Hoping to have a supercharged Sunday. Signing off for now. Our Woman Friday will soon join you from Japan with her early morning updates. Until then, 'Tanoshinde ne!'
Team India's performance on Day 2 unfolded like Bertie Bott's Every Flavour beans -- the popular sweet in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
It was undoubtedly a big day for the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics. The day was off to a rough start when Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan failed to qualify for the medal round after finishing 36th and 16th respectively in the women's 10m air rifle qualification at the Asaka Shooting Range, Tokyo.
A glimmer of hope peeked through when archers Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav stormed into the quarterfinals of the Archery Mixed Team event, but that soon got snuffed out later when they lost to South Korea's An San and Kim Je Deok.
Indian rower duo, Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat, failed to qualify for the semi-final A/B in lightweight men's double sculls. But they qualified for the repechage round 2 after finishing fifth in the men's lightweight double sculls heat.
Things started looking up when the men's hockey team got off to a flying start after edging out New Zealand 3-2 at the Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo.
Hopes flagged again as India's lone judoka Shushila Devi Likmabam bowed down to Hungary's Eva Csernoviczki in the women's 48kg elimination round of 32.
Another blow landed after mixed doubles table tennis pair, Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal, failed to qualify for the next round after suffering heavy defeat (0-4 ) against the Chinese Taipei team of Cheng I Ching and Yun Ju Lin in the Round of 16.
In a plus, Saurabh Chaudhary stormed his way into the medal round of the men's 10m air rifle after finishing on top in the qualification round. On the other hand, Abhishek Verma crashed out as he finished at the 17th spot with a score of 575. In the finals, Chaudhary finished seventh.
Shuttler Sai Praneeth lost his group stage match against Israel's Misha Zilberman.
In yet another ray of hope, tennis player Sumit Nagal progressed to the second round of the men's singles after outclassing Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 in the first round.
Then followed sweet redemption. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu opened India's medals tally by clinching Silver in the Women's 49kg category. This proved to be the highlight of the day and will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the Indian contingent.
Men's doubles pair, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, won their opening group stage match by defeating Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Yang 21-16, 16-21, 27-25 in Group A.
In the women's singles event, Manika Batra won the match against Britain's Tin-Tin Ho in four straight games 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 in exactly 30 minutes.
Table tennis player Sutirtha Mukherjee won her opening game against Sweden's Linda Bergstroem in the women's singles event.
Boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav's quest for Gold was dashed when he crashed out of the Men's Welterweight (69kg) round of 32 after losing to local favourite Mensah Okazawa.
Rani and Co suffered a crushing defeat despite putting up a good show in the women's hockey match against the Netherlands.
India eves put up a good show in the first quarter, but World No. 1 Netherlands caught up quickly and snuck up on Team India.
You either win or you learn. India eves would do good to move on and remember their lessons from this experience to get better at their game.
Joining us is Mr K Aruguman, senior Indian hockey journalist, who has been following the national sport for multiple decades. This is what he had to say about the performance of Manpreet's Young India.
You could also check his exclusive website for hockey, www.stick2hockey.com to follow the Blues.
India eves definitely get some good lessons.
Last ten minutes to go, good defense from Sushila Chanu and Savita Punia. Yet the Dutch end up scoring another goal.
Netherlands easing into the game, feeling in control.
In the third quarter, we see Frédérique Matla scoring another goal for her national team.
Emboldened by their power play, the Dutch now have a spring in their step. They look for another goal ... and get it.
In the second half, the Dutch team scores another goal not by drag-flick, but by deflection. It was so perfect, even the best goalkeeper wouldn't have been able to prevent it.
India eves putting up a good show. Great saves from Savita Punia.
Rani Rampal, the reigning hockey queen scores India's equaliser against Netherlands in the women's Pool A match.
Sjoerd Marijne, Indian women's hockey team coach, is a former coach of the Dutch women's hockey team. This was back in the 1980s!
Coached by Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, the Indian women's hockey team will take on the Netherlands.
Goalkeeper: Savita Punia (Vice Captain)
Forwards: Rani Rampal (Captain), Lalremsiami , Sharmila Devi, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur
Midfielders: Monika Malik, Nisha, Navjot Kaur, Neha Goyal, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu
Defenders: Nikki Pradhan Gurjit Kaur Deep Grace Ekka Udita Duhan
Earlier this day, the men's hockey team (India) won against New Zealand in this stadium – the Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo. But the Dutch are World No. 1 in this sport.
Both the women's teams have lined up and it's time for the national anthems to play. The Dutch national anthem plays first, India's follows later.
This last round will decide whether this is a deal-breaker for Vikas.
Southpaw Mensah makes use of his better reach, lands blow after blow in the second bout. Vikas gets a cut under his eye during Round 2 he's fighting the next round too. Things are looking tough.
Mensah leads in first bout with 10 points, Vikas gets 9.
Boxing Men's Welterweight (69kg): In the blue corner we have Vikas Krishan, third-time Olympian in Round 1 facing the host country's home-favourite Mensah Okazawa in the red corner.
The ringster from Bhiwani, Haryana, will begin India's boxing campaign at the Olympics.
Al the best, Vikas! The whole nation's prayers and blessings are with you. #Cheer4India
Thanks for the updates Priyanka! We've got great news coming in from Tokyo. Sutirtha Mukherjee put up a great fight, and what an amazing comeback!
She will take on Portugal's Fu Yu in her next match.
India have got on to the Olympics medal table before the USA!
And with that it's time for me to hand the reins to my colleague Jayaa, who will take you through the action from the remainder of Day 2. Stay tuned!
Satwik and Chirag will need to show the same spirit when they come up against World No. 1 Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo on July 26.
Ranked 160 in the world, Sumit Nagal also won the Wimbledon boy's doubles title in 2015.
While we bask in Mirabai's win, let's take a quick look back at some of the surprise results from earlier today…
They were always the favourites and after beating India in the quarters, the South Korean stars An San and Kim Je Deok have won the Gold in the first-ever Archery Mixed Team event.
They know what it feels like to have an Olympic medal around your neck… Abhinav Bindra and Rajyavardhan Rathore also send in their wishes.
All of India is coming together to celebrate Mirabai Chanu's win, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fellow sportspersons Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Chhetri.
Manika Batra makes short work of Great Britain's Tin-Tin Ho, winning 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 to enter Round 2 of the Table Tennis Women's Singles competition. This was an expected win for the higher-ranked Batra, but it will do her good to get over the disappointment of her earlier loss in the Mixed Doubles Round of 16 with Sharath Kamal.
Heartbreak for India as Saurabh Chaudhary finishes 7th in the Men's 10m Air Pistol final. Saurabh topped in the qualification round but could not replicate that form in the final and finished with a total score of 137.4. The Gold goes to Iran's Javad Foroughi with an Olympic record score of 244.8.
Mirabai Chanu is only the second weightlifter since Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal for India. Malleswari won Bronze at the Sydney Olympics 2000.
A great hour at the Tokyo Olympics for India.
Mirabai Chanu opened India's meal count by winning Silver in the Women's Weightlifting 49kg event.
Satwik and Chirag made a debut to remember, winning their Badminton Men's Doubles opening match.
Sumit Nagal advanced in the Tennis Men's Singles by defeating Denis Istomin.
And now Saurabh Chaudhary is in action in the Men's 10m Air Pistol final…
Mirabai could not manage the 117kg in her final Clean & Jerk attempt, but the 115kg in the second attempt was enough to win her the Silver medal. China's Zhihui Hou wins Gold, having set the Olympic record - 94kg in Snatch and 116kg in Clean & Jerk.
Such a feeling of pride and joy to see Mirabai on the podium, with the Silver medal around her neck. Woohoo!
She's done it! Mirabai Chanu wins Silver in the Women's Weightlifting 49kg event! India's first medal at this year's Olympics!
More good news, this time from the badminton court. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have won a nervy third set 27-25 to win their group stage match against Chinese Taipei's Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang. They won the first set against the World No. 3 pair 21-16, but lost the second set 16-21.
The formidable Chirag-Satwik duo gave their best and left their opponent team speechless:
Some good news from the tennis court. Sumit Nagal has defeated Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 to enter the Men's Singles Second Round. This is the first time since Leander Paes that any Indian has won a singles match at the Olympics.
The Snatch round of the Weightlifting event is over and India's hope Mirabai Chanu is in second place, behind China's Zhihui Hou. Chanu made a successful lift of 87kg, while the Chinese set the Olympic record with 94kg. The next round is Clean and Jerk, where Mirabai holds the world record.
A valiant effort but the South Korean duo of An San and Kim Je Deok proved too much for Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav. The Indians lose with a set points score of 6-2 in the Mixed Doubles quarterfinals.
Disappointment for India as Sai Praneeth goes down 17-21, 15-21 to Israel's Misha Zilberman in his opening Men's Singles Group D match,
Sumit Nagal had a 5-2 lead at one point, but Denis Istomin has made a forceful comeback to take the second set 7-6 in a tiebreak. Into the third and deciding set now…
Saurabh Chaudhary has taken the top spot in the qualification round of the Men's 10m Air Pistol event. His scores - 95, 98, 98, 100, 98, 97. On fire! He is into the final, but compatriot Abhishek Verma, who finished17th, is out. The final will begin around 12pm IST.
India's Sai Praneeth has lost the first set 17-21 to Israel's Misha Zilberman in the Men's Singles Group D match. Can he turn it around? The 28-year-old is India's only representative in the men's singles draw, in what is his maiden appearance at the Olympics.
The stage is set for Mirabai Chanu, the Weightlifting Women's 49kg Final is about to begin. The 26-year-old looks focused and ready to go!
Sumit Nagal takes the first set 6-4 against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat have qualified for the repechage round after finishing fifth in the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls heat 2 event. This means they get another shot at making it to the quarters/semis/finals.
India's Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav will need to come up with something special to beat their next opponents in the Mixed Doubles quarterfinals. The archers will face South Korea's An San and Kim Je Deok. Remember this is the first time an Archery mixed doubles competition is taking place at the Olympics.
All eyes now on Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma to bring some joy from the Shooting competition, and hopefully a first medal for India. The Men's 10m Air Pistol event is underway at the Asaka Shooting Range.
A subdued performance as Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra go down in straight games to Chinese Taipei in their Mixed Doubles Table Tennis match. This was always going to be a tough ask.
The first Gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics has been handed out, and it goes to China's Yang Qian in the Women's 10m Air Rifle event. A sign of the times - The winners have to place the medal around their necks themselves, due to Covid-related protocols, as they stand socially distanced on the unusually large podium.
India's Sumit Nagal has begin his Men's Singles Round of 64 match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
The Indian duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra are up against it in Mixed Doubles Round of 16. They are down against 3-0 Chinese Taipei's Yun Ju Lin and I Ching Cheng. The Indians needs to win all 4 of the remaining games if they want to turn this around. Looking unlikely, the third seeds are looking strong.
Shushila Devi has lost to Hungary's Éva Csernoviczki in the Round of 32 of the Women's 48kg Judo category.
The men's hockey team has held on for their first win! It got tense at the end but a solid defensive performance and some superb saves by Sreejesh ensured a 3-2 win for India against New Zealand in their opening match.
Thank you, Bhagya. This is Priyanka welcoming you all this morning to our Day 2 live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. It's the day when the first medals are handed out, but India's campaign in the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition came to an early end when Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan failed to qualify for the finals.
However, there was good news from Archery as Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav advanced to the quarters of the Mixed Team event after coming from behind to beat Chinese Taipei 5-3.
And in the final quarter of the Men's Hockey pool match, India are leading New Zealand 3-2 in a closely fought contest. New Zealand have a penalty corner in the final minute…
Morning breakfast done and this is all I could manage.
A timely WhatsApp text this morning read, “Learn this phrase 'niku nashi'.” I will follow my friend's wise words and find time to read up on A Vegetarian's Guide to Japan.
On that note, signing off now, I have to give my Covid test sample to the organisers.
Priyanka will be up soon. See ya!
Shooters misfire, archers on target: Elavenil and Apurvi are out of the qualification round in the 10m Women's Air Rifle competition, while Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav impress in the Archery Mixed Team event as they beat Chinese Taipei's Lin Chia-En and Tang Chih-Chun to enter the quarterfinals.
As I wait for my late breakfast, I skim through the local newspapers.
The Japan News keeps its focus on the pandemic,
…while Sports Nippon (Japan) has a full front-page picture of the Opening Ceremony.
Sify.com's OLY Huddlers team led by Priyanka and Jaya brought to you the minutes from the Opening Ceremony last evening. If you had missed our live coverage do click here for the highlights.
Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan off to a slow start.
India also hope to snatch a medal at the Tokyo International Forum where Mirabai Chanu will eye to finish on the podium in the Women's 49kg medal event.
Rowing team Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh will paddle away during the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls, Heat 1.
Other athletes to watch out for: Table Tennis doubles team Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal; Table Tennis women's singles round where Sutirtha Mukherjee is pitted against Sweden's Linda Bergstroem; Badminton doubles team Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty; B Sai Praneeth competing in the Men's Singles (Badminton); Abhishek Verma, Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting); Rani Rampal and her eves (Hockey) take on the Netherlands; Manpreet Singh and his men (Hockey, again) play with New Zealand; and archers Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav in the Mixed 1/8 elimination Round of 32.
It's boxer Vikas Krishan's third appearance at the Olympics and he will open our nation's boxing campaign today.
Teenager Saurabh Chaudhary, another bright medal prospect, will be in action in the Men's 10m Air Pistol event later.
Sumit Nagal will be up against Uzbekistan's Istomin Denis in the first round of Men's Singles (Tennis).
We've got as many as nine sports and four medal events lined up today. The Asaka Shooting Range, Yumenoshima Park Archery Field and the Tokyo International Forum are the three venues where the Indian medal hopes will be in action.
And as I write, our shooters Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan are in action in the qualification round of the Women's 10m Air Rifle competition.
Besides our shooters, archers, hockey teams, shuttlers, paddlers, judoka (Shushila Devi) and weightlifter (Mirabai Chanu) are set to hit the field today.
Ohayo, India! This is Bhagya from Little India in Tokyo. Confused? The Tokyo suburb called Nishi-Kasai, where I stay, has earned itself the moniker "Little India".
Last night, after a gruelling first day in the city, I went to bed exhausted. Had set an alarm, but woke up an hour early, receiving a glaring welcome from the sky in the eye at five (am). I thought I had overslept and rushed to look outside the window. The metro train sped past, breaking the silence of the neighbourhood that was glowing in the morning sun. Boy, did the heaven's eye greet me in the land where it rises first!
Does Japan ever sleep? This is a land of opportunities where anyone can shine like the sun. For instance, our Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics.