There were mixed feelings for Indian athletes on day 14 at Tokyo Olympics Golfer Aditi Ashok revived Indian medal hopes on Friday when other Indian athletes failed to deliver.
It was a heartbreak for Indian women in hockey as 2016 Rio Olympic Champions Great Britain beat India 4-3 in a topsy turvy clash for bronze medal.Great Britain led 2-0 in the second quarter including an own goal by Indian defender Deep Grace Ekka.India fought back with 3 quick goals two of them been penalty corner conversion by Gurjit Kaur.However in the second half,Britain attacked consistently and led 4-3.In the dying minutes,India earned penalty corner but British custodian denied Indians the equaliser.Despite the defeat Indian women have made the country proud at Olympics with their fourth place finish which is our best ever result in hockey.
Aditi Ashok had a fantastic day with 3 under 67 in the third round to finish at second spot.She is 12 under overall and three shots behind the leader-Korda going into fourth round.Bad weather forced orgainsers to reschedule 4th round at 3.00 A.M.IST.India will be hoping an unexpected medal in golf on Saturday.
India’s biggest hope in wrestling-Bajrang Punia lost in the semifinals of 65kg freestyle to Haji Aliyev 12-5.Bajrang was outplayed by his Algerian opponent in the bout.Indian will still compete in bronze medal bout on Saturday.
Indian men’s 4*400 relay team finished fourth in heat.The team created new Asian record with a timing of 3.00:25.Unfortunately they could not make it to final finishing 9th out of 16 teams.
By Shailesh Padhye