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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 8 Highlights: Heartbreak for PV Sindhu, good news for Indian women’s hockey

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 8 Highlights: PV Sindhu was beaten by the exceptional Tai Tzu-Ying in the badminton women's singles semi-final.

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda |
Updated: July 31, 2021 9:53:56 pm
PV SindhuPV Sindhu lost her game in the Olympics semi-final. (REUTERS)

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 8 Highlights: It was heartbreak for PV Sindhu as she was beaten by Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying in straight sets in the semi-finals. Sindhu lost the match by 21-18 & 21-12 as Tzu-Ying completely dominated her with variations in serve and backhand. This is Sindhu’s 14th loss to the Taiwanese second seed in 19 meetings, having also lost to her in the last three face-offs.

India still hopes to grab another medal and add to the silver won by weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Day 1. Sindhu will still have a chance to go for the bronze medal. Sindhu seeded sixth, faces eighth-seed He Bingjiao in the third-place medal match at 5 pm on Sunday.

Earlier, India did not begin the weekend on a great note. Boxer Amit Panghal bowed out in his round of 16 bout against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez. Archer Atanu Das also went down in men’s individual pre-quarters. On a brighter note, discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur made it to the finals after finishing second in qualifying. Meanwhile, India defeated South Africa 4-3 in women’s hockey to keep their Olympic knockout hopes alive. In shooting, Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to make the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions final after finishing 15th and 33rd, respectively, in qualification.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 8 Highlights: India kept their quarters dream alive in women's hockey; Kamalpreet Kaur qualified for discus throw finals; PV Sindhu lost her semi-final game against Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-Ying, archer Atanu Das and boxer Amit Panghal ousted in respective pre-quarters.

19:54 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Sajan Prakash speaks
19:19 (IST)31 Jul 2021
History for Qatar
18:45 (IST)31 Jul 2021
India women's hockey team through to quarterfinals

The Ireland women's hockey team have bowed out of the Olympics following a 2-0 defeat against Great Britain. As a result, Indian women's hockey team makes the quarterfinals. First QF appearance since the 1980 Moscow Games.

18:33 (IST)31 Jul 2021
India's Fouaad Mirza in action

In equestrian, individual eventing dressage round, India's Fouaad Mirza riding Seigneur Medicott has been placed ninth with 28.00 points among u 63 riders. On Sunday, the Indian will feature in the cross country round. Apart from dressage and cross country rounds, Fouaad will feature in show jumping round too also on the final day.  The Bengalurean, a double silver medallist at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games in team and individual events, is the first Indian to make the Olympics grade in the past 20 years.

18:25 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Record Alert
18:24 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Good news for India

Indian women hockey team are more or less ensured that they stay in the competition by defeating South Africa 4-3 and with Great Britain leading Ireland 2-0, India is all set to enter for quarterfinals.

18:12 (IST)31 Jul 2021

In golf, India's Anirban Lahiri is tied at 28th spot with a score of 6-under 207 at the end of penultimate and  third round on Saturday.
Anirban was placed 20th in the opening round on Thursday while he was placed 24th at the end of second round on Saturday. Meanwhile, his compatriot Udayan Mane is tied at 55th spot with a total of 2-over 273 and was languishing at 56 and 57 places in the first two rounds in the event which is competed by 58 other golfers.

17:38 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Sailing: India

Ganapathy and Thakkar pair languish at bottom after penultimate round! Indian sailing pair of KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar continued to languish at 17th overall after the penultimate race in the men's skiff 49er event at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. Ganapathy and Thakkar finished 16th, ninth and 14th in the three races on Saturday to remain unchanged at 17th spot out of 19 competitors with 154 net points.

17:27 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Hope for Indian hockey!

Great Britain women playing Ireland women in hockey. If GBR win or draw, then Indian women's team will go through to Olympics knockout phase for first time in history.  If Ireland win, India won't make it to the quarterfinals

17:18 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Japan into semis, beat New Zealand in shootout

Japan’s clinical finishing in the shootout, after the game was deadlocked 0-0 at extra time, sealed them a spot in the semifinals. The hosts converted all four of the shots while New Zealand fluffed their shots twice, Liberto Cacace and Clayton Lewis being the culprits. This was after New Zealand had repelled Japan’s unrelenting waves of attack in normal time. The Kiwis’ goalkeeper Michael Woud was exemplary, denying the hosts half a dozen times

17:18 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Spain in semis, beat Ivory Coast 5-2

Scoring three goals in extra time, much like their victory over Croatia in the Euros, Spain advanced to the last four of the Olympics. The turning point came in the eighth minute of the extra time, when Spain were awarded a penalty, which Mikel Oyarzabal swept home. Thereafter, Ivory Coast stormed Spain’s backline, which not only held resolutely but orchestrated quick counterattacks, which resulted in two goals in the last four minutes, both essayed by Rafa Mir, who completed a hat-trick after he was introduced in the 92nd minute. 

17:16 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Browning just ran 10.01 in the 100m heat
17:12 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Australia has a 100m semi-finalist!

BROWNING! The flying mullet

Take a bow Rohan Browning-

17:00 (IST)31 Jul 2021
PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu-Ying stats

16:51 (IST)31 Jul 2021
More bad news for India

Long jumper Sreeshankar Murali managed only 7.43m in his final attempt after 7.69 and 7.51 in the first two attempts. Direct qualification mark: 8.15m. The 22-year-old's Olympic Games campaign has come to an end. 

16:44 (IST)31 Jul 2021
All over!

Tai Tzu-Ying defeats PV Sindhu in straight sets, advances into finals. Tai Tzu Ying is too much for PV Sindhu. An artist at work. Sindhu loses the match by 21-18 & 21-12 

16:41 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Game 2: Writing on the wall for Sindhu

The points continue to flow Tai's way. It's 18-10 right now. She misses a shot, 18-11. Any chance for a Sindhu comeback?

16:36 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Game 2: Error in judgement from Sindhu

The shuttle falls outside the court and wrong call from Sindhu. This game is slipping away from her. Sindhu 8 - 16 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:34 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Game 2: Variations in serve from TTY

Tai Tzu-Ying is causing all sorts of problems for Sindhu with her variations in the serve. She is full of confidence and energy, Sindhu's body language is a bit down here. Sindhu 7 - 13 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:32 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Game 2: Advantage Tai

Sindhu goes long. That is her bane now, playing with the drift. Going for too much at the net, trying to find a sharp angle, Sindhu floats it wide. Tai with the advantage at the mid-game interval! Sindhu 7 - 11 Tai Tzu-Ying

Lovlina shuffle-stepped and punched her way into the welterweight semi-finals and assured India of its second medal in the Tokyo Olympics. It is India’s first boxing medal since Mary Kom’s bronze at the London Olympics and the third in history. India continued its forward momentum in badminton and hockey as well. Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu swept aside home favourite Akane Yamaguchi in a 21-13, 22-20 to set up a mouth-watering semi-final with Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, considered the queen of deception, on Saturday.

The men’s hockey team, meanwhile, finished their group stage commitments with a 5-3 win over Japan to finish second in their group, a creditable finish after slumping to a 7-1 defeat to top-placed Australia earlier in the week. The women’s hockey team, too, kept their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-final alive with a 1-0 win over World Cup runners-up Ireland. They will have to beat South Africa on Saturday to have any hope of progressing to the quarter-finals.

But the highlight of the day for India was Lovlina’s stunning win over Chen. The boxer from Baramukhia in Assam was the lesser favourite of the two heading into the bout; partly because of the Taiwanese boxer’s quality and partly because of her own history of lacking confidence on big stages. (READ FULL STORY)

India's Lovlina Borgohain India's Lovlina Borgohain reacts after defeating Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei, in their women's welter weight 69kg quarterfinal boxing match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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