Tokyo 2020 India Highlights: 4x400m men's relay team sets AR; Aditi Ashok second after R3; Bajrang to fight for bronze

India finished fourth in 4x400m relay in the Heat 2 and narrowly missed a chance to qualify for the final. Their timing was the ninth fastest.

Aditi Ashok finishes the third round of women's golf in second place with a total of 12-under 201.   -  REUTERS

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live coverage of Tokyo 2020 as the Indian athletes aim for podium finishes on August 6

India Results on August 6

Wrestling: Bajrang Punia loses his semifinal bout and will fight for Bronze

Wrestling: Seema Bisla loses to Sarra Hamdi in round of 16

Golf: Aditi Ashok finished second position after Round three

Hockey: Indian Women's Hockey team loses 3-4 to Great Britain

Athletics: Priyanka Goswami finished 17th in 20km race walk; Indian men's 4x400m relay team finished an impressive fourth in Heat 2 and set a new Asian Record time of 3:00.25

Athletics: Gurpreet Singh fails to finish Men's 50km race walk


That brings an end to today's India blog. Thanks for joining in. We will be up early tomorrow to track Aditi Ashok's progress in golf. She is within touching distance of a surprise medal in golf. Do tune in for live updates.

  • India finishes fourth with an Asian Record of 3:00.25. An incredible effort in the last leg to move from sixth place to the fourth. They finish ninth overall and will unfortunately not be making the cut to the final. That was so close.  Amoj Jacob was certainly the star of the night for India with his impressive run at the end to gain two places.  Japan, France, South Africa and Colombia finish behind India in the second heat.
  • The top three from each heat and the next two fastest will qualify for the final. USA finished on top of Heat 1 with a timing of 2:57.77. India will be in action in the Heat 2 shortly. India has a best time of 3:00.91. Will they finish in the top three of Heat 2? Jamaica, with 2.56.75 as national record time, is in the same heat. 

Up Next: Men's 4x400m relay round one: Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Anas, Amoj Jacob, Noah Nirmal Tom in action at 5.07 pm IST

  • Bajrang will now play for the Bronze medal against Daulet Niyazbekov tomorrow
  • Bajrang Punia loses the semifinal bout and will fight for the Bronze medal
  • Bajrang was defeated by Haji Aliyev who entered the gold medal match after beating the India 12-5
  • Bajrang did pick a point but conceded one and now he trails 5-9
  • Haji continues to attack and it will be all over for Bajrang as he leads 8-1 and Bajrang has a mountain of work to do to guarantee India a medal.
  • At the break it's Haji who is leading the bout with a three-point lead at 4-1
  • Both wrestlers are yet to score a point and it is Bajrang who secures the first point but Haji attacks to take the lead at 2-1.
  • We are Live as Bajrang takes the mat and he will look to give his best performance to guarantee India another medal.
  • We are moments away from the start of Bajrang's semifinal bout against Haji Aliyev and the first semifinal between Rashidov and Takuto is underway.
  • Race Walk Update: India's Priyanka Goswami finished 17th in the 20 Km Race Walk final.
  • Race Walk Update: India's Priyanka Goswami is currently in the 15th place with another 5kms to go. Priyanka was leading the race but dropped to the back as the event progressed.

Tokyo 2020 Wrestling: Know Bajrang Punia's semifinal opponent Haji Aliyev

  • Aditi Ashok finishes the third round of women's golf in second place with a total of 12-under 201. USA's Nelly Korda leads the tally with 15-under 198. Four players are in third place with 10-under 203. One more round left to play tomorrow. It will start at 3 am IST.

  • Meanwhile, India’s Aditi Ashok is 2nd on the leaderboard in golf finals.

  • Bajrang wins to enter semifinal- Fantastic from Bajrang as he pins down his opponent and he moves into the semifinal! Bajrang wins 2-1 and will face Haji Aliyev in the semifinal
  • At the break, Bhiasi is leading by a point and Bajrang needs to attack to score points in the second period
  • Bajrang gets 30 seconds to register a point and the Indian has conceded a point
  • Bajrang begins his quarterfinal bout against Morteza Ghiasi
  • Golf Update: Aditi slips to fifth at T3 -10 To Par with a total of 133
  • In about 10 minutes, Bajrang will be up against Morteza Cheka Ghiasi of Iran
  • Meanwhile, Seema Bisla's repechage hopes end as the Tunisian wrestler lost her match

  • Bajrang declared winner by criteria 3-3 points and enters the quarterfinals. But he hasn't looked at his best and a strapped knee has caught the eye of his opponentsc
  • Having got the lead, Bajrang went for the single leg attack and although no points were earned, the Indian showed his intensity. However, his opponent earned a point and equalled!
  • Right at the break, Bajrang pulls a two-point lead and leads at 3-1
  • Akmataliev levels the score by pushing Bajrang out of the orange circle and this is getting tense
  • Bajrang starts well and the Indian is slightly on the advantage side and he secures the first point of the bout 1-0
  • Right then we are set for Bajrang Punia's bout and he will look to add another medal
  • Golf Update: Aditi Ashok slips to third at T2 but remains at -10 along with Japan's Mone with total of 133. USA's Nelly Korda is leading the charts.
  • Golf Update: Meanwhile, Diksha is on 18th and par on 1st after she started her round from 10th, Tied 52nd.
  • Seema Bisla loses her bout and fails to advance into the quarterfinal
  • With just 37 seconds left, Saara took another point and that will be it as Saara wins 3-1.
  • Seema finally gets her first point on the board and she managed to push her opponent out by the single leg takedown
  • Seema tried to attack but Saara was successful in pushing the Indian out of the mat and took one more point.
  • At the end of the first period, Saara took a 1-0 lead.
  • In the six minute bout, both wrestlers started  defensively and Seema failed to gather a point in the 30 seconds, while led to her opponent pocket a single point.
  • The wrestlers are making their way and Seema will be competing in the 50kg category
  • We are moments away from Seema Bisla's bout against Sarra Hamdi of Tunisia

Meanwhile in golf, Two birdies so far for Aditi Ashok in round 3. She is second on the leaderboard, not tied anymore.

India's biggest medal hope, Bajrang Punia will be the biggest attraction as he will aim to book a quarterfinal berth along with Seema Bisla in the men's and women's freestyle wrestling.

Here are all fixtures, timings of events involving Indian athletes on August 6 so that you can stay up to speed!

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India – Aug: 6

Men's 50 km walk final - Gurpreet Singh - 2:00 AM

Golf - Women's individual R3 - Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar - 4:00 AM

Women's 20km walk final - Bhawna Jat, Priyanka Goswami - 1:00 PM

Hockey Women's Bronze Medal - GB vs IND - 7:00 AM

Wrestling - Men's freestyle 65kg 1/8 Final - Bajrang Punia vs E. Akmataliev - 8 AM onwards

Wrestling - Women's freestyle 50kg 1/8 Final - Seema Bisla vs Sarra Hamdi - 8 AM onwards

Athletics - Men's 4x400m relay Heat 2 - Amoj Jacob, Naganathan Pandi, Arokia Rajiv, Nirma Noah Tom, Muhammed Anas - 5:07 PM