Indian athletes continue their dismal performance in the Tokyo Olympics. However, on Wednesday, badminton star PV Sindhu, archer Deepika Kumari and boxer Pooja Rani kept their medal hopes alive for the country by winning their respective bouts. While the male archers performed disappointingly.
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Pooja Rani is playing her first Olympics in the quarterfinals
Indian woman boxer Pooja Rani, making her Olympic debut, has reached the quarterfinals of the 75 kg category at the Tokyo Olympics. Pooja defeated Ichrak Chib of Algeria in her match on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Indian boxer defeated a boxer 10 years younger than him and won 5-0. Pooja Rani is a two-time Asian Champion.
Deepika dominates, disappointed with male archers
World number one archer Deepika Kumari has kept her medal hopes alive in Tokyo with her stellar performance. Deepika defeated American teenager Jennifer Muccino-Fernandez 6-4 in a thrilling contest to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s individual event.
Usra, who was swimming in the sea for three hours to save her life in the civil war, is playing in the Olympics today, although the performance of male archers was disappointing. Tarundeep Rai and Praveen Jadhav crashed out of their respective second rounds. Jadhav, making his first Olympic appearance, registered a resounding first round win over world number two Galson Bjarjapov. However, in the second round, he lost to world champion Brady Ellison. While Tarundeep lost in the second round to Itai Shenny of Israel.
PV Sindhu enters knockout round, Sai Praneeth out
2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu entered the knockout stage with a comfortable 21-9, 21-16 win over Hong Kong’s Cheung Gan Yi on Wednesday. India’s star shuttler will now face Denmark’s Mia Blickfelt. Sindhu was expected to win against the Hong Kong shuttler as Sindhu had defeated her five times before this match. However, in men’s singles, Sai Praneeth lost in his second Group D match to Mark Kaljou of the Netherlands. Praneeth lost in straight games 14-21, 14-21.
This is the third consecutive defeat of the women’s hockey team.
The performance of the Indian women’s hockey team in Tokyo has been extremely disappointing. The team suffered its third consecutive defeat on Wednesday. India faced Great Britain and the team lost some of their chances, losing 1-4. Hannah Martin scored for Great Britain in the second and 19th minutes. Lily Osley scored in the 41st minute and Grace Balsad scored in the 57th minute. Sharmila Devi scored the only goal for India in the 23rd minute.