Friday was a great day for India in the Tokyo Olympics. Women’s boxer Lovlina Borgohain made it to the semi-finals of the women’s 69 kg weight category. With this, India’s one more medal has been confirmed. In badminton, PV Sindhu displayed her best performance by defeating her own high-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to reach the semi-finals. Now after winning a match, Sindhu’s medal will be confirmed.
The Indian men’s hockey team continued the winning streak by defeating Japan 5-3 in their last league match. For India, Gurjant Singh scored two goals and Harampreet Singh, Nilakanta and Shamsher scored one goal each. The Indian team has already reached the quarter finals. The women’s hockey team has also kept its hopes of entering the quarter-finals alive by defeating Ireland.
The women’s hockey team beat Ireland 1-0. Navneet Kaur scored in the 57th minute of the match. The Indian women’s team registered its first win after losing the first three matches. India will face South Africa on Saturday. After this it will be decided whether the women’s hockey team reaches the quarter-finals or not.
Lovlina Borgohain defeated Chin Nien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. In all three rounds, Lovlina did not allow the rival boxer to last. In the first round, 3 out of 5 judges have ruled in favor of Lovlina. In the second round, all 5 judges found Lovlina as the winner. In the third round, 4 judges voted Lovlina better. In this way, Lovlina won the match 4-1. Once you reach the semi-finals in boxing, the medal is confirmed. Lovlina will face 2019 World Champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the semi-finals. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has won the first medal for India in this Olympics. He has won the silver medal.
Lovlina has become the second Indian woman boxer to win a medal in the Olympics. Prior to him, MC Mary Kom had won bronze in the 2012 London Olympics. Lovlina is the third Indian to win an Olympic medal in boxing in both men and women. Among men, Vijender Singh won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Deepika Kumari crashed out of the women’s singles archery quarter-finals after losing 0-6 to Korea’s An Sen. Sen won the first set 30-27, the second 26-24 and the third 26-24. Sen got 6 points thanks to the victory in all three sets. Earlier in the pre-quarterfinals, Deepika had defeated Russia’s Ksenia Perova 6-5 in a shootout. Despite this defeat, Deepika has created history with her performance. She has become the first Indian to reach the quarter-finals of Olympic Archery.
Indian female sprinter Dutee Chand could not reach the semi-finals of the 100m race. Dutee clocked 11.54 seconds in the heat to finish seventh. Dutee was well behind her national record (11.17 seconds).
Indian shooters Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat have been ruled out of the women’s 25m air pistol qualifying event. Bhaker finished 11th with a score of 582 while Rahi finished 32nd with 573 points.
India’s Avinash Sable finished seventh in round heat 2 of the men’s 3000m steeplechase. However, he set a new national record by clocking 8 minutes 18.12 seconds.