Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 9 Highlights: The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in a quarterfinal match to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years on Sunday. India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the win for the eight-time Olympic champions. The lone goal for Great Britain was scored by Sam Ward in the 45th minute.
Even though India’s last of the eight Olympic gold medals came way back in 1980 Moscow Games, there were no semifinals in that edition as only six teams participated in the event. The last time India featured in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972 Munich Games where they lost 0-2 to arch-rivals Pakistan.
Earlier, the reigning world champion PV Sindhu beat China’s He Bingjiao to bag a bronze medal in Badminton Singles by Bingjao 21-13, 21-15. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. In Rio Olympics, she settled for a silver medal after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final.
Before the high voltage badminton and hockey clashes, boxer Satish Kumar went down 0-5 to reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov in the men’s super heavyweight quarterfinals. Meanwhile, India’s first equestrian in Olympics in the last two decades, Fouaad Mirza and his horse ‘Seigneur Medicott’ have been placed 22nd after cross-country round.