There were some crucial contests involving Indian athletes in the quadrennial event.
India’s campaign in the Tokyo Olympics continued on day 10 as they try to collect as many medals as possible. Before the day began, India had a sole silver medal against their name in the medal tally. However, the country won their second medal on Sunday, courtesy of a valiant effort by PV Sindhu.
Many athletes have come close to medal positions but failed to perform under pressure. Similarly on day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics, India had the chance of assuring another medal, however, Satish Kumar could not muster up the strength to win.’
Here is a brief look on the day’s action.
Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91kg)
All eyes were on India’s Satish Kumar, who faced Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov in the quarterfinals. The Super Heavyweight (+91kg) category was new to India in the Olympic Games and Satish put up a valiant effort until this point.
However, his journey was stopped by Jalolov, who won 5-0. A win in this bout would have assured India another medal after Lovlina Borgohain did so in the women’s category. There were talks of Satish Kumar being not fully fit, which was certainly a factor in his defeat.
President of Boxing Federation of India, Ajay Singh, later confirmed that Satish had 13 stitches above his eye and his chin before going into the bout against Jalolov.
Golf – Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4
Indian golf pair Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane continued their performance in the men’s individual stroke play round 4. The duo started the event well but fell down in the rankings as the competition went on.
Anirban Lahiri finished at the 42nd place with 279 while Udayan Mane finished in the 56th spot with 287 points.
Equestrian – Eventing Cross Country
India’s Fouaad Mirza is representing India in equestrian, which is now gaining traction from the fans. Mirza has been performing amicably and took part in the cross-country leg of the event.
He is currently in 22nd place with 39.20 penalty points. Impressively, he is still in contention to qualify into the finals as top-25 athletes will make their way. The individual jumping event remains for the Indian to conquer.
Mirza had 28.00 penalty points after the individual dressage event and collected 11.20 penalty points after the cross country event. He was in ninth place after the conclusion of the dressage event in the rankings but remains hopeful to get a berth in the finals.
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Hockey – Men’s Quarterfinals- India vs Great Britain
Ending the day on a positive note, the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in the quarterfinal. The Men in Blue have now advanced to the semifinals, where they will face off against Belgium.
It was India’s first victory over Great Britain at the Olympics for the first time since 1972. The Indian team didn’t win a single penalty corner in the match. They had to dig deep for the majority of the second half, but ultimately got the job done.
Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh scored the goals for India.
Badminton – Women’s Singles – P.V. Sindhu vs Bing Jiao He
Star shuttler PV Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian female athlete to win two Olympic medals. She defeated China’s He Bingjiao 21-13, 21-15 to win the bronze in badminton women’s singles on day 10 at the Tokyo Olympics.
She had previously won the silver back in 2016 Rio Games. Sunday’s victory meant she has also become the first Indian female athlete to win consecutive Olympic medals.