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Olympics: How India’s athletes fared on Saturday, July 31


Vandana Katariya celebrates with teammates after scoring

IMAGE: Vandana Katariya celebrates with teammates after scoring during Saturday’s Olympics hockey match against South Africa. Photograph: Hockey India

Discus thrower Kamalpreet Singh rose from relative obscurity to a strong contender for a medal and the women’s hockey team battled their way past South Africa, winning 4-3, to seal a place in the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics, on Saturday.

 

Those were the bright spots on another depressing day for the Indian contingent at the Games, which saw reigning World champion P V Sindhu’s hopes of securing India’s first-ever Olympics gold in badminton come crashing down after an 18-21, 12-21 defeat to world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semi-finals.

Here’s a summary of the country’s athletes’ showing at the Games on Saturday, July 31.

ARCHERY

Atanu Das lost to Japan’s Takaharu Furukawa 4-6 in men’s Individual Pre-quarter-finals.

ATHLETICS

Seema Punia finished sixth in women’s Qualification Group A and 16th overall with a below-par best throw of 60.57 metres.

Kamalpreet Kaur finished second in women’s Qualification Group B and second overall with a best of 64 metres. She was one of the only two automatic qualifiers for the final.

M Sreeshankar finished 13th in Qualification Group B and 25th overall out of 29 competitors with a below-par best effort of 7.69 metres in men’s Long Jump.

BADMINTON

P V Sindhu lost to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying 18-21, 12-21 in women’s singles semi-final.

BOXING

Amit Pangal lost 1-4 to Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez Rivas in men’s 52kg Round of 16 bout.

Pooja Rani lost 0-5 to China’s Li Qian in women’s 75kg quarter-final bout.

GOLF

Anirban Lahiri, in men’s Individual Stroke Play, ended second round with 1-over 72, which placed him T-24th. Was Tied-28th after the third round with a total of 6-under 207.

Udayan Mane carded a 70 for a share of 55th place on 2-over 215 in third round.

HOCKEY

India beat South Africa 4-3 in women’s Pool A match.

SAILING

KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar languished at 17th overall after the penultimate race in the men’s Skiff 49er.

SHOOTING

Anjum Moudgil finished 15th and Tejaswini Sawant 33rd in women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions qualification.



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