Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 8 India Highlights: PV Sindhu loses in semi-final; Atanu Das, Pooja Rani and Amit Panghal knocked out

Here is how all the results for Indian contingent unfolded on Saturday.

Rohan GulatyAuthor

Updated - 31 July 2021 10:29 PM

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 8 India Highlights PV Sindhu loses in semi-final

The Day 8 at Tokyo Olympics 2020 turned out to be one of the worst for Indian contingent. There was an opportunity to seal three medals on Saturday with PV Sindhu, Atanu Das and Pooja Rani in action in their respective sports. However, all three of them were outplayed by their opponents when it mattered the most. While Atanu and Rani have been knocked out, Sindhu is all set to play bronze medal match on Sunday.

On the other hand, one of India's biggest medal prospects in the form of Amit Panghal also suffered a shocking defeat in Round of 16. The only positives for India on Day 8 were the impressive performance from discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur who qualified for the finals and Indian women's hockey side who secured their spot in quarter-finals. Here is how all the results for Indian contingent unfolded on Saturday:

India's performance on Day 8 at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Archery - Men's Individual 

Atanu Das (India) lost to Takaharu Furukawa (Japan) by 4-6 in pre-quarters. After losing the first set, the Indian archer did try to fight back but eventually lost the match with scores reading 25-27, 28-28, 28-27, 28-28, 26-27.

Athletics - Women's Discus Throw Qualification

India's Kamalpreet Kaur qualified for the finals after registering a brilliant 64m throw. Her best effort meant that she secured a place in the finals on an automatic basis as she breached the qualification mark. She finished 2nd in Group B and was among the only two athletes who qualified for the finals of the event automatically.

On the other hand, veteran Seema Puniya was knocked out in Group A after she could only manage a throw of 60.57m.

Athletics - Men's Long Jump Qualification

Indian long jumper Murali Sreeshankar endured a disappointing outing as his best effort of 7.69m jump could only put him at 13th spot in the qualification round as he failed to make it to the finals.

Badminton - Women's Singles Semi-finals

India's PV Sindhu lost to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying 18-21, 12-21 in a heartbreaking fashion to end her hopes of an Olympic gold. However, Sindhu will now play bronze medal match tomorrow against China's He Bingjiao.

Boxing - Men's Flyweight Round of 16

Amit Panghal (India) lost to Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez by 1-4 to get eliminated from the event.

Boxing - Women's Middleweight Quarter-finals

Pooja Rani (India) lost to Li Qian (China) by 0-5 as her dream run in Tokyo ended without a medal.

Equestrian - Individual Eventing

Indian Equestrian Fouaad Mirza finished 9th in the individual dressage session 3 where he ended up with 28.00 penalty points.

Golf - Men's Individual

Anirban Lahiri (-6) and Udayan Mane (+2) were at 28th and 55th positions respectively in the event after Round 3.

Hockey - Women's Pool A

India beat South Africa 4-3 on the back of a brilliant hattrick by Vandana Katariya. With this win and Great Britain's win over Ireland later in the day, the Indian women's side qualified for the quarter-final stages for the first-time ever in the history of Games. They will now face Australia in Round of 8.

Sailing - 49er Opening Series

Race 10 - 18th position

Race 11 - 17th position

Race 12 - 17th position

Shooting - Women's 50m Rifle Three Positions Qualification

The Indian shooting contingent had another forgettable outing on Saturday as Anjum Moudgil (1167 points) and Tejaswini Sawant (1154 points) finished at 15th and 33rd positions respectively in women's 50m rifle three positions qualification and failed to reach the finals.


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