Day 7 of Tokyo Olympics brought more joy and success for our athletes.Highlight of the day was Lovlina Borgohain advancing to semifinals in welterweight category confirming a medal for India.P V Sindhu advanced to semifinals and both Indian hockey teams won their respective group matches.Here is a recap of all sporting action involving India.
Indian female pugilist Lovlina Borgohain beat 4th seed N C Chen 4-1 in women’s 69kg quarterfinal.The win confirmed second medal for India at Tokyo Olympics.Lovlina will meet B Surmeneil of Turkey in the semifinals to be played next week.
Indian women’s hockey team beat Ireland 1-0 to keep alive their chances of reaching the quarterfinals.India will need to beat South Africa in their last group game and also hope Ireland loses to Great Britain.Indian men also continued their fine form after one bad game against Australia.India beat Japan 5-3.India will play Great Britain in the quarterfinals.
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu remained on course for second Okympic medal after she beat local hope Akane Yamaguchi 21-13,22-20 in quarterfinals of women’s singles on Friday.Sindhu will meet world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the last four clash on Saturday.
World no.1 Deepika Kumari lost in the quarterfinals to S Ann of South Korea 6-0.Earlier she beat Russian Perova in the last 16.
Avinash Sable finished 7th in 3000m Steeplechase heats.Good part of that run was he created new national record of 8.18.12.Dutee Chand also finished 7th in women’s 100m heats.M P Jabir also finished 7th in 400m hurdles heat.Indian mixed relay team finished last in heats.
Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat failed to qualify for 25m pistol finals as both finished out of top eight (rapid-fire stage).
Vishnu Saravanan finished 20th in Laser Race 9 and 10 respectively.
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri slipped to tied 20th during suspended second round.
By Shailesh Padhye