Hello and welcome to Sportstar's blog of Tokyo Olympics Day 7 with a complete focus on the Indian contingent along with world athletes in action on July 29.
- PV Sindhu beats Mia Dlichfeldt 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) to enter the quarterfinals
- India beats Argentina 3-1 in Men's Hockey to confirm a quarterfinal berth
- Boxer Satish Kumar enters quarterfinals
- Archer Atanu Das enters pre-quarterfinals in the Men's Individual event
- Rowers Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh finish fifth with a time mark of 6:29.66 in Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Final B
- Manu fifth in 25m pistol precision
- Mary Kom eliminated in the round of 16 by Ingrit Valencia
- Sajan Prakash finishes 46th overall in the 100m butterfly event
- Golfer Anirban Lahiri ends Day 1 at tied 8th with a 4-under 67
But for Mary Kom's exit, it has been a great day for Indians at the Tokyo Olympics today. Join us back tomorrow for our live updates from the Tokyo Olympics.
Swimming: Sajan Prakash finished second in Heat 2 of the men's 100m butterfly event with a timing of 53.45s, behind Abeku Jackson of Ghana who clocked 53.39s. But he is out of reckoning for a place in the semifinals. It was close to his personal best time of 53.27 which he achieved at the Belgrade Trophy Swimming Championships but nearly not enough to make the semifinals. Caeleb Dressel holds the world record in the event with a timing of 49.50, nearly four seconds lesser than the Indian's mark. On Thursday, he equalled the Olympic record in the heats by clocking 50.39. Sajan Prakash was placed 46th overall at the end of the heats.
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Boxing: Valencia makes her way to the ring followed by Mary Kom. The boxers get their headgears on and the checks are complete. Ingrit comes out firing form her corner. Kom's defence put under test by Valencia, who is quicker with her punches. Valencia has the higher scores in the opening round with 4 10s and a 9, while Kom gets 4 9s and a 10.
We are into round 2. Kom lands a left-arm jab and Valencia needs to get her headgear readjusted. Kom has come out on the front foot but Valencia is quicker on her feet. Both boxers are cancelling out each other. End of an engrossing second round and it's Valencia in the lead again.
Third round begins. Kom lands a right-hand punch! Valencia has been on the defence in the third round. And that's the end of the contest with both boxers having a hold of each other. Valencia seems confident at the end of the bell. We await the scores now. Valencia is declared the winner 3-2 and Mary kom is knocked out in the round of 16.
Is that the last time we see India's boxing legend Mary Kom at an Olympics? If so, she went out fighting against a superior opponent. Valencia was quicker on the feet and with her punches.
Boxing: London bronze medallist Mary Kom will next be in action from 3:36 pm. She will be taking on Colombian Ingrit Valencia, Rio 2016 bronze medallist, for a place in the 48-51kg division quarterfinals. The last time the two met, Kom beat Valencia 5:0 in the quarterfinals of the 2019 world championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In the two career mettings between the pair, Kom has come out on top on both occasions.
Sailing: India's KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finish in 16th position in Men's Skiff-49er Race 05. They showed vast improvement to finish 7th in Race 6 for an overall 17th place at the end of Thursday's races. In the women's Laser radial class, Nethra Kumanan finished 22nd and 20th in Race 7 and 8 to finish the day placed 31st overall.
Boxing: India's Satish Kumar is in action against Ricardo Brown of Jamaica in the Men's Super Heavy category. And he wins with a 4-1 verdict to enter the quarterfinals. Satish took the first round comprehensively as all judges voted in his favour.
Boxing in red, the Indian pugilist landed heavy punches on Brown with some quality right hook and body shots during the second round. With knockout as his only option in the third round, Brown was kept at the bay for almost most of the round by the Indian. Satish didn't take any chances as he bagged the match by applying some smart defence and entered the quarterfinals. He will now face Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinal on Sunday.
Sailing: India's Vishnu Saravanan finishes 23rd in Race 8 and is currently placed 23rd overall in men's one person dinghy laser race.
Archery Result: Atanu Das wins the shoot-out to enter the pre-quarterfinals as he beats Korea's Oh Jinhyek 6-5 in 1/16 Elimination.
Archery Update: Atanu Das begins action in Round of 16. The Indian loses the first set 26-25, ties the second and third 27-27 and then wins the fourth set 27-22 to make it 4-4. Having tied 28-28 in the fifth set, the match heads into a shott-off.
Archery: India's Atanu Das is in action against Chinese Taipei's Yu-Cheng Deng in the men's individual round of 32. Atanu won the match 6-4 (27-26, 27-28, 28-26, 27-28, 28-26) in the 1/32 Eliminations to progress ahead. He will be up against Oh Jinhyek in the 1/16 Eliminations.
Golf Update: Indian golfer Diksha Dagar has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after South Africa's Paula Reto withdrew, and Austria decided not to make a reallocation for their golfer Sarah Schober. The International Golf Federation has reallocated that vacant spot to Diksha Dagar. The Indian Golf Union confirmed the news on Twitter .
Badminton: PV Sindhu vs Mia Blichfeldt - Sindhu wins to enter quarters
- Game 2 (21-13)- Sindhu wins! Having taken the lead, Sindhu didn't let the advantage slip away. The Indian was quick to extend the lead by five points and kept dominating the rallies as Blichfeldt was just playing catch-up. Sindhu earned nine match points and soon closed the game to enter the quarterfinals in the Women's Singles.
- Game 2: Blichfeldt tried to stretch Sindhu and the Indian was up for the challenge despite conceding a couple of points but continued to lead. At the break, a dominant Sindhu was leading at 11-6 and favourite to enter the quarters.
- Game 2 In the start of the second Game, Sindhu raced to a 5-0 lead and winning the first one certainly boosted the India's confidence.
- Game 1 (21-15): Having gained the momentum, the Indian kept picking points and further increased the gap with a six-point lead. Blichdeldt crawled back into the game by targetting the left side of Sindhu, where the Indian was vulnerable in returning the backhand strokes and went on to close the gap. Sindhu challenged once in the game but lost it as the shuttle was out. Blichdelft with two excellent smashes down the line pushed Sindhu on the defensive as both players used the depth of the court to score points with the Indian taking a slender lead. The Indian earned five game points at 20-15 and closed it soon to win Game 1 21-15.
- Game 1: From 6-3, Sindhu pressed advantage and with brilliant anticipation of where the shuttle will land kept the Blichfeldt at bay and varied her well pace well to maintain a five-point lead at 10-5.
- Game 1: Blichfeldt started with a two-point lead and it took a little while for Sindhu to draw level and there was some sort of turedness in the Indian and understandably as it was just yesterday that she played her match against Cheung Ngan Yi to book her place in the knockouts.
- Sidhu, the sixth seed will be up against the Denmark shuttler who is seeded 13th.
- We are just five minutes away from the schedule start of play.
- This will be the match of the day as the Rio silver medallist will aim to get past Blichfeldt and secure a place in the quarters.
Golf Update: Anirban Lahiri is T22nd after he opened his account with a bogey in Hole 1. Udayan Mane will start shortly.
Ace golfers Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane will start proceedings and will be followed by the rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh who have qualified for the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Final B.
But the star attractions will be shuttler P.V. Sindhu who will be up against Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16 and London bronze medallist Mary Kom will be up against Ingrit Valencia.
Archer Atanu Das will be competing in the Men's Individual 1/32 Eliminations, while boxer Satish Kumar will face Ricardo Brown Men's Super Heavy.
The Indian Men's Hockey Team will take in Argentina and the shooters along with the sailors will also be in action.
Indians in Action at Tokyo Olympics on July 29
4:00 a.m. Men's Round 1 - Anirban Lahiri, Udayan Mane
5:20 AM Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Final B - Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh
5:30 am 25m Pistol Women's Qualification Precision - Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat
6:00 am India vs Argentina Men's Match
6:15 am PV Sindhu vs Mia Blichfeldt
7:31 am Atanu Das Men's Individual 1/32 Eliminations
8:35 am onwards Laser Men Race 7 & 8
8:35 am onwards 49er Men Race 5 & 6
8:45 am onwards Laser Radial Women Race 7 & 8
8:48 am Satish Kumar vs Ricardo Brown Men's Super Heavy (+91 kg) - R16
15:36 pm - Mary Kom vs Ingrit Valencia
16:16 pm - Men's 100m butterfly Heat 2: Sajan Prakash
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