Archer Atanu Das lost to Takaharu Furukuma of Japan in 1/8 Eliminations 4-6, while boxer Amit Panghal failed to counter a relentless Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia in his round of 16 bout early Saturday morning in Tokyo. As the day progressed there was little to cheer with shooters once again struggling. Tejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil failed to make the final of women's 50m rifle 3 positions. Kamalpreet Kaur the set the things rolling for India after automatically qualifying for the final with a throw of 64m in women's discus throw. The women's hockey team won their last Pool A match against South Africa and by evening progressed to the quarterfinals with Britain defeating Ireland. Shuttler PV Sindhu lost to her old nemesis Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in semi-final match and will now play for bronze on Sunday. Boxer Pooja Rani lost to China's Li Qian in the quarterfinal match. Catch the highlights and updates here:
6:46 PM IST: India women's hockey team qualify for quarter-finals
India women's team create history by entering quarter-finals as Britain defeated Ireland. India women's had earlier defeated South Africa to keep their hopes of quarters alive.
India women's hockey team will next face Australia in the quarter-final match. Photo AP
6:45 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match: Ireland 0-2 Britain (end of 4th quarter)
Britain has defeated Ireland and this has propelled India women's team into the quarter-finals. India women will face Australia next.
6:31 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match: Ireland 0-2 Britain (end of 3rd quarter)
India women now look at set to make it to quarters
6:24 PM IST: MEDAL ALERT!!!! Women's 100m final
Elaine Thompson-Herah has won women's 100m gold with a Olympic record of 10.61.
Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce second with 10.74, while Shericka Jackson with 10.76 came third.
Needless to say that its all Jamaica
6:07 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match: Ireland 0-2 Britain (3rd quarter)
Hannah Martin scores second goal for Britain.
6:00 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match: Ireland 0-1 Britain (End of 2nd quarter)
Britain leads Ireland and in India women's interest should remain that way. But Ireland can't be counted out two more quarters to go
5:40 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match: Ireland 0-1 Britain (2nd quarter)
Susannah Townsend scores to give Britain the lead
5:33 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match:
Ireland 0-0 Britain (End of 1st quarter)
The first quarter has ended goalless. While it's good news for India who need Ireland to lose or draw this match.
5:15 PM IST: Women's Hockey Pool A match: Ireland vs Britain
India women's quarterfinal hopes hinge on this match. If Ireland wins India are ousted. If Ireland lose or draw, India are through to quarterfinals
5:10 PM IST: Medal Alert! Sabre Team
Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) have won women's sabre team gold. France is second, while Korea takes silver
5:05 PM IST: Men’s long jump qualification: Murali Sreeshankar best jump of 7.69 wasn't good enough for him to qualify for the final. Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba qualified first for the final with a jump of 8.50
4:58 PM IST: Medal Alert Judo
France wins mixed team gold beat Japan 4-1. Israel and Germany won bronze.
4:39 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 2 - PV Sindhu 12-21 Tai Tzu Ying
PV Sindhu has been knocked out of the badminton semifinals 18-21, 12-21. Sindhu to fight for bronze medal now. Tai Tzu Ying advances into the final
4:35 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 2 - PV Sindhu 8-15 Tai Tzu Ying
Tai Tzu Ying showing her attacking prowess. But Sindhu, for the first time, gets a chance to kill it with a smash. And she wins a point. Then, Tai Tzu Ying responds with a down-the-line smash.
4:32 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 2 - PV Sindhu 7-11 Tai Tzu Ying
Moment of truth for PV Sindhu. A brief respite courtesy a Tai Tzu Ying unforced error, but a four-point lead for the Taiwanese.
4:30 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 2 - PV Sindhu 4-7 Tai Tzu Ying
Tai Tzu Ying wins back-to-back points as PV Sindhu misses the line, once again. And builds on the lead.
4:26 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 2 - PV Sindhu 3-2 Tai Tzu Ying
Tai Tzu Ying's confidence growing, and outmaneuvers PV Sindhu after forcing the Indian deep into the court. But Sindhu takes the initiative back, courtesy of an unforced error from her opponent.
4:20 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 18-21 Tai Tzu Ying
PV Sindhu trails Tai Tzu Ying 1-0. It was a tough first game and Tai Tzu Ying has come from behind to win this one. Sindhu crashes one into the net and game point for Tai Tzu Ying. And the world number one kills off with a smash in 21 minutes.
4:17 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 16-15 Tai Tzu Ying
PV Sindhu bids her time, making Tai Tzu Ying wait for her service and wins the points. Tai Tzu Ying crashes into the net from a low return. And another one, long.
4:15 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 15-14 Tai Tzu Ying
PV Sindhu loses another couple of points with the last one from a deflection at the net. Then, Tai Tzu Ying sends a backhand return into the net.
4:11 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 11-8 Tai Tzu Ying
Another couple of points for Tai Tzu Ying with PV Sindhu making a judgment error. But Tai Tzu Ying sends a cross-court shot long.
4:09 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 9-6 Tai Tzu Ying
Tai Tzu Ying wins back-to-back points, then a touch of luck for PV Sindhu. Shuttle flips over.
4:07 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 8-4 Tai Tzu Ying. T
ai Tzu Ying challenges an out call and it's out. Sindhu leads 8-4.
4:06 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - PV Sindhu 5-2 Tai Tzu Ying
PV Sindhu using her reach to the best and a cross-court smash to make it a three-point lead.
4:03 PM IST: Badminton: PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying Semis
Game 1 - A push too long from Tai Tzu Ying to allow PV Sindhu level 2-2. LIVE UPDATES HERE
4:00 PM IST: Men’s long jump qualification
Group B: As we wait for PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying to start, India's entry in long jump Murali Sreeshankar has leaped 7.69 to be placed eighth.
3:55 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s middleweight (69-75kg) quarter-finals
3rd round: Pooja was outclassed by Li Qian. Another India medal hope ends in disappointment. After Amit Panghal's shocker at the start of the day, Pooja Rani's exit will add to the gloom in the Indian boxing camp. Qian Li win by unanimous decision, a 5-0 verdict
3:52 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s middleweight (69-75kg) quarter-finals
2nd round: Pooja has no answer to Li Qian tactics. The Chinese boxer has been tactically brilliant keeping Indian at bay. Another round in favour of the Chinese, who is now favourite to win
3:47 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s middleweight (69-75kg) quarter-finals
1st round: Pooja in red corner had a little trouble in countering Li Qian in blue corner. Chinese boxers takes the round one with all five judges ruling in her favour. Pooja in trouble, she will have to make it up in round 2
3:44 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s middleweight (69-75kg) quarter-finals: Pooja Rani vs Li Qian (CHN)
Pooja Rani (In red) is just one win away from assuring India another medal. 1st round starts
3:30 PM IST: India At Tokyo Olympics
1) Men’s long jump qualification: Group B – Murali Sreeshankar: upcoming
2) Women’s middleweight (69-75kg) quarter-final: Pooja Rani Lost To Li Qian (CHN): 0-5
3) Badminton : Women's Singles, Semi-finals PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu-ying - LIVE UPDATES
3:15 PM IST: Tennis Mixed Doubles- Medal Alert
Ash Barty and John Peers win bronze on walkover.
Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic have withdrawn from the mixed doubles bronze medal final.
Novak Djokovic withdraws from the mixed doubles bronze medal match due to a left shoulder injury.
Ashleigh Barty and John Peers receive a walkover against Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic and win the bronze medal for Australia.— ITF Media (@ITFMedia) July 31, 2021
2:50 PM IST: Medal Alert Weightlifting Men's 81kg
Xiaojun Lyu of China wins gold. This is China's 6th gold medal in weightlifting.
Zacarias Bonnat Michel of Dominican Republic wins silver, while Antonino Pizzolato of Italy won bronze.
2:38 PM IST: Tennis - Men's Singles, Bronze Medal Play-off
Disappointment for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian loses to Spain's Pablo Busta Carreno in three sets, 4-6, 7-6(6), 3-6 in 2:47 hours.
2:28 PM IST: Badminton - Women's Singles, Semi-finals
Upcoming - PV Sindhu Vs Tai Tzu-Ying. The first semi-final between China’s top seed Chen Yufei and compatriot He Bing Jiao is live now. Follow LIVE HERE.
1:51 PM IST: Latest update on American BMX rider Connor Fields injury
A day after involving in a horrific crash, Fields has "been moved out of the critical care unit here in Tokyo after his crash in the Olympic BMX Racing semifinals."
We are pleased to report that @connorfields11 has been moved out of the critical care unit here in Tokyo after his crash in the Olympic BMX Racing semifinals.July 31, 2021
The crash during the semifinals race left him laying motionless on the asphalt. Then, it was revealed that the 28-year-old from Las Vegas sustained a brain hemorrhage.
1:48 PM IST: Medal alert
Shooting - 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women's Final
Nina Christen of Switzerland creates a new Olympic record en route to the gold medal. ROC's Yulia Zykova and Yulia Karimova take silver and bronze respectively.
Only two events left in the shooting programme - Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol and Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions. Finals of both events on Monday (August 2).
1:35 PM IST: Medal alert
Archery - Men's Individual
Mete Gazoz of Turkey beats Italy's Mauro Nespoli 6-4 in the gold medal match. Earlier, Japan's Takaharu Furukawa beat Chih-Chun Tang of Chinese Taipei 7-3 to claim bronze. So no South Koreans in the medal bracket, at least in this event!
But still, five events - four won by Korea (men's team, women's individual, women's team and mixed team).
1:32 PM IST: Tennis - Men's Singles, Bronze Medal Play-off
Serbian great Novak Djokovic fights back after losing the first set 4-6 to force a third set against Spain's Pablo Busta Carreno. Djokovic wins the second set 7-6 (6) in 63 minutes.
11:38 AM IST: Indian women shooters at the Games and their respective events
Manu Bhaker competed in 10m air pistol, 25m pistol and 10m air pistol mixed team events;
Yashaswini Deswal competed in 10m air pistol and 10m air pistol mixed team events;
Apurvi Chandela competed in 10m air rifle;
Elavenil Valarivan competed in 10m air rifle and 10m air rifle mixed team events;
Rahi Sarnobat competed in 25m pistol;
Tejaswini Sawant competed in 50m rifle 3 positions;
Anjum Moudgil competed in 50m rifle 3 positions.
None managed to qualify for the finals.
11:19 AM IST: Shooting - Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Well, Indian shooters continue to disappoint. Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant fail to qualify for the final after finishing 15th and 33rd in the 37-shooter field. Moudgil and Sawant shoot 382 and 376 respectively in the standing positions for totals of 1167 and 1154. Earlier, Moudgil shot 390 in kneeling and 395 in prone; while Sawant managed 384 in kneeling and 394 in prone.
With that, Indian women shooters campaign comes to an end.
11:06 AM IST: Medal alert
Shooting - Trap Mixed Team
Spain's Fatima Galvez and Alberto Fernandez beat San Marino pair Alessandra Perilli and Gian Marco Berti to win gold medal. Earlier, US claimed bronze after beating Slovakia.
10:33 AM IST: Hockey - Women's Pool A
Full time - India 4-3 South Africa
Marais Marizen scores a 39th-minute goal to bring South Africa level, 3-3. But Vandana Kataria completes her hat-trick in the 49th minute to give India the much-needed win.
And now the time for Indian eves to pray for a favourable result as Ireland meet Great Britain later in the day. A win for Ireland and India are out.
10:11 AM IST: Shooting - Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant need strong shooting in the third and final round (standing position) to finish in the top eight and make the final.
Moudgil shoots 390 (99+98+96+97) in kneeling and 395 (98+100+98+99) in prone; while Sawant manages 384 (97+92+98+97) in kneeling and 394 (99+98+99+98) in prone.
10:04 AM IST: Hockey - Women's Pool A
Third quarter - India 3-2 South Africa
Neha scores from a PC to give India the lead for the third time in the match. And this time, they are holding the lead.
9:51 AM IST: Athletics - Women's Discus Throw
Here's more on Kamalpreet Kaur's qualification:
The 25-year-old from Patiala is the first Indian woman to breach the 65m mark. Her final is on Monday (August 2), 4:40 PM IST. The 32nd ranked Indian will need a Herculean effort to win a medal. Croatia's two-time Olympic champion, Sandra Perkovic, is the hot favourite.
9:37 AM IST: Hockey - Women's Pool A
Second quarter - India 2-2 South Africa
Vandana Katariya scores her second to give India the lead, this time from a PC. But once again, India allow South Africa to find the equaliser in the dying seconds of the quarter with Erin Hunter expertly guiding a PC deflection.
9:14 AM IST: Hockey - Women's Pool A
First quarter - India 1-1 South Africa
Vandana Katariya gives India the lead, but Christie Glasby makes it 1-1 just before the break.
9:10 AM IST: Swimming Finals Wrap
Women's 200m Backstroke
Kaytee McKeown wins gold, ahead of Kylie Masse of Canada and Emily of Seebohm.
Women's 800m Freestyle
Another one for Kathleen Ledecky. The American great beats Ariarne Titmus. Simona Quadarella takes bronze.
Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay
And in the final event of the penultimate day of swimming competition, Great Britain win the first-ever mixed 4x100m medley relay, and with a world record time.
China and Australia settle for silver and bronze medals respectively.
8:32 AM IST: Hockey - Women's Pool A
Upcoming - India vs South Africa
Indian eves are in a must-win situation. A defeat, or even a draw and they are out. And even a win might not be enough if Ireland beat Great Britain later in the day.
8:30 AM IST: Shooting - Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Now - Tejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil in action. Top eight qualify for the final.
8:15 AM IST: Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification, Group B
Kamalpreet Kaur automatically qualifies for the final with a throw of 64m in her third and final attempt.
But Seema Punia fails to make the cut. Her best of 60.57m not enough. She's placed 16th overall. Best 12 qualify for the final.
7:57 AM IST: Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification, Group B
Sensational throws from Kamalpreet Kaur. She starts with 60.29m in the first attempt, then 63.97. She is currently placed 2nd in her group after American Valarie Allman, who scorched with a throw of 66.42.
Kaur is certain to qualify for the final.
7:45 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s flyweight, Round Of 16
Round 3 - A defensive Amit Panghal up against a relentless Herney Yuberjen Martinez Rivas, who won a silver in Rio. And the Colombian boxer ends world number one's campaign with a split decision, 4-1.
7:38 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s flyweight, Round Of 16
Round 2 - Strong finish from Amit Panghal in the second round after getting a barrage of punches. But not enough. Again, another split decision with four going for the Colombian boxer.
7:35 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s flyweight, Round Of 16
Round 1 - Amit Panghal, in the red corner, takes the first round with four judges in his favour, as against one for Herney Yuberjen Martinez Rivas of Colombia.
7:34 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Set 5 - Atanu Das (9,8,9=26) 4-6 (9,10,8=27) Takaharu Furukuma of Japan.
India's archery campaign ends!
7:31 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Set 4 - Atanu Das (9,10,9=28) 4-4 (9,10,9=28) Takaharu Furukuma of Japan
7:31 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s flyweight, Round Of 16
Now - Amit Panghal vs Herney Yuberjen Martinez Rivas of Colombia
7:30 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Set 3 - Atanu Das (10,10,8=28) 3-3 (8,10,9=27) Takaharu Furukuma of Japan
7:24 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Set 2 - Atanu Das (10,9,9=28) 1-3 (9,9,10=28) Takaharu Furukuma of Japan
7:24 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Set 1 - Atanu Das (9,8,8=25) 0-2 (9,9*,9=27) Takaharu Furukuma of Japan
7:16 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Now - Atanu Das vs Takaharu Furukuma of Japan
7:11 AM IST: Medal alert
Swimming - Men's 100m fly
Caeleb Dressel creates world record en route to gold medal. Kristof Milak of Hungary and Noo Ponti of Switzerland take silver and bronze medals respectively.
7:04 AM IST: Simone Biles withdraws from vault and uneven bars too.
After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam. pic.twitter.com/kWqgZJK4LJ— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 31, 2021
7:00 AM IST: Athletics - Pole Vault, Qualification
France's Renaud Lavillenie clears 5.50m in his final attempt to keep his pole vault chance alive. Harry Coppell of Great Britain wins Group B with 5.65m
6:53 Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification, Group A
Seema Punia finishes sixth with a best throw of 60.57m.
6:50 AM IST: Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended after a positive test for human growth hormone. She was due to run in the semifinals of the women's 100 meters on Saturday.
This comes after yesterday's drama involving the Unites States mixed relay team, which was reinstated after originally being disqualified. The team had been DQ'd for what officials said was an illegal baton pass between Lynna Irby and Elija Godwin. Team USA appealed and was reinstated and placed directly into the final.
6:41 AM IST: Badminton - Men's Singles, Quarter-final
Kevin Cordon of Guatemala stuns Kwanghee Heo of South Korea 21-13, 21-18 in 42 minutes to enter semis. Heo ended Kento Momota's campaign. Cordon is the first Latin American to make the semis in Olympics.
6:34 Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification, Group A
Seema Punia is currently placed 6th after the end of set two with a best throw of 60.57m. Her first attempt was a fault throw. Sandra Perkovic of Serbia leads the field with 63.75. Kristian Pudenz is second with a throw of 63.53.
6:30 AM IST: Archery - Men's Individual, 1/8 Eliminations
Upcoming - Atanu Das vs Takaharu Furukuma of Japan
6:08 AM IST: Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification, Group B
Another Indian in the fray, Kamalpreet Kaur will feature in another group. Start time is 7:25 AM IST
6:00 AM IST: Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification, Group A
Seema Punia in action now. She is the first competitor.
Here are the qualification rules: Throw 64.00 and get the big (Q) or at least finish among the 12 throwers (q) to advance to the final.
5:51 AM IST: Medal alert
Triathlon - Mixed Relay
Great Britain (Jessica Learmonth, Jonathan Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee) win the gold medal. The United States and France take silver and bronze medals respectively.
5:37 AM IST: Here's a look at Indians in action today
Anirban Lahiri in Golf - Men's Individual
Anjum Moudgil in Shooting - Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions
Atanu Das in Archery - Men's individual
Amit Panghal in Boxing - Men’s flyweight
Ganapathy Kelapanda and Varun Thakkar in Sailing - Men's 49er
Kamalpreet Kaur in Athletics - Women’s discus throw
Murali Sreeshankar in Athletics - Men’s long jump
Pooja Rani in Boxing - Women’s middleweight
PV Sindhu in Badminton - Women’s singles
Seema Punia in Athletics - Women’s discus throw
Tejaswini Sawant in Shooting - Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions
Udayan Mane in Golf - Men's Individual
And, Women's Hockey Team
5:22 AM IST: Medals will be decided on 21 events today -- four in swimming, one in archery, three in athletics, one in badminton, one in fencing, one on trampolining, one in judo, one in rugby sevens, two in sailing, two in shooting, one in tennis, one in triathlon, two in weightlifting.
Day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 shooting competition on Saturday will see former world champion Tejaswini Sawant’s Olympic debut alongside the seasoned campaigner Anjum Moudil, who is also making her Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. The duo are India's top bets in the women’s 50-metre Rifle 3 Positions (kneeling, prone and standing) but they first have to overcome the qualification round. The top 8 in a 38-strong field will play the final round.
While the shooters and Atanu Das can win direct medals on Saturday, Pooja Rani and PV Sindhu can guarantee another two. Sindhu has been in emphatic form and her win against Akane Yamaguchi showed that the Rio 2016 silver medallist wants to change the colour of the medal this time. But Tai Tzu-Ying is a tough customer having beaten Sindhu 13 times in 20 encounters.
Top seed Amit Panghal will start his Tokyo 2020 boxing campaign. Going by current form, Panghal has been fancied to win a medal on his Olympic debut but the Haryana boxer will have to land his punches properly to impress the judges. During the Asian championships in Dubai in June, Panghal had cried foul on the way judges scored his final 52 kg bout with arch-rival Shakhobidin Zoirov.