Previews of team India on day 12&13:
India’s action on Wednesday had a moment of pride as boxer Lovlina Borgohain won a bronze medal. India’s third medal at Tokyo 2020 and the second bronze medal. Assam’s Borgohain stunned the bronze in the women’s welterweight category. After losing 5-0 against reigning world champion Busenaz Sürmeneli of Turkey in the 69kg semi-finals.
Ravi Dahiya claimed a wordless result in freestyle 57kg Wrestling. Despite being 2-9 down, he fought back within the eleventh hour to win by Fall. That is pinning your shoulder’s opponents to the mat. He will play the trophy match tomorrow. Deepak Punia lost his Semifinal and will fight in the Bronze medal match now.
Neeraj Chopra qualified for the men’s javelin throw finals by the Group A qualification with a throw of 86.65m. However, Shivpal Singh failed to do so in Group B. On the opposite hand, India faces Argentina within the women’s hockey semi-finals later. In their third-ever Olympics, it’ll be their first-ever last-four appearance.
In wrestling, both Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) won their opening two bouts. They also made their way into the respective semi-finals. Anshu Malik, who lost her opening bout in women’s 57kg, will compete within the repechage round next.
Indian hockey teams:
In the last Indian participation for the day, the women’s hockey team lost 1-2 to Argentina despite taking an early lead. Thus ending their golden dream. They will be up against Great Britain within the trophy match.
In some events held at the Olympics India won two medals to take their overall tally from Tokyo 2020 to five. It all began with the men’s Indian hockey team defeating Germany 5-4 to win the Olympics bronze. In an emotional day for Team India, Manpreet Singh’s men fought well and made an excellent comeback to finish their 41-year old medal drought, adding their 12th hockey medal to their history.
Indian freestyle wrestlers & racewalkers:
The most important clash of the day was between Ravi Dahiya and Zavur Uguev as India hoped for a historic gold medal. Dahiya was ruthless in making an exciting comeback to qualify for the final. Ravi presented a good fight in the final, a bit like the semi. Yet, eventually, the Russian did enough to win 7-4. Deepak Punia, during a heartbreaking result for India, was leading in his trophy match till the last 10 seconds, before losing 4-2.
It was also the end of the road for Anshu Malik, who lost the repechage round. Vinesh Phogat also lost her quarterfinals and also had her chances of a Bronze dashed after her vanquisher Kaladzinskaya lost within the semi.
In the men’s 20km racewalk final, Sandeep Kumar finished highest for India at 23rd, while Rahul Rohilla and KT Irfan ended at 47th and 51st.