India had another disappointing day at Tokyo 2020 Olympics as several of its medal prospects failed to live up to the expectations. On Day 4 of the Summer Games, Team India had a rather positive start as Indian shooting sensations Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker topped their mixed team air pistol qualification Stage 1. However, the duo finished seventh in Stage 2 as they failed to qualify for the medal events.
Indian paddler Sharath Kamal and shuttlers Saitwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also crashed out of their respective events. Furthermore, the Indian shooting contingent continued their dismal show as mixed team pairs of Divyansh/Elavenil and Anjum/Deepak failed to qualify for the finals of the rifle event.
Meanwhile, the Indian men's hockey team bounced back strongly as they defeated Spain 3-0 in Pool A match on Tuesday. With this win, the Men in Blue moved to the second spot in the Group A points table only behind the top-ranked Australian side.
On the other hand, pugilist Lovlina Borgohain stormed into the quarter-finals of the women's welterweight (64-69kg) boxing event as she defeated Nadine Apetz of Germany by split decision. The 23-year-old is one step away from securing a medal in the 69kg category.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 5
Shooting 10m air pistol mixed team: The Indian team of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary failed to qualify for the medal stage, while the duo of Yasashwini Deswal and Abhishek Verma couldn't qualify in the second stage.
Shooting 10m air rifle mixed team: Both the teams of Elavenil Valarivan/Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil/Deepak Kumar failed to go past the first qualification stage.
Hockey: India men's hockey team defeated Spain in their third group stage match.
Badminton: Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won their last group match but failed to qualify in the knockouts.
Table Tennis: Sharath Achantha Kamal lost to Ma Long in Round 3
Boxing: Lovlina Borgohain beats Nadine Apetz to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Sailing: India's Nethra Kumanan is ranked 38th after Laser Radial 6, while Vishnu Saravanan finished 22nd in Laser Race 5.
Men's skiff 49er: KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finish 18th (out of 19) in race 1.
Lovlina Borgohain storms into quarter-final of women's 69kg welterweight category!
July 27, 11:15AM: Lovlina Borgohain beats Germany's Nadine Apetz in round of 16
Lovlina Borgohain has defeated Nadine Apetz of Germany by split decision to qualify for the quarter-finals of Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Lovlina, who is the first boxer from Assam to qualify for the Olympics, beats Apetz 3-2 and is one step away from a medal in the 69kg category.
July 27, 11:04AM: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain begins her campaign
Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain takes on Nadine Apetz of Germany in women's lightweight round of 16 bout.
July 27, 10:30AM: Nethra Kumanan, Vishnu Saravanan in action
Indian sailor Nethra Kumanan has finished Laser Radial Race 5 at 32nd position while sailor Vishnu Saravanan finished Laser Race 4 at 23rd position.
July 27, 10:20AM: Divyansh-Elavenil and Deepak-Anjum fail to qualify for Stage 2
Another disappointing show from the Indian shooters. Both Indian pairs of Elavenil Valarivan/Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil/Deepak Kumar have failed to qualify for the Stage 2 of 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
July 27, 10:15 AM: Chirag Shetty/ Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beats Ben Lane/ Sean Vendy 2-0
The Indian duo wins the second game 21-19 after some stiff competition by the British pair saw the game last 19 minutes.
Unfortunately, this was the last match of Shetty and Rankireddy at Tokyo 2020, despite the Indian duo winning two of their three group matches. Their only defeat came against the world no.1 men's doubles pair.
July 27, 10:00AM: 10m air rifle mixed team qualification stage 1 begins
India's Elavenil Valarivan/Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil/Deepak Kumar are in action 10m air rifle mixed team qualification stage 1.
July 27, 9:49 AM: Chirag Shetty/ Satwiksairaj Rankireddy 21 - 17 Ben Lane/ Sean Vendy
The Indian pair leads 1-0 after the first game. The English duo remained quite competitive until the break, before they mellowed done to let India take the first game 21-17.