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Tokyo Olympics Day 3 Preview: Manu Bhaker, PV Sindhu, Mary Kom begin campaign

Published at :July 24, 2021 at 11:23 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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Shaunak Ghosh

The Indian swimmers and sailors will also kick-off their campaign at the Games. 

Tokyo Olympics Day 3 will witnessed several high-profile Indian athletes in action. However, it was Mirabai Chanu who stole the show for India. She won a silver medal in the women’s 49kg category. Therefore, she became the second-ever Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal.

On Sunday, several Indian medal hopefuls will begin their Tokyo 2020 journey. Mary Kom, Manu Bhaker, P.V. Sindhu, Manish Kaushik and many others will be in action in the weekend.

Shooting: Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Medal event

The Indian shooters will once again be the first ones in action. Shooting is India’s biggest medal hope. The nation has achieved at least a medal in the sport in three of the last four Olympics. However, women’s rifle shooters Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela crashed out of the tournament on Saturday.

It’s time for the women’s pistol shooters to try and bring glory to the nation on Sunday. One of India’s brightest medal prospects Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Singh Deswal will be aiming to clinch India’s first shooting medals in Tokyo. The event will begin at 5:30 AM IST in Sunday morning.  

ALSO READ: Shooting at Tokyo Olympics Day 2: Manu Bhaker among medal hopefuls

Shooting: Men’s Skeet Qualification

From one group of shooters to another, as the focus will shift towards the Indian skeet shooters after that. Angad Veer Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmed Khan will begin in their campaign in Tokyo. The duo was training in Montecatini in Italy prior to the Olympics and will be hoping to put up a memorable display. The event is slated to begin at 6:30 AM IST.   

Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Qualification

India’s lone gymnast at the Tokyo Olympics, Pranati Nayak, will be displaying her gymnastic skills in this event. She will hope to replicate the heroics of Dipa Karmakar from Rio 2016 and maybe go one step better.

The event will begin at 6:30 AM IST on Sunday.

Rowing: Men’s Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls Repechage

The Indian rowing pair of Arun Jat and Arjun Singh finished fifth in the qualification rounds on Saturday. This means that their hopes are still alive as they will take to the Sea Forest Waterway in the repechage rounds at 6:40 AM IST. 

Badminton: Women’s singles (PV Sindhu Vs Psenia Polikarpova)

Rio 2016 silver medalist PV Sindhu will begin her Tokyo 2020 campaign against Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova. Sindhu is ranked World No. 7, whereas Polikarpova is placed 61st in the world rankings.

On paper, it looks like an easy victory for the Indian shuttler but nothing should be taken for granted at the Olympics. B. Sai Praneeth had lost against lower-ranked Israeli opposition in Misha Zilberman in his opening match. Hence, Sindhu should be careful of any slip-ups. The match will begin at 7:10 AM IST.

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Tennis: Women’s doubles (Sania Mirza & Ankita Raina Vs Lyudmyla Kichenok & Nadia Kichenok

Indian tennis duo Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will begin their women’s doubles campaign against Ukrainian twins Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadia Kichenok. The match is scheduled for 7:30 AM IST.

Sailing: Women’s One Person Dinghy

It will be a historic moment in Indian sporting history as the first ever Indian woman will participate in sailing. Nethra Kumanan will hope to conquer uncharted waters. The event will begin at 8:35 AM IST.

Shooting: Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Medal event)

The focus will then shift back to Indian biggest medal hope, shooting. This time it will be the opportunity for men’s air rifle shooters. Divyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak Kumar will represent India at the event.

The qualification rounds begin at 9:30 AM IST.

Table Tennis: Men’s singles (Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Vs Siu Hang Lam)

Ace Indian table tennis star Sathiyan Gnanasekaran will make his Olympics debut versus Honk Kong’s Siu Hang Lam on Sunday.

The second round clash will begin at 10:30 AM IST. 

Sailing Men’s One Person Dinghy

Another Indian sailor will be in action in Tokyo is Vishnu Saravanan. He will begin his maiden Olympics voyage in the waters of Kamakura, Tokyo. The event will begin at 11:05 AM IST.

Table Tennis: Women’s singles (Manika Batra Vs Margaryta Pesotska

Veteran Indian table tennis star Manika Batra will look to carry the good momentum in the women’s singles second round affair. She will be up against Ukrainian Margaryta Pesotska. The match will begin at 12 PM IST.

Boxing: Women’s flyweight (Mary Kom Vs Miguelina Hernandez)

Indian boxing icon Mary Kom will begin her final Olympics campaign on Sunday. The London 2012 bronze medalist will face Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez in her opening bout. The match will begin at 1:30 PM IST.  

Men’s Hockey (India Vs Australia)

The Indian men’s hockey team began their Tokyo 2020 campaign with a 3-2 victory over New Zealand. The Men in Blue will face their toughest test when they take on World No. 1 Australia at the Oi Hockey Stadium. 

The match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. 

ALSO READ: Indian men’s hockey team defeat New Zealand in Tokyo Olympics opener

Boxing: Men’s Lightweight (Manish Kaushik Vs Luke McCormack)

Emerging Indian boxer Manish Kaushik will take to the ring for the first time at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo. His opponent will be Great Britain’s Luke McCormack. The match is slated to begin at 3:06 PM IST.

Swimming: Women’s 100m backstroke

Lone Indian female swimmer Maana Patel will be seen in action in this event. The women’s 100m backstroke heats round will begin at 3:32 PM IST.

Swimming: Men’s 200m freestyle

Sajan Prakash will hope to rewrite the wrongs of Rio 2016 at Tokyo 2020. His journey will commence on Sunday. The men’s 200m freestyle heats round will begin at 3:47 PM IST.  

Swimming: Men’s 100m backstroke 

Another participant from the Indian swimming contingent, Srihari Nataraj, will also be seen in action after a short while. The men’s 100m backstroke heats round will begin at 4:21 PM IST.  

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