Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 3 Round Up Indian Shooters archers again missed targets Bhavani created history Sharat raised hopes Bhavani created history, Sharat raised hopes
Swordsman Bhavani Devi, who made her Olympic debut for India on the third day in Tokyo, presented the hallmark of talent, while Achant Sharath Kamal reached the next round on the strength of his experience in table tennis, while losing in shooting, archery, women’s hockey, badminton, boxing It took hand.
Table tennis player Sharath Kamal, playing his fourth Olympics, advanced to the third round of men’s singles and India’s hopes rest on him as Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee crashed out in straight games in women’s singles. Sharath Kamal registered a 4-2 (2-11, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9) win over 20th seed Tiago Apollonia of Portugal in a match that lasted 49 minutes.
Bhavani Devi, the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics in fencing, made a confident start to win the first match easily, but was knocked out in the second match after losing to fourth seed Manon Brunet. Bhavani Devi lost 7-15 to Rio Olympics semi-finalist Brunet in the second match of the women’s individual sabre.
She had earlier entered the second round by defeating Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi 15-3. Bhavani said, ‘I tried my best but could not win. I apologise. With your prayers I will do even better in the next Olympics.
The women’s hockey team suffered a second straight match defeat when Germany beat them 2-0, giving a blow to their hopes of entering the quarter-finals. India was defeated by Netherlands in the first match. Now India have to play Britain, Ireland and South Africa in the remaining three matches.
In shooting, the Indian bag was again empty when Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished 18th while Mairaj Ahmed Khan finished 25th in the men’s skeet event. Angad scored 120 points out of a possible 125 in five series while Mairaj could only score 117 points. The top six shooters in skeet qualify for the finals.
India’s medal hopes will now rest on the mixed team event with Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event, who have done well in recent years. Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Singh Deswal will also present an Indian challenge. Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan will compete in the 10m mixed rifle team event. Deepak Kumar and Anjum Mudgil will also present the Indian challenge in this category.
In swimming, Sajan Prakash failed to make it to the semi-finals of the men’s 200m butterfly event. Sajan, who achieved the Olympic ‘A’ qualifying level in Italy last month with a personal best of 1:56.38s, clocked 1:57.22s to finish 24th among 38 swimmers. The top 16 swimmers made it to the semi-finals.
Sajan will present the challenge in the 100m butterfly on Thursday. Ashish Choudhary (75kg), who made his Olympic debut in boxing, suffered the brunt of a poor start in his first round match against China’s ErbK Tuoheta and lost 0. Their journey came to an end with a 5 defeat.
In archery, the Indian men’s team of Atanu Das, Praveen Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai crashed out of the Tokyo Olympic Games after losing to a strong South Korean team in the quarterfinals. The Indian trio had started the day well after beating Kazakhstan 6-2 but they faced No. 1 Korea in the quarter-finals, going down 0-6. Earlier, the mixed doubles pair of Deepika Kumari and Jadhav also failed to progress to the quarter-finals after losing to the Korean team.
In tennis, Sumit Nagal crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s singles second round with a straight-sets defeat to Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) world number two Daniil Medvedev, ending the Indian challenge in tennis.
In badminton, the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straight game defeat against Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjay Sukamuljo in Group A of men’s doubles here on Monday. I will take on the British pair of Ben Lane and Sean Wendy.
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