That's the schedule for tomorrow and Sify.com's Bhagya will be starting out with her early morning updates from Tokyo (hint: even before any of us in India is awake) before she makes a beeline for the venues where the REAL action is on. Until then, ‘tanoshinde ne!’ Stay safe, keep your fingers crossed and Cheer for India!
No medals here
Another disappointing day for India's ace shooters Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Sanjeev Rajput. They did not qualify for the medal event after finishing 21st and 32nd respectively in the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions round at the Asaka Shooting Range
Dutee Chand drops out
Dutee Chand clocks 23.85 sec, finishes 38th out of 41 athletes in 200m. Namibia's Christine Mboma won the heats with a timing of 22.11 seconds. USA's Gabrielle Thomas -- the world-leading time holder for the season -- was second in 22.20 seconds. Niger's Aminatou Seyni finished third with a timing of 22.72 seconds to seal the three qualifying slots for the semifinals which were held later in the day.
'Chak De' moments in real life
Super Sunday's men's hockey win spills over into Manic Monday and spreads to the women's hockey team. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur converted India's sole penalty corner in the 22nd minute to stun the Australians. The Rani Rampal-led squad will take on Argentina in the semifinal on August 4.
Good but not the best -- and that's okay
Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finished 6th with a throw of 63.70m. Back in 2012 at the London Olympics, discus thrower Krishna Poonia too finished at the 6th spot with a best throw of 63.62m.
Big leap for India
Lone Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza finished 23rd in the finals of Jumping (Individual) event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sify.com's Bhagya sends in Kamalpreet's post-performance reaction :-)
The athletics contingent was vociferously cheering on Kamalpreet during the women's discus throw event. However, she failed to get anywhere near her personal best in her 6 attempts, finishing 6th. When asked who has the best chance of winning a medal in athletics she had no hesitation in picking India's javelin throw prodigy Neeraj Chopra.
During the mixed zone interaction she revealed that it is cricket which is her passion and she is a batter. But due to the sidearm and overarm difference between the two sports, she plays less cricket.
Fouaad Mirza finishes 23rd out of 25 with a final score of 59.60 penalty points as Germany's Julia Krajewski wins Gold (26.00), Great Britain's Tom McEwen wins Silver (29.30) and Australia's Andrew Hoy wins Bronze (29.60) in the eventing individual final.
Awwww! The final attempt goes foul. Kamalpreet ends her journey after finishing in 6th position. Well played, though. She fought well and remains a champion irrespective of the results, competing in less than ideal conditions. Well done, Kamalpreet!
Accidental Olympian, dancer-turned-discus thrower Valarie Allman of US wins Gold (68.98m). Kristin Pudenz of Germany wins Silver (66.86m), Cuba's Yaime Perez wins Bronze (65.72).
Billions of blessings
Kamalpreet is winning tweet accolades for her valiant efforts:
This is her fifth attempt. It seems to be a little less than her best. -- 61.37m. Her coach doesn't seem to be too happy with her performance. She goes over to the sidelines to have a chat with him before returning for her final attempt.
Out of the 12 participants, the bottom four will fall out, while the top 8 get three more throws. So Kamalpreet has a chance to try again. She is unlikely to get gold but if she is lucky and hits her personal best, she could get Bronze. The order of the participants will now be reversed ... So, Germany's Marike Steinacker, who is 8th, goes first, followed by Jamaica's Shane Lawrence, ... and Kamalpreet, at 6th, goes third. And it's a foul throw.
Kamalpreet Kaur gets ready for her third throw -- in less than ideal conditions. Her best attempt precariously placed her in the 8th position after all athletes have finished their second throw.
She scores 63.70 and moves up to 6th position.
The athletes, I am guessing, aren't happy with the condition, as I could see the volunteers drying it with a towel. Despite the language issue, the volunteers are doing a wonderful job.
The third round will begin afresh. Players are given warm-up time.
Finally the drizzle has stopped and the athletes are back on the field. Kamalpreet needs one good throw to make the cut. Make the podium, rather?
The Japan National Stadium, popularly known as the Olympic Stadium, is where the athletic events take place. This is also where the Opening Ceremony was held (and the Closing Ceremony is due to be held).
While resumption of action looks bleak, there's more bad news in store. An approaching typhoon is certain to disrupt some part of the Games. Is this just a trailer of what is to follow?
In Japan, the weather is hot and humid during July and August. For this reason, the Olympic host has faced flak after describing the heat conditions as 'mild' and 'ideal' during the bidding process.
The heavy drizzle is making things difficult for the athletes. Rollers have been put to good use by volunteers in order to soak the water off the athletes' circle where the discus throwers take position. As of now, Games delayed due to rain. Don't go away, though. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
The athletes have taken shelter under the umbrella. Will this break in play help Kamalpreet?
Kamalpreet is pacing up and down to keep herself warm. She has in the past crossed the 65m mark and here in Tokyo it was the 64m attempt that won her a spot in the final. Kamalpreet is ready for her second attempt.
I am seated in the Press Tribune at the Olympic Stadium. Boy, this is grand! Women's Discus Throw Finals - announcement was made and India's Kamalpreet made her entry. Kamalpreet just completed her first throw which was only 61.62m. Remember she had a throw of 64m in order to qualify for the final. The next throw by USA's Valerie Allman was an outstanding 68.98m. Kamalpreet is currently placed 8th in the list of 12 athletes.
After a supercharged Sunday, when PV Sindhu won her second individual medal (Bronze) and the men's hockey team, ending a four-decade-long wait, entered semis after thrashing Great Britain 3-1, Day 11 went a step further.
The Indian women's hockey team stunned World No. 2 Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals. All eyes are on Kamalpreet Kaur now, as India watches with bated breath when the 25 year old competes in the discus throw final.
Fouaad Mirza is now ranked 19th, and he has made it to the finals of the Individual Eventing round. This is a historic moment for our nation as we will continue to watch the 29 year old in the Medal rounds, which follow later in the evening at 5:15pm.
In other Tokyo news, USA gymnast Simone Biles will return to action on the last day of the Artistic Gymnastics competition. She will compete in Tuesday's Women's Balance Beam final, after having withdrawn from the team, all-around and floor events (vault and uneven bars) earlier due to mental health concerns.
Coming up in the second half today are two more Indians who could make history for the country…
First up, Fouaad Mirza and his horse Seigneur Medicott are in action in the Equestrian Eventing Individual Jumping final qualification round.
And then at 4:30pm, Kamalpreet Kaur will represent India in the Women's Discus Throw final.
Monday morning made you miss India's historic win? Watch the biggest moments as India upset Australia 1-0 in their women's hockey quarterfinal match and make it to the semifinals for the first time ever!
So, mark your calendars.
The men's hockey team takes on World No. 2 and World Champions Belgium in their semi-final match tomorrow (3 August).
The Indian women will face Argentina in their semi-final a day later (4 August). Argentina's women hockey team - who eased past Germany 3-0 in an earlier quarterfinal clash - won silver at both the London Games 2012 and the Sydney Games 2000.
More from Sjoerd Marijne, the Indian women's team coach, at the post-match press conference, courtesy Sify.com's Bhagya.
Question: With success comes expectations and pressure, so how will you handle the next couple of games?
"It's about enjoying the moment, you have to feel what you have achieved. Always looking through and through into the next thing, it's not helping you. We can be happy, that is mainly important."
Question: Does that mean we are not focusing on the next match?
"Of course we are. For me personally, it is 4 and a half years with India, so you also have to realize that journey itself, what we have achieved at this moment. And that is the first thing we are doing now. In the background, Rani [Rampal] and I are going to analyse Argentina [India's semifinal opponents]. We played 5-6 matches against them in January. We played a practice match against them as well. My first world title with the juniors, U-21 with the Netherlands, was in 2009. That year we played the practice match against Argentina and lost it, then we played in the final against them and won the tournament."
Sify.com's Bhagya reached right as the celebrations began, and she gets us the initial reactions from the victorious Indian team.
After a late night with PV Sindhu's medal ceremony, and just three hours' rest, Day 11's preparations began. A taxi ride from the hotel followed by my first trip to the Oi Hockey Stadium.
The initial plan was to reach by the second half. But I was running late. As the only occupant in the bus, I followed the match through Sify.com's live updates. First, 1-0 to India: Dare we dream? And then, 15 minutes to history for hockey women.
My heart was pounding already, just over 12 hours after the Indian men's hockey team made history, here we were... Inches closer to a double treat. I tried hard not to think ahead and remain in the present as the bus reached the competition venue.
As I walked down to the North Pitch, I saw the Indian girls jumping around in joy, tears and emotions overflowing. Even the skies opened up as we interacted with the players.
Savita Punia's face was more red than her red jersey as she spoke on the two saves she made against the Aussies. She credited the whole defence for being able to keep a clean sheet.
"We still can't believe what has just happened. It's total teamwork. We played an open game, freely, and credit to all the girls."
India's Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne was beaming with pride: "It's important that the girls enjoy this moment."
At the other end, goalkeeper Savita Punia and defenders Deep Grace Ekka and Udita denied Australia, who came in to the quarterfinals having topped Group B. Before this, India had conceded 14 goals to Australia’s one, and scored seven compared to the Australians’ 13 in the group stages.
This 1-0 win is also sweet revenge for the 1-6 loss to Australia at Rio 2016.
Coming into today's match, the Indian women's team - which finished fourth in Pool A - had converted just 4 out of a total of 33 penalty corners in their five group games. But against Australia today, star dragflicker Gurjit Kaur stepped up when it really mattered, and got India a goal from their only penalty corner of the quarterfinal encounter.
The Indian women’s hockey team has made it to the semifinals at the Olympics for the first time in their three appearances. India had finished 12th and last in Rio 2016, and only a round-robin stage was played at Moscow 1980.
The Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions qualification is over and neither of the Indian shooters are through to the final. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar finished 21st with an aggregate of 1167, and Sanjeev Rajput ended 32nd with an aggregate of 1157 in the qualifying rounds.
In the third and final Standing round, Olympic debutant Tomar made a poor start and eventually ended with 379/400. Rajput, appearing in his third Olympics, could only manage 377.
With this, India's pitiful campaign in shooting at the Tokyo Olympics limps to an end. Of the 15 Indian shooters, only Saurabh Chaudhary made the final of his event - finishing seventh in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol.
Contrasting scenes at the Oi Hockey Stadium as the Australians - and the Indian women - are in tears of disbelief. One team is in agony, the other in ecstasy!
Just let this sink in - India beat Australia in a quarterfinal at the Olympics. The Indian women's hockey team is into the semifinals at Tokyo. As is the men's team.
Jai Ho rings out at the Oi Hockey Stadium. Indeed!
Oh my god, they've done it! It was absolutely nerve-wracking at the end as Australia got back-to-back penalty corners in the last 5 minutes, but India hold on for a well-deserved 1-0 win in the Women's Hockey Quarterfinal.
What an absolutely stunning win for the Indian women, getting the better of the World No. 2 team that had scored 13 goals coming into this match. But the Australians couldn't convert their chances and 7 penalty corners in this match, and they are in tears as the three-time Olympic champions and favourites go out.
The Indian women are in tears too… Of joy! They have followed the men's team into the semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics… What a historic two days for Indian hockey!
Chak de India!
What a half! Australia pile on the pressure - as is to be expected - but the Indian defence led by Savita stands firm to save two penalty corners and frustrate Australia's attacks. India created a chance of their own towards the end of the third quarter, but Rani Rampal could not put the ball into the net, 15 minutes to go, 1-0. Can India hold on?
Credit to India coach Sjoerd Marijne as well, the Australians would not have expected such a strong performance from India.
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar starts with a 98 and 99, but two 97s mean a total score of 391/400, which takes him out of the top of the table. Sanjeev Rajput is lower down, although he did better in this round with a 97, 100, 98, 98.
Now only the final Standing round remains in the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Qualification. Only the top 8 qualify for the final.
Did I say penalty corner conversion was a concern? Well, their first one in this match and dragflicker Gurjit Kaur goes against previous form to put India 1-0 up. This against the World No. 2 team that only conceded one goal in the group stages.
Did I say the defence was a concern too? Earlier, the Indian defence did a marvellous job to prevent Australia from opening the scoring with their first penalty corner, although they lost their video referral in the process.
India are leading Australia in a quarterfinal match at the Olympics at half-time. 30 minutes more to make the dream come true... Fingers crossed!
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Sanjeev Rajput are taking part in the final shooting event in Tokyo, the Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Qualification. Great show by Tomar in the Kneeling round, hitting 397/400 (99, 100, 98, 100). Rajput has some catching up to do, with 387 (96, 99, 95, 97).
Prone and Standing positions to go.
The Indian women definitely look up for it! Both teams hit the post in an action-packed start to the game. India keep a fair share of the possession and show some quick play, but it's 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Fitness could be a factor here as much as form. The conditions are hot and humid, which has resulted in an extended break before the game restarts for the next quarter.
Sharmila Devi went down after a 50-50 challenge, but seems fine after some treatment.
It was thrilling to see the hockey men's team make the semifinals yesterday, but the ask of the Indian women's team is much much harder. They are up against the in-form Australia in the Women's Hockey Quarterfinal, While India won their final two group games to qualify, that too only after Ireland lost to Great Britain, the Australians are undefeated in this tournament, having scored 13 goals and conceded just one.
World No. 10 vs World No. 4, the odds are most certainly against the women's team, whose defence and penalty corner conversion rate is a definite cause of concern. However, the women have already made history by making it this far - Indian women's best finish at the Olympics came on debut in Moscow back in 1980, when they finished at fourth out of six teams. Can they do it this time? India will be hoping for another inspired performance at the Oi Hockey Team today!
In her final event in Tokyo, sprinter Dutee Chand recorded her season-best time of 23.85 seconds, but still finished last (seventh) in Heat 4 of the Women's 200m Round 1. She, thus, fails to qualify for the semifinals as only the top 3 in each heat and the next 3 fastest runners advance to the next stage.
The 25-year-old Dutee was 38th out of 41 in the overall standings. Her personal best in the 200m is 23.00s.
She earlier went out at the same stage in the 100m in Tokyo as well.
Besides hockey and shooting, our big story today will be Kamapreet Kaur. Watch her inspiring story!
Today is the last opportunity for the shooters to make a mark at the Asaka Shooting Range. Out of the record 15-member contingent, only two are left – Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwary Pratak Singh Tomar will be in action in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men's competition.
In athletics, Dutee Chand will feature in the Women's 200 Round 1 in the morning session, while Kamalpreet Kaur carries our medal hopes in the Discus Throw final later in the evening.
First up, we will follow the Indian women's hockey team's quarterfinal at the Oi Hockey Stadium. Here's the complete schedule:
Only two Indian journalists were there at the Oi Hockey Stadium to witness these precious moments on Sunday night here at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The rest, over a dozen from the Indian media, were sitting 30 kms away at the Venue Media Centre in Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, which is diametrically in the opposite direction to where Manpreet Singh's boys were gearing up to rewrite the history books.
In the hour leading up to PV Sindhu's bronze medal match, we were still charting out the plan to get to the men's hockey quarterfinal match against Great Britain; we garnered hopes of watching at least the final quarter. However, when the Women's Singles bronze medal match started half an hour late, our hopes were wiped out completely.
We cheered Sindhu on with an eye on the score at the Oi Hockey Stadium.
Sindhu won the bronze at Musashino; the score was 2-0 in favour of India at the hockey pitch.
During the media interaction when Sindhu spoke of her mixed emotions (for the first time), she was literally choking. The first Indian woman to win two medals at the Olympics has already set the perfect template for aspiring Olympians to follow.
Less than an hour later, the men-in-blue were in tears of joy after beating Great Britain 3-1 to enter the semifinals for the first time since 1972. A 49-year-old drought ended!
While hockey is our heartbeat, Sindhu is turning out to be our emotion. As the Tokyo Games 2020 motto goes, we all are here ‘United by Emotion’. The journey continues….7 days to go.