India at Tokyo Olympics: Day 5 Highlights – Shooters fail yet again, Boxer Lovlina Borgohain reaches QF

Indian men's hockey team's performance against Spain and boxer Lovlina Borgohain's victory in pre-quarters match turned out to be the only positives on July 27.

Indian shooters Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Lovlina Borgohain
Indian shooters Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary and Lovlina Borgohain

Indian shooting pairs of Manu Bhaker & Saurabh Chaudhary and Yashaswani Singh Deswal & Abhishek Verma kickstarted day five with a decent outing at Tokyo 2020. The former duo topped the first qualification round of the Mixed Team 10m Air Pistol event. 

Saurabh was on fire with his scores of 98, 100 and 98 in his three series while Manu somehow managed to keep them at the top spot. On the other hand, Abhishek-Yashaswini exited early as they finished at 17th out of 20 participating teams. 

Coming to round 2 of qualification, the five-time gold-medalist pair at the World Cup, finished seventh out of eight teams. Hence, they yet again failed to clinch any medal for their nation as India’s two crucial prospects bowed out from Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Indian shooting duos of Divyansh Singh Panwar & Elavenil Valarivan and Deepak Kumar & Anjum Moudgil also competed in today’s Mixed Team 10m Air Rifle round one qualification event. However, both the pairs faced early exit from the tournament after finishing at the 12th and 18th ranks respectively. 

Divyansh and Elavenil secured 626.5 points while Deepak and Anjum finished at a below-par 623.8 points. This summed up the miserable performance of India in shooting so far at Tokyo 2020. 

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty eliminated despite win against GB

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

India’s top-ranked men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out from the tournament despite winning their group stage match against Great Britain’s duo of Sean Vendy and Ben Lane. This happened as the teams from Indonesia and Chinese Taipei advanced for the next round. 

The disappointments for India on July 27 didn’t end here as ace table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal went down against Chinese paddler Ma Long during his round 3 match. The world number two clinched an easy victory of 4-1 with a scoreline of 11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-4 in a seven-set match. With this defeat, India’s spirited performance in table tennis came to end at this year’s Olympics edition.

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Men’s hockey team bounced back after Australia loss

India vs Spain
India vs Spain

Indian men’s hockey team made a brilliant comeback at Tokyo Olympics during their match against a strong Spanish side. The Manpreet Singh-led team clinched a 3-0 victory to climb up to the second spot in the Group A points table. This well-deserved win became even more special as the ‘Men in Blue’ were coming from a humiliating 1-7 loss against Australia in the previous group stage match.

Pugilist Lovlina Borgohain also commenced her journey at Tokyo 2020 with a sweet win at the round of 16 bout. After beating Germany’s Nadine Apetz 3-2, the Asammese athlete has successfully reached the quarter-final round. She is now just a single win away from securing a medal in the women’s welterweight event.

Sailors Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan finished at the 22nd and 33rd positions respectively after competing in six races each. On the other hand, Ganapathy Kelapanda and Varun Thakkar, who competing in the 49er Opening Series, are currently placed 18th after race 1 on day 5 at Tokyo Olympiad.

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