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India’s results on Day 13 so far:
- Hockey: Men’s team clinches the historic Bronze Medal after defeating Germany 5-4 in the third-place match.
- Golf: Aditi Ashok retains tied-2nd spot after carding a strong 66 in Round 2; Diksha Dagar climbs to T-53.
- Wrestling, Women’s Freestyle 57kg: Anshu Malik loses 1-5 to ROC’s Valeria Koblova; out of Bronze medal match.
- Wrestling, Women’s Freestyle 53kg: Vinesh Phogat loses 3-9 to Belarus’s Venesa Kaladzinskaya in quarter-finals; awaits for the opportunity in Repechage round.
02.40 PM: (Athletics) Sandeep Kumar finishes 23rd in 20km racewalk. Rahul 47th, KT Irfan 51st.
01.53 PM: (Athletics) Sandeep Kumar remains 12th after completing 12km in the men’s 20km walk. Rahul 47th, Irfan 52nd.
01:42 PM (Athletics) Sandeep Kumar is feeling the heat now as he drops to the 12th spot halfway through the race. Rahul and Irfan are currently at 44th and 49th respectively.
01:40 PM (Athletics) With half of the race about to be done, Sandeep falls in the pack down to the fifth spot as he struggles to keep up with the pace of the race favourites.
01:37 PM (Athletics): Sandeep has now started to drop pace and now Wang has a 3 seconds gap over the Indian. The second pack behind Sandeep is fast catching up.
01:34 PM (Athletics): 8kms are gone, and Sandeep still holds the second spot and has been maintaining pace with leader Wang Kaihua. Rahul drops to 43rd and Irfan remains 47th.
01:30 PM (Athletics): With 14kms more to go, Sandeep remains 2nd right behind leader Wang Kaihua. Rahul Rohilla drops to 35th while KT Irfan couldn’t improve much at 47.
01:27 PM (Athletics): The much-highlighted hot and humid conditions are taking a toll on the racewalkers already as two runners were seen suffering a cramp as early as 4th km of the race.
01:22 PM (Athletics): Racewalker Sandeep Kumar currently occupies the second spot right behind leader Wang Kaihua of China at the end of 4kms. Rahul is currently 12th and is in the second back behind the leaders.
1:02 PM (Golf): The other Indian in fray, Diksha Dagar climbs three positions up to tied 53 at the end of Round 2. USA’s Nelly Kora cards an excellent 62 (after 67 in Round 1) to be the sole leader at the end of Day 2 ahead of Aditi.
12:59 (Golf): Weather can assist Aditi Ashok’s chances of winning India’s maiden medal at the Olympics as a tropical storm is predicted on Saturday. In its guidelines, local organisers have notified that they intend to play all the 72-holes (over four rounds) and a reserve day has also been kept on Sunday. However, with the storm being forecast through Sunday meant the official are keeping the option of playing a 54-hole tournament instead.
This effectively means if Aditi maintains what she did over the last two days (carding 66 and 67 respectively for T-2nd) then she will have a strong chance of winning a medal. The letter by the local organising committee is shared below.
12:43 (Athletics): Three Indian athletes KT Irfan, Rahul Rohilla and Sandeep Kumar will be soon competing in the Men’s 20km Race Walk final from 1:00 PM IST.
12:21 (Hockey): Following the women’s team defeat to Argentina in the semi-final, two men allegedly hurled casteist slur at forward Vandana Katariya’s family in Haridwar. Read the report in the link below:
10:58 AM (Wrestling) Vinesh Phogat’s hopes of making it to the repechage round will be tough as Belarus’s Vanesa Kaladzinskaya will face two-time world championship medallist Qianyu Pang. In case you are unaware of the repechage rule, if a wrestler reaches the final, the opponents he or she defeated in all the rounds earlier compete in an intra-competition for the Bronze medal. India’s history in Olympic repechage has been strong with four medals to their names.
10:30 AM (Golf) In case you are not aware of the rules, there are no cuts after 36 of the 72 holes in the four-round event, meaning all 60 players get to compete in four rounds played over four days.
10:25 AM Aditi Ashok cards an impressive 66 to remain T-2nd at the end of Round 2 of women’s individual golf. Diksha Dagar at the 56th spot at the moment.
09:19 AM That was a huge shock for Indian wrestling as Vinesh was among the favourites for the gold medal in the 53kg category. Kaladzinskaya in the past has not been someone who bothered Phogat much but the Belarussian brought her A-game on the day and showed that she knew how to deal with Vinesh’s attack and was quick enough to turn them into a counter-attack. Will VInesh get to play the repechage round or not will be clear when Kaladzinskaya competes in the semi-final around 3PM IST.
09:13 AM: And it’s over! Vinesh loses on technical superiority to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya 9-3. She is out of the gold medal fight and will be hoping that her Belarussian opponent reaches the final for Vinesh to compete in the repechage round.
09:12 AM: Brilliant defensive work from Belarus wrestler, who thwarted Vinesh attack to make a hiplock on the Indian to make it 7-3.
09:11 AM: With less than two minutes to go, the Indian wrestler makes a successfully review challenge. It’s 3-5 now with 1 minute 51 seconds left on the clock as the two points awarded to Vanesa are taken back.
09:07 AM: Vinesh Phogat had a chance to pin down Vanesa for two points but the Belarussian turned it around with superb defensive work and gain two points to make it 7-2 in her favour.
09:05 AM: First half ends! Vinesh does enjoy a superior head-to-head over Vanesa, fingers crossed for a Vinesh comeback!
09:04 AM: Vinesh does equalise the score at 2-2 with two quick points but Vanesa quickly stretches her lead to 5-2.
09:03 AM: Vanesa earns early advantage in the bout with two points over Vinesh with a hip lock.
09:01 AM: (Wrestling): STAY TUNED FOLKS! Medal favourite Vinesh Phogat is out on the mat to take on Belarus’s Vanesa Kaladzinskaya for a spot in 53kg semi-final.
8:51 AM: (Hockey): Historic goals from Simranjeet Singh (2), Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Hardik Singh are what it took the Indian hockey team to register themselves as the new greats of the game!
8:47 AM: (Hockey): FULL TIME! INDIA 5-4 GERMANY, India hockey team has scripted history! India’s first hockey medal at Olympics in 41 years is a reality now! Be proud of this men! Manpreet and Co. have given their all for it.
8:44 AM: (Hockey): India have luck on their side as the ball hits the crossbar after being blocked by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.
8:43 AM: (Hockey): Germany earn a penalty corner with less than three minutes of match left.
8:40 AM: (Hockey): The match is interrupted after some confusion over who will keep the ball possession. Manpreet Singh wants to ensure that no decision is taken by the referee in a hurry. Less than five minutes left.
8:36 AM: (Hockey): Germany approaching the Indian circle with a lot of intensity! Indian defence on their toe for the last six minutes.
8:32 AM: (Hockey): Skipper Manpreet Singh had a big chance to make it 6-4 but German goalkeeper Alexander Stadler makes a big save. Just 8 minutes left!
8:27 AM: (Hockey): Lukas Windfeder pulls one back for Germany. Nervy moments for India as Sreejesh goalkeeping left a lot to be desired there. India 5-4 Germany with 12 minutes to go.
8:22 AM: (Hockey) The final quarter begins! India are less than 15 minutes away from the cusp of history! Will the 41-year-old medal wait end today?
8:12 AM: (Hockey) Germany block three consecutive penalty corners to in hope to keep the match alive. Less than 4 minutes of play left in the third quarter.
8:10 AM: (Hockey) India earn their fifth penalty corner after hitting Germany on the counter.
8:08 AM: (Hockey) With less than 6 minutes to go in the third quarter, India are stacking up numbers in the defensive third in a well-organised manner to keep German attacks at bay.
8:05 AM: (Wrestling) Vinesh Phogat defeats Magdalena Sofia 7-1 to reach the women’s 53kg quarter-final!
8:02 AM: (Hockey) GOALLLL! Simranjit Singh with his second of the match! And this time from open play, India lead 5-3 over Germany.
7:59 AM: (Hockey) GOALLLL! Rupinder Pal Singh powers it into the net from the spot to give India lead for the first time! 13 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
7:57 AM: (Hockey) The third quarter has begun and India have already earned a penalty. The decision is under review as Germany challenge it.
7:53 AM: Disappointing news from Wrestling! Anshu Malik loses her repechage round match against Russian grappler Valeria Koblova 1-5; out of Bronze medal contention. Vinesh Phogat up against Magdalena Sofia in 53kg category opening round.
7:49 AM: A roller-coaster ride of a second-quarter that saw as many as five goals. India levelled the score 1-1 as quickly as the second minute of the quarter. But two costly errors few moments later in as many minutes saw Germany go 1-3 in the match. However, India then channelled their focusses in the penalty corner by converting back-to-back PC’s to make it 3-3.
7:45 AM: GOALLL! What a valiant effort from Indians! Harmanpreet Singh scores an excellent goal from PC to make it 3-3!
7:41 AM: GOALLL! Hardik Singh pulls one back for India as day’s first goal from the penalty corner. With just three minutes left in the quarter.
7:37 AM: Two errors in two minutes and two goals! India suddenly trail 3-1 despite brilliant start in the second quarter. Just 4 minutes of play left in the quarter.
7:35 AM: Niklas Wellen puts Germany ahead again from open play INDIA 1-2 GERMANY.
7:33 AM: India are allowing Germany to keep all the possession following the goal while patiently waiting for an opening through the counter. However, unlike Germany, they are unable to counter with ease.
7:29 AM: India started off the second half almost immediately with the goal as three Indian forwards found each other in a field-goal move before Simranjit Singh got better of his marker before slotting the goal in with power. More of the same needed.
7:27 AM: GOAL! SIMRANJIT SINGH reverse stick shot is too hot to handle for Germany goalkeeper, India is back in the game.
7:22 AM: Germany’s Jan Ruhr tries a 360 degree flick for the last penalty corner of the quarter but Indian defenders were quick to rush out and block the flick. First-quarter ends Germany leading 1-0.
7:21 AM: Plenty is happening in the middle! Rohidas enforces another penalty corner which was then saved by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Nervy moments for India as referee is checking for another possible penalty corner after checking for dangerous play by India.
7:19 AM: Amit Rohidas rushses out well to block it but concedes another penalty corner.
7:18 AM: And the penalty corner is awarded and will probably be the last action of the half with no time left on the clock.
7:17 AM: Germany ask for a penalty corner review after hitting India on the counter; a possible contact of the ball by an Indian foot inside their circle.
7:13 AM: Germany have been very tight with their defending at the back as all 11 of them are in their own half to clutter their circle; India are trying to build up their move but have been impatient in building one.
7:11 AM: India, in their attempt to go forward in numbers, are leaving space at the back, allowing Germany to attack on the counter. However, Sreejesh has remained big in the goal; making two important saves to keep India in the game.
7:08 AM: (Hockey) Following the early goal conceded India have increased their intensity in the attack and trying to get closer to the goal. However, their moves are not cohesive enough yet as they try to gain momentum.
7:06 AM: (Wrestling) Don’t forget guys, Anshu Malik will take on Russian wrestler Valeria Koblova in the repechage round of women’s individual 57kg category at 7:37 AM.
7:02 AM: (Hockey) Timur Oruz becomes the 10th individual goal scorer for Germany at this Olympics as the European side takes lead in the second minute of the opening quarter from open play.
7:02 AM: (Hockey) INDIA 0-1 GERMANY Worst-start possible for India!
6:57 AM: (Hockey) Indian players looked pumped up and determine during the national anthem; it certainly means a lot to the team.
6:56 AM: (Hockey) Both the teams are out and in the queue for their respective national anthems; Indian national anthem to begin anytime soon.
6:49 AM: (Wrestling) While the India vs Germany match is set to kick off at 7 AM, wrestler Anshu Malik will also trying her hands in the repechage rounds (bronze medal) of 57kg women’s individual ranking.
6:42 AM: (Golf) Aditi Ashok is Tied-3 with a par -6 behind Denmark Madsen Koerstz and Madelene Sagstrsom during the Round 2 of women’s individual golf on Thursday morning. Diksha Dagar is down to 58th place with the Round 2 action still underway.
6:30 AM: INDIA VS GERMANY IS UP NEXT! The all-important men’s hockey bronze medal match will begin at 7:00 AM IST.
4:00 AM: Indian golfers Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar begin their campaign in round 2 of women’s individual strokeplay. Aditi shares the second position with World No. 1 Nelly Korda at the end of round 1 while Diksha stands 56th.
3:55 AM: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of day 13 of India’s action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Another action-filled day awaits the Indian contingent in the Japanese capital. The Indian men’s hockey team, the winner of eight Olympic golds, will be hoping to claim their first medal at the Games in 41 years. They will face Germany in the bronze medal playoff. Meanwhile, Ravi Kumar Dahiya will be the cynosure of the wrestling contingent as he vies for a historic gold. Here’s all you can expect from the Indian contingent on Thursday, August 5.