December 9, 2022

After Mirabai Chanu’s silver medal in ladies’s 49 kg weightlifting on day one of many Tokyo 2020 Olympics, boxer Lovlina Borgohain has assured India it’s the second medal of the video games by reaching the semi-final of the ladies’s welterweight (69kg) class. With Chanu, India had the absolute best begin to the Video games and raised hopes of an excellent displaying by the Indian athletes within the subsequent days, particularly with capturing occasions lined up within the first week of the competitors. Nevertheless, after that prime of day one, it had not been an excellent first few days for India, till, Borgohain’s victory. And as we enter the enterprise finish of some Olympic occasions, there may be are probabilities of India’s medal tally rising. We try to analyse from the place is India getting its subsequent medal.



PV Sindhu, in scientific efficiency, acquired the higher of upper seed Akane Yamaguchi in straight video games and she or he is only one win away from reaching the gold medal match for the second Olympic Video games in a row. Earlier than that, she faces the massive process of getting the higher of World No.1 Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese language Taipei. Even when she loses in opposition to Ying, she can have yet another probability of ending on the podium within the bronze medal play-off match in opposition to the opposite shedding semi-finalist. Sindhu has misplaced the final three matches in opposition to Tai Tzu-ying, and has a  5-13 document in opposition to her. The Indian must provide you with one thing extraordinary in opposition to her subsequent opponent, to progress to the ultimate.

PV Sindhu had earlier made quick work of Isreali Ksenia Polikarpova and Hong Kong’s Ngan Cheung Yi to make sure her entry to the knockout levels from Group J. She went on to beat Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in straight video games to maneuver to the quarters.

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India are left with only one extra medal alternative with Aishwary Pratap Singh, Sanjeev Rajput in 50m Rifle 3 Positions Males’s occasion. Manu Bhaker and veteran Rahi Sarnobat did not make it to the 25m Pistol Speedy/Precision, which was rookie Bhaker’s closing occasion on the Video games and she or he returns with no medals, crashing out on the qualifying levels of all three occasions that she participated in. On Sturday, Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant additionally crashed out of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions ladies, To this point, solely Sourabh Chaudhary has made it to the ultimate of a capturing occasion at Tokyo.


Bajrang Punia in males’s freestyle wrestling 65 kg class and Vinesh Phogat in ladies’s freestyle wrestling 53kg class are India’s greatest bets for medals in wrestling. After struggling a freak damage through the Rio Olympics, Phogat needed to return to India in a wheelchair. She underwent surgical procedure and has come again stronger than ever. She enters the competitors as World No.1. Additionally, her nemesis and the gold normal within the class, Japanese Mayu Mukaida will cross paths with Phogat solely within the finals, if she makes it that far. Bajrang Punia is a three-time world championship winner in his class, and successful the Olympic gold needs to be the pure development. He’s seeded second behind Russia’s Gadhzimurad Rashidov. Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia are the darkish horses. Wrestling occasions begin from August 1.


Whereas Lovlina Borgohain has been the star for India within the boxing ring in Tokyo, the first-round exits of World No. 1 Amit Phangal and the veteran Vikas Krishan have come as a shock to many. Whereas Pooja Rani will probably be in motion on Saturday, she faces a tricky ask within the quarter-finals in opposition to former one-time World Championship gold-medalist and Rio Video games bronze medallist Qian Li of China.


Neeraj Chopra has the credentials to go for a medal which if it materializes could be Unbiased India’s first in athletics. Regardless of the shortage of competitors in a closely disrupted season due to the pandemic, the nationwide document holder has expressed optimism that he would be capable to do properly in Tokyo. German Vetter is the odds-on favorite in javelin. Seven throws of 90-metre-plus this season give him a psychological benefit over the remaining from which defending champion Thomas Rohler of Germany and a few different massive names could be lacking due to accidents. Barring damage, Vetter ought to dominate. The remaining together with Chopra may very well be a toss-up to fill within the podium locations. Kamalpreet Kaur has additionally raised hopes of medal after getting into the ultimate of Girls’s Discus. Her closing will probably be performed on Aug 3.


An aura of expectation and positivity surrounds the Indian males’s hockey crew as they launch one other bid for Olympic glory in few days time. There’s encouragement from all quarters and regardless of a squad boasting of 10 gamers that will probably be making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo, the crew continues to be among the many favourites to win a medal, dare I say, even gold. So what has contributed to this excessive expectation? To begin of with, the crew has been fairly constant in recent times. They’ve been constantly registering victories in opposition to robust groups. Since Rio Video games, they’ve completed runners-up at Champions Trophy, gained bronze at Asian Video games, clinched gold at Males’s Asia Cup, gained successive gold medals on the Asian Champions Trophy, completed on the prime of World Hockey Collection amongst others. The crew is a wholesome combination of outdated and youth. Protection is their robust space however a scarcity of expertise within the assault may very well be an space of concern. And below the management of Manpreet Singh and the steering of coach Graham Reid, the squad has all of the makings of returning dwelling with a medal.

UPDATE: With a win over reigning Olympic champions Argentina, the boys’s crew have booked a quarter-final spot and has completed second of their group. They may face Nice Britain within the quarters.

Additionally, here’s a recap of how has our contingent fared to this point.

India had despatched its largest-ever capturing contingent with World cup winners, top-ranked shooters of their formidable line-up. Nevertheless, the capturing vary has drawn a clean to this point with solely Sourabh Chaudhary making it to the finals of any capturing occasion – the Males’s 10m Air Pistol. Protégées Bhaker, Yashaswini Deswal, Elavenil Valarivan, Divyansh Panwar and the likes of Abhishek Verma, Deepak Kumar, Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil haven’t been in a position to medal on the Video games to this point. The largest disappointment being the crew occasions – the 10m Air Pistol and 10m Air Rifle blended occasions the place India had two groups every and had been thought of sure-shot medal contenders, however none of 4 pairs made it to the medal matches. Bhaker’s Pistol malfunction controversy has been brewing up. Skeet Shooters Angad Bajwa and Mairaj Ahamad Khan didn’t go previous the qualification levels.

In Desk Tennis, the blended crew of Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal Achanta fell within the first hurdle itself, and whereas medal hopes from TT particular person occasions had been very bleak, however Sathiyan Gnansekaran’s first-round exit was a actuality verify. Batra and Sharath made it to Spherical 3 the place they fell in opposition to far superior opponents. Sutirtha Mukherjee additionally made a successful begin earlier than shedding out within the second spherical. Sharath was up in opposition to the all-time nice Ma Lengthy, and shaving a set off the ‘Dragon’ in itself is an achievement the 39-year-old might be pleased with.

In Badminton, India’s lone problem stays within the type of PV Sindhu after B Sai Praneeth and doubles’ pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty bowed out. Whereas Praneeth shot himself within the foot with a loss to lower-ranked Misha Zilberman of Isreal in his opening group recreation, Reddy and Shetty ought to think about themselves would possibly unfortunate to not have made it out of their powerful group, regardless of posting two wins. World No.3 crew of Chinese language Taipei and the No.1 ranked Indonesians ‘Minions’ Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo had been of their group. The Indians had gained in opposition to the Chinese language Taipei’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin. The Archers’ poor displaying within the rating rounds meant they’d more durable attracts within the crew occasions and within the particular person elimination rounds. Each the blended and males’s groups bumped into the invincible Koreans to bow out early.

CA Bhavani Devi scripted historical past with India’s first-ever participation in fencing and went a step additional registering her first win in opposition to Tunisian Nadia Ben Azizi, however fell prey to World. No.4 from France Manon Brunet. In tennis, the ladies’s pair of Saina Mirza and Ankita Raina began off with a bang blanking Ukrainian twin sisters Nadiia and Liudmyla Kichenok 6-0 within the first set, however misplaced steam, bowing out with 6-7 (0), 8-10 loss within the subsequent two units. Sumit Nagal shone the brightest on the Tennis court docket with an enormous win over higher-ranked Denis Istomin however was no match to Seed No.2 Daniil Medvedev within the second spherical.

In boxing, Mary Kom has made a successful begin in flyweight, so has Lovlina Borghain in ladies’s welterweight. Veteran boxer Vikas Krishan was knocked out in Spherical of 32 in Males’s 69 kg. He had suffered a shoulder damage throughout one of many coaching classes forward of the Olympics and thus was not fully match. Aside from Krishan, Manish Kaushik (males’s light-weight) and Ashish Kumar (males’s middleweight) have been knocked. Satish Kumar in males’s 91+ has made to the subsequent spherical, however he meets world Gymnast Pranati Nayak stood 79th in all-round {qualifications}, whereas Judoka Sushila Devi misplaced in Spherical of 32. The swimmers – Sajan Prakash, Manaa Patel and Srihari Natraj additionally did not make any massive splash within the pool. The Sailors are holding their very own, however none are in medal competition. Rowers Arjun Lal and Arvind Singh are out of medal competition in Light-weight males’s double sculls.

In hockey, the Indian males’s crew are by way of to the quarters with 4 wins to this point; the one blip being a heavy 1-7 loss to Australia. They beat New Zealand 3-2 Of their opener and after the massive loss to Australia, got here again robust to beat higher-ranked Spain 3-0 and knocked off reigning Olympic Champions Argentina 31 and acquired the higher of Japan 5-3. Girls’s groups have registered a win over South Africa after shedding to Netherlands 5-1, Germany 2-0 and to Nice Britain 1-4. They nonetheless are in competition to achieve the knockout levels, had been they might probably face Australia.


So, this has been the story to this point for India on the Tokyo Olympics and with Chanu returning dwelling, the information cycle could be very a lot fastened on the Manipuri. Having stated that, it’s not all gloom for India and there may be sufficient scope to maintain your spirits excessive as we now check out the place is India’s subsequent medal coming from –

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