Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 14 Highlights: India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia lost in the semifinal and will fight for Bronze. He began his campaign by narrowly defeating Kyrgystan’s Ernazar Akmataliev in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category and then ousting Iran’s Morteza Ghiasi by fall to book his place in the semifinals. It was, however, the end of the road for India’s women wrestlers with Seema Bisla bowing out in her first bout of women’s freestyle 50kg category.
In another sensational but heartbreaking performance, the Indian men’s quartet comprising Muhammed Anas, Nirmal Noah Tom, Arokia Rajiv and Amoj Jacob created a new Asian record when they finished fourth in 4X400m relay (Heat 2) clocking 3 minutes 00.25 seconds. They finished 9th overall, missing out on a spot in the final by the narrowest of margins. The Indian hockey’s Tokyo Olympics campaign came to a close as the women in blue went down 3-4 to defending champions Great Britain in their bronze medal match. After the men side brought home a hockey medal for the first time in 41 years, the Rani Rampal-led side produced a spirited performance, even leading at one point before bowing out with best fourth finish ever.
In the women’s 20-km racewalk, Priyanka Goswami was with the leading pack in the first half of the race, being ranked 1st after 8 kms, but eventually ended 17th. Meanwhile, golfer Aditi Ashok had another good day, finishing Round 3 in second place. In athletics, Gurpreet Singh dropped out of his 50km race walk early in the morning.