Tokyo Olympics 2021 Highlights: Chanu's silver opens India's medal tally

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won India's first medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 today.

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Mirabai Chanu wins silver for India on Day 1 of Tokyo Olympics 2021. Photo: Twitter

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won India's first medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 today, claiming silver in the women's 49kg weightlifting. Mirabai had a total lift of 202kg - 87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk as she finished second behind China's Hou Zihui 210kg (94 & 116) who set an Olympic record in snatch.

Indian shooters, however, disappointed as Saurabh Chaudhary finished seventh in men's 10m Air Pistol final. Elavenil Valarivan finished at 16th while Apurvi Chandela finished 36th and therefore failed to qualify in the 10m air rifle women's qualification round.
China wins first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics 2021 as Qian Yang topped women's 10m air rifle event. Earlier, India shooters Apurvi Chandel and Elavenil Valarivan were knocked out in qualification in the same event.

Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav's mixed team has stormed into the quarterfinals after winning the first match against Chinese Taipei but failed to overcome Korean challenge in the quarterfinals.

Boxer Vikas Krishan lost to Japan's Sewonrets Quincy Mensah Okazawa in his Men's Welter (69kg) Round of 32 clash. In table tennis singles event, Manika Batra won her first round match against Tin-Tin Ho of Great Britain in straight games. 

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while Sharath Kamal and Batra lost in straight games against the Chinese Taipei pair of Yun Ju Lin and Ching I Cheng in their Round of 16 clash in the mixed doubles event. 

In tennis, Sumit Nagal won his first round singles match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. 

In badminton, men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Chinese Taipei's Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang.

Meanwhile, badminton player Sai Praneeth lost to Misha Zilberman of Israel in the men's singles Group Stage. 

In men's hockey, India beat New Zealand 3-2 in the Pool A match, however, India's women's hockey team suffered defeat against Netherlands. 

India at Tokyo Olympics 2021: Results, July 24

49-kg category women's weightlifting: MIRABAI CHANU WINS SILVER

Archery Mixed Team: Deepika Kumari-Pravin Jadhav d. Chinese Taipei 5-3 to make the quarterfinals (at 11:04AM IST).

10m Women's Air Rifle: Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela are out at qualification, finishing 16th and 36th, respectively.

Men's Hockey Pool A: India beat New Zealand 3-2 

10m Men's Air Rifle: Saurabh Chaudhary qualifies first. Abhishek Verma out at qualification, finishing 17th.

Men's singles Badminton: Sai Praneeth loses 2-0.

Archery Mixed Team: Deepika Kumari-Pravin Jadhav lost to Korea's An San and Kim Je Deok in the quarterfinals.

Men's Singles Tennis: Sumit Nagal beats Uzbekistan's ISTOMIN Denis (6-4, 6-7, 6-4)

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India’s Olympics matches today
Events Indian participants Match timing (IST) Result
10m Air Rifle Women's Qualification Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan ENDS failed to qualify for main event.
10m Air Pistol Men's Qualification Abhishek Verma and saurabh Chaudhary Ends Abhishek fails to qualify
10m Air Pistol Men's finals Saurabh Chaudhary Ends Saurabh finishes seventh
Mixed Team Deepika Kumar and Pravin Jadhav - India won 5-3
Mixed Team Deepika Kumar and Pravin Jadhav ENDS India loses (6-2)
Group stage India vs New Zealand India won 3-2 (final score)
Group stage India vs Netherlands India lost 5-1
LWT Men's Double Sculls Heat 2 Arjun Lal Jat, Arvind Singh ENDS Qualified for repachge
Men's singles first round Sumit Nagal vs Denis Istomin(UZB) Nagal wins 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Women's 48 kg Elimination round of 32 Shushila Devi vs Eva Csernoviczki (HUN) 7:30 AM TBD
Table Tennis
Mixed doubles Round of 16 Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal Achanta India lose 4-0
Women's singles Round 1 Manika Batra Manika wins 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9
Sutirtha Mukherjee Ends Wins in the 1st round
Men's Welter (63-69) kg, Round of 32 Vikas Krishan Ends Loses in the first round
Men's Doubles (Group Stage) Satwiksairaj and Chirag India wins 2-1
Men's singles first round B Sai Praneeth India loses 2-0

6:48 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

Its full-time and Netherlands thrash India 5-1.
6:34 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

GOAL! It's 5-1 and it doesn't look like India will be able to bounce back from here
6:24 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

End ofthe third quarter and Netherlands lead 4-1 in the women's hockey competition
6:22 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

GOAL!! It's 4-1 as Netherlands score another
6:21 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

GOAL!! Netherlands score another and takes a 3-1 lead against India in the women's hockey competition
6:17 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

India still looking to bounce back in the 3rd quarter after conceding a goal.
6:08 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

GOAL!  Netherland scores and takes a lead here
6:04 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

Third quarter begins, scores still stand at 1-1
5:53 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

It's still 1-1 after the second quarter as no goals were scored by both sides.
5:46 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

It's still 1-1 in the second-half as India looks for another goal
5:39 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India vs Netherlands

After first quarter, India are currently level at 1-1 against Netherlands. 
5:27 PM

Netherlands scores first goal, India bounces back

Felice Albers gives Netherlands the lead, India replies just minutes later with a goal
5:14 PM

Tokyo Olympics: India takes on Netherlands

The women's hockey team set to face Netherlands in the Pool A fixture. The match is expected to begin at 5:15 PM.
4:40 PM

Indian women's hockey team

The women's hockey team set to face Netherlands in the Pool A fixture. The match is expected to begin at 5:15 PM.
4:31 PM

Vikas Krishan loses to Sewonrets Quincy Mensah Okazawa

After round 3, Sewonrets Quincy Mensah Okazawa defeats Vikas Krishan, 5-0.
4:22 PM

Vikas Krishan begins India's boxing campaign!

Now its time for India's boxing campaign to begin! Vikas Krishan enters, and will face Japan's Sewonrets Quincy Mensah Okazawa.
4:08 PM

Olympics tennis: Djokovic starts campaign with a win

Men's world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and women's world No. 8 Iga Swiatek of Poland won their opening-round matches in the Olympics tennis event at the Ariake Tennis Park here on Saturday.
Daniil Medvedev, representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team since Russia is banned, also won his first-round match against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-4, 7-6(8). Medvedev will now face India's Sumit Nagal in the second round. Nagal had beaten Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4.
Among other winners in men's section were Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who beat Taro Daniel 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(3), ROC's Aslan Karatsev who trumped 6-3, 6-2 and Italian Fabio Fognini who beat Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-3.
Besides Iga in the women's section, Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova beat Kazakh opponent Zarina Diyas, who retired in the first set after trailing 2-5, Switzerland's Belinda Bencic beat Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of ROC thumped Italy's Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1.
Maria Sakkari of Greece and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan also won their -round matches in straight sets.
Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic had a tough outing against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, winning in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
3:39 PM

Mirabai Chanu Dedicates Medal To Country!

3:37 PM

Accidental weightlifter to Olympic medallist, Mirabai Chanu's story

From failing to lift in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to winning a silver medal in Tokyo, life has come a long way for Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu.
Mirabai, the 26-year-old from Manipur, finished second behind China's Hou Zihui (210kg -- 94 snatch & 116 clean & jerk) with a total of 202kg (87 in snatch and 115 in clean and jerk) to win the silver medal.
Indonesia's Aisah Windy Cantika took the bronze medal with an aggregate of 194kg.
With this, Mirabai won India's first medal in Tokyo and became the second weightlifter from the country to clinch an Olympic medal. Karnam Malleswari had won the country's maiden medal in the sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Mirabai ended a two-decade-long drought in Indian weightlifting -- a time in which the sport was tarnished by several doping scandals, including at the 2004 Athens Olympics when Pratima Kumari and Sanamacha Chanu disgraced the country. Mirabai's medal will also be a balm for a sport that has always produced champions alongside dope cheaters over the years.
An employee of the Indian Railways, Mirabai's entry into weightlifting was accidental. At the age of 12, she had gone to the Khuman Lampak Stadium in Manipur's capital Imphal to gone to enrol herself in archery.
The archery centre was closed and Mirabai stepped into the nearby weightlifting arena to enquire about archery. Instead, she got hooked to the sport for life as the weights and weightlifting apparatus attracted her attention. As she had built her strength lugging firewood up and down the hills, weightlifting came easily to Mirabai.
For the next few years, she would travel nearly 20 km daily from her home in Mongkok Kakching village to the state capital Imphal for weightlifting training.
Mirabai moved to Delhi once she made a mark at the national level and soon made it to the national camp.
Her first breakthrough came at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games when she won the silver medal in the 48 kg weight category.
"She is very hardworking and determined and has a strong willpower, which is evident from her comeback after the disappointment she faced in Rio de Janeiro," says N Kunjarani Devi, a legend in Indian women's weightlifting, who has won more than 50 international medals including silver at World Championships.
Kunjarani said that Mirabai has come up the hard way, spending years away from home struggling with limited resources.
"Manipur is a small state, not so financially rich. Mirabai comes from a middle-class family and had to struggle a lot to pursue weightlifting. Her parents and family supported her and she also took care of them once she got a job with the Railways. She also got cash awards for winning medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games. As a Manipuri, I feel proud that a girl from my home state has won India's first medal at the Tokyo Olympics," says Kunjarani, a senior officer with the CRPF posted in Delhi.
"Mirabai richly deserves all the accolades coming her way because she has proven that hard work always pays," Kunjarani added.
In the last five years, Mirabai has won multiple accolades. She has been conferred upon with the Arjuna Award, was honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018, and the Padma Shri.
In 2017, she became the first Indian after Karnam Malleswari (1994) to win a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships. In 2018, she won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In April 2021, she set a world record in clean & jerk at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent.
But this was also the period when her struggles with injuries began, especially her shoulder and back.
In 2019, she went to the United States for a lengthy rehabilitation-cum-training camp under renowned strength and conditioning coach Dr. Aaron Horschig. Just before the Olympics, she had again flown to the United States to spend two weeks at Dr. Horschig's academy as the injures had surfaced again and were troubling her.
While people following her career kept their fingers crossed as she flew from St. Louis to Tokyo, Mirabai had determination writ large on her face. She wanted to exorcise the ghost of the Rio Olympic Games once and for all.
3:34 PM

Winning medal at Olympics is a dream come true, dedicate it to my country: Mirabai Chanu

After winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Saturday said this is a dream come true and also thanked the entire country for praying for her victory.

Mirabai Chanu opened India's medals tally on Saturday as she bagged a silver in the Women's 49kg category at Tokyo International Forum.

"It's really a dream come true for me. I would like to dedicate this medal to my country and would like to thank the billion prayers of all Indians which were with me during this journey. I like to thank my family especially my mother for a lot of sacrifices and believing in me," said Chanu in a statement posted on her Twitter account.

"Also special thanks to our government for supporting me, Ministry of Sports, SAI, I0A, Weightlifting Federation of India, Railways, OGQ, sponsors, and my marketing agency IOS for their continuous support in this journey," she added.

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First Published: Jul 24 2021 | 5:16 AM IST

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