Apart from a sour note towards the end of the day, India had a good outing at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. PV Sindhu moved into the quarterfinals, boxer Satish Kumar beat Ricardo Brown (Jamaica) 4-1 to move to quarterfinals. The biggest news came from the hockey field wherein India defeated Argentina 3-1 to move into quarterfinals. Atanu Das caused the biggest upset of the day as he defeated Olympic champion Jinkyek Oh (South Korea) 6-5 to advance to pre-quarters. The day however ended on a sad note with Mary Kom eyeing her second Olympics medal losing her women's 51kg category bout. The 38-year-old Kom was up against Colombian Ingrit Victoria Valencia, the bronze medal winner of Rio 2016 and lost 3-2 in split verdict. Meanwhile, pistol shooters Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat completed 25m Precision qualification. Catch the highlights of the day here:
6:40 PM IST: MEDAL ALERT, Artistic Gymnastics all-around
Sunisa Lee (USA) with 57.433 wins all-round title. Rebeca Andrade (BRA) 57.298 came second, while Angelina Melnikova (ROC) finished third 57.199
5:15 PM IST: Swimmer Sajan Prakash finished second in his Heat but that was not enough to advance the semifinals of the men's 100m butterfly event. Prakash finished second in the second-slowest heat with a time of 53.45s. The cut was placed at 51.74s.
4:55 PM IST: It was heart-breaking exit for boxing great MC Mary Kom from Tokyo Olympics after losing to Ingrit Victoria Valencia of Colombia. Here's Mary Kom's Last Olympics Bout In Pics
4:50 PM IST: Men's 100m Butterfly
USA's Caeleb Dressel created a new olympic record in the qualifying with a time of 50.39
4:21 PM IST: Men's 100m Butterfly
India's Sajan Prakash has finished second in Heat 2 with a time of 53.45, Will have to wait and watch if this is enough for him to qualify for the next round. There are eight heats in the event and it looks like Prakash will end up way off the mark.
3:54 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg), Round of 16
Round 3 - Mary Kom invites Ingrit Victoria Valencia (Colombia) by dropping her guard and uses it as bait to land some clean punches. Valencia tries to impose herself by closing the distance, knowing well enough she has more power.
One hell of a bout between two mothers. And the split decision (3:2) goes in the favour of Valencia. It was decided in the first round. Three judges in favour of the Colombian in the final round.
3:50 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg), Round of 16
Round 2 - Mary Kom taking the fight on her opponent. She manages to land a couple and Ingrit Victoria Valencia (Colombia) needed her headgear fixed. Mary Kom's hunger and also her technical superiority on the show in this round. And Mary Kom takes the round with three judges in her favour.
3:46 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg), Round of 16
Round 1 - A promising start from Mary Kom, but a cagey bout. Mary Kom, in the blue corner, surprisingly doesn't have India vest. And Ingrit Victoria Valencia (Colombia) takes the first round with four judges favouring her.
3:23 PM IST: Boxing - Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg), Round of 16
Upcoming - Mary Kom vs Ingrit Victoria Valencia (Colombia) at 3:36 PM IST.
This is a clash of two Olympic medallists. Mary Kom had won bronze at London 2012 while the Colombian clinched the bronze at Rio 2016.
3:10 PM IST: Medal alert
Judo - Women's 78kg
Shori Hamada of Japan beats France's Madeleine Malonga with an ippon in the final. Anna-Maria Wagner (GER) and Mayra Aguiar (BRA) take bronze.
2:32 PM IST: Table Tennis - Men's Singles
Crazy scenes! Chinese legend Ma Long beats Dimitrij Ovtcharov in seven games to set up a final date with top-seed and compatriot Fan Zhendong. German Ovtcharov almost pulls it off!
Earlier, Zhendong defeated fifth-seed Lin Yun-ju of Chinese Taipei in seven games to enter the final in his maiden Olympics.
2:16 PM IST: Sailing - Men's Skiff 49er
Indian sailing pair of KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finished a creditable seventh in one of the two races but still languished at 17th position overall. They ended at 16th in Race 5 before pulling off a seventh-place finish in the next to occupy 17th place out of 19 competitors with 76 net points.
2:11 PM IST: IOC sees no link between Games, Japan COVID-19 case rise.
1:34 PM IST: Remaining events today with Indian interests, with tentative timings
Boxing - Women’s Flyweight (48-51kg), Round of 16
Mary Kom vs Ingrit Victoria Valencia (Colombia) at 3:36 PM IST
Swimming - Men’s 100m Butterfly, Heat 2
Sajan Prakash at 4:16 PM IST
1:00 PM IST: Medal alerts
Shooting - Trap Women's Final
Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova of Slovakia sets a new Olympic record en route to gold medal. USA's Kayle Browning and San Marino's Alessandra Perilli take silver and bronze respectively. Perilli is the first-ever Olympic medallist for her country.
Shooting - Trap Men's Final
Jiri Liptak of the Czech Republic sets a new Olympic record as he claims gold, ahead of compatriot David Kostelecky and Matthew Coward-Holley of Great Britain.
12:41 PM IST: Golf - Men's Individual Stroke Play
Solid start by Anirabn Lahiri. The former Asian Tour No. 1 Lahiri had six birdies against two bogeys and was Tied-sixth though many players were yet to finish. The other Indian, Udayan Mane, who made the field of 60 at a late stage, also had a fair start as he 1-under through 10 holes. He was T-30 though his position will change as the round ends.
12:16 PM IST: Hockey - Women's Pool A
India vs Ireland Preview & Streaming: after three morale-shattering defeats, it would be a Herculean task for the Indians to lift their confidence and outplay a higher-ranked side like world no.7 Ireland.
11:52 AM IST: Hockey, Men's - Other results today
Pool A: South Africa 4-3 Germany
Pool B: Belgium 9-1 Canada
Pool B: Netherlands 2-2 Great Britain
11:23 AM IST: American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tests positive for COVID-19
10:52 AM IST: Tennis
Men's Doubles - Semis
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (CRO) vs Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus (NZL) vs Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Women's Doubles - Semis
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (CZE) vs Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina (ROC)
Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani (BRA) vs Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic (SUI)
10:35 AM IST: Tennis
Women's Singles - Semis
Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
Men's Singles - Quarters
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Karen Khachanov (ROC) vs Ugo Humbert (FRA)
Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) vs Daniil Medvedev (ROC)
10:20 AM IST: Shooting - 25m Pistol Women's Qualification - Precision
Manu Bhaker improved to fifth with 292 points while Sarnobat Rahi finished a lowly 25th with 287 at the end of precision qualification.
Serbia's Zorana Arunnovic (296), Greece's Anna Korakaki (294), Bulgaria's Antoaneta Kostadinova (293) and ROC's Vitalina Batsarashkina are ahead of Bhaker.
Rapid qualification will be held Friday, starting 5:30 AM IST.
10:05 AM IST: Fabio Fognini apologizes for homophobic slur.
9:20 AM IST: Medal alert
Swimming - Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Chinese quartet of Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei and Li Binjie create new world record en route to gold medal. United States and Australia take silver and bronze.
8:57 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s Super Heavyweight (91+kg), Round of 16
Round 3 - Satish Kumar beat Ricardo Brown (Jamaica) by points, 4-1 to enter quarters.
8:54 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s Super Heavyweight (91+kg), Round of 16
Round 2 - Another round in favour of Satish Kumar, with four judges ruling in his favour.
8:49 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s Super Heavyweight (91+kg), Round of 16
Round 1 - Satish Kumar win the first round against Ricardo Brown (Jamaica) with all five judges ruling in favour of the Indian boxer.
8:44 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s Super Heavyweight (91+kg), Round of 16
Satish Kumar, in the red corner, and Ricardo Brown (Jamaica) for their bout.
8:27 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Shoot off - Atanu Das 10-9 Oh Jinhyek.
Indian shooter knocks out former Olympic champion Oh Jinhyek in a thriller. Atanu will meet Takaharu Furukawa of Japan on Saturday for a place in the quarter-finals.
8:25 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Set 5 - Atanu Das (25, 27, 27, 27, 28) 5-5 (26, 27, 27, 22, 28) Oh Jinhyek of South Korea.
Shoot-off to decide the winner.
8:22 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Set 4 - Atanu Das (25, 27, 27, 27) 4-4 (26, 27, 27, 22) Oh Jinhyek of South Korea.
8:20 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Set 3 - Atanu Das (25, 27, 27) 2-4 (26, 27, 27) Oh Jinhyek of South Korea.
8:18 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Set 2 - Atanu Das (25, 27) 1-3 (26, 27) Oh Jinhyek of South Korea.
8:15 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Set 1 - Atanu Das (25) 0-2 (26) Oh Jinhyek of South Korea.
8:12 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Atanu Das takes on Oh Jinhyek of South Korea.
8:10 AM IST: Medal alert
Swimming - Men's 100m Freestyle Final
Caeleb Dressel of USA sets a new Olympic record to win gold. Kyle Chalmers of Australia and Kliment Kolesnikov of ROC take silver and bronze.
Earlier, China's Zhang Yufei also set a new Olympic record to win Women's 200m Butterfly gold ahead of American pair, Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger.
8:07 AM IST: Boxing - Men’s Super Heavyweight (91+kg), Round of 16
Upcoming - Satish Kumar vs Ricardo Brown (Jamaica). Scheduled start time 8:48 AM IST.
8:03 AM IST: Shooting - 25m Pistol Women's Qualification - Precision
Manu Bhaker and Sarnobat Rahi are languishing at ninth and 17th respectively.
8:00 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round Of 16
Upcoming - Atanu Das vs Oh Jinhyek (South Korea)
7:43 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round of 32
Set 5 - Atanu Das (27, 27, 28, 27, 28) 6-4 (26, 28, 26, 28, 26) Yu-Cheng Deng (Chinese Taipei)
Atanu wins. And his opponent in the next round is South Korea's Oh Jinhyek.
7:41 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round of 32
Set 4 - Atanu Das (27, 27, 28, 27) 4-4 (26, 28, 26, 28) Yu-Cheng Deng (Chinese Taipei)
7:39 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round of 32
Set 3 - Atanu Das (27, 27, 28) 4-2 (26, 28, 26) Yu-Cheng Deng (Chinese Taipei)
7:36 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round of 32
Set 2 - Atanu Das (27, 27) 2-2 (28) Yu-Cheng Deng (Chinese Taipei)
7:33 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round of 32
Set 1 - Atanu Das (27) 2-0 (26) Yu-Cheng Deng (Chinese Taipei)
7:32 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
Full-time - India 3-1 Argentina
7:31 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
Fourth quarter - India 3-1 Argentina
Another one for India. 8th PC and this time Harmanpreet Singh scores. 90 seconds left in the match.
7:28 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
Fourth quarter - India 2-1 Argentina
Scrappy goal to give India the lead. Vivek Sagar Prasad keeps his cool to slot home the goal with a little over two minutes left in the match.
7:17 AM IST: Archery - Men’s individual, Round of 32
Upcoming - Atanu Das vs Yu-Cheng Deng (Chinese Taipei)
7:15 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
Fourth quarter - India 1-1 Argentina
Perfect PC execution from Argentina with Maico Casella hitting the top corner. One PC and one goal for the defending champions with 13 minutes left in the match. But contentious decision to award Argentina the PC.
7:08 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
Third quarter - India 1-0 Argentina
Argentina growing into confidence but India still the dominant side. India finally get their PC with some four minutes left in the quarter. Argentina, having wasted the referral, get into the defending act. Another PC. And a skier from the drag. On the counter, Sreejesh forces a brilliant save, one-on-one. Then, a referral for body block as India seek another PC.
With a couple of minutes left in the quarter, Varun Kumar converts to give India a 1-0 lead.
With seconds left, India win another PC. Then, another, fifth. Another one with five seconds left. Another one, but it remains 1-0.
7:00 AM IST: Badminton - Women's Singles, Round of 16
Game 2 - PV Sindhu shows her clash in the second game against Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark). 21-13 in 19 minutes. The reigning world champion sails into quarters with a straight games win.
6:45 AM IST: Medal alert
Rowing - Lightweight Men's Doubles Sculls, Final A
Ireland win gold. Germany and Italy take silver and bronze respectively.
6:42 AM IST: Badminton - Women's Singles, Round of 16
Game 1 - PV Sindhu leads Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark) 1-0 after a testing first game (22 mins). Sindhu wins 21-15.
6:34 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
Half-time - India 0-0 Argentina
Two very good chances for India in the second quarter, but Simranjeet and Harmanpreet wasted. Argentina also got a chance to test Sreejesh, through a Nahuel Salis strike.
6:18 AM IST: Badminton - Women's Singles, Round of 16
PV Sindhu and Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark) ready for clash.
6:17 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
First quarter - India 0-0 Argentina
India dominated the first quarter but failed to convert the chances into goals. Dilpreet Singh came close to scoring but Argentina goalkeeper Juan Manuel Vivaldi was brilliant.
6:12 AM IST: Medal alerts
Croatia's Sinkovic brothers, Martin and Valent, win Men's Pair A final to claim the gold medal ahead of pairs from Romania (silver) and Denmark (bronze).
In Women's Pair A Final, New Zealand claim gold. ROC and Canada settle for silver and bronze.
6:05 AM IST: Badminton - Women's Singles, Round of 16
Upcoming - PV Sindhu vs Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark)
5:34 AM IST: Hockey - Men's, Pool A
India vs Argentina: Team sheets are out
5:27 AM IST: Rowing - Lightweight Men's Double Sculls - Final B
Indian pair, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finished last in the five-team classification final. Meaning, they are ranked 11th overall. Norway didn't start.
5:19 AM IST: Shooting - 25m Pistol Women's Qualification - Precision
Sarnobat Rahi and Manu Bhaker in action.
4:57 AM IST: Indian golfer Diksha Dagar will be going to Tokyo as late replacement for South Africa's Paula Reto.
BREAKING NEWS Paula Reto (RSA) has withdrawn frm Tokyo & Austria declined reallocation for Sarah Schober; position has been reallocated by IGF to our Diksha Dagar. Best wishes to her.— IndianGolfUnion (@IndianGolfUnion) July 28, 2021
4:50 AM IST: Golf competitions started with Men's Individual Stroke Play, Round 1.
Here's a look at today's medal events, 17 in all
Swimming (5), Canoeing - Slalom (1), Fencing (1), Gymnastics - Artistic (1), Judo (2), Rowing (4), Shooting (2), Table Tennis (1), Taekwondo (1)
The business end of Tokyo 2020 has started for both PV Sindhu and Mary Kom. The veteran boxer, in her second Olympics after Ri0 2016, will be eyeing a quarterfinal spot in the women's 51kg category. Mary Kom will play against Colombian Ingrit Victoria Valencia, the bronze medal winner of Rio 2016.
PV Sindhu will clash with Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in a pre-quarterfinal tie. The Rio 2016 silver medallist has a 6-2 win-loss record against Blichfeldt but their last meeting at the Yonex Thailand Open in January this year ended in a defeat for PV Sindhu.
Fresh from wining a gold at the World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, Rahi Sarnobat will lead India's challenge in the women's 25m air pistol competition. She and Manu Bhaker will have to go through two days of qualification on Thursday (precision round) before the top eight are separated after the second rapid-fire round (on Friday).
India's top golfer Anirban Lahiri and rookie Udayan Mane tee off on Thursday. There is not cutoff at Tokyo Olympics and all golfers play all four rounds in groups of three. This is Lahiri's second Olympics after Rio 2016.