Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 5 Update: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain advances to the quarters

Schedule for July 28

27th, July 2021, 5:11 pm

6:30 am: Hockey - Women's Pool A (India vs Great Britain)
7:30 am: Badminton - Women's Singles Group Play Stage - J (PV Sindhu vs Ngan Yi Cheung of Hong Kong, China)
7:31 am: Archery - Men's Individual 1/32 Eliminations (Tarundeep Rai vs Oleksii Hunbin of Ukraine)
8 am: Rowing - Lightweight Men's Double sculls semifinal A/B 2 (Arjun Lal Jat/Arvind Singh) 
8:35 am: Sailing - Men's Skiff - 49er - Race 02 (KC Ganapathy, Varun Thakkar)
Followed by Race 3 and 4
12:30 pm: Archery - Men's Individual 1/32 Eliminations (Praveen Jadhav vs Chinese Taipei's Galsan Bazarzhapov)
2:14pm: Archery - Women's Individual 1/32 Eliminations (Deepika Kumari vs Bhutan's Karma)
2:30pm: Badminton - Men's Singles Group Play Stage - D (B Sai Praneeth vs Mark Caljouw of Netherlands) 
2:33pm: Boxing - Women's Middleweight (69-75kg) Round of 16 (Pooja Rani vs Algeria's Ichrak Chaib)

Quick roundup

27th, July 2021, 4:50 pm

Topping with the good news as we go into the day's results ... 

  • Men's hockey: India beats Spain 3-0
  • Boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) stormed into the quarterfinals of the women's welterweight (69-75kg) category after defeating Germany's Nadine Apetz in the Round of 16
  • Sailing: Vishnu Saravanan finishes Laser Race 6 at 12th spot
  • 10m Air Pistol Mixed team shooting event: Abhishek Verma and Yashaswini Deswal knocked out in first qualification round.
  • 10m Air Pistol Mixed team shooting event: Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker crashed out in stage 2 of qualification round.
  • The bad day for Indian shooting continued as Divyansh Panwar/Elavenil Valarivan and Anjum Moudgil/Deepak Kumar also did not make it to the rifle finals.
  • KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finish 18th in Men's Skiff - 49er - Race 01
  • Men's Doubles Group Play Stage - Group A: Badminton duo Satwik-Chirag win, but fail to qualify for quarterfinals.
  • Men's Singles Round 3: Table tennis player Sharath Kamal loses to China's Long Ma 1-4.
  • Sailing: Nethra Kumanan finishes 32nd and 38th in Women's One Person Dinghy Laser Radial Race 5 and 6 respectively.

Javelin shots

27th, July 2021, 3:13 pm

There aren't any javelin events lined up for tomorrow, but here are a couple of updates. Neeraj Chopra leaves for Tokyo: 

Meanwhile, Germany's Johannes Vetter (nicknamed the Usain Bolt of javelin) reached Tokyo yesterday.

Sailing update

27th, July 2021, 2:37 pm


Just one win away...

27th, July 2021, 11:36 am

After defeating Germany's Nadine Apetz, Boxer Lovlina is set to face former world champion and 4th seed Chen Nien-Chin in the quarterfinals of Women's Welterweight on July 30. 

Lovlina Borgohain had to battle Covid-19 earlier this year, but now she's just one win away from a medal in Tokyo. After Mary Kom's win, the Indian women boxers have made up for the disappointing exits of the men, Vikas Krishan, Manish Kaushik and Ashish Kumar.

Lovlina into the quarters!

27th, July 2021, 11:20 am

The day seems to be ending on a positive note for India! Assam's Lovlina Borgohain is into the quarterfinals of the Women's Welter (64-69kg)! 

Boxing: Borgohain vs Apetz

27th, July 2021, 11:07 am

What next for India? Not much else today, but next up is Lovlina Borgohain against Germany's Nadine Apetz. Both these boxers have won the bronze medal two times in the World Championships and are at their first Olympics. 

Let's go to the Kokugikan Arena to see this Round of 16 match in the Women's Welter (64-69kg)

Shock! Osaka upset!

27th, July 2021, 10:53 am

The Tennis Women's Singles event is really throwing up some major shocks! After Wimbledon winner Ashleigh Barty, the next one to go is World No. 2 Naomi Osaka. The Japanese has lost 6-1, 6-4 to World No. 42 Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in Round 3.

Sailing update

27th, July 2021, 10:53 am

Another let-down by the shooters

27th, July 2021, 10:32 am

Well, it's all over for Indian shooting today. 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification Stage 1 is over and India are out of contention for the medal event. Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar finish 12th with a combined score of 626.5, while Anjum Moudgil and Deepak Kumar end at 18th with 623.8 - and thus, none of them make it to Stage 2. 


Elavenil waits for Divyansh to complete his shots. Image Credit: Sify


Coach Oleg Mikhailov isn't pleased with the progress. Image Credit: Sify


Coach Oleg Mikhailov consoles Divyansh Panwar. Image Credit: Sify

Rankireddy-Shetty win, but knocked out

27th, July 2021, 10:27 am

The final Group A match in the Badminton Men's Doubles event is over, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have eased past the British duo of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy 21-17, 21-19. Sadly, it is not enough and they go out as only the top two teams from the group can qualify. And those places go to Kevin Sukamuljo and Marcus Gideon (Indonesia) and Yang  Lee and Chi-Lin  Wang (Chinese Taipei). 

Why? Because the Chinese Taipei pair won more games in total than the Indian duo. Such fine margins!


10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification begins

27th, July 2021, 10:27 am

Can Elavenil Valarivan-Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil-Deepak Kumar salvage India's shooting campaign? 

Our reporter Bhagya is at the Asaka Shooting Range in Tokyo

Rankireddy-Shetty win Game 1, but out of contention

27th, July 2021, 10:00 am

Bittersweet for Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. In their final Group A match, the Indians take the first game 21-17 against Great Britain's Ben Lane and Sean Vendy. But other results have not gone their way. Chi-Lin Wang and Yang Lee have defeated top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-18, 15-21, 21-17, which means both the Indonesians and the Chinese Taipei duo are through to the quarterfinals by virtue of taking the top two spots in the group.

Tough luck for the Indian duo, but they have done well in what was the ‘group of death’ and may yet end their Olympic campaign with a win.   

Warrior Kamal goes down fighting

27th, July 2021, 9:52 am

He gave it everything but eventually it was a step too far. India's veteran Sharath Kamal, playing his fourth and final Olympics, goes down in Round 3 to the great Ma Long 7-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11, 4-11. Sharath can be proud of himself here, but that brings India's campaign in Table Tennis to an end. 


Long hits back

27th, July 2021, 9:44 am

This is more on the lines of what Ma Long expects from himself. The second seed wins the fourth game 11-4 to lead the match 3-1. But Sharath is putting up a good fight here in what is an almost impossible ask. 

Rankireddy-Shetty in do-or-die match

27th, July 2021, 9:39 am

If Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty can win this Group A match, they could progress to the quarterfinals. 

So close!

27th, July 2021, 9:39 am

Sharath Kamal is playing an incredible game, but even that is sometimes not enough against Ma Long. The Chinese great is clearly rattled, though, and he needs three match points to take Game 3. It's 11-7, 8-11, 13-11 to the man known as ‘The Dragon’. You can get an idea of how much Sharath is pushing Ma Long by the fact that the defending Olympic champion took a timeout towards the end. 

Sharath gets Game 2!

27th, July 2021, 9:23 am

This is a big deal! Great aggressive play from India's Sharath Kamal to take the lead in Game 2 and he closes it out in style, 11-8. This against Ma Long, one of the greatest of all time. The match is level and there is a long way to go, but excitement is building! 

TT: Game 1 to Ma Long

27th, July 2021, 9:13 am

It was 5-5 at one point, but then Ma Long stepped it up to take the first game 11-7 in this Round 3 match. 

39-year-old veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal is the sole Indian left in the draw, and he is the underdog in this encounter with Table Tennis legend and three-time Olympic winner Ma Long of China. The two have met four times before this, with the Indian losing all of the matches. 


27th, July 2021, 9:00 am

Up next: Badminton and Table Tennis

27th, July 2021, 8:38 am

Badminton: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty taken on Ben Lane and Sean Vendy of Great Britain in their third Group A match.

Table Tennis: Achanta Sharath Kamal has a tough ask as he comes up against reigning Olympic and World champion Ma Long of China.

Sailing: Also in action, Nethra Kumanan in Women’s Laser Radial Race and Vishnu Saravanan in Men’s Laser Race. 

Hockey win for India!

27th, July 2021, 8:11 am

Indian men provide some joy from Tokyo on this tough morning. Rupinder Pal Singh converts the penalty corner to make it 3-0 to India, and that's the scoreline as the final quarter comes to an end. Spain had 8 penalty corners in the match, but Sreejesh and the defence did a great job to hold firm and earn us a precious clean sheet. 

This takes away some of the pain of that 7-1 loss to Australia. The favourites finished their match against Argentina 5-2. Incidentally, Argentina are India's next opponents in Pool A

Bad day in the office for Manu

27th, July 2021, 7:58 am

Yes, it hurts but let's remember that both Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker are still only 19. They can come back stronger if this failure is used in the right way to build their experience and mental resilience. 

2-0, and one quarter to go

27th, July 2021, 7:51 am

A dramatic end to the third quarter! Spain thought they had pulled a goal back but it was disallowed because the hooter had already gone. A video referral leads to a penalty corner, which India save to keep it at 2-0. 

Second quarter: India maintain lead

27th, July 2021, 7:18 am

A more defensive quarter for India, and after saving a couple of penalty corners, India go into the break with their 2-0 lead intact. This is already so much better than our last outing! Speaking of which, the mighty Australians are now giving the treatment to Argentina. They lead 5-1 at the end of the third quarter.  

Hockey: India take early lead against Spain

27th, July 2021, 7:07 am

Some better news for India from the Oi Hockey Stadium. After a demoralising loss to Australia, India are looking to bounce back against Spain in their third Group A match. The start is good, India end the first quarter 2-0 up, after two back-to-back goals from Simranjeet Singh in the 14th minute and Rupinder Pal Singh in the 15th.  

Manu-Saurabh out of medal contention

27th, July 2021, 7:02 am

More heartbreak for India in Shooting. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary have failed to qualify for the 10m Air Pistol Final

Hopes were high after the Indian duo were at top in Stage 1 of qualification with a score of 582/600. But in Stage 2, Manu could only manage a 92 in the first series, with India's total an inadequate 188. They were able to manage 192 in the second series but it was not enough. India finish 7th - second from last - with a final score of 380. China, Russian Olympic Committee (Russia), Ukraine and Serbia are the top four that make it to the medal rounds. 

Men-in-blue on the field at Oi Hockey Stadium

27th, July 2021, 6:18 am

Cutting across to the Oi Hockey Stadium, Manpreet Singh's boys are gearing up for their clash against Spain.

Here's India's Playing XI:

Saurabh-Manu advance to Stage 2

27th, July 2021, 6:10 am

After finishing top of the table, the Indian duo advances to Qualification Stage 2. The team of Yashaswini Deswal & Abhishek Sharma finish the qualification round 1 at 17th place. 

Indian duo top table after 3 series

27th, July 2021, 5:58 am

Saurabh drives the show with another score of 98 in Series 3. Manu struggles with her 8s but finishes with a modest 95. The former has a total of 296, with the latter on 286.

The India duo still top the table, while the other pair of Yashaswini Deswal and Abhishek Sharma are lagging behind.

Saurabh on target in Series 2

27th, July 2021, 5:54 am

Saurabh registers a near-perfect second series with a score of 100, Manu manages only 94.

Third series is underway.

10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event begins

27th, July 2021, 5:48 am

Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker top the field after an impressive opening series with scores of 98 and 97, respectively.

India's Day 5 schedule

27th, July 2021, 4:57 am

All eyes on shooters in mixed team events

27th, July 2021, 4:55 am

Olympics is more about competing. However, when Mirabai Chanu won India's first medal on the opening day of the competition (officially Day 2), it uplifted the entire nation. Expectations soared high, but there hasn't been much to write about since then.

Will Day 5 snap the dry spell for India?

Indian shooters, struggling to make the final cut, have been the concern in the last three days.

As the mixed team events debut today in the Shooting discipline, all eyes will be on the much fancied Indian duo of Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker.

Both 19-year-olds would hope to set the record straight. 

Earlier, in the individual event, Saurabh Chaudhary topped the qualification with 586 points from 60 shots but after a slow start in the final, he was the 2nd shooter to be eliminated in the 8-man final shootdown.

Meanwhile, Bhaker had to overcome a technical snag. Despite losing 17 minutes to get her pistol fixed, she finished No.12 with some impressive shots.

Today, there's not much margin for error. They have to strike and most importantly, begin with a bang and ride that confidence.

Will the World No.1 and World No.2 find their magic at the Asaka Shooting Range today?

India has another team in Yashaswini Deswal and Abhishek Sharma in the same event as action kicks off in just about 30 minutes from now. wishes them good luck!