Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 3 Live Updates: Wins for Mary Kom and Manika uplift India

What's in store for July 26?

26th, July 2021, 3:00 am

Have had a bad headache ever since the men's hockey team lost to Australia 1-7. But my friend says Australia is the best team, they thrash everyone, and added that India somehow managed to snatch that one goal from the Aussies. That was fantastic sport by Dilpreet Singh. 

The women's hockey team is set to face Germany today. My heart's going thumpity-thump. No sleep. 

Our Woman Friday must be up with her latest updates. See you later today. Until then, 'Tanoshinde ne'! Cheer4India.

Cheer-worthy shots

26th, July 2021, 3:00 am

Highlights of Day 3

26th, July 2021, 3:00 am

Let's first go with the good news.

Sunny side up 
Indian boxing diva Mary Kom won the round of 32 match against Dominican Republic's Garcia 4-1 and stormed into the next round.
PV Sindhu thrashed Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova 21-7, 21-10 and progressed to the next round. This was a match that lasted less than 30 minutes.
Manika Batra had a roaring victory over Ukraine's Margaryta Pesotska and defeated her 4-3. 
Rower duo Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat have qualified for the semifinals.

Nethra Kumanan and Vishnu Saravanan are sailing off to a good start. Nethra was ranked 33 and 16 in the first and second races respectively and she had 8 more races to finish. Vishnu was placed 14th in his first race and has nine more races to finish.

The flipside
Medal hopes came crashing after tennis duo Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina were defeated by Ukrainian sisters, Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok. 

Table tennis player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran crashed out in the second round of Men's Singles.
Shooters Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar failed to make it to the finals. While Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished at 11th spot, Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 25th in men's skeet shooting event. Bajwa and Khan have an event scheduled for July 26.
Gymnast Pranati Nayak did not make it to the medal round.
Swimmers Maana Patel and Srihari Nataraj didn't make it to the next round of their respective (100m backstroke) events.
Boxer Manish Kaushik suffered a huge disappointment when he lost 1-4 against Great Britain's Luke McCormack.
Men's hockey seemed like a one-sided affair. Team India lost to Australia 1-7.

Swimmers' update

25th, July 2021, 4:55 pm

Srihari Nataraj finishes 5th

25th, July 2021, 4:54 pm

Hockey team disappointed

25th, July 2021, 4:45 pm

Aussies crush India by a huge margin. Team India walks away with some great lessons from a well played game. Australia does this to the best of teams. But there is a second chance and, hopefully, we don't have to face Australia for quite some time to come (unless, of course, if they make it to the finals and we are there too).

From the tightest of angles

25th, July 2021, 4:26 pm

Through the eye of a needle ... Aussies score one more goal. Hockey at its best from World No. 1 team.


And another ...

25th, July 2021, 4:14 pm

Clear message being sent by Aussies that they are in it to win it.


Aussies score another goal!

25th, July 2021, 4:10 pm


Team India totally blown away by Aussie power. Do we need a miracle to get back in the game?

Maana Patel finishes second

25th, July 2021, 3:59 pm

The swimming 100m backstroke results are out:

Boys in Blue increase pressure on the Aussies

25th, July 2021, 3:56 pm

Current score



Team India puts up a good fight, doesn't let Aussies score further. Five minutes to go in the third quarter.

Strike Three!

25th, July 2021, 3:30 pm

Aussies get another goal. It's not looking good for Team India. Can we guess the outcome already?

Aussies score another goal

25th, July 2021, 3:28 pm



Nail-biting finish

25th, July 2021, 3:24 pm

And yet another disappointment. Good show by Manish, but he is out of the game.

Round 2

25th, July 2021, 3:21 pm

Manish fights back in the manages a few body jabs, takes the second round 3-2 in his favour.

Manish the Southpaw vs McCormack

25th, July 2021, 3:18 pm

Manish the Southpaw vs McCormack, who has a better reach and is a little taller than Manish. The Indian southpaw loses the first round 2-3 in a split decision.

Meanwhile in boxing...

25th, July 2021, 3:13 pm

Australia draws first blood

25th, July 2021, 3:12 pm




The match gets underway

25th, July 2021, 3:06 pm

The Boys in Blue are facing the Aussies. They're sweating it out ... not just because of the game, but also due to increased levels of humidity.

Thoothukudi cheers for the Indian contingent

25th, July 2021, 3:01 pm

A few more events to go

25th, July 2021, 2:50 pm

Up next is Men's Hockey India vs Australia Pool A match at 3pm followed by Men's Boxing (63kg) Prelims Round of 32. Manish Kaushik will enter the ring at 3:06pm. Then we have Maana Patel swimming into the Women's 100m Backstroke Heat 1 at 3:32pm, followed by Srihari Nataraj's event, Men's 100m Backstroke Heat 3 at 4:26pm

There's no stopping this mother of four!

25th, July 2021, 2:18 pm

Win for Mary Kom!

25th, July 2021, 1:45 pm

A 4:1 split decision, but Mary Kom is through to the last-16 of the Women's Flyweight (48-51kg) competition. Indian women are finally providing some cheer for India on Day 3! 

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Boxing: Close after Round 2

25th, July 2021, 1:45 pm

Mary Kom is staying cool in the face of a strong challenge from Miguelina Hernandez Garcia. 

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Covid-19 strikes in Golf

25th, July 2021, 1:45 pm

Spain's World No. 1 Jon Rahm is out of the Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19. Earlier in the day, USA's Bryson DeChambeau also pulled out after a positive Covid test.  

Unflattering record

25th, July 2021, 1:35 pm

Shooting has been the biggest disappointment for India at the 2020 Olympics so far. Much was expected from them, but perhaps the Indian shooters peaked too early in the build-up to Tokyo. 

Sailing update

25th, July 2021, 1:35 pm

Coming up: Mary Kom

25th, July 2021, 1:27 pm

Feeling the excitement yet? Mary Kom will be in the ring soon, to take on Miguelina Hernandez Garcia of the Dominican Republic in the  Women's Fly (48-51kg) event. 

Manika wins it!

25th, July 2021, 1:27 pm

What a comeback! India faced disappointments in the deciders in Tennis and Table Tennis earlier in the day. But Manika Batra has reversed the trend, winning the final game 11-7 to beat World No. 32 Margaryta Pesotska and enter the Table Tennis Women's Singles Round 3.   

Who's next? World No. 16 Sofia Polcanova.  

Manika takes it to the decider

25th, July 2021, 1:19 pm

We are getting quite a few close matches today! After losing the fifth game 8-11, Manika has stormed back to win 11-5 in Game 6 and take the Round 2 match into a decider. Margaryta Pesotska is ranked 32 in the world, so this will not be easy.   

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Skeet update

25th, July 2021, 1:05 pm

The third round of the Skeet Men's Qualification is over. Angad Bajwa shot a 24 to end the day at 11th position, while Mairaj Ahmad Khan is at 25th after a score of 22 in Round 3. They now break for the day, with the next two rounds scheduled to take place tomorrow (26 July). Only the top 6 will qualify for the final. 

Manika fights back

25th, July 2021, 12:47 pm

In her Table Tennis Round 2 match against Ukraine's Margaryta Pesotska, Manika Batra overcame a slow start to take the third game 11-7, after losing the first two 4-11, 4-11. And now she's taken the fourth game 12-10. It's on! 

Sailing: Nethra improves in Round 2

25th, July 2021, 12:24 pm

India's Nethra Kumanan has moved up to finish 16th in the second race of the Individual Laser Radial event. Her overall ranking is 27th out of 44. 

TT: Sathiyan goes down

25th, July 2021, 11:50 am

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Not the result India were looking for. G Sathiyan is out of Table Tennis Men's Singles competition, losing to the lower-ranked Siu Hang of Hong Kong. The final game ended 11-7 in Lam's favour.  

Last man standing

25th, July 2021, 11:50 am

Speaking of Tennis, Sumit Nagal is now the only Indian player left in the draw at the Tokyo Olympics. After winning his Round 1 match against Denis Istomin, Nagal will have to overcome World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of the ROC if he wants to progress to the third round of the Men's Singles event.

What is ROC, you ask? Well, Russia are banned from the Olympics after being found guilty of involvement in doping scandals. So, Russian athletes will compete under the name ROC, or Russian Olympic Committee. The Russian flag and national anthem will also not be allowed. 

All down to the last game for Sathiyan

25th, July 2021, 11:28 am

A close encounter is going down to the last game. G. Sathiyan and Siu Hang Lam are fighting it out to enter the third round of Table Tennis Men's Singles. The score going into the final game stands at 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12. 

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Hoping this ends better than India's Tennis match in the Women's Doubles first round. Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina were 6-0 and 5-2 up at one point, but then collapsed to go down to Ukraineโ€™s Nadiia Kichenok and Lydumyla Kichenok.  

Tennis: Easy comeback for Osaka

25th, July 2021, 11:21 am

Back to normal in Tennis, Naomi Osaka gets an easy win in her first-round match. Having pulled out of the French Open and missed Wimbledon, the Japanese is through after defeating China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4. 

Osaka already featured in the spotlight when she had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in the Opening Ceremony. If you missed it, have a look at our gallery here

Sathiyan is up for it!

25th, July 2021, 11:21 am

Debutant G Sathiyan has taken the lead after losing the first game in his Table Tennis Round 2 encounter against Siu Hang Lam. The current score is 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5. He received a bye in the first round. 

Let's hope some of the Djokovic magic rubs off on him! 

Deepak finishes 26th

25th, July 2021, 10:54 am

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Divyansh 33rd in qualification

25th, July 2021, 10:54 am

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Shooters misfire again in Men's 10m Air Pistol

25th, July 2021, 10:54 am

It's just not happening for the Indian shooters in this Olympics. Both Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar have failed to qualify for the Men's 10m Air Rifle event after a poor show.    

Mirabai Chanu thanks the nation

25th, July 2021, 10:39 am

She made us proud yesterday with her Silver medal in Weightlifting, and now Mirabai Chanu has a message for the nation. 

Not looking good

25th, July 2021, 10:18 am

At the halfway mark in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Qualification, Deepak Kumar is at 33, while Divyansh Singh Panwar is at the 35th spot. They will need to do something extraordinary from here to make top 8โ€ฆ 

New kids on the block

25th, July 2021, 10:15 am

By the way, although India are not participating, two new sports are making their debut at the Olympics today - skateboarding and surfing. And hosts Japan have just taken the first Gold medal in skateboarding. 


Sailing: Nethra lags behind

25th, July 2021, 9:51 am

After Race 1, India's Nethra Kumanan is far behind the leaders, at number 33 in the Individual Laser Radial event, Nethra is the first-ever female Indian sailor to qualify for the Olympics. 

Shooting update

25th, July 2021, 9:40 am

The Indian skeet shooters trade scores in Round 2. Angad Bajwa hits a perfect 25, while Mairaj Ahmad Khan finishes with 24. They are ranked 7th and 10th, respectively. 

Meanwhile, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak Kumar are in action in the qualifying round for the Men's 10m Air Rifle. Fingers crossed! 

Shock! World No. 1 Barty out in Round 1

25th, July 2021, 9:27 am

As we come to terms with India's loss in Tennis, a huge upset in the Women's Singles draw. World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has lost her first-round match, losing convincingly to Spainโ€™s Sara Sorribes Tormo, 4-6, 3-6. Barty just won the Wimbledon title earlier this month, while Tormo is yet to go past the first round in any of her Grand Slam appearances. Wow! 

Disappointment for Mirza-Raina

25th, July 2021, 9:20 am

Who would have predicated this after the first set? Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina are out in the Women's Doubles first round after a 0-6, 6-7, 8-10 loss to the Kichenok sisters from Ukraine. 

Murray withdraws from Tennis Singles

25th, July 2021, 9:08 am

More tennis newsโ€ฆ Great Britain's star Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Singles draw. He won his first-round Doubles match yesterday with partner Joe Salisbury. Given Murray's recent struggles with injuries, this is not a complete surprise. The two-time Olympic medallist will now be hoping to add to his medal collection through the doubles route.

Mirza-Raina lose second set

25th, July 2021, 9:08 am

Well, that was quite a turnaround from the Ukrainians! After failing to win a game in the first set, Nadiia Kichenok and Liudmyla Kichenok have taken the second set 7-6. Into the match tiebreak (played to 10 points), and Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina have a fight on their hands now. 

Support for Manu Bhaker

25th, July 2021, 8:53 am

In a competition where the tiniest of margins can change fortunes, Manu Bhaker overcame some issues with her gun during the qualifying round. But it was not enough for the 19-year-old to make the Women's 10m Air Pistol final. 

Skeet Men's Qualification begins

25th, July 2021, 8:40 am

A good start for India in Skeet Men's Qualification Round 1. Mairaj Ahmad Khan is joint 1st with a score of 25, while Angad Bajwa is ranked 22 with a score of 24. 

Breezy start for Mirza-Raina

25th, July 2021, 8:32 am

Over at the Ariake Tennis Court, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina have made a roaring start in their first-round match. They have taken the first set 6-0 against Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok and Liudmyla Kichenok.

Rowers enter semis

25th, July 2021, 8:26 am

After making it to the repechage round yesterday (24 July), rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh have made the most of their second chance. A third-placed finish, with a timing of 6:51.36, has taken them to the semifinals of the Lightweight Men's Doubles Sculls event.

The semifinals will be held on 27 July.

Gymnastics over for India

25th, July 2021, 8:26 am

Pranati Nayak has finished second from last in Artistic Gymnastics Subdivision 1 with a total score of 42.565. She got 13.466 in vault, 9.033 in uneven bars, 9.433 on balance beam, and 10.6333 in floors. She is India's second gymnast ever at the Olympics after Dipa Karmakar. 

Confident win for Sindhu

25th, July 2021, 8:03 am

Longest rally of 22 shots

25th, July 2021, 7:39 am

The rallies have been fairly short, with the average around just 6 shots, as the Indian champion has been stamping her dominance throughout the match. The 22-shot rally in the second game that lasted almost half a minute (29 seconds) was the longest of the match.

Sindhu wins the second convincingly 21-10 in 16 minutes, spending approximately half an hour on court to clean-up the Israeli.

Sindhu on court

25th, July 2021, 7:16 am

Moving away from the Asaka Shooting Range to the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, India's PV Sindhu is on the court as she begins her quest for gold in Tokyo. The 26-year-old is up against Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova in the Women's Singles - Group J match.

At the break, she has a healthy 11-5 lead in the opening game.

After the break, India's Rio Olympics silver medallist reeled off 8 points in-a-row for a 19-6 lead, needs just two points to close out the game now.

That was a clinical start, 21-7 in just 13 minutes.


Second game even better for Sindhu as she races to a 11-4 lead.

What went wrong?

25th, July 2021, 7:05 am

Earlier, there were reports that Bhaker had to overcome a technical glitch in the second series after starting with a bang. She lost precious time there as 60 shots were to be completed in 75 minutes.

Or did nerves catch up with the Asian No.1?

The lessons learnt in this competition will hold them in good stead in the mixed team event.


Manu, Yashaswini at ASR

25th, July 2021, 6:48 am

Two 98 scores in the first five series kept Manu Bhaker in the top 10, but with a 95 in Series 6, the 19-year old has slipped to No. 12.  

Yashaswini is behind her at No.13.

Only the top 8 shooters qualify, so both miss out.

Day 3

25th, July 2021, 6:30 am

Hello and a warm welcome to Day 3 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Action has already begun at the Asaka Shooting Range. India's Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal have kicked off Day 3 in the qualification round of the Women's 10m Air Pistol competition. Each shooter gets to fire 60 shots within an hour and 15 minutes. Only the top 8 qualify for the final.

Bhaker started well with a 98 in Series 1. A 98 in Series 2 has so far been the best from Yashaswini.