India started their campaign at Tokyo Olympics with a silver medal. Mirabai Chanu is the first Indian to win an Olympic silver medal in weightlifting event. Karnam Malleswari won a bronze in 2000 Sidney Games. Monica Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee also created history by winning their respective opening rounds in table tennis since 1992 Barcelona Games. Sumit Nagal also stood out by winning the men’s single event after 25 years by defeating Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.
In badminton, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won a thriller after beating World No. 3 pair of Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei. The Indian hockey team too started their campaign on a winning note against New Zealand with a 3-2 win. However, the women’s hockey team lost against The Netherlands 1-5 later in the day. Though they showed grit and determination in the first half, they failed to keep up the momentum in the latter part of the match.
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Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh made a solid start in Lightweight Double Sculls but finished fifth. Saurabh Chaudhury was left disappointed in the finals despite winning the qualifying round. He finished seventh with a score of 137.4. Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela, women shooters, failed to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle Women’s event, finishing outside the top eight spots. In the Men’s Welterweight Round of 32, boxer Vikas Krishan was defeated by Japanese boxer Sewon Okazawa by a score of 5-0.
Watch out for Indians in action on 25th July (Sunday)
5:30 – Shooting – Women’s 10m air pistol qualification – Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Deswal
6:30 – Gymnastics – Women’s all-around qualification – Pranati Nayak
6:30 – Rowing – Men’s lightweight double sculls repechage – Arjun Lal & Arvind Singh
6:30 – Shooting – Men’s skeet qualification – Angad Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan
7:10 – Badminton – Women singles – P. V. Sindhu vs Ksenia Polikarpova (Israel)
13:30 – Boxing – Women’s flyweight round of 32 – M. C. Mary Kom vs Miguelina Hernandez Garcia (Dominican Republic)
15.00 – Hockey – Men vs Australia
15:47 – Swimming – Men’s 200m freestyle heats – Sajan Prakash
16:21 – Swimming – Men’s 100m backstroke heats – Srihari Nataraj
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