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Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 12 Highlights: Ravi to fight for Gold; Deepak, Women’s Hockey team to play for Bronze

Tokyo Olympics 2021 India Events Schedule, Day 12: Ravi Dahiya won his Semifinal and will fight for Gold. Deepak Punia (Wrestling), Lovlina Borgohain (Boxing-Bronze) and the women's team (Hockey) lost their semis.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 4, 2021 11:31:00 pm
india olympics day 12Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 12: India have athletes competing in boxing, wrestling, hockey and more.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 12: India’s action on Wednesday had a moment of spirits being lifted as boxer Lovlina Borgohain won a bronze medal, India’s third medal at Tokyo 2020 and the second bronze medal. Assam’s Borgohain bagged the bronze in women’s welterweight category after losing 5-0 against reigning world champion Busenaz Sürmeneli of Turkey in the 69kg semi-finals. Even though she was outplayed, Lovlina became India’s second woman boxer with an Olympic medal after Mary Kom in 2012 London Games. Ravi Dahiya then claimed a sensation result in freestyle 57kg Wrestling. Despite being 2-9 down, he fought back in the last minute to win by Fall (pinning your shoulder’s opponents to the mat). He will play the Gold medal match tomorrow. Deepak Punia lost his Semifinal and will fight in the Bronze medal match tomorrow.

Neeraj Chopra qualified for the men’s javelin throw finals by topping the Group A qualification with a throw of 86.65m, but Shivpal Singh failed to do so in Group B. On the other hand, India faces Argentina in the women’s hockey semi-finals later in the afternoon. In their third-ever Olympics, it will be their first-ever last-four appearance. In wrestling, both Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) won their opening two bouts and made their way into the respective semi-finals. Anshu Malik, who lost her opening bout in women’s 57kg, will compete in the repechage round next.

In the last Indian participation for the day, the women’s hockey team lost 1-2 to Argentina despite taking an early lead, thus ending their golden dream. They will be up against Great Britain in the Bronze medal match.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 12 Highlights: Lovlina Borgohain won bronze in 69kg boxing; Neeraj Chopra qualified for javelin finals; Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) advanced to wrestling last-four while India lost to Argentina in women's hockey semis.

23:31 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Belarus Olympic sprinter arrives in Vienna amid safety fears

A plane carrying a Belarusian Olympic sprinter seeking refuge landed in Austria on Wednesday after she resisted an attempt by her Olympic team's officials to send her home, where she feared reprisals from the authoritarian government.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya boarded a plane at Tokyo's Narita International Airport that left for Vienna, but she was expected to travel on to Poland, which has offered her a humanitarian visa. Before leaving Japan, the 24-year-old Tsimanouskaya said she hoped she could continue her running career but that safety was her immediate priority.

Her husband fled the country quickly this week when he realized that his wife would not be returning to Belarus.

Vienna Airport said the direct flight that Tsimanouskaya boarded landed Wednesday at 3:08 p.m. (1308 GMT). Vadim Krivosheyev, an activist with the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, said Tsimanouskaya took the flight to Austria instead of Warsaw on the advice of Polish authorities.
 

``The decision to change the route and fly to Vienna was made by the Polish side for security reasons,`` Krivosheyev told The Associated Press.

23:20 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Pakistan's first finalist in Olympic track and field events nearly got lost to cricket

Arshad Nadeem, who became the first ever Pakistani to qualify for the final of a track and field competition in the Olympics, could easily have been lost to cricket had it not been for his brother who convinced him to take up athletics.

The 24-year-old who belongs to Mian Channu, a small town near Khanewal in the Punjab province, was a talented cricketer but having to work in the cotton and wheat fields didn't leave him with enough time for the game.
     

'He was very athletic and strong and he couldn't get enough time for cricket although he was a very good all-rounder. I advised him to take up athletics as it consumed less time," his brother, Afzal said.
     

Mian Channu is famous for fertile cotton and wheat production lands and has produced some international level cricket and hockey players, but Arshad decided to make his name in track and field.
     

On Wednesday he went through to the final of the javelin throw competition which will be held on August 7.
     

Arshad threw at a distance of 85.16 metres to qualify for the final where he will be pitted against India's Neeraj Chopra, the 2018 Commonwealth champion, who threw 86.65 metres with his first attempt and Germany's Johannes Vetter.
     

Nadeem is the first Pakistani athlete in history to qualify for the final of any track and field event at the Olympics.
     

"Arshad is in very good form right now and he is feeling very confident ahead of the final," his brother said.
     

Arshad, before leaving for Tokyo, had said in an interview that he never saw what the other competitors were doing and only focussed on what he was doing.
     

He has already had a taste for gold, having stood atop the podium at last year's South Asian Games in Nepal and he also took bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games behind gold medallist Neeraj Chopra.
     

Despite the lack of training facilities, international exposure and diet issues, Arshad threw the javelin to a distance of 86.39m (his personal bets) earlier this year, setting a national record during the Imam Reza championship in Iran. 
     

In 2019, he threw 86.29m at the South Asian Games in Nepal.
     

His coach, Fayyaz Hussain Bukhari, was the person who got him his first real break, in 2015, when he got him a job in the water and power board (Wapda), a government authority which is famous for nurturing sports talent for years now.
     

It was in 2015 that Arshad appeared in the National Championships and broke the national javelin throw record to win gold. 

22:51 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Talakhadze breaks weightlifting records

Lasha Talakhadze pumped everyone up with three world records on the final day of Olympic competition in weightlifting. The defending champion from Georgia lifted 223 kilograms in the snatch and 265kg in the clean and jerk for a total 488kg on Wednesday. All three figures broke his own world records in the over-109kg men's superheavyweight category. Ali Davoudi of Iran was left in second place by the vast margin of 47kg.

Even Talakhadze's starting lifts were more than anyone else attempted, which meant he had to lift three times back-to-back in each half of the competition.Talakhadze immediately pledged to return for a third Olympic gold in 2024, and his feat in Tokyo raised the question of whether he could become the first man to lift the once undreamed-of total of 500kg. "At this stage it would be risky, this 500, but I will try my utmost and I will do everything in order to set the nearest margin at least to that limit," Talakhadze said through an interpreter.

20:50 (IST)04 Aug 2021
India's racewalkers preparing for big day

While all eyes may be on Hockey and Wrestling tomorrow, in athletics, the race walk event for men's 20km walk is scheduled for Thurday from 1 pm at Sapporo Odori Park which 1000km from Tokyo. KT Irfan will be representing India in 20km event in which 56 other competitors will compete. In 2012 London Games he finished 10th overall.

The walkers are wary as the weather conditions are far from ideal conditions. The temperature  was hovering above 30 degree celcius  while humidity was at 99% during the week around the venue and it will be tough for walkers to better timings.

20:48 (IST)04 Aug 2021
India at Tokyo 2020: Tomorrow's schedule

On Thursday, India have some definite chances to clinch medals, maybe even multiple ones. The men's hockey team will be going for their first medal in 41 years when they play the Bronze medal match (7 am IST). In wrestling, Anshu Malik has qualified for the repechage rounds. Vinesh Phogat, top seed in her category, will take the mat for the first time (8 am IST). She will have all her rounds tomorrow, except the medal rounds, provided she progresses.

The biggest event of the day, however, is in the afternoon, when wrestler Ravi Dahiya seeks to win India's first individual gold since Abhinav Bindra. He will have his Gold Medal match at 4:45 pm IST. Deepak Punia will also have his Bronze medal match at the same time.

20:25 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Simone Biles leaves door open for Paris 2024

The American gymnast Simone Biles says she might compete in the next Olympics in Paris.

"One morning I woke up and I was like, ‘I’m more than my medals and gymnastics, I’m a human being. And I’ve done some courageous things outside of this sport as well and I’m not a quitter and it took all of that realizing to see that, because ... if this situation didn’t happen I don’t think I would have ever seen it that way, I would have never been able to walk away and think I’m more than just gymnastics and medals," she told NBC. The 23-year old added that she is keeping "the door open” for Paris Olympics.

19:48 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Sleep-watching Harry Potter

In the early days of his international career, 200m gold medallist Andre de Grasse was an insomniac. He tried every trick in the book, including counting numbers backward to coax sleep. He could not. He then sought over-the-counter magnesium pills to relax his mind and body.

But of late, he has fished a more natural, healthier way—to watch something light on Netflix. “Just something light, with not much action because that will stimulate my mind too much. I just try to watch something that’s boring that I’ll fall asleep to, that has a lot of talking,” he told Complex CA, a Canadian magazine.

None that puts him to sleep more often than Harry Potter, though. “No offense to Harry Potter—it is a good movie, I love it—but sometimes it has a lot of talking. The movie’s like three hours long, and then sometimes there’s a lot of talking, so that helps me fall asleep,” he says. 

19:32 (IST)04 Aug 2021
How Gurjit Kaur mastered her drag flicks

Satnam Singh remembers the bus rides coming back home alongside daughter Gurjit, who couldn’t stop talking about something called the ‘drag flick’ from her hockey practice, reports Nitin Sharma. Today, Gurjit drag flicked India into believing!

19:09 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Today's moment of the day

If the hockey team's progress into the semifinals was the most romantic moment in the Olympics for India so far, today's last-minute comeback by Ravi Dahiya could give it close competition.

18:52 (IST)04 Aug 2021
De Grasse wins a historic gold for Canada

Andre De Grasse has won the first Olympic gold medal of his career after winning the men's 200 metres final in 19.62 seconds. De Grasse, who has three Olympic bronze medals and one silver across two Games, finally got his hands on a sprint title with a new national record time.

He wins Canada's first gold in the men's 200m since 1928.

18:33 (IST)04 Aug 2021
To celebrate silver or not?

The disappointment of losing the Olympics final in a split decision weighed more on Ben Whittaker than the joy of achieving something not many get to do – stand on an Olympic podium. He later realised what he missed, writes Shahid Judge.

17:46 (IST)04 Aug 2021
A brave result for Indian women

India had a dream start with Gurjit converting a penalty corner after their first foray into the Argentine D. Sjoerd Marijne’s team seemed the better of the two units in the opening 15 minutes...but it wasn't to be.

PM Modi had a telephone conversation with Women’s Hockey Captain Rani Rampal and coach Sjoerd Marijne. He expressed pride at the performance of the women's hockey team. He told them that the Women's team is a skilled group of athletes who have worked very hard and that they must look ahead. He also said that wins and losses are a part of life and that they must not be disheartened.

17:39 (IST)04 Aug 2021
A victory for anti-racism in Ukraine

India's participation is over for the day, but there's a lot of history being scripted in Tokyo. Like Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler Zhan Beleniuk, who has won a gold medal in the men's 87kg event.

17:29 (IST)04 Aug 2021
India's long wait in Athletics

37 years ago, PT Usha got as close to an Athletics medal in the Olympics as an Indian has ever got. Norman Pritchard's 2 Athletics medals are credited to India of course, but that has been an elusive dream since Independence. Neeraj Chopra has raised hopes of dreamy-eyed fans of the track and field in India today. Here's what the 1984 hero has to say to Neeraj:

Meanwhile, here's how Ravi Dahiya's village reacted to his insane turnaround victory a little earlier.

17:22 (IST)04 Aug 2021
Those who scripted history for Indian women's hockey

From cradles of the sport to a Naxal stronghold. Some criticised for not doing chores, others moulded by the heat of farms and factories. Living up to a brother who represented the nation, rejoicing a sister who bought a stick with daily wages. Playing hockey to escape an alcoholic father and to vindicate a father who fought societal norms. These are the larger-than-life back-stories of the Indian hockey’s giant-killers:

READ | HERSTORY: The 16 who scripted Indian women’s hockey history

17:05 (IST)04 Aug 2021
India lose Hockey semifinal 1-2, Argentina through to final

What a chance in the last minute! The ball rolls towards the Argentine goal. The keeper gets her foot to it. India ask for a PC. Again, time comes to a standstill. 'No clear reason to change the decision', says the TV umpire's voice. The Argentine keeper lets out a loud roar! It's not over yet, but there's just 17 seconds left on the clock.

Time left for one last long corner. Rani and Noel, the captains, seen in conference with the umpire. Argentina get the free hit. Long scoop. That should be it. 

India have lost the semifinal by 1-2. They will be fighting for Bronze. They'll play Great Britain in the Bronze medal match.

17:00 (IST)04 Aug 2021
4th Quarter: India 1-2 Argentina, 2 minutes left

Salima Tete continues pressing from the left. Argentina steal possession again. Again a spell of Argentina pressure. After a period of Indian pressure, the wheels have turned again. Marijne shouts instructions from the sideline. Argentina run down the clock when they have possession. 2 minutes to left...

16:56 (IST)04 Aug 2021
4th Quarter: India 1-2 Argentina, 5 minutes left

Another fine save from the Argentine keeper! Gurjit unleashes a shot from outside the circle. The keeper makes a dive to her right and somehow gets to it. Last 7 minutes left...India's women, playing their first ever Oly semi, need to score to keep the golden dream alive. India look to counter-attack. Too fast for comfort though. A fumble, and the ball is lost. Last 6 minutes...everything on the line from both teams.

16:53 (IST)04 Aug 2021
4th Quarter: India 1-2 Argentina, India pile on pressure over Argentina

Big chance for India! The best chance India have had to equalize so far. Navneet and Monica, with some help from Lalremsiami, play some 1-2s from the left flank before unleashing a shot, which is saved. Argentina under a lot more pressure now than before.

10 more minutes to go...Navneet supplies a long pass through the right side. The Indians are playing with much more energy, coming closer to each other to rely on shorter passes. The pressure leads to a Penalty Corner.

16:48 (IST)04 Aug 2021
4th Quarter: India 1-2 Argentina

"This is a situation India will like -- within a goal of Argentina going into the last quarter. Surely they'll go all out and not hold back now?  Nothing to lose at all for them. Already exceeded all expectations," says Mihir Vasavda from Tokyo.

The last quarter begins. India attack at the outset. Salima Tete makes an unforced error as a foul is called for dangerous play after an aerial pass. The Indian team continue attacking though, pressing the Argentines to force them to make a mistake.

WHEN SHE strides out of the tunnel at the Kokugikan Arena Wednesday, Lovlina Borgohain will attempt to go where no other Indian boxer has been before.

Street-smart and daring, Lovlina has assured herself of a bronze medal by making it to the semifinals in welterweight. But the 23-year-old has set her sights on gold. And she knows that against Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli, her aggressive world champion opponent, it will require a sumo-sized performance — in an arena that is home to Japanese sumo wrestling.

Driving through downtown Tokyo, past the bay area, crisscrossing some of the stadiums that resemble sci-fi movie sets, you reach the old city’s sumo-obsessed neighborhood of Ryogoku. (READ)

India's Lovlina Borgohain will face reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinal. (PTI Photo)

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