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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Indian events updates from Day 1

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The day started with Women 10m Air Rifle Qualification event but unfortunately, both Elavenil Valarivan (626.5) and Apurvi Chandela (621.9) failed to qualify for the final of the women 10m Air Rifle event. 

In the mixed team archery event, Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav beat the Chinese Taipei pair 5-3 in the 1/8 eliminator and moved to the quarterfinal round against Korea but sadly, India lost to the Korean team 2-6 in the quarterfinals of the mixed team event.

In the next Indian event, Rowing, Arvind Singh, and Arjun Jat Lal finished 5th in the Heats Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls, the pair will now be performing in the repechage races. 

Indian Men Hockey team defeated New Zealand (3-2) to start their campaign with a win.

In badminton, India’s Sai Praneeth lost his first group D game in Men’s singles against Israel’s Misha Zilberman. Chirag Shetty- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the Men’s doubles by beating world no. 3 Chinese pair of Yang Lee and Chi-Lin.

Talking about Table-Tennis, Manika Batra won round 1 of women’s singles against Great Britain’s Tin-Tin Ho. Sutirtha Mukherjee of India also wins the women’s singles round against Linda Bergstrom. 

Moving on to the Men’s 10m Air Pistol qualification, Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the final round, and world no. 1 Abhishek Verma missed out. Saurabh Chaudhary bags 7th position in the big-stage final with 137.4. 

Saurabh Chaudhary
Saurabh Chaudhary at Tokyo Olympics 2020

In Tennis, Sumit Nagal became only the third Indian to win a singles match at the Olympics after defeating Denis Istomin. 

Indian boxer Vikas Krishan was outpunched 0-5 and left with a bloodied eye by local favorite Sewonrets Quincy Mensah Okazawa.

Indian women hockey team lost 1-5 to Netherlands women hockey team. 

But the highlight of the day was Mirabai Chanu winning a silver medal for India in 49kg category weightlifting. India first time bagged a medal on the very 1st day of the Olympics. 

Mirabai Chanu dedicated her medal to her country and thanked the billions of Indian fans who prayed for her victory!

Mirabai Chanu
Mirabai Chanu

Also Read: Tokyo Olympics Day 2: Indian event details and updates

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