Olympic Updates for India on Day 2

It was a bad Sinday for India at Tokyo Olympics.Apart from rowers,Manika Batra,P V Sindhu and M C Mary Kom none of the Indian athletes managed to put a good show.Here is a look at how events unfolded for India on Sunday.


There was a lot of hope from our rifle and pistol shooters.There were a couple of medal events-Women’s 10m air pistol and men’s 10m air rifle.Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal both failed to reach 10m air pistol finals.19 year old Manu was pegged by a technical issue with her gun.In men’s 10m air rifle,Diyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak Kumar finished 32nd and 26th respectively.In men’s skeet competition,Mairaj Khan and Angad Bajwa finished out of top 10 on the first qualifying day.


Indian men’s hockey team were hammered 7-1 by Australia in Group A game.Indians made some changes in attack with Samsher and Hardik Singh replacing Akashdeep Singh and Simranjeet.


In the only badminton outing for India,Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu eased past Polikarpova  of Israel 21-7,21-10 in Group J game.


Indian rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for semifinals in men’s lightweight double sculls.Indians finished third in repeage 2 on Sunday.Semifinals will be held on Tuesday.

Table Tennis

There was mixed outings for Indians as Manika Batra upset 20th seed Pesotska of Ukraine 4-3.Manika who was playing without a coach on Sunday showed no signs of nerve as she came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to progress to the third round.However there was disappointment for Indian paddler-G Sathiyan as he bowed out in men’s singles after losing to lower ranked  S H Lam of Hong Kong 3-4.


Olympic bronze medallist and six time world champion M C Mary Kom started her campaign to a flying start after 4-1 win over Hernandes in 51kg round of 32 bout.However in 63kg Manish Kaushik lost to McCormack by the same 4-1 score.


Olympic debutant Nethra Kumanan finished 27t in Laser Radial Race on the first day of the competition.Vishnu Saravanan finished 14th in men’s category.


Maana Patel competing in her first Olympics,Maana Patel failed to qualify for semifinals in 100m backstroke while Sihari Nataraj clocked 54.31s to crash out of 100m backstroke.


Only Indian gymnast competing at Tokyo Olympics-Pranati Nayak failed to qualify for All Round finals.


By Shailesh Padhye


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