Tokyo Olympics 2021 Highlights: Sindhu wins bronze, hockey team in semis
Sindhu won the bronze medal in women's singles badminton while men's hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 to enter semis. India has now equalled its tally of 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Indian men's hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in a quarterfinal match to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years on Sunday. India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the win for the eight-time Olympic champions. Meanwhile, Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the bronze medal in women's singles badminton at the Tokyo Olympics. Sindhu defeated China's He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza to add a second medal to India's tally at the Olympics.
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The lone goal for Great Britain was scored by Sam Ward in the 45th minute. Even though the last of India's eight Olympic gold medals came way back in 1980 Moscow Games, there were no semifinals in that edition as only six teams were participating. The last time India featured in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972 Munich Games, where they lost 0-2 to arch-rivals Pakistan.
India will take on world champions Belgium in the semifinal on Tuesday. Belgium defeated Spain 3-1 in another quarterfinal to seal their place in the last four round. The other semifinal of the men's hockey competition will be played between Australia and Germany.Sindhu's historic moment
It is Sindhu's second medal at the Olympics after she won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also becomes the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. With Sindhu's bronze, India has now equalled its tally of 2016 Rio Olympics.
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India in boxing today
India boxer Satish Kumar bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics after losing against Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the quarter-finals of the men's super heavyweight (+91kg) category. Top seed Bakhodir Jalolov dominated the bout in all three rounds as he won by an anonymous 5-0 decision.
Jalolov with his quick feet and jab kept tagging Satish from the distance in the first round while the Indian boxer tried to get on a possible front foot but failed. The reigning World and Asian champion again showed his class in the second round and kept Satish at bay.
The southpaw boxer from Uzbekistan effortlessly took the third round too and marched into semis of the showpiece. But full marks to Satish for putting on a brave display despite his wound reopening and blood oozing out. He refused to quit and battled it out in what was a show of grit and determination.
Jalolov will now face either Great Britain's Frazer Clarke or France's Mourad Fraaliev in the final four.
Satish is the first Indian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer to compete at the Olympics. Earlier on Thursday, Satish progressed into the quarter-finals after defeating Ricardo Brown of Jamaica in the Round of 16 by a split decision of 4-1.