The Indian contingent's Day 8 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was a mixed bag, with just one athlete qualifying for the finals at the Summer Games.
PV Sindhu (badminton), Pooja Rani and Amit Panghal (boxing), shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil (women’s 50m rifle 3 positions) fell to disappointing results on Saturday, July 31 but Sindhu is still in contention to return home with a bronze medal.
Kamalpreet Kaur was the star of the day for India as she qualified for the final of the women's discus throw. The 25-year-old's throw landed at 64 metres, the mark required for automatic qualification, meaning she eclipsed the distances registered by defending gold medallist Sandra Perkovic (63.75m) of Croatia and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (63.18m) of Cuba.
The Indian women's hockey team have qualified for the quarter-finals after Ireland lost 2-0 to Great Britain.
July 31, 5:00 PM: India's report card at the end of Day 8 at Tokyo 2020
Archery: Atanu Das lost to Takaharu Furukawa of Japan in the Round of 16 of Men's singles. He is out of the competition.
Athletics: Kamalpreet Kaur finished second to qualify for the women's discus final.
M Sreeshankar finished with a best effort of 7.69 in qualification B in men's long jump, but his overall 25th place finish ended his hopes to make it to the final.
Badminton: PV Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying 18-21, 12-21. She will face China's He Bingjiao in the bronze medal match on Sunday.
Boxing: Amit Panghal lost his opening bout to Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia in Men's flyweight Round of 16. He is out as well.
Pooja Rani lost to China's Li Qian 5-0 in the women's middleweight quarterfinal.
Golf: Anirban Lahiri is tied 28th with a score of 6-under 207, while Udayan Mane is tied-55th with a total of 2-over 273 after three rounds.
Hockey: Indian women's hockey team beat South Africa 4-3 to place a foot in the quarter-finals. Qualification depends on Ireland's result against Great Britain.
Sailing: KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finished 14th in race 12 (out of 12), and 17th overall in the men's skiff 49er.
Shooting: Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to finish within the qualifying places of Women's 50m rifle 3 positions
July 31, 4:45 PM: Sindhu falls in the semi-finals
PV Sindhu will now have to settle for a possible bronze medal after losing 18-21, 12-21 to China's top-ranked shuttler Tai Tzu-Ying.
After a spirited first set, Sindhu appeared a bit complacent in the second set as Tai came from behind (4-3) to win 12-21 in a match that lasted 40 minutes.
July 31, 4:35 PM: World no 1 Tai in cruise control
Tai Tzu-Ying is currently in the driver's seat of the semi-final against PV Sindhu, leading with a scoreline of 10-17 in her favour.
Is it the end of the road for India's Sindhu?
July 31, 4:30 PM: Sindhu squanders lead and challenge appeal
The second set began evenly poised, but now the semi-final seems to be slipping away from the hands of PV Sindhu.
The ace shuttler, who held the lead at 4-3, is now staring at a score of 5-9 in Tai Tzu-Ying's favour.
July 31, 4:20 PM: Tai Tzu-Ying wins first set
Tai Tzu-Ying has held her nerve to regain the lead from India's PV Sindhu. The top-ranked shuttler is leaving no breathing space for her opponent and now takes the first set 21-18.
Will Sindhu strike back?
July 31, 4:11 PM: Tai Tzu-Ying levels scores
World no. 1 Tai Tzu-Ying strikes back to draw the scores 11-11 in the first set. While PV Sindhu was enjoying the lead at 11-8, the 27-year-old won three points in a row to keep the first game alive.
A crunch contest indeed.
July 31, 4:10 PM: Sindhu keeping it cool
After losing the first two points, PV Sindhu has fought back to maintain the lead in the first game.
July 31, 3:57 PM: Pooja Rani exits Tokyo 2020
A dejected Pooja Rani exits Tokyo 2020 after losing her quarter-final against China's Li Qian 5-0.
Rani's straight jab in the opening round proved to be her only offensive move as she struggled to defend or reply to Qian's proactive moves.
This ends India's boxing challenge at the Summer Games.
July 31, 3:54 PM: Li Qian goes 2-0 up
India's Pooja Rani certainly on the back foot after losing the second round with a 5-0 scoreline.
The Indian boxer couldn't contain the flurry of punches from her Chinese opponent.
Its do or die for the medal hopeful!
July 31, 3:50 PM: Qian wins first round
China's Li Qian wins the first round with a unanimous 5-0 score in her favour.
Pooja Rani appears a bit shaky at the moment.