Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu, Manpreet and Co. script history for India!

Tomorrow's line-up of events (Team India schedule, August 2)

1st, August 2021, 10:27 pm

 

Super Sunday comes to a close, but the Games don't. We shall continue to bring you live updates so you don't miss out on the action! Rest well, stay safe. Thank you, see you tomorrow. Until then, 'tanoshinde ne!'

Super Sunday all the way!

1st, August 2021, 10:20 pm

Former cricketer Mohammed Kaif's words sum up all of India's feelings in a single tweet:

Now for a quick recap of today's events โ€ฆ 

 

On a badminton high

Image: AP

 

 

Hockey: Reactions continue to pour in!

 

Boxing: Take a bow, Satish Kumar!

With that kind of injury, his wife had asked him not to fight ... his kids were watching him on TV ... he had a choice of forfeiting the bout, but the lionheart did not step back ... results don't matter. For India, he is still a winner.

 

Equestrian results

 

Golf: Better luck next time Udayan & Anirban!

 

Ice cream time!

1st, August 2021, 8:26 pm

PV Sindhu reportedly said after her win, "I want my phone back." Her coach has her phone. This is the discipline and dedication that shines through as India stands with Sindhu during her moment of pride at Tokyo 2020. Cheer for India!

Indian men's hockey history rewritten!

1st, August 2021, 8:22 pm

 

Hockey heroes

1st, August 2021, 8:13 pm

India's win over Great Britain in the hockey quarterfinal was due, in large part, to the goal-scoring feats of Hardik Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Gurjant Singh. And of course, Sreejesh was a rock as always!

That medal moment: Sindhu shines for India

1st, August 2021, 8:03 pm

Sindhu's father, Gopichand react to Sindhu's win

1st, August 2021, 7:59 pm

 

India proud of Sindhu

1st, August 2021, 7:57 pm

 

Medal ceremony coming up

1st, August 2021, 7:51 pm

Sindhu's conqueror ends with silver

1st, August 2021, 7:42 pm

Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying, who got the better of PV Sindhu in the semifinal yesterday, falls short in the final, losing out to China's Chen Yufei 21-18, 19-21, 21-18.

Medal ceremony should be up next, where Sindhu will get her second Olympic medal โ€“ and India's third at Tokyo โ€“ the bronze in Badminton Women's Singles.

Chak de India!

1st, August 2021, 7:26 pm

Tears of joy at the Oi Hockey Stadium as it sinks in for the Indian team. They're into the semifinal of the Olympics! After the low of a last-place finish in 2012 London, what a turnaround this is in 2021.

Mixed-zone interaction with PV Sindhu

1st, August 2021, 7:21 pm

Sify.com's Bhagya: Sindhu, a two-in-one question, just looking ahead, you are one of India's top champion players so when will the plan begin to get the hat-trick?

PV Sindhu: (Laughs) I am still in the moment, so let me be in the moment for a while. Well definitely that's a good question. Definitely I will start but not right now. I am going to relax and enjoy. These many years, almost five years , I have been aiming for this and I have finally got a medal for the country, it can be any medal but definitely getting a medal for the country is a proud moment. Right I don't know when this will sink in. I am just going to enjoy this moment and be in the moment as much as I can."

Sify.com's Bhagya: And the second part, as a 15-year-old did you ever imagine you would be in this position as a double Olympic medallist. We saw you at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 as a 15-year-old looking for a skirt, remember that was the time when the new rule of skirts in badminton was introduced.

PV Sindhu: Yes.

Sify.com's Bhagya: When did the visualisation happen?

PV Sindhu: I always had passion towards this sport. I wanted to do really good. I wanted to get a medal at the Olympics. Back then when I was really young there were just short-term goals. Then after I started competing in Senior Nationals and after competing at the international level, I wanted to win a Grand Prix, Super Series. It was just step by step. So I think finally when I got that medal (silver) for the country in 2016 (in Rio) then I thought yes I can do it. And again, proving myself in Tokyo is a big moment and it definitely is a dream come true."

3-1: India have done it!

1st, August 2021, 7:12 pm

What scenes! It was probably not in doubt once Hardik Singh got the third, but it's still emotional as India beat Great Britain 3-1 in the last quarterfinal match at the Oi Hockey Stadium.

They are through to the semifinal, where they will face Belgium. It's the first time since 1972 that India are in the last-4 at the Olympics, and remember we haven't won a medal since 1980 (when there were no semis in Moscow).

Super Sunday for India, it is! First PV Sindhu made history, and now the hockey men. Chak de!

3-1: India almost there!

1st, August 2021, 7:00 pm

Oh, Hardik Singh!! Great run by the 22 year old, and his brilliant counter-attack gives India some breathing space!

Less than 2 minutes to go now!

India hanging on, 5 minutes to go

1st, August 2021, 6:56 pm

This is such a nerve-wracking end to the match for India! Great Britain get two more penalty corners but Sreejesh stands firm. Captain Manpreet Singh has been shown a yellow, though, so India are down to 10 men. Definitely not happy with the umpiring, are the Indians!

2-1. 5 minutes to go. Can they hold on?

Q3: GB get one back to make it 2-1

1st, August 2021, 6:43 pm

Right at the end of the third quarter, Great Britain make the most of their fifth penalty corner and Sam Ward cuts India's lead to 2-1. The Indian defence, led by Sreejesh as always, had held firm until then as GB came into the game more in this quarter.

A nervous 15 minutes to go for India now!

Men's 100m: Gold for Italy

1st, August 2021, 6:34 pm

The marquee event of the Olympics - all of 10 seconds - is over, and a huge surprise result!

Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy wins the Men's 100m, clocking a new personal best of 9.80. Fred Kerley of USA gets silver with 9.84 seconds, Andre de Grasse (Canada) takes bronze with 9.89.  

Great Britain's Zharnel Hughes was earlier ruled out after a false start. Not a great half an hour for the Brits.

Historic win for badminton

1st, August 2021, 6:32 pm

After becoming the first Indian female athlete to win a Silver medal at the Olympics in Rio 2016, PV Sindhu has become the second Indian athlete (after Sushil Kumar) to win two individual medals at the Olympics. Sindhu is the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals back to back at the Olympics -- Silver in Rio 2016, Bronze in Tokyo 2020. Back in 2021, Saina Nehwal had won Bronze during the London Olympics.

2-0: Halfway there for India

1st, August 2021, 6:17 pm

India's hockey team is looking good to follow PV Sindhu into the history books. Another great half and it's 2-0 to India at the break, with goals from Dilpreet Singh and Gurjant Singh.

The men in blue have had lesser possession than Great Britain, but it won't matter one jot if they can hold on for the win here. 30 more minutes to go!

Twitter goes ga-ga over Sindhu

1st, August 2021, 6:14 pm

 

2-0 to India

1st, August 2021, 6:04 pm

More good news coming in for India, and what a start to the second quarter by the men's hockey team! One minute in, Hardik Singh steals the ball and Gurjant Singh sends the ball swiftly into Great Britain's net.

Looking good here!

1-0: First quarter to India

1st, August 2021, 5:58 pm

Ooh! Sreejesh makes a great save and India retain their 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

India have been on top here, and it was a wonderful cross from Simranjeet Singh to create the first goal for Dilpreet Singh.

Manpreet's men - World No. 4 - are two places above Great Britain in the rankings, by the way.

What a finish!!

1st, August 2021, 5:58 pm

Outstanding win by Sindhu 21-15! Celebrating PV Sindhu. Celebrating badminton. Celebrating woman power. Sindhu scripts history within a span of 24 hours after a major loss, coming back with a bang, going on to win back to back medals at the Olympics!

1-0: India on the attack

1st, August 2021, 5:49 pm

Excellent start by India, a penalty corner in the 3rd minute comes to nothing, but then Dilpreet Singh makes the most of some sloppy defending by Great Britain to give us the early lead.  

Great Britain had a penalty corner too, but India once again utilised their video referral well and it was ruled out.

Sindhu in the lead again

1st, August 2021, 5:48 pm

What a nail-biting match! Sindhu goes cross-court, plays a controlled drop, stuns He Bingjiao, gains points.
Scorecard
IND-16
CHN-13

He Bingjiao goes for the kill

1st, August 2021, 5:45 pm

Scorecard
IND-11
CHN-11

It's working like a charm

1st, August 2021, 5:39 pm

Hard backhand cross-court smash by PV Sindhu catches He Bingjiao off guard. She loses her footwork, falls. But He Bingjiao comes back with a bang, gains. Sindhu isn't far behind, though. She unleashes her ire and is still in the lead. Sindhu at a psychological advantage.
Scorecard
IND-11
CHN-8

Into the second set

1st, August 2021, 5:35 pm

As the second set unfolds, He Bingjiao tries to fight for a comeback, but Sindhu is leading by two points. Quicker moves by Sindhu should seal the deal for India.
Scorecard
IND-6
CHN-5

Head-to-head: India vs Great Britain

1st, August 2021, 5:31 pm

It's almost time!

Hockey men up against history and Great Britain

1st, August 2021, 5:30 pm

While Sindhu goes for history, India will have to divide their attention and cheers as the men's hockey team gets ready to take on Great Britain in the quarterfinals in less than 20 minutes.

The morning's matches saw Germany knock out defending champions Argentina 3-1 to make the semifinals for for the fifth time in a row. They will face Australia in the last-4, after the Aussies overcame the Netherlands in a shoot-out.  

If India go through, they will face Belgium, who posted a 3-1 win over Spain. Can Manpreet Singh's men make history? Indian hockey hasn't won an Olympic medal since 1980, and the last time we were in the semis was 1972 (there were no semifinals in 1980 in Moscow).

Have a look at the team for today, and then let's get ready to support our men in blue!

Excellent defense by Sindhu

1st, August 2021, 5:23 pm

It's a tough match because He Bingjiao upped her attack right from the start. Unforced errors can prove too costly for both players. Being aggressive in the game will stand Sindhu in good stead.
Scorecard
IND-18
CHN-12

Aaaand PV Sindhu wins the first set!

Scorecard
IND-21
CHN-13

India watches as Sindhu, hockey men go for history

1st, August 2021, 5:20 pm

He Bingjiao tries to get long rallies, her net play is is getting better with each match too. But Sindhu is going all out to script history as the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals
Scorecard
IND-15
CHN-9

Musashino 'express'

1st, August 2021, 4:40 pm

Our Woman Friday, Bhagya, prefectly encapsulates the feel and flavour of her locale. In her own words: 

Reached Musashino Forest Sport Plaza and my first meal of the day was a pre-cut fruits box costing ยฅ300. Here's the menu at the refreshment counter.

A pseudo vegetarian like me finds it hard to get my meals. Well, let's keep the focus on PV Sindhu, the anecdotes could wait. Heading inside for Sindhu's bronze medal match โ€“ I owe her an apology for missing last night's semi-final clash. We all should have been here ... to help her scrape through. Positivity all around in the media centre here. Also, we have to bid an emotional goodbye to this venue tonight. See you soon in an hour with more.

Coming Up!

1st, August 2021, 12:56 pm

Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu will be in action in the bronze-medal match at 5pm IST

 

 

 

Indian hockey captain Manpreet Singh will lead the men-in-blue onto the field against Great Britain at 5.30pm IST

Time for a break

1st, August 2021, 10:46 am

Since Satish is getting treatment for his cut, there is no media interaction, so that's it for now. Not the start we were looking for, but there's still plenty to play for at the Tokyo Olympics this Sunday. Starting 5pm, India will be hoping for a third medal with a win for PV Sindhu, who is up against HE Bing Jiao in her bronze medal match. Half an hour later, Indian men will take on Great Britain in their hockey quarterfinal. 

Join us for live updates in the evening, see you then! 

Indian men's boxing campaign ends

1st, August 2021, 10:43 am

Satish Kumar was the last of the Indian men boxers left in Tokyo. With this loss, India's boxing hopes now rest with the women. 

 

Brave show from Satish

1st, August 2021, 10:43 am

Let's remember that Satish Kumar is the first Indian boxer in the super heavyweight category to reach the Olympics. He did well in his first round, but was up against a clearly superior opponent. Nevertheless, he did not give up, even when injured in the final round. Tough luck, but well done to Satish!

Final Result: Unanimous decision against Satish

1st, August 2021, 10:13 am

Round 3: Bout over, Satish goes down fighting

1st, August 2021, 9:58 am

To be fair to Jalolov, he looks technically superior. He manages to land a punch on Satish's face and later in the eye - the location of a previous injury, for which the Indian received some treatment - and the result is not really in doubt now.

Reigning World and Asian champion, Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan wins by 5:0 unanimous decision after dominating all three rounds. 

Was Satish injured? He wasn't moving his left leg that well is the observation here. We will know more if we meet him in the mixed zone. Heading there next. 

Round 2 goes against Satish

1st, August 2021, 9:50 am

It's been a brave performance from Satish so far against the reigning World and Asian champion. He's not going down meekly, but how he well he counters his taller opponent will be crucial. Five 10s once again for Jalolov.

India's foreign boxing coach, after Lovlina's quarterfinal win, hinted that the judges are in favour of the higher-ranked boxer. From the proceedings so far, that seems to be the case. 

Round 1: Will the judges be neutral?

1st, August 2021, 9:47 am

Jalolov uses his height to his advantage to evade the punches from Satish. At the end of the 3-minute opening round, the judges give five 10s to the Ukrainian and 9s to Satish. 

He needs to bounce back and come harder in Round 2. 

Satish in the blue corner

1st, August 2021, 9:40 am

The announcement has been made, the bell has rung. Round 1.

Satish's opponent, the Ukranian is taller than the Indian and looks stronger. But our man in blue has already landed a few good punches. 

Indian cheerleaders at Kokugikan for Satish

1st, August 2021, 9:36 am

The Indian media here at Kokugikan is ready to cheer for Satish. To my right is the Great Indian Sports fan Om Prakash Mundhraji and to my right is the journalist from our Lovlina Borgohain's homeland Subodh Malla Barua-ji from Dainik Asam. 

Go Satish, Go!

What we know about Satish's QF opponent

1st, August 2021, 9:31 am

Bakhodir Jalolov is five years younger than Satish who is 32 and comes with top billing.

He is the reigning World and Asian champion. This Uzbekistani professional boxer competed in the super-heavyweight division as an amateur, winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships, and gold at the 2019 edition. He has also competed at the 2016 Olympics acting as Uzbekistan's flag bearer during the opening ceremony.

 

Coming Up! Satish in action in 30 minutes

1st, August 2021, 9:03 am

I am settled here in the Press Tribune facing the ring where Satish Kumar will be action in some time from now. Don't go anywhere as we bring to you live updates from the venue.

As I was settling down with my laptop, I was lucky to witness this amazing battle between Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak and Dominican Republic's Euri Cedeno Martine in the 69-75 kg quarterfinals.

What a battle that was as the European champion Khyzhniak saw off the challenge from Cedeno Matine to progress to the semi-finals and thus securing a medal for his country. 

Only two more bouts to go before the Indian enters the ring.

Fouaad Mirza in action in Equestrian

1st, August 2021, 8:59 am

Meanwhile, at the Sea Forest Park, the weather is clear and the temperature around the 33 degrees mark.

I regretfully admit that I haven't had the time to visit this Olympic legacy venue that had hosted the equestrian competitions during the 1964 Tokyo Games.

 

India's double Asian Games medallist equestrian Mirza secured an Olympic quota after finishing as the top-ranked rider in his group in the qualifiers, ending the nation's 2-decade long wait to feature in this category. And it's a shame that I haven't made time to visit Sea Forest Park. 

 

Morning session - Golfers in focus

1st, August 2021, 8:19 am

This morning we have golfers Udayan Mane and Anirban Lahiri looking to finish well to be in contention for the medal round in the Men's Individual event and Fouaad Mirza in action in the Cross Country Event at the Sea Forest Park.

So, what have we missed in the last few hours, let's take a look.

 

Day 10 schedule

1st, August 2021, 5:08 am

Will Sindhu make history, will Manpreet's men prevail over Great Britain? Keep cheering for Team India.

Sindhu, Hockey men in action

1st, August 2021, 4:57 am

The other Indian athletes in action in the morning session are golfers Udayan Mane and Anirban Lahiri. Udayan is already at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in action in the Men's Individual Round 4. Anirban Lahiri will start in 40 minutes from now.

Also, Fouaad Mirza is on schedule and begins his action in 10 minutes from now in the Equestrian Cross Country event.

Later in the evening. are the two other big events, Sindhu's bronze medal match at Musashino Sports Plaza. It's a 5pm start followed by Hockey men taking the field against Great Britain, eyeing a spot in the last-four. Hockey action begins at 5.30pm IST so it shouldn't clash much if Sindhu finishes off her opponent quickly.

Also, remember tonight is the 100m Men's Final as well. So don't miss out.

Satish bout LIVE on Sony

1st, August 2021, 4:54 am

In our India watch today, we will be covering Satish Kumar's quarter-final bout live from the Kokugikan Arena in the Men's Super Heavy (+91kg), starting at 9.36 am IST. After a couple of disappointments Satish is the last man standing for India in boxing. Will he keep India's flag flying in Tokyo? 

This is the TV schedule if you are planning to wake up early and cheer for India on a Sunday morning.

Sony will bring to you live action from the boxing morning session from 7.30-9.54 am. So don't miss out his bout against Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov. A win will secure another medal for India. Hope Satish comes out all guns blazing at the Kokugikan Arena.

 

 

Will it be a Super Sunday for India?

1st, August 2021, 4:54 am

Hello and a warm welcome to Day 10 at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Time flies, doesn't it? We are now left with just a week's action in Tokyo. 

Last night, when Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson defended her 100m title, becoming the second-fastest woman in history she said,

"I take all of my losses, all of my defeats and I use them as my motivation."

Day 9 was a tough one to swallow for India, we saw medal hopes fade when the much-fancied boxer Amit Phangal crash out in the first round; Pooja Rani was no match against the Chinese Li Qian and failed to secure a medal and later our Rio silver medallist PV Sindhu's loss.

Sindhu will be โ€˜sadโ€™ missing out on the gold medal match. In her words, 'it wasn't just her day' against Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei who had her eyes set on Gold from the start. However, the Indian still has a chance to make history. In the bronze medal match that begins at 5pm IST, if she uses this defeat as motivation it will do her and the country good.

Sindhu will be up against China's He Bingjio. Winning back-to-back individual Olympic medals is a feat that only Indian double medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar has achieved. And knowing Sindhu, we all know she will be up for it.