Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 7 Live Updates: Deepika Kumari advances to quarters, Avinash Sable creates new national recordJuly 30, 2021
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 7 Live Updates: It is going to be an action-packed day for the Indian contingent with many athletes one win away from increasing India’s medal tally. There has been no additions to the medal count since Mirabai Chanu won the historic silver medal in weightlifting. Deepika Kumari held her nerves in a shoot-off against Ksenia Perova to book quarterfinal spot against An San. With athletics kickstarting on Friday, Avinash Sable bettered his own national record. He however missed the steeplechase final. Meanwhile, it was all over for Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat, who were both out of medal contention in 25m pistol event.
In other events, PV Sindhu takes on Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in her quarterfinal match. Lovlina Borgohain will lock horns with Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen in her quarterfinal bout as well. India begin its athletics campaign as MP Jabir and Dutee Chand will compete in 400m Hurdles and 100m round one races. After qualifying for the hockey quarter-finals with an emphatic 3-1 win over Argentina, Manpreet Singh-led India will take on hosts Japan in their group stage game. On the other hand, Rani Rampal-led India will be looking for their first win when they take on Ireland.
Remaining matches on Day 7 for India: BOXING: Simranjit Kaur vs Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand) in Women’s 60kg Round of 16 Bout: 8:18 AM | ATHLETICS: M P Jabir in Men’s 400m Hurdles Round 1 Heat 5: 8:27 AM | SAILING: KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar in Men’s Skiff 49er Race 7, 8 and 9: 8:35 AM | SAILING: Nethra Kumanan in Women’s Laser Radial Race 9 and 10: 8:35 AM | ATHLETICS: Dutee Chand in Women’s 100m Round 1 Heats: 8:45 AM | BOXING: Lovlina Borgohain vs Nien-Chin Chen (Chinese Taipei) in Women’s 69kg Quarterfinal Bout: 8:48 AM | HOCKEY: India vs Ireland in Women’s Pool A Match: 9:15 AM | SAILING: Vishnu Saravanan in Men’s Laser Race 9 and 10: 11:05 AM | ARCHERY: Deepika Kumari in women’s individual quarterfinals: 11:30 AM | BADMINTON: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) in Women’s Singles Quarterfinal Match: 1:15 PM | EQUESTRIAN: Fouaad Mirza in Eventing Dressage Day 1 Session 2: Starts at 2 PM | HOCKEY: India vs Japan in Men’s Pool A match: 3:00 PM | ATHLETICS: Mixed 4x400m Relay Race Round 1 Heat 2: 4:42 PM
Mary Kom thought she had won – when she raised her arms in the ring, hugged her opponent, bowed, fist-pumped her coach, spoke to the media. The Indian was convinced she was the winner.
“When they took me for a dope test, Chhote (Lal, Mary’s coach) was telling me, ‘We have lost 3-2 but to me, you are a winner, don’t worry’,” Mary said, almost three hours after her bout against Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia. “I asked him, ‘what do you mean by that? I have won, no?’ It was at that point I realised I had lost. Then, I got notification of a tweet by (union minister) Kiren Rijiju sir, and I thought, ‘oh my God, what happened?’”
What seems to have happened is a series of misunderstandings in what eventually turned out to be Mary’s last Olympic bout. Mary was up against Rio bronze medallist Valencia in her Round-of-16 bout at the Kokugikan Arena. It was a close, at times cagey, affair with neither boxer really going all out. Out of the three rounds, Mary won two. Yet, when the scores of the individual referees were tallied, Valencia had more points and after a dramatic pause, the red corner – Valencia – was declared the winner.