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Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 13 Highlights: Indian men’s hockey team, Ravi Dahiya take India’s medal tally to 5

Tokyo Olympics 2021 India Events Schedule, Day 13: In the morning, India men's hockey team won bronze by beating mighty Germany 5-4, breaking their 41-year medal drought at the Olympics. Ravi Dahiya won a Silver medal after losing his final.

By: Sports Desk Written by Mihir Vasavda | Tokyo |
Updated: August 5, 2021 10:53:32 pm
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 13 India Live Updates: Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia (l) will be playing their Medal matches on Thursday.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 13 Highlights: There was plenty of events in an action-packed Wednesday as India won two medals to take their overall tally from Tokyo 2020 to five. It all began with the men in blue defeating Germany 5-4 to win Olympics bronze. In an emotional day for India, Manpreet Singh’s men fought well and made a brilliant comeback to end their 41-year old medal drought, adding their 12th hockey medal to their history.

The most important clash of the day was between Ravi Dahiya and Zavur Uguev as India hoped for a historic gold medal. Dahiya was ruthless on Tuesday making an exciting comeback to qualify for the final. Ravi put on a massive fight in the final, just like in the semi, but eventually the Russian did enough to win 7-4. Deepak Punia, in a heartbreaking result for India, was leading in his Bronze medal match till the last 10 seconds, before losing 4-2.

It was also the end of the road for Anshu Malik, who lost the repechage round. Vinesh Phogat also lost her quarterfinals and also had her chances of a Bronze dashed after her vanquisher Kaladzinskaya lost in the semi. In the men’s 20km racewalk final, Sandeep Kumar finished highest for India at 23rd, while Rahul Rohilla and KT Irfan ended at 47th and 51st.

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Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 13 Highlights: India win their first hockey medal in 41 years, beat Germany 5-4 to claim bronze; Vinesh Phogat loses in quarters

21:34 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Bajrang Punia to be under spotlight tomorrow

In wrestling, men’s freestyle 65-kg category, India's meda hope Bajrang Punia is scheduled to meet Ernazar Akmataliev of Kyrgyzstan in the first round at the Makuhari Messe Event Hall on Friday (7.30 am approx).

Bajrang, 27, will be making his Olympic debut, and the  three-time World championship medallist and a gold medallist at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games is recovering from knee injury see suffered early last month.  

The grapplers in 65-kg category are considered tough ones but Bajrang's draw is found to be easy. In the second round, the second seed will take on the winner of the fight between Morteza Ghiasi of Iran and Haithem Dakhlaoui. In the semis, the Indian is on course to meet third seed Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan.

The semifinals (2:45pm) and final (3.45pm) are scheduled to take place on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in the women’s 50kg category, Seema Bisla will take on Tunisia’s Sarra Hamdi and is set to take on top seed Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan for a place in the last four.

20:07 (IST)05 Aug 2021
A 14-year-old diving prodigy from China

China's Quan Hongchan, 14, from a farmer's family in Guangdong province, won Gold with three perfect dives in the women's 10 metre platform diving at the Tokyo Olympics. She took up diving at age 11 to help pay for her mother’s medical bills.

19:58 (IST)05 Aug 2021
India's schedule for Day 14: What to look forward to on Friday

After an action-packed Thursday, when India’s medal tally from Tokyo 2020 went up to 5 — just one short of the best-ever medal haul of 6 from London 2012 — Friday offers another chance for India’s elite athletes.

The women’s hockey team will be up against Great Britain in the Bronze medal match (7 am IST) in the first medal match of the day. The spotlight will then shift to Wrestling. Bajrang Punia (starts at 8 am), who is one of the top contenders for a medal, and Seema Bisla will begin their campaigns.

The day will end with the thrill of Athletics, where the Indian men’s 4x400m relay team — Mohammad Anas, Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv and Nirmal Noah Tom — will be competing in the heats (5 pm).

19:27 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Deepak Punia was seconds away from India's 6th medal in Tokyo 2020

There are two prime candidates for the biggest disappointment for the day. One - Vinesh Phogat, top medal hope, crashing out in the quarters. Two - Deepak Punia losing his Bronze medal match in the last 10 seconds of his bout. Till when, his defence had been good enough to keep the score at 2-1.

19:19 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Spain's Lopez wins inaugural climbing gold

Spanish teenager Alberto Gines Lopez has won the first Olympic gold medal in sport climbing, riding a win in the speed discipline to the top of the podium.

The 18-year-old opened the finals with the speed win, then showed off his all-around skills by finishing seventh in lead and fourth in bouldering. He finished with 30 points - the finishes are multiplied together - to edge American Nathaniel Coleman by two.

19:10 (IST)05 Aug 2021
'Ravi's semifinal win right up there with Sushil Kumar's 2012 win'

“This (bout) is right up there with Sushil’s semifinal in London when Sushil was trailing and then lifted his opponent (Akzhurek Tanatarov) on his shoulder to awe the world. That was incredible to watch and this (Ravi’s bout)was too a super fight!,” says Mahabali Satpal, who has seen wrestling fights for 52 years. 

18:48 (IST)05 Aug 2021
What Ravi's means for Nahari village, for Chattrasal

There is a small story behind why villagers think that Nahri's destiny will change if the 24-year-old Ravi Dahiya wins a medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

The village struggles to get potable drinking water, gets two-hour electricity supply in the day, does not have proper sewage lines and was desperately waiting for Ravi Dahiya to return from Tokyo with a medal. Ravi, son of a farmer, is the third Olympian to emerge from this village after Mahavir Singh (1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles) and Amit Dahiya (London 2012).

18:29 (IST)05 Aug 2021
The victorious hockey team

The hockey team and its Wall in goal, PR Sreejesh:

18:16 (IST)05 Aug 2021
PM Modi's message to Ravi Dahiya and his coach Anil Maan

Congratulating Ravi Dahiya on his historic silver, PM Modi said India is proud of him. He also said he looks forward to personally congratulating him on the 15th of August.

18:11 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Ravi vs Zuguev: The Gold Medal match

How the fight went:

18:01 (IST)05 Aug 2021
India's silver medallists in Olympics history

Norman Pritchard (2 in 1900), Men's Hockey (in 1960), Rajyavardan Rathore (Shooting, 2004), Vijay Kumar (Shooting, 2012), Sushil Kumar (Wrestling, 2012), PV Sindhu (Badminton, 2016), Mirabai Chanu (2021)...and now...

17:46 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Hockey Medal Ceremony

The Men's hockey medal ceremony is going on. The Indian players are lined up to receive their bronze medals. Not a dry eye in the house if you've been a fan of hockey in the last 41 years. Australia get Silver. Belgium get a Gold, won in a shoot-out in the final.

17:38 (IST)05 Aug 2021
India's medal tally from Tokyo now 5

Ravi Dahiya won a Silver medal after losing the Men's Freestyle 57-kg Wrestling final, taking India's overall medal tally from Tokyo 2020 to 5. This medal comes after some memorable wins by Mirabai Chanu (Silver), PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and the Indian men’s hockey team (Bronze).

17:32 (IST)05 Aug 2021
PR Sreejesh - India's Wall

When PR Sreejesh was in primary school, at a village 30 kilometres east of Kochi, his physical education teacher was convinced that he had unearthed the next sporting sensation. Sreejesh was good at everything — he could hurl the discus and javelin a fair distance, he could leap, smash and spike, he was in both volleyball and basketball teams, could perform the long jump as well as high jump. Sometimes, he could run too, though he himself despised running.

He revelled in every sport, expect hockey that Sandip G writes. Today, Sreejesh was instrumental as India won their first hockey medal in the Olympics after 41 long years. 

17:18 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Belgium win Gold in Men's Hockey

Belgium emerge Olympic champions in Men's hockey, pipping Australia 3-2 in shoot-out in the final. This is also their maiden gold medal in hockey in the Olympic Games. They are also the reigning World champions. 

17:00 (IST)05 Aug 2021
End of Match: Deepak Punia ends 4th, Amine takes bronze, 3rd medal for San Marino in Tokyo

Everyone stands in wait. The celebrations are on hold. Officials peer over screens. Amine walks around restlessly. And here's the decision....2 points have been given. The challenge has been lost.Amine wins bronze, wins by 4-2 after the unsuccessful challenge

16:59 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Deepak 2-3 Amine: Indian coach challenges

Defence from Deepak! Amine goes on attacking ! First the lefs! Last 30 seconds.....he picks up Deepak's right leg!! Deepak Punia is in a split trying to defend! He can't do enough! Amine gets on top of him. A 2 pointer with less than 10 seconds left.....Deepak loses 3-2.

The Indian coach is furious!

16:57 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Deepak 2-1 Amine, 1 minute left

Second half: Amine goes for Deepak's left leg. Great defence! Swerved out of the way again. Again Amine goes for the legs, left rolling on the floor as again Deepak swerves away. 

2 minutes left...Deepak seems to be slowing down... could this be Amine's chance? Just a point between them. Both wrestlers locked, both standing....

1 minute left...

16:55 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Deepak 2-1 Amine, 3 minutes left

Now onto the legs! And asserts pressure as well! Attack from Deepak! The San Marino wrestler moves away from the centre. No points awarded. No, cancel that, the judges decide Amine will get a point for taking Deepak out of the circle. 2-1 to Deepak. Half Time hooter!

Deepak Punia on course for a 5th medal for India in Tokyo 2020!

16:53 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Deepak 2-0 Amine, 4 minutes left

Deepak manages to get away from an ankle lock as the first minute ends. It was an ankle lock that was his undoing in his semifinal. Amine from San Marino attacks! Goes for the legs. Deepak swerves away. Now, he waits for his moment and gets Amine on the mat. 2 points. We are on the board!

Across the string of akharas in outer Delhi and Haryana, Ravi Dahiya’s “jigar” (courage) is the stuff of legends. As part of their character building process, young wrestlers are told stories about the man who can be stopped only by the clock; whose relentless attacks suck the energy out of his opponents; and, whose ability to come back from the dead can put even Undertaker to shame.

Dahiya is just 23. But around these parts, he is a man with many myths.

On Wednesday, inside a mega convention hall just outside Tokyo, far removed from the dust bowls of Haryana, Dahiya added to his legend. The wrestler from Nahari, near Haryana’s Sonepat, ensured India’s fourth medal in Tokyo, a wrestling medal at the fourth successive Olympics, and a first final appearance in the sport since Sushil Kumar fought for gold in London in 2012.

Down 9-2 with less than two minutes to be played in the semifinal of the 57kg weight class, Dahiya also scripted a turnaround that will go down as one of the great Olympic moments in wrestling.

His opponent, the wily Kazakh Nurislam Sanayev, had used the “par terre” position — where Dahiya had his hands and knees to the ground with Sanayev grappling him from the back — to race to a seemingly insurmountable seven-point lead.

In an Olympic semifinal, it is rare for a wrestler to overcome such a deficit. But Dahiya stayed calm despite Sanayev, a two-time world medallist and reigning Asian champion, indulging in some gamesmanship, including sticking his teeth into Dahiya’s forearm. The Indian caught hold of the Kazakh’s left leg and rolled him over the mat before eventually pinning him in one of the most stunning takedowns these Games have so far seen.

ravi kumar dahiya, ravi kumar wrestling, ravi kumar tokyo olympics, ravi kumar dahiya vs n sanayev Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan reacts after losing against Ravi Kumar of India (Reuters)

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