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Tokyo Olympics 2021 LIVE, Badminton: Sindhu storms into semifinal

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) assured India of their first boxing medal at Tokyo Olympics 2021. Check India today's Olympics matches, Tokyo 2020 live updates and telecast details in India

Reigning world Champion P V Sindhu kept India's hopes of winning a first-ever Olympic gold in badminton alive as she reached the semifinals of women's singles with a fighting straight-game win over world no 5 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi at Tokyo Olympics 2021 today.

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The 26-year-old Indian, who won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, defended brilliantly and rode on her attack to outclass the fourth seeded Yamaguchi 21-13 22-20 in a 56-minute quarterfinal clash at the Musashino Forest Plaza here.

She will next face the winner of the other quarterfinal between Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying.

The sixth seeded Indian came into the match with a 11-7 head-to-head count against the Japanese, whom she had last beaten at the All England Championship in March this year.

On Thursday, Sindhu had notched up a straight-game triumph over Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt, 13th seed, in the pre-quarterfinals.

She was the lone Indian in fray in badminton after men's singles player B Sai Praneeth and men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy failed to qualify for the knockout stage.  

India in boxing today

Debutant Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) assured India of their first boxing medal at  Tokyo Olympics 2021 when she upstaged former world champion Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei to enter the semifinals today.

The 23-year-old Assam boxer prevailed 4-1 to make the last-four where she will square off against reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, who hammered Anna Lysenko in her quarterfinal bout.

Borgohain, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, displayed tremendous calm in the face of a plucky opponent, who had beaten her in the past.

She was aggressive to start with, followed it up with a tremendous counter-attacking game and kept her defence tight in the final three minutes to emerge triumphant.

The youngster, who was laid low by COVID-19 last year and missed a training trip to Europe because of it, let out a huge scream after the referee raised her hand, pent up emotions finally getting the better of her.

India's previous boxing medals have come through Vijender Singh (2008) and M C Mary Kom (2012). Both of them had won bronze medals and Borgohain would look to better that.

Earlier, Simranjit Kaur (60kg) lost to Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee in the pre-quarterfinals to make an early exit from the Games here.

The 26-year-old Indian, seeded fourth, went down 0-5 despite a gritty performance.

RESULTS: India on July 30


HOCKEY: India beats Ireland 1-0

LIVE GOLF: Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane in action

LIVE Sailing: Nethra in W laser radial, Ganapathy/Varun in 49-er skiff

Archery: Deepika Kumari advances to quarterfinals

Athletics: Avinash Sable breaks the National Record in 3000m steeplechase, finishes seventh in heats; Jabir out in 400m H heats. Dutee Chand out in 100m heats

Shooting: Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat out in 25m pistol qualifying

Boxing: Simranjit Kaur out in r-o-16

Badminton: PV Sindhu enters semifinal

India in Archery today

World number one archer Deepika Kumari's quest for an Olympic medal ended in heartbreak for the third time as she surrendered tamely to Korean top seed An San in straight sets in the quarterfinals at Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games .

Deepika misfired four 7s as An, who had broken a 25-year-old Olympic record en route to topping the ranking round, wrapped up the women's individual match 6-0 in less than six minutes.

For the three-time Olympian Deepika, this was yet another heartbreaking outing at the Games.

In the 2016 Rio Olympics, she had lost in the pre-quarterfinals, while at her maiden Olympics in London, where she had gone as a number one ranked player, she had crashed out in the opening round.

Deepika's husband Atanu Das is the only Indian left in contention for a medal as he made the pre-quarterfinals on Thursday with a stunning shoot-off win over two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek.

In his last-16 match slated on Saturday, Das will face home favourite Takaharu Furukawa, an individual silver medallist at the 2012 Olympics and a team bronze winner at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Earlier in her last-16 match, Deepika held her nerves to pip 2017 world champion Ksenia Perova of the Russian Olympic Committee in a thrilling one-arrow shoot-off to seal a 6-5 (10-7) win.

India in Athletics today

Avinash Sable broke his own national record in the 3000m steeplechase while finishing sixth in his heat race at the Olympics on Friday morning. Sable, 26, ran an 8:18.12 in heat 2 to break his previous national record of 8:20.20, which he set during the Federation Cup in March. 

The top three competitors from each of the three heats, as well as the next six quickest athletes from all of the qualifying heats, advance to the final, and Sable is a surprise qualifier.

Dutee was nowhere near her best as she clocked 11.54 seconds in 100m, well outside her national record of 11.17 seconds -- also her season's best -- to finish seventh in heat 5 and 45th overall out of 54 competitors.

The first three in each of the seven heats and the next three fastest advance to the semifinals.

The 25-year-old had qualified for the Olympics on the basis of world rankings, unable to breach the automatic qualification mark of 11.15 seconds.

She has also qualified for the Olympics in 200m race on the basis of world rankings.

The Indian women's hockey team scored a late goal to eke out a narrow 1-0 victory over Ireland in a must-win penultimate pool match to stay alive in the Olympics here on Friday.

Needing a win to keep their hopes alive after three consecutive losses, India waited anxiously for 57 minutes before Navneet Kaur scored the winner to keep her side in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth.

India will now need to win their final Pool A match against South Africa on Saturday and hope for Ireland to face defeat at the hands of Great Britain to seal their quarterfinal berth.

The top four teams from each pool qualify for the knockout stage.

India's medal hopeful PV Sindhu would look to clinch another victory as she faces a stiff challenge in Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-final today at Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Deepika Kumari vs Ksenia Perova (Russian Olympic Committee) in Women's Individual Pre-quarterfinals Match: WINS.

Avinash Sable in Men's 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 Heat 2: 6:17 am IST.

M P Jabir in Men's 400m Hurdles Round 1 Heat 5: 8:27 am IST.

Dutee Chand in Women's 100m Round 1 Heats: 8:45 am IST Start.

Mixed 4x400m Relay Race Round 1 Heat 2: 4:42 pm IST.

Badminton:   P V Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) in Women's Singles Quarterfinal Match: 1:15 pm IST.  Boxing:  COMPLETED: Simranjit Kaur vs Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand) in Women's 60kg Round of 16 Bout: 8:18 am IST.  COMPLETED: Lovlina Borgohain vs Nien-Chin Chen (Chinese Taipei) in Women's 69kg Quarterfinal Bout: 8:48 am IST.   Equestrian:   Fouad Mirza in Eventing Dressage Day 1 Session 2: Starts at 2 pm IST.  Golf:   Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane in Men's Individual Stroke Play Round 2: 04:00 am IST.  Hockey:  COMPLETED: India vs Ireland in Women's Pool A Match: 8:15 am IST.   India vs Japan in Men's Pool A match: 3:00 pm IST.   Shooting:  COMPLETED: Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat in Women's 25m Pistol Qualification Rapid: 5:30 am IST.    Tokyo Olympics 2020 live telecast India and streaming details   The live broadcast of India’s Olympics matches will take place on Sony Sports Network. Sony TEN 1 HD/SD, Sony TEN 2 HD/SD and Sony SIX HD/SD with English commentary. Sony TEN 3 HD/SD to live telecast Tokyo Olympics 2021 with Hindi Commentary. DD Sports will live broadcast India matches on its Direct-to-home DTH service.   The live streaming of Olympics 2021 will be available on Sony LIV App and website.   Stay tuned for Olympics 2021 live updates….

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