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The Indian contingent had an optimistic Day 7 of Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with a podium finish guaranteed in the boxing event.

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu moved into the semi-finals following a convincing win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles quarter-final, while Lovlina Borgohain has been assured of a bronze following a 4-1 victory Chinese Taipei’s Chen Nien-chin in the women's 69kg quarter-final.

The Indian hockey teams (men and women) won their respective matches, with the women's team still in contention to move into the last eight.

July 28, 5:15PM: India's report card at the end of Day 7 at Tokyo 2020

Golf: Udayan Mane was tied 57th at the end of the second round in the men's individual stroke play.

Anirban Lahiri, tied 20th, will resume his second round alongside 15 golfers on at 7.45 AM IST on Saturday.

Archery: Deepika Kumari lost 0-6 to top seed An San in the semi-finals, after beating Ksenia Perova 6-5 to move to the quarter-finals.

Athletics: Avinash Sable finishes 7th in 3000m steeplechase heats. He creates a new national record. Furthermore, Dutee Chand is out of 100m heats.

MP Jabir failed to advance to the semi-finals of the men's 400m hurdles after finishing seventh in heat 5.

The quartet of Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, Alex Anthony and Sarthak Bhambri finished 8th in heat 2, 13th overall in the mixed 4X400m relay.

Badminton: PV Sindhu beat Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20 to advance to the women's singles semifinals.

Boxing: Simranjit Kaur beaten by Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand) in the women's lightweight round of 16.

Meanwhile, Lovlina Borgohain beats Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei to make it to the semi-finals. She is now assured of a bronze medal.

Hockey: India beat Ireland 1-0 in Women's Pool A match to keep their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive.

The men's hockey team rounded up their group stage (Men's Pool A) campaign with a 5-3 win over hosts Japan.

Equestrian: Fouaad Mirza is tied 7th in the individual eventing dressage 1 event.

Sailing: Nethra Kumanan finished 35th after 10 races (radial) while Vishnu Saravanan ended 20th overall after 10 races (standard) to end India's challenge in the laser sailing event.

In the men's skiff 49er, KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar ended 17th position after 9 races.

Shooting: Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat failed to qualify for the women's 25m pistol final

July 30, 4:33 PM: India 5-3 Japan (fourth-quarter)

After Japan's short resurgence in the second and third quarters, the Men in Blue put them to the sword in the fourth and final session.

Nilikanta Sharma finally got his name on the scoresheet for India after he positioned himself brilliantly for an easy tap-in. It was followed by a close-range goal by Gurjant Singh, who deflected a shot from the penalty corner.

Japan showed some urgency in the dying minutes of the quarter with Kanzuma Murata pulling one back, but to no effect.
 

India finish their group stages with three consecutive wins as they advance to the knockouts. 

July 30, 4:09 PM: India 3-2 Japan (third-quarter)

A very open-ended third quarter comes to a brilliant end. After defending for the most part of the first two quarters, Japan are playing aggressively and the results can be seen.

Kota Watanabe had levelled the scores 2-2 in the 31st minute before Shamsher Singh regained the lead for India in the 34th minute. India came close to doubling the lead with 30 seconds remaining but Japan manage to keep them at the bay by the skin of their teeth.

July 30, 3:39 PM: India 2-1 Japan (second-quarter)

While an early goal by Gurjant Singh following Simranjeet Singh's initial efforts was supposed to dictate most of the play in the second quarter, a blunder by Birendra Lakra saw Japan pull one goal back through Tanaka Kaito.

The game remained mostly open with India coming close to scoring on multiple occasions but Japan stay alive with some solid defending.

July 30, 3;30PM: Fouaad Mirza moves to seventh in individual eventing dressage 1

India's equestrian Fouaad Mirza has jumped to seventh after an impressive performance with his partner Seigneur Medicott in individual eventing dressage 1.  The 2018 Asian Games silver medallist will be again in action tomorrow.

July 30, 3:16 PM: India 1-0 Japan (first-quarter)

Harmanpreet Singh's goal is the difference between the two sides!

It has been absolute domination from India in the first quarter and hosts Japan are lucky to trail by just a goal. India will look to widen the gap in the upcoming quarter.
 

July 30, 2:50 PM: PV Sindhu 22 - 20 Akane Yamaguchi (2-0)

Sindhu lets out a huge scream as she downs no.4 seed and one of Japan's hot favourites to reach the semi-finals!

The topsy-turvy second game saw Yamaguchi leading for most of the time after the break. From 8-14 down to lead 16-15, Yamaguchi showed extreme heart riding on her unparalleled stamina! A huge turning point in the game was the 31-shot rally that lasted 38 seconds with Yamaguchi winning the point.

But, Sindhu brought her power game into the equation in the dying moments to seal the match 21-13, 22-20!
 

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