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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 9 Highlights: India beat GBR to seal hockey semi-final berth; Sindhu bags bronze

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 9 Highlights: The Indian men's hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years. PV Sindhu beat China's He Bing Jiao to become the first Indian women athlete to win two Olympic medals.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 9 Highlights: PV Sindhu won bronze and Indian men's hockey beat Great Britain. (File/AP)

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.

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 9 Highlights: Boxer Satish Kumar went down in quarterfinals but PV Sindhu fought her way to a bronze medal. Elsewhere, India men's hockey team also defeated Great Britain to book their semi-final berth.

19:32 (IST)01 Aug 2021
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19:32 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Italian Jacobs takes surprising gold in Olympic 100

Marcell Jacobs won the men's Olympic 100-meter race Sunday night, crossing the line in 9.8 seconds to bring the marquee sprint gold to Italy for the first time. Even in a race with no clear favorites, Jacobs was a surprise. He topped America's Fred Kerley and Canada's Andre DeGrasse to take the spot held for the past 13 years by the now-retired Usain Bolt. 

19:26 (IST)01 Aug 2021
How Hardik’s lightning counter-attack goal sealed India’s place in semi-final

India showed resilience and defensive resolve to first withstand the pressure and then putting the game to bed with a lightning counter-attack goal from Hardik. (Read More)

19:21 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Watch: A glimpse of India's performance

India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the win. But goalkeeper PR Shreejesh was in top form saving as many as 7 penalty scorers.

19:00 (IST)01 Aug 2021
That's it! India win

India 3-1 Great Britain | The Indian men's hockey team are into the semi-finals where they will meet world champions Belgium! What a performance and what a game! Singh, Dilpreet Singh & Gurjant Singh are the goal scorers for India - #RememberTheNames

18:56 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 3-1 GBR in Q4

GOAL!!!!!!!!!  After being down to 10 men, India take a 3-1 lead after relentless pressure from Great Britian | Hardik Singh, on the wrong foot, shoots and scores and effectively has booked a spot in the semi-final for Team India. Surely India can't lose this

18:50 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-1 GBR in Q4

Yellow card + Penalty Corner! India loses their captain Manpreet Singh. So India will be a man down for the next 5 mins. This means the men in blue can play with 11 men only for a min.

18:46 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-1 GBR in Q4

Penalty Corner! 7th of the game for GBR courtesy of a referral! But India's goalkeeper Shreejesh saves with his left-leg and keeps the Brits at bay. Great Britain are dominating the game and the Indians seem under pressure.

18:42 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-1 GBR | Q4 begins

Great Britain hit back towards the end of Q3! Will TeamIndia hold their lead in Q4? This game remains completely open!. A test of nerves and a thrilling finale coming up

18:36 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: Q3 ENDS

Penalty corner for GBR again! Manpreet concedes this one. Saved yet again but there is a referral from Britain. They win their 4th Penalty corner for GBR in this game. But once again India's defense comes to the rescue. But wait! Another PC for GBR! A variation from Britain and a GOAAAALL! Samuel Ian Ward scores. The ball hits Surinder and goalkeeper Sreejesh and then goes into the net! End of Q3. India 2-1 GBR

18:32 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-0 GBR in Q3

Penalty corner for GBR! Just before the end of Q3. Jack Wallance proving to be the dangerous man. And a good save from Surinder at the post. Pressure is released and the danger is waved off for now. 

18:31 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: Ind 2-0 GBR in Q3

39' Another good save from PR Sreejesh as he denies Great Britain yet again. How good has he been?

18:26 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-0 GBR in Q3

Green card for Rupinder Pal Singh (IND) and another Green card for Liam Ansell (GBR). That means GBR are down to 10 men for the next 2 minutes.

18:23 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-0 GBR | Q3 begins

The second half begins with a lovely run from Mandeep down the middle. Nice out ball to Simranjeet but nothing comes out of it. India 2-0 GBR

18:12 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-0 GBR | Q2 ends

The men in blue are in the lead at half-time with one goal scored in each quarter, thanks to strikes from Dilpreet and Gurjan. While England have had 56 percent possession in the match so far but India have the lead and they have been mostly in control.

18:09 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-0 GBR in Q2

21' Dilpreet gets a Green Card. He will have to sit out of the game for two minutes.

18:04 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Hockey: IND 2-0 GBR in Q2

GBR stunned! India strikes right at the start of the second quarter. Hardik Singh steals the ball and Gurjant, twisting and turning, sends it swiftly into the opponent's net. India 2-0 GBR

18:01 (IST)01 Aug 2021
India's 3rd assured medal at Tokyo 2020

India have got a third assured medal at Tokyo 2020! Which is already one more than Rio 2016.

17:58 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Sindhu: An Indian sports behemoth

PV Sindhu is the first Indian woman to win two Olympics medals. A silver in Rio 2016. A bronze in Tokyo 2020. 

Here's what India's only gold medallist has to say about Sindhu, as she gets herself well into the discussion for the G.O.A.T Indian athlete!

17:55 (IST)01 Aug 2021
Sindhu wins 21-13, 21-15, Sindhu wins bronze

Well left. 1 point away.... And she's done it!

PV Sindhu wins Bronze in Badminton Singles, beats China's He Bingjao 21-13, 21-15 | LIVE

For the men’s team, it’ll all be in the mind. Great Britain might not induce the same level of fear in the Indian camp as, say, Germany or the Netherlands, but the Indian men’s team will have to produce an error-free performance to guarantee their first Olympic semifinal since the 1980 Games.

In the last few years, India has found itself on the cusp of a pathbreaking win several times. But on each occasion, one error at an inopportune time or a silly foul leading to a temporary suspension has left them frustrated and disappointed. For instance, in the quarterfinal of the 2018 World Cup, a yellow card to defender Amit Rohidas gave the Netherlands an advantage, which they made full use of. The same year, at the Asian Games, former captain Sardar Singh’s poor tackle led to a card that eventually helped Malaysia claw their way back into the match, before winning it.

So when India take on Britain in Sunday’s quarterfinal, it’ll all boil down to how the players handle the crunch moments. Coach Graham Reid had laid extra emphasis on this aspect during the national camp. He’s improved India’s ability to be strong on the ball under pressure and remain patient when the opponents pack their ‘D’ with defenders, a strategy Britain are likely to adopt. (Read Full Story)

Manpreet Singh-led India are high on confidence with consecutive wins in group stage (AP Photo)

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