The action continues in Tokyo as the Indian athletes aim to deliver more medals for the country.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are picking up pace as the days pass on. The Indian contingent are trying their best to represent the country well at the mega event and perform to the best of their abilities. However, India has not been able to add to the silver medal won by Mirabai Chanu in weightlifting as of yet. Day 4 at the Tokyo Olympics was also full of heartbreak for the Indians.

Day 4 of the Olympics in Tokyo saw several more Indians turn up for their country including the likes of Bhavani Devi, Sharath Kamal and more. Here is the summary of the day’s action and a look at the performances by the Indian athletes in Tokyo.

Shooting

In the Men’s Skeet Qualification event, the Indian duo of Angad Singh and Mairaj Ahmad failed to qualify into the finals in Day 4 of Tokyo Olympics. Only the top-six athletes were to qualify while Angad finished in 18th place with 120 points and Mairaj finished in 25th place with 117 points, out of a possible 125. India’s disappointing performance in shooting events continues at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Fencing

Bhavani Devi created history by winning India’s first-ever contest in Fencing at the Olympics. She defeated Tunisia’s Nadia Ben Azizi by a score of 15-3 in dominant fashion in the Table of 64.

However, she had to face elimination in the Table of 32 at the hands of France’s Manon Brunet. The World No.3 athlete made short work of the Indian by defeating her with a 15-3 scoreline. Bhavani Devi bowed out of the Olympics, but certainly made India proud and will inspire more people to take up the sport. 

Table Tennis

India’s veteran paddler Sharath Kamal defeated Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia in Round 2 of the men’s singles. The 39-year-old secured the victory by a score of 2-11, 11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9. Kamal became the first male Indian paddler to reach the third round in the Olympics by doing so. 

In the Women’s Singles bracket, Suthirtha Mukherjee crashed out after losing to Portugal’s Fu Yu in Round 2. The Indian lost the match in straight games by a score of 3-11, 3-11, 5-11, 5-11. 

India’s Manika Batra also lost her Women’s Singles match against World No.17 Sofia Polcanova. Hailing from Austria, Polcanova ran away as the winner in straight games by a 11-8, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 scoreline, inside 27 minutes.

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Tennis

In the Men’s Singles Second Round, India’s Sumit Nagal was up against World No.2 Daniil Medvedev. The 23-year-old could not mount a strong challenge against one of the best tennis players in the world, losing the tie in straight sets. Medvedev registered the victory by a 6-2, 6-1 score, thus eliminating the Indian athlete in the process. 

Archery

In the Men’s Team event, Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav defeated the trio from Kazakhstan in the Round of 16. They secured the win by a score of 6-2 set points, setting up a meet with South Korea in the quarterfinals.

However, their journey was abruptly ended by the dominant Koreans. The quarter-final clash was one sided which saw South Korea run away with a 6-0 victory over the Indians, thereby knocking them out from the competition. 

Badminton

The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were up against No.1 seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia. The Men’s Doubles contest in Group A saw the Indians taste defeat by a score of 13-21, 12-21 from the hands of the Indonesians. 

Sailing

India’s Vishnu Saravanan finished  20th place in the Men’s One Person Dinghy Laser Race 2 in Day 4 of Tokyo Olympics . He finished with 20 race points after the culmination of Race 2. Later in the day, after the conclusion of Race 3, Vishnu ended with 24 race points in 24th position. 

Nethra Kumanan was also in action during the day in the Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial event. After the conclusion of Race 4, she held 40th place.

Boxing

Ashish Kumar loses to Tuoheta by unanimous decision (5:0). He bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics. However, the decision of the judges in the second round proved to be a controversial one, where they handed their decision in favour of Tuoheta, despite the Himachal boxer dominating the round. This was a cause for him to lose momentum in the final round.

Swimming 

Sajan Prakash failed to reach the semi-finals of the men’s 200m butterfly event after finishing 1.26 seconds behind 16th place on Day 4 of the Tokyo Olympics. He, however, finished fourth in his heats with a timing of 1:57.22 minutes, 2.15 seconds ahead of his timing at the Rio Olympics.

Hockey

Indian women’s national hockey team lost 0-2 to Germany in their second group game at the Tokyo Olympics. This was the second straight defeat for the Indian side in the competition. They had suffered a heavy 1-5 defeat against World No. 1 Netherlands in their first group game at the Oi Hockey Stadium

Goals from Nike Lorenz and Anne Schroder ensured all three points for Germany. The Indian team will face reigning Olympic champions Great Britain in their next match.

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