Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 13 Live Updates: Lovlina gets Bronze, wrestler Ravi eyes Gold, Deepak loses semis, Neeraj Chopra qualifies. Hockey women to chase Bronze

Good night, folks!

4th, August 2021, 10:13 pm

This is what Team India's schedule looks like for tomorrow, i.e., August 5.

It's been a mad day, and Team India has been quite busy at play. Continue to cheer for India at the Tokyo Olympics. Mark your calendars to catch your favourite athletes in action live from Tokyo. As always, Morning Glory will be up and about – before any of us in India are – painting Tokyo red. (Blue would be a better option), and sending us legit updates. Time to go now. Stay home, stay safe and stay tuned. Until then, tanoshinde ne!

Day 13: Results and roundup

4th, August 2021, 9:08 pm

In a good kick-start to the day, Neeraj Chopra topped the charts with a monstrous 86.65m throw, well past the qualifying distance of 83.50m.


Shivpal Singh was not as lucky, though. After the first attempt of all the javelin throwers, Shivpal Singh was in the10th position with a throw of 76.40m. His second attempt was not better than his first (74.80m). In his third and final attempt, he managed 74.81m and could not make it to the finals.


Lovlina Borgohain wins India's third medal!

Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya defeated Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev by pinfall to make it to the finals of men's freestyle 57 kg category.

Virender Sehwag congratulates, Ravi Kumar Dahiya replies:


Deepak Punia lost the semifinal bout against David Morris Taylor of USA in the men's freestyle 86 kg category. Deepak will fight for Bronze on Thursday, August 5.


Anshu Malik lost her first round of the women's 57 kg category to Belarus' Iryna Kurachkina 8-2. Kurachkina is a two-time bronze medalist at the World Wrestling Championships so Anshu got a tough draw. But all is not lost.

Anshu will face Rio silver medallist Valeria Koblova (Russia) in the first repechage round match. If she gets past Valeria, Anshu will face former World Championships and current European bronze medallist Evelina Nikolova of Bulgaria at the bronze medal match.

India's hockey eves lost to 1-2 against Argentina in the semis. Again, all is not lost.


Another medal hope: Anshu Malik

4th, August 2021, 5:44 pm

Anshu Malik is another medal hope for India. She will get one more chance at a podium finish via repechage rounds after Iryna Kurachkina -- her opponent in the first round -- progresses to the gold-medal match in the women's 57 kg category. Anshu will face Rio Silver medallist Valeria Koblova (Russia) in her first repechage round.

Coach Sjoerd Marijne speaks to media after loss to Argentina

4th, August 2021, 6:25 pm's Bhagya sends in Indian women's hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne's inputs after India loses to Argentina in semis.

Sjoerd Marijne, coach, Indian women's hockey team

"It was a fifty-fifty match. They had some more PCs. The main thing about these matches is that, it happened against Australia, it didn't happen today. One or two PCs you get, you have to convert them to goals. They are a top-ranked team. There's a lot of experience playing these matches. This is the first time the Indian women's team is playing in a semifinal in the Olympics semi-finals. We tried to deal with the nerves. The girls having nerves is very normal. Regarding the second goal (Argentina), we defended well but these things we don't have control over. Until now they have only watched these matches on TV. This is our seventh match, we have lost matches, we have had less recovery time. There are good takeaways from today, and one of those is the experience of playing in the semifinal of an Olympics. We gave everything. We pressed them so hard. Now we need to recover and see what we can do to improve from this match and we still have one more shot at a medal."

*PC: Penalty Corner

Image: Sify


Coach Marijne thanks PM Narendra Modi for inspirational phone call:

Lost the match? Don't lose hope!

4th, August 2021, 5:31 pm


Not quite enough

4th, August 2021, 5:10 pm

Disappointment writ large on India's hockey eves (many of them are in tears), who lost 1-2 to Argentina. With Gold and Silver ruled out, India's women's hockey team will now take on Great Britain in the Bronze match.

The men's hockey team is also in the same league and will fight for Bronze tomorrow. They are up against Germany at 7 am tomorrow.

Fighting tooth and nail

4th, August 2021, 4:58 pm

India come back strong in the last quarter, attack Argentina on the left and on the right, squeezing out a forced error from Argentina, winning a penalty corner. But Argentina deflects the ball. Good work by Maria. The last ten minutes are crucial for India's women hockey team. If they win this, they move into the finals. They are going all out for this.

Argentina win possession and try another hit, but Savita deflects. This could have been dangerous for India. Good goalkeeping!

Come on, girls!

4th, August 2021, 4:46 pm

The circle penetrations seem to be drying up for India. India is concentrating in the left pocket of Argentina where the defence is heavy. They need to get Argentina's defence moving around a bit. We need attacks from both flanks. We need to get them moving and build pressure on them.

Third quarter ends. India still trailing by one goal. The last quarter is going to be a crucial one for India!

Green card for India

4th, August 2021, 4:41 pm

Green card two-minute suspension for India's Neha. India down to ten players.

After two minutes, she is back on the field with beautiful stick-work.

Call for referral

4th, August 2021, 4:34 pm

Argentina have been looking for the lead for a long time now. Is that a goal? Team India ask for a referral. Crucial moment in the match. Video umpire to check whether ball hit Sushila's knee. Should it be called dangerous play?

Video umpire determines that the ball hit Sushila below the knee. Argentina gets the goal.


India needs to step up their game and get more aggressive and press hard at the moment to bring in the numbers.

First half over

4th, August 2021, 4:17 pm

The Argentinian women's hockey team has been putting immense pressure on India. Team India's defence is right on track, but they will have to work more on the left flank, which seems to be a weaker point from where Argentina can score goals. Salima Tete's performance has been commendable.

Team India can benefit from the much-needed break where they can regroup and discuss strategy for the next half.

They are even now

4th, August 2021, 4:07 pm

Goal! The legendary Noel Barrionuevo scores with a brilliant drag-flick, scores equaliser.

What a beauty! Go Gurjit Kaur!

4th, August 2021, 3:38 pm

Gurjit Kaur converts India's first penalty corner into a goal in the first two minutes.


Up next, women's hockey semis: India vs Argentina

4th, August 2021, 3:35 pm

A quick glance at the team line-up:

Deepak to chase Bronze

4th, August 2021, 3:32 pm

Tokyo talkathon feat. Bhagya

This was a quick one ... Deepak Punia loses to David Morris Taylor of USA


David gets Deepak on the floor, and doesn't let go. Deepak turns, but to no avail. Deepak tries to counter David's moves but the latter is giving him no chance. David lifts him, pushes him out of the centre of the ring. A resounding win, and David made it look easy. And Deepak loses because he didn't even get a chance to counter him. He will fight for Bronze tomorrow.

Brilliant start by David

4th, August 2021, 3:28 pm

David is eight years older than Deepak Punia. Deepak, a junior world champion is all set to begin. David goes straight for his legs aggressively. Deepak holds on.

Next up: Deepak Punia vs USA's David Taylor

4th, August 2021, 3:24 pm

Tokyo talkathon feat. Bhagya

This is my third venue for the day, and my first visit to Makhuari Messe Hall A.

I have been on the rounds, thanks to the taxi vouchers I collected only a day back.

I found my way to Hall A, just in time even as the announcement of Ravi Kumar Dahiya's semi-final bout was being made.

The bout began and Ravi Kumar's Kazakhstan opponent took a huge lead.

The turnaround happened afer the break when Sanayev took a nasty fall. A medical time-out could only get him up on his feet. Seizing the opportunity, Ravi Kumar pinned him down and was declared winner. Ravi didn't say much to the few media members who were there. He stopped only for a minute or two to say that he got a cut on his biceps and need medical attention for it.

I'm back in the stands waiting for Deepak Punia's bout, about to begin in a few minutes.


Deepak Punia will face David Taylor of USA in the men's Freestyle 86kg category semifinals.

Ravi Dahiya's finals opponent

4th, August 2021, 3:22 pm

Since Zavur Uguev of ROC (Russia) won the other 57kg semifinals, Ravi Kumar will be facing Zavur in the finals tomorrow.

Ravi Kumar beats Nurislam by pinfall

4th, August 2021, 2:57 pm

What a turnaround of events! Just when Nurislam seemed to have the upper hand, dark horse Ravi Kumar, in the next bout, takes a huge lunge forward, gets him by the shoulders and pins Nurislam to the mat. And keeps him pinned. Despite being bitten hard by Nurislam. A fight to the finish! This is brilliant stuff!


Great news for Team India! Ravi Kumar advances to the final round!

Losing momentum

4th, August 2021, 2:55 pm

Ravi Kumar pushes Nurislam out of the circle. Will he score points for that? A little bit of an injury on Nurislam there. He has lost the momentum and the physio team arrives for support. Next round to begin soon.


Moves like Jagger?

4th, August 2021, 2:52 pm

With a much more aggressive start, Nurislam is scoring massively, as he turns Ravi and does an ankle-hold. He holds Ravi Kumar against the mat. Ravi cannot move now. And 8 points straight to the Kazakh.

Ravi Kumar vs Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev

4th, August 2021, 2:47 pm

Ravi Kumar in Blue! Cheer for India!

First point goes to Ravi Kumar's opponent because the former failed to make any activity. Nurislam quickly keeps adding points to his kitty as Ravi Kumar isn't making any moves so he can be seen and felt on the mat. This passivity does not bode well for Ravi Kumar. He needs to get his moves right. And quickly!

Medal hope Vinesh handed tough draw

4th, August 2021, 2:38 pm

As we wait for the Indian wrestlers to return to the mat, let's have a look at the wrestling draw for tomorrow's events. India has high hopes from Vinesh Phogat, but the top seed has been handed a tough draw. She will be up against Olympic bronze-medallist Sofia Magdalena Mattsson of Sweden in the Women’s 53kg pre-quarterfinals.

Sofia Mattsson won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a former world and European champion. But Vinesh is the World No. 1 and unbeaten so far in 2021.

If she can keep that record, her possible opponent in the quarterfinal could be Belarus' Vanesa Kaladzinskaya, a former world champion and 2020 European Champion.

Coming up: Semi-final action for India

4th, August 2021, 2:35 pm

A big second half to the day coming up for India!

At 2:45pm, Ravi Kumar Dahiya will take on Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg semifinal.

Following him at 3pm, Deepak Punia will face former world champion David Morris of the USA in the Men's Freestyle 86kg semifinal.

And then it'll be time for more Indian women looking to make history. The Indian women's hockey team will be up against Argentina in the semifinal at 3:30pm.

The Netherlands are already through to the gold medal match, when they eased past 2016 Olympic champions Great Britain 5-1 in the earlier semifinal. If India win, the women will go through to their first-ever final in hockey at the Olympics.  

Don't go anywhere!

Highlights so far

4th, August 2021, 1:36 pm

Missed all the action? We have the highlights of the morning for you!

Neeraj Chopra qualified for the final of the Men's Javelin Throw, although Shivpal Singh failed to make the cut. 

In wrestling, Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya are into the semifinals of the Men’s Freestyle 86kg division and the Men’s Freestyle 57kg category, respectively. Anshu Malik lost her opening bout, but could get another chance via the repechage round. 

And Lovlina Borgohain won India's third medal at the Tokyo Olympics - and also third medal in Olympic boxing overall - taking the bronze after a semifinal loss to world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the Women’s Welter 69kg category. 



Golf update: Aditi tied 2nd after Round 1

4th, August 2021, 1:36 pm

Another encouraging piece of news coming in. After the first round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play, India's top woman golfer Aditi Ashok is tied 2nd with a score of 4-under 67. Compatriot Diksha Dagar is tied 54th with 5 over at the end of the first of four rounds. Also in second place is World No. 1 and recent Women's PGA Championship winner, Nelly Korda of the United States. 

Aditi is playing in her second Olympic Games after Rio 2016, while Diksha was a late entry following a last-minute withdrawal. Interestingly, Diksha, who was born with a hearing impairment, has previously represented India at the Deaf Olympics in 2017, 

Proud of Lovlina

4th, August 2021, 12:54 pm

Bhagya reports that the feeling at the is one of pride. 

Lovlina has made a lot of sacrifices on her way to this bronze medal. Why the 23-year-old struggled to get past the semifinals will be a discussion for another day. The curtains came down on India's boxing campaign in Tokyo and we are proud of this girl from Assam who chased her dreams and will be an example to follow for many aspiring boxers from the North East.

Social media agrees!

Lovlina dedicates medal to the nation

4th, August 2021, 12:42 pm

Lovlina Borgohain spoke to the media after her semifinal bout and's Bhagya was at hand to hear what she had to say -

Lovlina: Since the time I started boxing, I always had this dream of participating in the Olympics. I want to dedicate this bronze medal to my country. I went for gold, I had a strategy but couldn't succeed against her. I knew she was strong and would come at me, so I didn't want to be on the backfoot too much. I had analysed her bouts, I knew she would come jumping at her opponent. I decided to score as many punches as possible, but she never backed off for me to succeed against her. I went for gold but I couldn't do it today.

Third medal for India

4th, August 2021, 12:08 pm

The result notwithstanding, let's be proud of what Lovlina Borgohain has achieved on debut at the Olympics. She wins the bronze medal, which is India's third at Tokyo 2020 and also our third Olympic medal in boxing overall. All three have been bronze - Mary Kom at London 2012 and Vijender Singh - the only Indian men’s boxer to taste Olympic success - at Beijing 2008. 

Lovlina loses semifinal bout, wins bronze

4th, August 2021, 11:18 am

So, Lovlina Borgohain and India will have to make do with a bronze. Her opponent - the reigning world champion and World No. 1 - was just too strong for her, and Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli wins their semifinal bout of the Women’s Welter (69kg) category by a unanimous decision (5:0). Lovlina just could not find an answer to Surmeneli’s relentless attacks.  

India's boxing campaign at Tokyo is also over. 

Tough for the Indian boxer now

4th, August 2021, 11:17 am

The second round also goes against Lovlina. She is being outplayed by the dominant Surmeneli in spite of her best efforts. A point deduction for Lovlina as well.  

First round goes against Lovlina

4th, August 2021, 11:11 am

The first round goes by unanimous decision to Busenaz Surmeneli. Lovlina, in blue, just looked a tad too defensive and also got a couple of warnings from the referee. After an even start, Surmeneli landed some scoring left hooks to take the round in her favour.  

In the box seat

4th, August 2021, 11:15 am's Bhagya is at the Kokugikan Arena to witness Lovlina in action. 

Big day here. All the seats labelled 'PRESS' have been taken. After failing to find a place, I have seated myself in what's called the 'box seat', not on the chair but on the carpet. This is the next best option available on the first floor, which is closer to the ring. Most of the Indian media here has also taken this box seat option.

Time for Lovlina!

4th, August 2021, 11:07 am

It's time!

Lovlina Borgohain is ready to take on Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli in the semifinal of the Women’s Welter (69kg) category. She has a chance to make history and become the first Indian boxer to reach the final of any Olympics. So far, India only have bronze, from Vijender Singh and Mary Kom. 

The 23-year-old from Assam has had a difficult route into the last-4, and her next opponent may be her toughest yet. Busenaz is the current world champion and World No. 1. She has been dominant in the welterweight category and has won five medals (four gold, one bronze) apart from the world championship. 

This is the first time these two are facing each other. Both boxers are known to be aggressive, so it should will definitely interesting! 

Lovlina will get a bronze even if she loses, but she says she has her eyes on gold. Can she make it?  

ICYMI: Neeraj's super throw!

4th, August 2021, 10:53 am

We won't judge you for not waking up at 5:30am to catch Neeraj Chopra in action. See what you missed -

Good morning indeed!

4th, August 2021, 10:40 am

So, it's been a great start to the day for India so far. 

Neeraj Chopra qualified for the final of the Men's Javelin Throw, although Shivpal Singh failed to make the cut. 

In wrestling, Deepak Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya are into the semifinals of the Men’s Freestyle 86kg division and the Men’s Freestyle 57kg category, respectively. Anshu Malik lost her opening bout, but could get another chance via the repechage round. 

Coming up in less than half an hour, Lovlina Borgohain will challenge world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the semifinal of the Women’s Welter 69kg category. We're assured of a medal, but which one will it be? We'll know soon enough! 


Anshu closer to another chance

4th, August 2021, 10:53 am

One step closer to repechage! Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus, who beat Anshu Malik in the Round of 16, is into the semifinals of the Women’s Freestyle 57kg category, So, India's 19-year-old debutant wrestler may still another shot at a medal. 

Sensational comeback by Deepak!

4th, August 2021, 9:45 am

What a win for Deepak Punia! He's into the semifinals too, with a hard-fought 6-3 win over China's Lin Zushen in the Men’s Freestyle 86kg quarterfinal. It was 3-3, with the Chinese ahead on criteria, when the 22-year-old pulled off a two-point takedown in the last 10 seconds to win the bout. He then got another point to confirm his win, when Zushen's challenge was shot down. 

An earlier challenge by Zushen had been successful in overturning a takedown by Deepak.    

Next up for the Indian grappler is former world champion David Morris of the USA in the last-four.

Ravi wins!

4th, August 2021, 9:43 am

Ravi Kumar Dahiya gets his second successive win of the morning to enter the semifinals of the Men’s Freestyle 57kg category, a 14-4 win by technical superiority over Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov. 

Two quick takedowns gave Ravi the early lead, and then a two-legged takedown put him 8-0 up at the start of the second period. Though Vangelov tried to hit back with a counter-attack, the fourth seed was too far ahead and too strong, countering Vangelov's attempts with attacks of his own.  

He will face Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the last-4. And, even if he loses in the semis, he will move onto the bronze medal match, where he will face an opponent qualifying from the repechage rounds.

Ravi, Deepak start quarterfinal bouts

4th, August 2021, 9:36 am

Okay, after back-to-back matches, the wrestling bouts are now happening simultaneously! 

Ravi Kumar Dahiya vs Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg category.

Deepak Punia vs China's Lin Zushen in the Men’s Freestyle 86kg division. 

Both wrestlers have taken the early lead in their respective bouts… 

History lesson

4th, August 2021, 9:36 am

Wrestling bouts are coming thick and fast at us now. Both Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia will be back in action soon, in the quarterfinals of their respective categories. 

Meanwhile, let us remind you why the country has high hopes from wrestling at the Olympics. Five Indians have finished on the podium in the sport in Olympic history, and India have won three bronze medals in row since 2008, all via the repechage route - Sushil Kumar (2008), Yogeshwar Dutt (2012) and Sakshi Malik (2016). 

Deepak Punia also through

4th, August 2021, 9:08 am

World No. 2 Deepak Punia continues India's strong showing in wrestling this morning so far. He also wins by technical superiority (12-1), easily beating Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor in the Round of 16 of the Men’s Freestyle 86kg division.

Deepak started with a takedown and then showed good defence to take a 4-1 lead. He took control of the second period with some excellent moves and takedowns to come out on top. 

His next opponent is China's Lin Zushen. 

Anshu Malik loses opening bout

4th, August 2021, 8:50 am

Unfortunately India's Anshu Malik goes down to Belarusian Iryna Kurachkina 2-8 in the Round of 16 of the Women’s Freestyle 57kg category, 

It was always going to be tough for the reigning Asian champion, up against the reigning European champion and two-time world championships bronze medallist. Iryna was dominant from the start and, though Anshu made it 2-4 with two pushes that sent Iryna ‘out of play’, her experienced opponent  expertly defended and counter-attacked to build on her lead in the second period. Another attacking move by Anshu turned to Iryna’s advantage, worth two points, concluding the bout.

A great fight by the 19-year-old Olympic debutant. Of course, Anshu could still get another shot in the repechage round if Iryna Kurachkina makes it to the final. 

Ravi Dahiya powers into the quarters

4th, August 2021, 8:31 am

Dominant performance by Ravi Kumar Dahiya, as befits the Asian champion! He earns a comfortable 13-2 victory by technical superiority - i.e., he built a 10-point lead over his opponent, Colombia's Oscar Tigreros, after which the bout is declared over.  - 

The Olympic debutant showed no nerves, starting with 2 points for a single-leg takedown. Tigreros levelled things up with a fine move of his own, but Dahiya went on the attack in the second period to win with minutes to spare.   

He is now into the quarterfinal round of in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg category, where he will face Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov. 

Wrestling time!

4th, August 2021, 8:19 am

Let's quickly jump from the Olympic Stadium to the Makuhari Messe Hall, where three Indian wrestlers will be in action soon. 

First up is Ravi Kumar Dahiya, who takes on Eduardo Oscar Tigreros of Colombia in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg category. 

Later on, Deepak Punia will have to get past Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor in the Round of 16 of the Men’s Freestyle 86kg division, while Anshu Malik will go up against Belarusian grappler Iryna Kurachkina in the Women’s Freestyle 57kg category, 

Shivpal Singh fails to qualify

4th, August 2021, 7:53 am

While Neeraj hit the mark with his first attempt, the other Indian in the fray, Shivpal Singh only manages 76.40m, 74.80m and 74.81m in his three attempts. The Olympic debutant comes 12th in his group and 27th overall among the 31 athletes in Groups A and B, and so  fails to make the cut.

Neeraj tops the overall standings as well. 

Neeraj qualifies in the first attempt! Throws 86.65m to be placed first

4th, August 2021, 5:58 am

What a start! 

Neeraj Chopra qualifies for the Men's Javelin Throw final with his first attempt itself, earning the applause of the Indian contingent assembled here at the Olympic Stadium to cheer him on. Chopra registers a throw of 86.65 metres, and he ends up topping Group A as well, ahead of favourite Johannes Vetter of Germany. 

The former world champion and the man with the world leading throw of the season, Vetter was second with 85.64m, taking all three attempts before he could make the cut. Neeraj only made a single attempt.

Those who clear the qualifying mark of 83.50 metres or finish in the top 12 qualify for the final. 

With that, I am handing over the reins to my colleagues back in India and leaving the stadium to handle a crisis. See you in a hour and a half, when Shivpal Singh will be in action in Group B. Will he join Neeraj in the final? Stay tuned to find out!

Neeraj Chopra gets ready...

4th, August 2021, 5:52 am

Tighten your seat belts, that is if you are up this early in India. Neeraj has removed his jacket and is all set for his first attempt…

India's representation in athletics at Tokyo

4th, August 2021, 5:45 am

So far, 11 Indian track and field athletes have competed in various events, and only Kamalpreet Kaur made it to the finals, in the Women's Discus Throw event, where she finished sixth.

When we asked Kamalpreet who her pick is to fetch India a medal in athletics, she had no hesitation in naming Neeraj Chopra.

All eyes now on the 23-year-old from Haryana, who recorded the fourth-best throw in the world this season earlier this season, a personal best and national record throw of 88.07 metres at the Indian Grand Prix. To know more about Neeraj Chopra. check his profile out here.

Men's Javelin Throw coming up

4th, August 2021, 5:41 am

Representing India in the Men's Javelin Throw competition are Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh.

Neeraj will take position first as he is in Group A. Action has started, and I can see Neeraj Chopra in the Indian blue jersey warming up on the sidelines.

Busy schedule today

4th, August 2021, 10:40 am

Good Morning from the Olympic Stadium

4th, August 2021, 5:38 am

Hello and a warm welcome from's Bhagya to Day 13 here at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. I was there at the Media Transport Mall (MTM) as early as 7.30am (JST), just past 4am in India, to catch the bus to the Olympic Stadium. From what I have observed in the last week or so while shuttling between venues, the mornings are the busiest in Tokyo. So, beating the traffic, I have settled down here at the Press Tribune well in time. 

Our live coverage today starts from the Olympic Stadium, the venue for athletics. Like always, it's a super busy morning here at the National Stadium.

Our focus is on the field, as India's medal hope in athletics, Neeraj Chopra begins his campaign in the Men's Javelin Throw event.

The athletes are warming up and action is set to begin soon.