After the Summer Olympics were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest event in the history of sports finally marks its return after an extended gap of 5 years. Tokyo is the city that is hosting the Olympics this year and the eyes of the whole world are set at the capital of Japan to witness the best athletes across the globe fighting out for two weeks to bring glory to their nations.
The opening ceremony took place on July 23 with the 2021 Summer Olympics set to be concluded by August 9. The motto of the event this year is - United by Emotion. More than 11, 238 athletes (from 204+ nations) are taking part across 339 events in 33 sports (50 disciplines) in what is going to be a festival in Tokyo. Are you ready to witness history in the making? We are covering all the happenings from the Summer Games and will also update India's performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Welcome to SportsTiger's live blog of Tokyo Olympics 2020."
07:12 PM IST: What an evening. In a matter of two hours, India's Olympic campaign, which looked dull after just a solitary medal on the opening day, has well and truly come alive
07: 03 PM IST: India will play Belgium in the semifinal
07:00 PM IST: India men's hockey team beat Great Britain 3-1 to reach their first ever Olympics semifinal since 1972
06: 58 PM IST: Less than a minute to go in the match!!! This is surely India's game now!
GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! India 3-1 ahead that seems to have sealed the win for India
06:52 PM IST: Sreejesh keeping India and Indian dreams alive in this match! Hadik Singh with the goal, first shot blocked by goalkeeper but he hits the deflection to the bottom right corner.
06:48 PM IST: Less than 7 min in the match, India leading 2-1 but Great Britain in the attack in the final quarter
06:43 PM IST: Another PC for Britain, another save for Sreejesh! He has been India's savour so far
06:41 PM IST: India were in a spot of bother there but well done to the defence and the keeper as they continue to lead 2-1 after Sreejesh was penalised for intentionally hitting the ball behind the goal.
06:37 PM IST: Final quarter underway!
06:36 PM IST: Three penalty corners in a row for Britain and finally they score of the third. 2-1 in favour of India at the end of three quarters.
06:33 PM IST: India get away with that but another penalty corner for Britain with 26 seconds left in the third quarter. No score but another corner.
06:32 PM IST: Penalty corner for Great Britain
06:30 PM IST: Less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter
06:28 PM IST: India has been amazing with their defence in the third quarter. Britain have had their chances but the opponents defenders have been up to the task each time.
06:24 PM IST: Pass to Gujrant, who is placed inside the circle, he hits it with a reverse stick towards the goal but cannot find the net as he takes the shot from an acute angle.
06: 21 PM IST: Manpreet absolutely stunning with his defence. He has not let Ansell go past him. In fact, Ansell tripped him in the end and got a green card
06:20 PM IST: A chance for India as Mandeep intercepts and runs it towards the circle before passing to Simranjeet who cannot breach Britain's defence
06:18 PM IST: Third quarter begins! What does Great Britain have in store?
The third quarter begins... what does Great Britain have in store now?
India 2-0 ahead at half-time!
06:05 PM IST: We quickly shift our focus to the hockey game, where India are leading 2-0
05:58 PM IST: She becomes just the fourth player in the world to win two consecutive medals in women's singles at Olympics
05:55 PM IST: Sindhu wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS INDIA! Second medal for India at Tokyo 2020 as she beats He Bing Jiao, 21-13, 21-15. Lovlina has also assured the nation a medal but the colour it remains uncertain.
05:54 PM IST: Match point opportunities for Sindhu!!!!!
05:52 PM IST: SECOND GOOOOAAAAL!!!!! India 2-0 up in men's hockey quarterfinal. Gurjant Singh scores this, Hardik who interceped the ball from a wayward pass from Britain and passes it to Gurjant, who makes a swift move before netting it for India!
05:51 PM IST: Sindhu 18-14 now, 3 away from a bronze
05:50 PM IST: 17-14 lead for Sindhu, one can sense the emotions!
05:48 PM IST: 15-12, Sindhu in the lead, inching towards the bronze medal, with a billion people cheering for her back in India
05:46 PM IST: PV restores 3 point lead, it's 14-11 in her favour now!
05:45 PM IST: Sindhu back in the lead 12-11 in the second game
05:44 PM IST: It's going down to the wire, 11-11 at this stage in the second game. Sindhu 1-0 up.
05:41 PM IST: Sindhu 11-8 heading into mid-game interval in the second game
05:41 PM IST: India are leading 1-0 in the men's hockey quarterfinal match against Great Britain!!!! Dilpreet scores for India, Simranjeet Singh with the assist.
05:38 PM IST: Sindhu has extended the lead to 10-8
05:38 PM IST: The lead is back to just one point but in favour of Sindhu at 8-7
05:36 PM IST: Sindhu leads 8-5 now in the second game, looking to finish the match in this game itself.
05:34 PM IST: Sindhu maintaining the marginal lead in the second game, 6-5 now.
05:32 PM IST: It isn't going to be easy though, He Bing Jiao trails by just one now 5-4
05:30 PM IST: Sindhu is positive, she is fearless and she is reaping the rewards, she is leading 4-1 in the second game after winning the opening one.
05:28 PM IST: Sindhu takes the first point of second game too!
05:26 PM IST: Sindhu takes the opening game 21-13, just one more game away from bringing bronze medal home!
05:25 PM IST: Game points for her!!!
05:24 PM IST: 19-12, Sindhu two points away now!!! She looks in great form
05:23 PM IST: 18-11, Sindhu three points away from winning the opening game
05:22 PM IST: But Sindhu smashes again, 17-11
05:21 PM IST: Two points for He Bing Jiaom 11-16, she trails
05:20 PM IST: Make that 16-9, superb from PV
05:19 PM IST: Sindhu dominating the play till now, 15-9 now with her in the lead.
05:17 PM IST: Three quick points for Sindhu and it is 14-8 in favour of the Indian now.
05:15 PM IST: Sindhu heads into the first game interval with 11-8 lead.
05:14 PM IST: The iconic Sindhu's smash is back, she has made it 10-8.
05:12 PM IST: The lead is back with the Indian shuttler as she makes it 8-6 in the first game.
05:11 PM IST: Sindhu has made it 6-6.
05:10 PM IST: The Chinese player in the lead now at 6-5 in the first game
05:09 PM IST: Game on here, He Bing Jiao getting into this, she has made it 5-5 in the first game
05:05 PM IST: She made it 4-0 before He Bing Jiao got off the mark
05:04 PM IST: Sindhu 3-0 ahead in the first game
05: 03 PM IST: The first point of the match goes to Sindhu
05:02 PM IST: Here we go!!! Sindhu vs He Bing Jiao for Bronze medal
03:59 PM IST: In an hour's time from now, Sindhu will begin the bronze medal match. Huge evening coming up in the history of Indian sports.
01:54 PM IST: Huge day for Indian men's hockey who last reached the semifinal stage in 1972 in Munich. Can they win to reach the final four at Tokyo?
12: 45 PM IST: While Sindhu has a chance to win the bronze medal, the men's hockey team will stand an opportunity to take a step closer to a medal when they take on Great Britain in the quarterfinal clash. The match is scheduled to commence at 5: 30 pm.
12:41 PM IST: All eyes are, however, on the PV Sindhu bronze medal match against He Bing Jiao of China. Can she win another medal for India to become the first woman and the second overall from India to win two medals in individual event at the Olympics?
Sindhu in action at around 5 pm today.
Good noon!!! The big news from Tokyo so far is that Satish Kumar has bowed out after losing 0-5 to Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in quarterfinals.
Will be back with more Olympic coverage on Sunday!
07:04 PM IST: That ends the day for India at Olympics, at least with some hope. Some of the other results for the Indian contingent include Fouaad Mirza being placed ninth at the individual eventing dressage round, with 28.00 points. He will return for the cross country round on Sunday.
As far as sailing is concerned, the Indian pair of Ganapathy and Thakkar were languishing at the bottom after their penultimate round. Long jumper Sreeshankar Murali's Olympic campaign also came to an end after he managed only 7.43m in his final attempt after 7.69 and 7.51 in the first two attempts. Direct qualification mark was 8.15m.
06: 47 PM IST: India Women's hockey team will progress to the quarterfinals for the first time in 41 years. This was confirmed after Ireland bowed out of the Olympics following a 2-0 defeat against Great Britain. Earlier, the women's team had defeated South Africa 4-3.
Tzu Ying beats Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 to move to the final. Sindhu will return for the bronze medal match tomorrow .
04:38 PM IST: 8 match points for Tzu Ying, 20-12 in the second game.
04: 37 PM IST: It's now or never for Sindhu as she trails 12-18.
04: 34 PM IST: Tai Tzu Ying leading 16-8 in the second game after winning the first. Can Sindhu come back from here?
04: 33 PM IST: 13-7, looking dismal for India with every point for Sindhu's opponent.
04: 32 PM IST: Mid-game interval with Tzu Ying leading 11-7. Sindhu on backfoot.
04: 30 PM IST: 10-6 in favour of Tai Tzu Ying in the second game, she is already 1-0 up
04:29 PM IST: The Chinese Taipei is up by 7-4 in the second game before Sindhu reduces the deficit.
04:25 PM IST: A humdinger of a clash this is turning out to be! Sindhu with a marginal 4-3 lead in the second game.
04:21 PM IST: While she trailed in the initial half, it was levelled at 18-18 before Tai Tzu Ying scored the three points. Pressure on Sindhu to forge a comeback. The match stands 1-0 in favour of her opponent at this stage.
04:20 PM IST: Tai Tzu Ying takes the first game 21-18.
04: 19 PM IST: 18-18, Sindhu gets back into this. If neck and neck could have been described by a passage of play, then this is it.
04: 18 PM IST: 17-17 superb rally but ultimately Tai Tzu Ying gets that point!
04: 17 PM IST: Superb skills on display from both the shuttlers 16-16 now.
04: 15 PM IST: Sindhu takes the lead again, 15-14 now and then 16-14
04: 14 PM IST: 14-14 what a game this for a semifinal
04: 12 PM IST: Sindhu got the lead at 12-11 but then Tai Tzu Ying recovered to restore parity.
04: 11 PM IST: 11-11 now, Tai Tzu Ying is not going down at least without a fight
04:10 PM IST: The players head into the interval 11-9, with Sindhu in lead of course.
04:07 PM IST: Her opponent pulled a few back but then Sindhu's roar is back as she gets a point to make it 9-6.
04:06 PM IST: A challenge in vain for Tai Tzu Ying, Sindhu leads 8-4.
04:04 PM IST: 7-3 in favour of the Indian now, make that 7-4
04:03 PM IST: She has extended her lead to 5-2 in the first game. Brilliant passage of play that, using the net to her advantage and quick on the court.
04:00 PM IST: Meanwhile, Chen Yu Fei has reached the women's singles final in badminton. Can PV Sindhu set up a meet with her by winning her semifinal clash? Her match has commenced. 2-2 in the first game.
03: 56 PM IST: Qian too good for Rani whose Olympic dream comes to an end. Qian wins with a 5-0 scoreline. Little doubt that she was the better boxer in the ring today.
03:54 PM IST: Qian lands an uppercut, Rani fighting hard, going for everything in the final few seconds
03:53 PM IST: Third and final round
03: 52 PM IST: Qian takes the second round 5-0. The Indian needs a knockout to win.
03:51 PM IST: Qian landing punches at will, too good from her, the Indian left with little chance.
03:50 PM IST: Second round underway already! Rani a lot more defensive in this round.
03: 49 PM IST: Qiang has taken the first round 5-0. She is receiving some encouraging words from her coach before the second round.
03:47 PM IST: The Indian did land a straight jab there in the opening round
03: 46 PM IST: Timing of the punches not quite there for Pooja so far in the first round. Her opponent has done well to avoid Rani's heavy blows.
03:45 PM IST: The match has commenced. Pressure game for Pooja, big bout for the whole of India.
03:43 PM IST: The boxers are in the in the ring. Pooja Rani in red!!
03: 39 PM IST: Sindhu match will begin a bit later than the scheduled time. Meanwhile, the first semifinal has headed into a deciding game.
03: 30 PM IST: Rani has never beaten Li-Qian before. On the two occasions, these boxers have faced each other, the Indian has lost. Can today be her day? A win here will imply another medal assured for India.
03:27 PM IST: Pooja Rani vs Li Qian boxing match also set commence in a few minutes from now.
03:20 PM IST: Tzu Ying is currently ranked first in the BWF women's singles world ranking, in contrast to Sindhu who is placed seventh on the BWF leaderboard.
03:05 PM IST: Next up is the much awaited PV Sindhu semifinal match against Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei. The last time they met was in the 2020 BWF World Tour Finals, where the Indian had faced a 21-19, 12-21, 17-21 defeat in the group fixture.
11: 50 AM IST: Meanwhile, Kamalpreet Kaur also qualified for the discus throw final with a record throw in the qualification round on Saturday. The 25-year-old sent the discus to a distance of 64 m in her third and final attempt to be one of the only two automated qualifiers for the final round. America's Valaire Allman is the other.
10: 46 AM IST: However, the positive news coming in is that Rani Rampal & Co have beaten South Africa 4-3 to keep their quarterfinals hope alive. Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick for the women's team but their progress to the next stage of the competition will depend on the result of the game between Ireland and Great Britain later in the day.
10: 43 AM IST: The big news from this morning so far is that Atanu Das and Amit Panghal have bowed out after losing their respective pre-quarterfinal matches.
Do join us tomorrow for all the latest updates from another exciting day in Tokyo where India will have a chance to secure few medals with Atanu Das, PV Sindhu and Pooja Rani in action.
11:05 PM IST: Schedule for key matches on Day 8
Archery - Men's Individual 1/8 Eliminations
Atanu Das (India) vs Takaharu Furukawa (Japan)
Time: 7:18 AM
Boxing - Men's Flyweight Round of 16
Amit Panghal (India) vs Yuberjen Martinez (Colombia)
Time: 7:30 AM
Badminton - Women's Singles Semi-finals
PV Sindhu (India) vs Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese Taipei)
Time: 3:20 PM
Boxing - Women's Middleweight Quarter-finals
Pooja Rani (India) vs Li Qian (China)
Time: 3:36 PM
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4:47 PM IST: Disappointing result in Mixed 4x400m Relay
A very disappointing show from Indian mixed 4x400m relay team in Heat 2 as they finish last with a timing of 3:19.93. Poland, Netherlands and Jamaica take the first three spots.
4:38 PM IST: Sindhu's semis opponent confirmed
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei's badminton player Tai Tzu-ying scripted a brilliant comeback in her quarter-final clash against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon to win the match 14-21, 21-18, 21-18. The World No. 1 will now face India's PV Sindhu in the semi-finals on July 31, Saturday (IST 2:30 PM onwards).
4:34 PM IST: GAME ENDS! INDIA 5-3 JAPAN
The hooter confirms the end of the match as India secure their third consecutive win at Tokyo 2020. Thanks to goals from Harmanpreet (2), Gurjant (2) and Nilikanta, India win the match 5-3.
4:32 PM IST: Japan makes it 5-3
Kazuma Morata scores for Japan with a brilliant shot in the back of the net. India refer the decision but lose their referral as the goal stands.
4:29 PM IST: Another goal for India
A well-taken penalty corner by India as Gurjant Singh scores his second goal of the match. India 5-2 Japan!
4:19 PM IST: INDIA SCORES!
India scores a brilliant goal to go 4-2 up against Japan. Harmanpreet finds Surender with an incredible aerial pass who finds Nilakanta with some nice play down the left flank. Nilikanta gets the much-deserved goal for himself and his side.
4:18 PM IST: Final 10 minutes left
It's been a fantastic quarter of hockey so far with chances on either ends. Both the goalkeepers have produced some incredible saves to ensure that no goals are scored yet in the final quarter.
4th quarter begins in Tokyo. Can India secure their third consecutive win?
4:10 PM IST: 3rd quarter ends! India 3-2 Japan
It's 3-2 in favour of India after end of 45 minutes as Japan's goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa produces a brilliant save in dying moments of the third quarter to keep the hosts in the game. Exciting 15 minutes ahead.
4:06 PM IST: Penalty corner for India
Good play between Gurjant and Vivek as India get their second penalty corner of the match. Harmanpreet smashes the ball but it gets deflected off stick of Japan's defender. Long corner for India.
3:56 PM IST: India bounce back with a goal
Amazing sequence of events as India grab the lead right back through an excellent goal from Shamsher Singh. India 3-2 Japan.
3:54 PM IST: Equalizer for Japan
Kota Watanabe scores an equalizer for Japan after a brilliant attack from Japan. It's 2-2 in Tokyo.
3:50 PM IST: Second half begins!
India will attack from left to right as both sides begin the second half quite aggressively. There are certainly more goals in this match.
3:42 PM IST: Half time in Men's Hockey! India 2-1 Japan
India continue their impressive run in Tokyo as they went into half time with a slender 2-1 lead over Japan in the final group stage game of Pool A. Harmanpreet Singh opened the scoring for Men in Blue before Gurjant Singh doubled the lead. Meanwhile, Kenta Tanaka pulled one goal back for Japan.
3:25 PM IST: Novak Djokovic's bid for the Golden Slam ended by Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev made a stunning comeback to shock Djokovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. With this victory, Zverev has reached the Olympic final and will face Karen Khachanov for gold.
PV Sindhu advances to semi-finals
Sindhu 21-13, 22-20 Yamaguchi
What a Game!
After saving 2 game points, Sindhu brings out her A-game to close off the game in the 2nd set brilliantly.
2:48 PM IST: Sindhu 21-13, 20-20 Yamaguchi
Sindhu goes on the attack and save 2 game points incredibly.
2:45 PM IST: Sindhu 21-13, 18-20 Yamaguchi
Delightful drop shot from Yamaguchi
2:43 PM IST: Sindhu 21-13, 18-18 Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi defending strongly but Sindhu providing a hard challenge
2:40 PM IST: Tremendous comeback by Akane Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi now leads 16-15 in the 2nd set
2:40 PM IST: Cracking rally
Won by Yamaguchi with a booming smash, who's fighting back strongly
Sindhu 21-13 15-14 Yamaguchi
2:35 PM IST: Sindhu at the top of her game
PV Sindhu is closing the game nicely. She races into a 12-6 lead
2:30 PM IST: Sindhu again in the lead in 2nd set
Sindhu 21-13 6-4 Yamaguchi
Powerful smash from Sindhu gives her a 6-4 lead in the second set
2:20 PM IST: First game, Sindhu 21-13 Yamaguchi
PV sindhu wins the 1st set convincingly (21-13). Sindhu's defensive game has been top-quality.
Here comes the 2nd set .
2:00 PM IST: Sindhu leads 11-7 at break in Game 1
Two brilliant smashes from PV Sindhu and the Indian shuttler takes a lead into the break
1:30 PM IST: PV Sindhu Vs Yamaguchi
These two have played each other 18 times with Sindhu leading 11-7 in win-loss records. Sindhu had beaten Yamaguchi in a marathon three-setter in March this year at the All England.
12:40 PM IST: PV Sindhu in action shortly
PV Sindhu’s women’s singles quarterfinal against Akane Yamaguchi is scheduled to start at 1.45 PM.
Stay Tuned for latest updates!
11: 45 AM IST: Deepika crashes out
World Number 1 Deepika Kumari crashes out of Olympics with 3-0 straight sets defeat
She loses in quarter finals against the No 1 seed An San of Korea. She lost 0-6 to Korea's San An. Deepika lost the three sets with a score of 27-30, 24-26, 24-26. San An secured 3 10's in the first set while Deepika's 7 in her first arrow kept her out. Deepika then scored 10-7-7 and 7-8-9 respectively in the second and third set.
11: 15 AM IST: First win for Indian women's hockey team
India defeated Ireland in their fourth match of Pool A to keep their quarter- final hopes alive. Navneet Kaur was the show stealer for India as her goal in the fourth quarter earned India a hard-fought win. India is still placed at 5th in their group with one game left to be played on July 31. Top four from each group will make it to the knockouts.
11: 05 AM IST: Dutee Chand fails to reach the semi- final; crosses seventh fastest
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Friday failed to find a spot in Women’s 100M semi- final race when the Indian finished seventh in Heat 5 of qualification. The Indian clocked 11.54 while the top three runners- Shelly Ann Frasher, Ajla del Ponte and Nuzubechi Grace clocked 10.84, 10.91 and 11.00, respectively.
10:27 AM IST: While Lovlina Borgohain registered a comfortable victory in boxing assuring India of another medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games, Indian hurdler MP Jabir. India's ace shooter Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sanorbat also failed to qualify in the 25m pistol this morning. Boxer Simranjit Singh also bowed out after losing to Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee.
10:19 AM IST: Good morning and welcome to the live updates of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020. What a start for the Indian contingent.
11:20 PM IST: Major matches lined up for Day 7
Shooting - Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker (Women's 25m Air Pistol)
Time: 5:30 AM
Archery - Deepika Kumari (India) vs Ksenia Perova (ROC)
Time: 6:00 AM
Boxing - Simranjit Kaur (India) vs Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand)
Time: 8:18 AM
Boxing - Lovlina Borgohain (India) vs Chen Nien-chin (Chinese Taipei)
Time: 8:48 AM
Badminton - PV Sindhu (India) vs Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
Time: 1:15 PM
Men's Hockey - India vs Japan
Time: 3:00 PM
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4:22 PM IST: India's swimmer Sajan Prakash produces a remarkable performance to come second in Heat 2 of Men's 100m Butterfly. He managed to register an impressive timing of 53.45.
3:53 PM IST: Ingrit Valencia wins the match by split decision 3:2. Heartbreak for India. Mary Kom's journey in Tokyo Olympics ends.
3:53 PM IST: Final round ends. It's all down to the judges now. The result could go either way.
3:51 PM IST: It's been very close in Round 3 so far. Nothing to separate the two opponents. Last 1 minute left.
3:50 PM IST: Mary Kom gets the edge in Round 2 with 3 judges resulting in her favour. All set for the final round. It's going down the wire!
3:48 PM IST: Round 2 ends. It should definitely go in favour of Mary Kom. But let's wait for the judges to reveal the results.
3:46 PM IST: Mary Kom finds her rhythm in Round 2 as she smashes back-to-back hits on her opponent. The Indian boxer is certainly on top in this round. Brilliant by Mary Kom!
3:45 PM IST: Ingrit Valencia takes the lead after Round 1. She gets 10 from 4 judges.
3:44 PM IST: Mary Kom lands a few punches on her opponent. It's been quite an evenly balanced Round 1 as the bell rings.
3:42 PM IST: Aggressive start by Ingrit Valencia. She has had the upper hand in early stages of the bout.
3:41 PM IST: Round 1 begins in Tokyo
3:40 PM IST: Mary Kom has made her way into the ring in the blue corner. Can she progress to the quarter-finals?
The stage is all set for Women's Flyweight Round of 16 clash between India's Mary Kom and Colombia's Ingrit Valencia on Thursday.
10: 32 AM IST: India beat Argentina 3-1 in Men's Hockey to seal quarterfinal berth. India have consolidated their position in the second spot with 3 wins and 1 loss out of 4 games so far at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
10: 30 AM IST: While PV Sindhu registered a comfortable victory in badminton to enter the quarterfinals, Manu Bhaker finished at No. 5 with a score of 292 at the end of Precision stage of Women's 25m Pistol qualifying. Rahi Sarnobat scored 287 to put her at No. 25 in Rapid stage which is to be held tomorrow.
10: 25 AM IST: India's Satish Kumar entered the men's +91kg quarterfinal with a 4-1 win over Jamaica's Ricardo Brown. It was also the greatest win for archer Atanu Das. He beat two-time Olympic champion to read the Round of 16 at Tokyo 2020.
10:22 AM IST: Rowers Arjun and Arvind finished 11th in lightweight double sculls. The Indian pair clocked 6:29.66 to finish fifth in the Final B, which was not a medal round, and end at 11th overall.
10:20 AM IST: It's been another action-packed morning! Let's check out how the Indians performed this morning at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
That was it from the Indian contingent on Wednesday with Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh in rowing and KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar also failing to make further progress. Stay tuned with SportsTiger for all the latest updates with regards to the Indian contingent.
06:05 PM IST: Deepika Kumari's performance was probably the biggest positive for India on Wednesday. Pooja Rani also won her opening bout and is now just a win away from assuring herself a medal. Earlier, PV Sindhu also secured a place in the knockout stage with a straight sets win. Pravin Jadhav was also stunning in his performance but had perhaps too good a draw for him. While he defeated the world number 2, he succumbed to a defeat in the next round against World number 1.
03: 21 PM IST: End of Olympic dream this year for B Sai Praneeth. He lost to Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands 14-21, 14-21 in the second Group match.
03: 09 PM IST: Deepika wins 6-4, proceeds to the next round
03:06 PM IST: Jennifer Mucino-Feenandez, Deepika's opponent comes back to win the set, now level at four set points each.
03:04 PM IST: Deepika leading four set points to two.
03: 00 PM IST: Deepika Kumari 1 set down in Round of 16 match but recovers in the next with two 10s.
02:54 PM IST: Rani wins by unanimous decision 5:0
02:48 PM IST: Another brilliant effort from Rani, an electric left punch after Ichrak opened herself while trying to land a punch. Smart work from Rani compared to aggressive approach from her opponent.
02: 44 PM IST: Ichrak defended two punches from Rani before she pushed her opponent to the ropes but could land only two. Rani, in contrast, is using the ropes to her advantage. She has played it smart and has landed her left hand flash. Good work from the Indian as she ducks a right hand from Ichrak and defends well. From the looks of it Pooja has dominated the Round 1.
02:42 PM IST: Pooja Rani's bout is underway against Ichrak Chaib of Algeria
02: 21 PM IST: 6-0 win for Deepika over Karma! All too easy in the end, as one would expect from the world number 1
01:39 PM IST: Deepika Kumari's match coming up next. All hopes rest on her shoulder as she begins her women's individual event in a little over 20 minutes from now. She will face Karma in her opening game.
01: 29 PM IST: The Indian has fallen to a defeat. 6-0 in favour of his American opponent. While he staged a win against the number 1 ranked player, he lost the number 1 ranked archer.
01:21 PM IST: Jadhav up against Brady Ellison in Round of 16
12:37 PM IST: Jadhav has done it, he has won 6-0 over Bazarzhapov and advanced to the next round. From what it is being learned, these are windy conditions in Tokyo and Jadhav has done well to beat his opponent in straight sets to advance into the Round of 16.
12:13 PM IST: Pravin Jadhav's match coming up in little over 15 minutes from now.
11:58 PM IST: All eyes turn to the Indian archers. First up will be Pravin Jadhav up against Galsan Bazarzhapov of Russian Olympic Committee in Men’s Individual 1/32 Elimination Round. Then, it will be Deepika Kumari vs Karma of Bhutan in Women’s Individual 1/32 Elimination match!
Earlier this morning, Tarundeep Rai was knocked out of the round-of-32 Archery event after a close fought battle with Itay Shanny of Israel. The final scorecard read 6-5 against the Indian.
10: 33 AM IST: In another major news, rowing duo of Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finished the race with a time of 6:24.41 and have advanced to the Lightweight men's double sculls Final B.
10:05 AM IST: Good morning everyone!
The big update of this morning is that PV Sindhu has eased into the Round of 16, winning her second match in straight sets. She defeated NY Cheung 21-9, 21-16. Meanwhile, the women's hockey team has succumbed to their third straight defeat, losing 1-4 to Great Britain.
That's it from our coverage for today. Another day without a medal for India but some really crucial games lined up for Wednesday including PV Sindhu's singles game of Round 2. Stay tuned!
Sailing: Vishnu Sarvanan still managed to be in the top 25 bracket achieving 20th, 24th, 23d and 22nd positive in the respective races. Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy had finished Race 1 of the Sailing event at the 18th spot.
2:19 PM IST: Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy have finished Race 1 of the Sailing event at the 18th spot. Race 2 and 3 will follow soon. They happen to be the only Indian competitors left in the schedule for Tuesday.
11:20 AM IST: Borgohain has defeated Nadine Apetz of Germany in women's Welterweight (64-69kg) Round of 16 to qualify for quarterfinals. 3-2 in split decision in favour of the Indian. She is just a win away from assuring herself of a medal.
11: 18 AM IST: Lovlina Borgohain facing Germany's Nadine Apetz in Women’s 69kg Round of 16 bout.
10: 33 AM IST: The men's duo of Satwik and Chirag win but crash out of the Olympic games. Satwik-Chirag stitch a 21-17, 21-19 win against Ben Lane - Sean Vendy but their defeat against Indonesian World No 1 Marcus-Kevin has come back to haunt them as they are knocked out, finishing with 2 wins from 3 games.
10:07 AM IST: The big news coming is that Sharath Kamal has lost 4-1 against the defending champion Ma Long.
It's been a quite a sporty day already and a mixed one for the Indian fans. While the 10 m air pistol mixed event saw Manu and Saurabh finish seventh, the Indian men's hockey team defeated Spain 3-0 and are sitting at the second place in the Pool A tally with six points.
That's it from us on Monday. Look forward to bringing in the fastest and the most relevant updates for you from the Summer Games at Tokyo 2020 on Day 4 of the Olympics.
07:09 PM IST: Germany win!!! 2 goals to none. What a waste of opportunities for India. End of a disappointing day for the Indian contingent.
06: 55 PM IST: India have had their moments but have not found the back of the net. Gurjeet was the one who missed the penalty stroke by a whisker, Vandana came close in the final quarter which is currently underway.
06: 39 PM IST: GOALLL!!! Germany extend their lead 2-0.
06:37 PM IST: India had their first penalty stroke but they have failed to convert it. Brilliant review from Rani in the first place to get the review.
06: 31 PM IST: The third quarter has started. India would have to score early.
06:22 PM IST: 2 quarters done, luckily for India they haven't conceded another goal but they haven't scored either something they would look to do early in the second half. Germany-1, India- 0 at half time.
06: 12 PM IST: India has blocked Germany's second penalty corner but they have to find a way to score.
06:02 PM IST: First quarter ends. Germany 1, India- 0.
05:58 PM IST: Germany score in the first penalty corner of the match. 1-0.
05:56 PM IST: The Indian women's hockey match has well and truly started. No goals yet into the first quarter. 0-0.
04: 20 PM IST: India's next outing on the day would be the Women's Hockey match against Germany which is scheduled to begin at a quarter to 6 pm.
04: 15 PM IST: Another athlete bows out as Sajan Prakash fails to qualify for semifinals. He is ranked 24th out of all the swimmers in the 5 heats but only the top 16 go through to the semis. That brings an end to his 200m butterfly campaign.
03:31 PM IST: Ashish Kumar loses 5-0 to Erbieke Tuoheta of China. Hasn't been a great day for the Indian athletes overall.
After Manika Batra's exit, Sharath Kamal is only Indian left in the table tennis for India.
01: 31 PM IST: She has done it, Polcanova has won the game 11-7 and the match 4-0.
01:30 PM IST: 9-6, looking over for the Indian at this point.
7-5 in favour of Polcanova, 7-6 now
01: 28 PM IST: 5-2 in favour of Sofia now.
01: 27 PM IST: Batra trailing by 4-1 in the final game. The Austrian needs just one more game to win the match.
01: 24 PM IST: Another 5 game points for Polcanova and she wins the third game 11-5.
01:22 PM IST: From 3-3, Batra is playing up again, trailing 7-4
01:19 PM IST: 2-2 in the third game. Can the Indian win this game?
One-sided game this, the Austrian has taken the second game 11-2.
01:17 PM IST: Batra trailing in the second game 2-6. 2-7 now, 2-8... 2- 10
01:13 PM IST: Sofia has done it, she has taken the first game 11-8, far from being over though for the India.
01: 12 PM IST: Two game points for Austrian at 10-8 in the first game
01: 11 PM IST: 9-7 in favour of the Austrian now in the first game
01:09 PM IST: Batra trailing the first game by 8-5
01:05 PM IST: The action has commenced! Batra up against Sofia Polcanova.
12:56 PM IST: Manika Batra set to play her singles round 3 match in a few minutes.
12:14 PM IST: Despite a historic debut at the games, Bhavani Devi has issued an apology.
11: 59 AM IST: Meanwhile, Mairaj and Angad have failed to qualify in the shooting event. While Angad finished 18th with a score of 120 and Mairaj finished 25th with a score of 117.
11:51 AM IST: Medvedev wins! 6-2, 6-1 straight sets in over an hour. End of Nagal's dreamy ride till here but lots of positives too from this match.
11:47 AM IST: Nagal serving, will he force Medvedev into serving for the game? Match point for the Russian.
11: 45 AM IST: Medvedev 5-1 ahead in the second set!
11: 32 AM IST: Medvedev made it 2-0 but then Nagal has won a game to make 2-1 in the second set.
11: 21 AM IST: The Russian has taken a 1-0 lead in the second set.
11: 15 AM IST: Medvedev wins the first set 6-2, clinical and without a hiccup as one would expect from a world class player. Some bright spots for Nagal too.
11: 11 AM IST: This time Nagal wins to reduce the deficit to 5-2. Medvedev to serve for the set now.
11: 08 AM IST: Too good on his own serve, he has won that with Nagal still on love. The number 2 seed leading by 5-1 now.
11:05 AM IST: The Russian ace has broken again and after two breaks is in command of the match leading the first set 4-1.
10: 59 AM IST: Medvedev win his service game and extends lead to 3-1.
10: 55 AM IST: Nagal has his first game against Medvedev and it's come of his own serve. It's 2-1 now.
10: 53 AM IST: Medvedev 2-0 ahead in the first set. Nagal has had his moments but the gulf between the two players clearly visible.
10:40 AM IST: Sumit Nagal taking on world number 2 Daniil Medvedev. What a day for the Indian who has already faced Roger Federer earlier in a Grandslam.
10: 38 AM IST: Big update, the Indian men's archery team have lost the quarters.
South Korea win the third set 56-54, and the match 6-0.
It's been an action filled day at the Olympics already. While Bhavani Devi, the first Indian fencer to make it to Olympics won her debut match 15-3, her fairy tale ride ended in the next round. Meanwhile, Sharath Kamal has advanced to Round 3 while even the men's archery team have reached the quarterfinals. Paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee has also bowed out after losing against Portugal's Fu Yu.
Lots to look forward to on Monday from the Indian contingent at Tokyo 2020.
07: 12 PM IST: Maana Patel in women’s 100m backstroke and Srihari Nataraj in men’s 100m backstroke failed to qualify for semifinals.
04: 33 PM IST: India are beaten 7-1 by Australia. What an effort! Only Dilpreet Singh managed to score the solitary goal for the Indian team. India will take on Spain next as they look to go beyond the group stage but the goal different could prove to work against them.
04: 23 PM IST: 7th one for the Kookaburras, what a spectacular effort this is turning out to be.
04: 10 PM IST: That's not all, they are at their ruthless best and have added another that has gone to find the back of the net. India- 1 Australia-6
04: 07 PM IST: Australia add another from a penalty stroke. India-1 Australia- 5
03:54 PM IST: India pull one back in the second half! India- 1 , Australia- 4
03:38 PM IST: Forgettable first half for India, they have conceded 4 goals and haven't converted their chances. Australia, in contrast, have been splendid and have played like the number one team in the world.
03: 33 PM IST: Another goal, it's looking embarrassing for India. They lead by 4 -0 now in the first half.
03: 27 PM IST: Meanwhile, Manish Kaushik's campaign has come to an end. His opponent McCormack has been adjudged the winner 4-1 on split decision. He was competing in the 63 kg Boxing match.
03: 30 PM IST: Three goals for Australia, this time a field goal. They lead 3-0. Big trouble for India.
03:27 PM IST: Australia extend their lead. Another penalty corner and another corner. Australia-2 , India -0.
03:11 PM IST: Australia score from the penalty! Take a 1-0 lead as Beale scores.
03:06 PM IST: The action begins!!! IND-AUS 0-0
Here is the Indian lineup:
02: 25 PM IST: The men's hockey team will be up against Australia next
They registered a 3-2 win over New Zealand in their opening game
01:46 PM IST: Mary Kom moves to the round of 16
The jury has named Mary the winner in this bout! 4-1 on split decision. Superb reflexes even at 38 has seen her keep her dream alive.
01: 35 PM IST: Mary Kom makes a good start in the first round
She is up against Miguelina Hernandez.
01:33 PM IST: Manika Batra wins
Superb comeback from Manika Batra sees her forge to the third round of the Tokyo Olympics in women's singles of table tennis. She overcame 2-0 trail to stitch a 4-3 win over World No 32 Margaryta Pesotska.
11:40 AM IST: Another heartbreak for India!
World No 95 Lam Siu Hang beat world No 26 G Sathiyan. Siu made a terrific comeback after losing 3 sets. Sathiyan is out of men's singles table-tennis event.
11:02 AM IST: Deepak Kumar and Diyansh Singh Panwar fail to reach the final in the 10m Air Rifle event. They finish at 26 and 32, respectively. China's Yang Haoran tops the qualification with a total of 632.7
10:34 AM IST: 10m Air Rifle Men's Qualification round is going on and India is a lot behind the top 8. Deepak is at 29th place, while Divyansh is at 36.
Deepak series scores: 102.9, 103.8, 103.7, 105.2, 103.8
Divyansh series scores: 102.7, 103.7, 103.6, 104.6, 104.6
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won her opening Group J match at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 2. She defeated Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova 21-7, 21-10 in just 28 minutes to progress into the next round. The sixth seed Sindhu wrapped up the first game and continued her charge in the second game to win the match in straight games.
10:00 AM IST: It's been another action-packed morning! While PV Sindhu registered a comfortable victory in badminton, the tennis duo of Sania Mirza and Ankita suffered a defeat in the first round. India suffered another heartbreak in shooting as Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh fail to qualify for the finals. Currently, Shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar is in action and India will be hoping for a good performance from the youngster.
06:47 PM IST: That should also be it from the Indian contingent on Saturday at Tokyo 2020. Overall a good day for the contingent and the first time ever they end Day 1 of the Olympics with a medal against their name, thanks to Mirabai Chanu.
06:42 PM IST: That's it, that's the match Netherland 5-1 ahead and that's nothing but the flexing of muscles by the number 1 ranked side against India.
06:32 PM IST: Another goal from Netherland. They lead by 5-1 with final quarter underway.
06: 22 PM IST: They have added another one to their tally, what a lightening strike that from Matla that. Netherland 4 , India 1.
06: 20 PM IST: And now a field goal from Netherland, superb passage of play that from the Dutch side. Trouble for India. Felice Abers scoring again.
06:07 PM IST: India concede, Netherland ahead 2-1 as they convert a penalty corner with Van Geffen deflecting the shot to the nets.
05:52 PM IST: 1-1 at half-time
05: 43 PM IST: While Netherlands had taken the lead in the sixth minute with a goal from Felice Arbers in this women's hockey match against India, Rani Rampal has equalised minutes later. A few minutes to go for half-time. Scores level at 1-1 at the moment.
04: 22 PM IST: Vikas Krishan loses his bout against his Japanese opponent. He loses 5:0 and bows out.
03:47 PM IST: Quincy Mensah Okazawa of Japan will be Krishan's opponent in this game which is about to commence in less than 10 minutes from now.
03: 00 PM IST: India's next contest would be in the Men’s Welterweight Round of 32 where Vikas Krishan is ready to take centre stage.
2:30 PM IST: Words of gratitude from Olympic medallist Mirabai Chanu
2:27 PM IST: Suthirtha makes it two in two in Table tennis singles for India, beats her Swedish opponent 4 games to 3 in a match that went down to the wire The final result 5-11, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5 in favour of the Indian who advances to the second round.
1:44 PM IST: Sutirtha loses first game but makes a comeback by winning the second.
1:20 PM IST: Sutirtha Mukherjee opens her maiden Olympic campaign. She is taking on Linda Bergstrom in table tennis women's singles first round.
01:00 PM IST: Batra wins her opener in women's table tennis singles! She beats Ho Tin-Tin 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 to win the game 4-0.
12:57 PM IST: Manika Batra has got off to a great start in her table tennis singles match. She has won the first set 11-7 and the second another 11-6 against Great Britain's Ho Tin-Tin.
12: 29 PM IST: Medal contender Saurabh Chaudhary finishes seventh in men's 10m air pistol final. Disappointment for India but the 19-year-old should take hope from this performance and come back stronger at Paris 2024.
12:01 PM IST: Mirabai Chanu bags the silver medal at the 49 Kg women's category in weightlifting.
Historic moment! This is only the fifth silver for India at Olympics. Only RS Rathore, Vijay Kumar, Sushil Kumar and PV Sindhu have bagged a silver prior to her at the biggest sporting extravaganza.
She lifts 87kg in snatch and then 115kg in the clean and jerk of women's weightlifting in 49kg category!
11:45 AM IST: Sumit Nagal has defeated Asian Games 2018 champion Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4 to match the feat of Leander Paes of winning a tennis singles match at the Olympics. Paes had achieved the feat at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
11:24 AM IST: India fail to make it to semis in mixed team archery event. Although they won the third set against An San and Kim Je Deok after losing the first two, Korea won the quarterfinal 6-2.
11:22 AM IST: In other news, Sai Praneeth has lost the men's singles opener, going down to Israel's Misha Zilberman 17-21, 15-21.
11:17 AM IST: Mirabai Chanu made it two in two before failing in her final attempt! While she lifted 84 kgs in her first attempt, she bettered it with 87 in the second but failed to lift 89 kg in her third attempt. She is in silver medal position after the snatch event.
10:09 AM IST: Harmanpreet Singh scored a brace in that game against the Kiwis while Rupinder Pal Singh also chipped in with a goal to aid India in that win. Meanwhile, Shushila Devi has lost her Judo match in the Round of 32 against Hungary's Csernoviczki.
10:00 AM IST: It's been an action packed morning already! The big news from Tokyo is that Indian men's hockey team have defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening game. The Mixed doubles archery duo of Pravin Jadhav and Deepika Kumari have registered a place in the quarterfinals while Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal have a faced a comprehensive defeat 11-8, 11-6 11-5, 11-4 against the Chinese Taipei pair of Yun Ju Lin and Ching I Cheng to bow out of the Olympics.
06:15 PM IST: Welcome back Kuwait who return after being suspended in 2015 for political interference. Consequently, their athletes had little option but to enroll as independent ones.
05: 59 PM IST: The parade continues but India would have their performance at the back of their mind. The first chances of medal matches will come at Saturday morning itself and July 24 could well be a significant day in Indian sporting history. Will it be Mirabai Chanu or somebody from the shooters who will give the country its earliest medal at Tokyo 2020?
05:24 PM IST: INDIA!!! The name was announced and what emotions as Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh led the contingent! This is India's 25th appearance at the Olympics and their biggest contingent at the games.
05:18 PM IST: The parade continues. The Refugee Team was the second one to enter followed by teams like Iceland, Ireland , Azerbaijan. Gear up for the Indian contingent.
05:13 PM IST: Greece first country to enter the stadium. India will be at 21st in the order.
05:09 PM IST: The lone woman on the treadmill at the opening ceremony was in fact Arisa Tsubata who happens to be a nurse and midweight boxer. She emerged as a champion within two years of taking the sport. But come the pandemic, she worked as a nurse fighting the infection as a frontline warrior. She couldn't secure a berth at the marquee event after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) cancelled the boxing qualifier due to take place in June and those spots were granted based on boxers' world rankings.
04:59 PM IST: The ceremony has gotten off to a spectacular start. The Japan flag has been taken to the field of play before being hoisted. Tributes paid to lives lost due to COVID-19 and to the healthcare workers for their efforts during the health emergency.
03:37 PM IST: The Indian flagbearers are ready. Are you ready to #Cheer4India ?
03:20 PM IST: Little more than an hour for the opening ceremony to commence.
2:25 PM IST: Mary Kom is all set to represent India at Tokyo. Here is a little message from her children back in India.
1:48 PM IST: India will enter 21st at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. This is because teams will enter based on alphabetical order as per the country's names in its Japanese transliteration.
1:30 PM IST: The opening ceremony is some 3 hours away. While it is a close secret as to who will be final torchbearer, it is being speculated that it could well be Naomi Osaka, the four time Grand Slam tennis champion. A reminder that Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh will be the flagbearers for the Indian contingent.
12:45 PM IST: PM Modi wishes Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga the very best for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
12:15 PM IST: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain has progressed further in her Olympics campaign by securing a pre-quarter berth scheduled on July 27. She will face Germany's Nadeen Apage. She received a "bye."
11:48 AM IST: The combined score has put India men's and mixed team on the 9th position. Here are the scores and the rankings for the men's trio:
Pravin- 31st- with 656 points
Atanu- 35th- with 653 points
Tarundeep-37th with 652 points
11: 42 AM IST: The big update so far is that, India's star archer Deepika Kumari finished 9th in the Women's Ranking Round this morning as Archery action began on Day 0 of the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, it Olympics debutant Pravin Jadhav earned the top finish for an Indian men's in Individual Ranking Round and stands at 31st. This also implies he is likely to partner Deepika Kumari in the mixed team event.
11:10 PM IST: Countdown for opening ceremony begins
7:00 PM IST: Results of Friday, Day (-1)
- Japan beat Mexico 3-2 (Opening Round)
- Australia beat Italy 1-0 (Opening Round)
- Egypt drew with Spain 0-0 (Group C)
- Mexico beat France 4-1 (Group A)
- Ivory Coast beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 (Group D)
- Australia beat Argentina 2-0 (Group C)
- Romania beat Honduras 1-0 (Group B)
- Japan beat South Africa 1-0 (Group A)
- Brazil beat Germany 4-2 (Group D)
6:30 PM IST: Results of Thursday, Day (-2)
- Sweden beat USA 3-0 (Group G)
- Australia beat New Zealand 2-1 (Group G)
- Netherlands beat Zambia 10-3 (Group F)
- Japan drew with Canada 1-1 (Group E)
- Brazil beat China 5-0 (Group F)
- Great Britain beat Chile 2-0 (Group E)
- Japan beat Australia 8-1 (Opening Round)
- USA beat Italy 2-0 (Opening Round)
- Canada beat Mexico 4-0 (Opening Round)