Russian competitors were bearing the “stigma of cheaters” in Tokyo. 

Medvedev replied that the journalist “should be ashamed of himself.”

20:02 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Japanese Gold rush

The hosts Japan now have one more gold than what they collected in that emotional 1964 Games at home and in 2004 Athens. They won the gold in men's epee fencing competition to push the gold counter to 17. Without any home spectators to cheer for them, with pre-tournament protests against pandemics Olympics, it's not been easy. Nine golds have come from the Judokas.

19:46 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India on Day 7: A Complete List of Results

Following are the results of Indian athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics on Day 7 on Friday.

Achery

Deepika Kumari beat Ksenia Perova (Russian Olympic Committee) 6-5 (10-7) in a shoot-off in the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual event; lost to An San of South Korea 0-6 in the quarterfinals.

Athletics

Avinash Sable 13th overall after finishing seventh in his men's 3000m Steeplechase heat, failed to qualify for final.

Dutee Chand 45th overall after finishing seventh in her women's 100m heat, failed to qualify for final.

MP Jabir 33rd overall after finishing seventh in his men's 400m Hurdles heat, failed to qualify for final.

Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Ravathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan and Rajiv Arokia were placed 13th overall after finishing last in their mixed 4x400m Relay Race heat, failed to advance to the finals.
     
Badminton

PV Sindhu beat Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) 21-13 22-20 in the women's singles quarterfinals, progresses to the semifinals.
     
Boxing

Lovlina Borgohain beat Nien-Chin Chen (Chinese Taipei) 4-1 in women's 69kg quarterfinal bout, progresses to the semifinals.

Simranjit Kaur lost to Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand) 0-5 in the women's 60kg pre-quarterfinal bout.

Equestrian

Fouaad Mirza placed 7th after day 1 of Individual eventing dressage.
     
Golf

Anirban Lahiri tied 20th and Udayan Mane tied 57th after the second round of the  men's individual stroke play, which was suspended due to persistent thunderstorms.
     
Hockey

India beat Ireland 1-0 in the women's Pool A match.

India beat Japan 5-3 in their final men's Pool A match, progress to the quarterfinals.

Sailing

Vishnu Saravanan 3rd and 15th in Race 9 and 10 in men's laser; 20th overall. 

KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar 17th, 11th and 16th in Races 7, 8 and 9 in men's skiff 49er; 17th overall.

Nethra Kumanan 37th and 38th in Race 9 and 10; overall 35th.
     
Shooting

Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat finish 15th and 32nd in women's 25m pistol qualification after the rapid round, fail to advance to the final.

19:38 (IST)30 Jul 2021
US hold nerves; Dutch rue missed penalty

Four-time Olympic champions United States of America survived an almighty scare, before prevailing over the Netherlands in the tie-breaker (4-2) after the game was dead-locked at 2-2 at extra time.  

The normal time was thrill-a-minute stuff, with both the Dutch and the Americans taking turns to enjoy the lead. The Netherlands netted the first goal of the game before the US struck twice to end the first half at 2-1. However, the Netherlands fought back strongly to enjoy a superb second half, wherein they equalised without much fuss and came close to finding the winner several times, but for lacklustre finishing, including a missed penalty in the 81st minute. 

The US, though, were the more dominant side in extra time, and even ruffled the nets a once only for the VAR to deem the attempt offside, marginal though it was. Their opponents, too, had a goal adjudged offside. In the shootout, both teams were locked at 2-2, before Christian  Press made it 3-2, and Aniek Nouwen stumbled. The composed Megan Rapinoe, who had come as a 64th-minute substitute, smashed home her country’s fourth effort to propel them to the semifinals. They join Canada, Australia, and Sweden in the semifinals. 

19:24 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India to play vs Great Britain in Hockey quarterfinals

India will play Britain in the hockey quarterfinals. 'Should be a tricky but an extremely open game with both teams fancying their chances,' says Mihir Vasavda.

Match on August 1, 6.30pm Tokyo time (3pm IST).

Other QFs:

Australia vs Netherlands,

Germany vs Argentina

Belgium vs Spain

19:22 (IST)30 Jul 2021
From one sporting hero to another

Boxer Sarita Devi pays Mirabai Chanu a visit

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19:06 (IST)30 Jul 2021
'Ma Long is the Greatest Player of All Time'

The Captain, Dictator, Dragon, and the Greatest of All Time - just some of the things Ma Long has been called in his career. The creative juices will have to flow again to give him another moniker. One worthy of him becoming the first male player in the sport to defend an Olympic singles title.

In Rio 2016 he beat Zhang Jike, the 2012 champion. Now the 32-year-old beat the current World No 1 Fan Zhendong 4-2 to win his second sngles Olympic gold medal.

He's only the third player after compatriots, in the women's singles field, Deng Yaping (1992 and 1996) and Zhang Yining (2004 and 2008) to have defended their title. And he did this with the likes of Ma Lin (three-time Olympic gold medallist) and Liu Guoliang (two-time gold medal winner) watching from the stands.

As Adam Bobrow repeated during commentary, "delete the word 'arguably.' Ma Long is the Greatest Player of All Time

19:04 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Second Olympics gold for Ma Long

In table tennis, men's single match for gold medal, second seed Ma Long of China created a minor upset of sorts by ousting top seed and compatriot Fan Zhandong  4-2 (11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7). This is the second singles gold medal for Ma Long after his triumph in 2016 Rio Games.

It was Ma Long who had knocked out Achanta Sharath Kamal in Round 3.

18:32 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India's Athletics campaign

India's athletics contingent started off today. Dutee Chand had a below-par show, in what would be a disappointment for fans. The mixed relay team recorded a season best timing. The brightest spark of the day came from Avinash Sable, though he too went out in unlucky fashion.

18:15 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Gurjant Singh - Today's most impactful player vs Japan

Japan had managed to claw back at 2-2 after India's early lead, but three goals in the second half settled matters India's way today. Now they wait to see who they will face in the Quarterfinals.

18:09 (IST)30 Jul 2021
US swimmer half-throws doping allegation at Russian swimmer

Bunched together on the medal's tally, the two sporting superpowers are making Tokyo 2020 a bitter battle. There have been allegations, counter-attacks and good old sarcasm. Russia Today reports that Rio gold-medalist US swimmer Ryan Murphy, after losing to Russian Evgeny Rylov, hinted at the dreaded D world. “I’ve got 15 thoughts, 13 of them would get me into a lot of trouble,” he told reporters.

17:47 (IST)30 Jul 2021
A dramatic victory for the Matildas

In a cliffhanger, Australia overcome Great Britain 4-3 and progressed to the women’s football semifinals. A game that began in cagily sprung into life when Australia’s Alanna Kennedy nudged home the opener in the 35th minute. Twelve minutes into the second half, Britain equalised through Ellen White, the first of her three goals. Nine minutes on, she scored her goal to snatch the lead, which seemed adequate for the Brits before Samantha Kerr equalised in the 89th minute to stretch the game to extra time. 

More drama ensued. Eleven minutes into extra time, Britain were awarded a penalty, only for Caroline Weir’s feeble shot to be clawed away by Teagan Micah. Adding salt to the wound, Australia reclaimed the lead with a stunning goal by teenager May Fowler, before Kerr added another to effectively seal the match. But then Britain threw the kitchen sink at Australia and even managed to pull one back. White completing her hat-trick. But another equaliser proved elusive, as Australia clung on, sturdily and stoically, reaching the semifinals of an Olympics for the first time in their history. 

The other quarterfinal, between Brazil and Canada, was the exact opposite, dull and defensive, with both teams unable to pierce the nets even after extra time. Eventually in the shootout, Canada prevailed 4-3. Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé had taken a hard fall at the end of extra time, just before penalty kicks, when she jumped to catch a ball and a Brazilian player slid under her, making Labbé land hard on her hip and lower back. She lay on the ground for some time before getting up and resuming the game. However, Labbé held strong, making many dramatic saves to secure Canada’s victory.

17:43 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India's Golf campaign

India's golfers also began their Tokyo 2020 campaign today. 

Anirban Lahiri endured an erratic day at the course and was even-par after 16 holes in the Olympic Games second round which was suspended due to persistent thunderstorms over the east course of the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

India's other player in the field Udayan Mane (69) shot 2-under 69 with the help of three birdies on the back nine after being 1-over for the front nine. He is Tied-57th.

17:16 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Fouaad Mirza ends Day 1 at 7th

Fouaad Mirza ended a very impressive 7th in Dressage today. He and his horse will return to resume India's Equestrian campaign tomorrow. Fouaad Mirza is India’s third-ever entry in Equestrian at the Olympics, after Indrajit Lamba’s appearance in 1996 and Imtiaz Anees in 2000.

That is it for Indian participation for the day. Stay tuned for updates on more Olympic events and news. We shall also let you know which matches you should look out for tomorrow.

17:05 (IST)30 Jul 2021
An event making its Olympic debut

India was the only Asian country in the 4X400 Mixed Relay event, which made its Olympic debut in Tokyo this time. Of course, India's Mixed Relay team finished 8th in their heats, but they had a season-best time of 3:19.93.

Ireland, however, will be clanging their bottles to the joys of a new athletics record.

16:48 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India's Mixed relay team eliminated

India's heat begins. Anas is on the first lap. A great lap for him. He overtakes a few teams. A slightly slower 2nd lap for India as the Indian team is seen trailing by a long distance at the beginning of the 3rd lap. Subha is on the 3rd lap. Has a lot of distance to make up. Arokia Rajiv is on the anchor lap! Huge deficit to make up for him. 

And it's a last place finish for the Indian team. With a time of 3:19.93. 7th, Brazil, just ahead of them, record 3:15.89. Top three are Poland (3:10.44), Netherlands and Jamaica.

16:42 (IST)30 Jul 2021
India in Athletics Mixed Relay

India's mixed relay team are now set to take the field.

Here's how historic our Indian men's hockey team have performed so far though:

16:35 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Hockey: India beat Japan 5-3, qualify for knockouts as 2nd in their Group

Hockey: Gurjant slots in yet another goal, and now India lead Japan 5-2 in the 4th quarter. With a little more than a minute left, Japan get a goal back. And it's 5-3 to India now. And the hooter goes off! That's the end of the group stages. They are going into the quarters on the back of three consecutive victories.

Athletics: Meanwhile, the Indian participation for the day is set to come to an end with a marquee event! 

16:27 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Hockey: India lead Japan 4-2

Nilakanta and Shamser have scored in the second half for India to give them a 4-2 lead, as the Indian men's hockey team's last group match gets into the last quarter. Japan get a PC, but Sreejesh puts himself on the line to save and keep the lead intact.

Meanwhile, Shivani Naik writes that "PV Sindhu had answers to every single poser thrown at her by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, even a 54-shot rally that went the other way," even though that rally was finally won by Yamaguchi.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 7 Highlights: PV Sindhu and Lovlina Borgohain assure India of two medals 

Mary Kom thought she had won – when she raised her arms in the ring, hugged her opponent, bowed, fist-pumped her coach, spoke to the media. The Indian was convinced she was the winner.

“When they took me for a dope test, Chhote (Lal, Mary’s coach) was telling me, ‘We have lost 3-2 but to me, you are a winner, don’t worry’,” Mary said, almost three hours after her bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia. “I asked him, ‘what do you mean by that? I have won, no?’ It was at that point I realised I had lost. Then, I got notification of a tweet by (union minister) Kiren Rijiju sir, and I thought, ‘oh my God, what happened?’”

What seems to have happened is a series of misunderstandings in what eventually turned out to be Mary’s last Olympic bout. Mary was up against Rio bronze medallist Valencia in her Round-of-16 bout at the Kokugikan Arena. It was a close, at times cagey, affair with neither boxer really going all out. Out of the three rounds, Mary won two. Yet, when the scores of the individual referees were tallied, Valencia had more points and after a dramatic pause, the red corner – Valencia – was declared the winner. (Read Full Story)

Mary Kom, Mary Kom last olympic bout, Mary Kom Tokyo Olympics controversy, Mary Kom unfair scoring India's Mary Kom reacts after her bout against Ingrit Valencia of Columbia in women's Fly (48-51kg) boxing Round of 16, at the Summer Olympics 2020 (PTI Photo)

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