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17:16   Srihari Nataraj fails to qualify for semis

India's Srihari Nataraj finishes 5th in Heat 3 with a time of 54.31  in 100m backstroke. 

He finishes 27th overall in men's 100m backstroke heats, fails to qualify for semi-finals. 

Best 16 athletes progress to the semifinals.

With that a disastrous day for India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 comes to an end. Hopefully there are some medals in store on Monday.
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16:43   Men's hockey: Australia thrash India by 7-1

Australia scored seven goals against India. Dilpreet Singh was the only goal scorer for India. The Indians were sloppy while taking penalty corners and in defence. 

The goal difference could turn out to be a problem for the Indians. Thy will next take on Spain in a bid to advance beyond the group stage.
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16:29   Men's hockey: Australia scores again

This is clinical from Australia. An excellent counter-attack and Indian defence was in shambles. Tim Brand beats PR Sreejesh one-on-one. One more goal to Australia. Scoreline reads 7-1 now.
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16:23  

The Aussies lead 6-1 after the end of third quarter.  

This is total domination from Australia. India should ensure that the goal difference does not get any larger as it will come in to play later in the tournament. 
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16:15   Men's hockey: Australia add sixth goal to their tally

Excellent referral from India earns them a penalty corner but they make a mess of it. Meanwhile,  Australia has been ruthless in this match and take a massive lead of 5-1. 

What a poor day for India as Australia add a sixth to their tally. 
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16:00   Men's Hockey: Australia lead 4-1

The Indians have under 30 minutes to turn the tide here. 

Another chance missed by India in the 32nd minute. India are clearly under pressure here. 

Finally India pull one back as Rupinderpal Singh's shot is deflected into the goal by Dilpreet. It is 1-4.
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15:46   Men's hockey: Australia take huge 4-0 lead against India

The Aussies score again. This time, Flynn Ogilvie manages to beat the Indian defence through a well-crafted counter-attack. And help his team take a 3-0 lead. 

Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is having a hard time as Australia are hovering around the goal post. Australia have take a massive lead of 4-0. It is half-time and India need something dramatic here to make a come back.
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15:42   Maana Patel finishes second in her heats

The last two Indians in the fray for the day are swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel. 

Maana Patel finishes her women's 100m backstroke with a time of 1:05.20 to finish second in her heats.
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15:32   Men's hockey: Australia lead 2-0 against India

Australia is totally dominating. While India were still searching for the equaliser the Aussies scored their second goal in the second quarter and lead 2-0.
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15:28   Boxer Manish Kaushik crashes out

India's Kaushik Manish faces Luke McCormack in the Round of 32 of men's light preliminaries. 

Manish starts off defensively, keeping his distance from McCormack. McCormack is trying his best to be on his toes and land a punch, but to no avail. McCormack edges it 3-2 in first round. Manish starts off on the same note but this time the Indian somehow edges it 3-2 in the second round.

Britain's McCormack takes the third round to win the match via 4-1 split decision and book his spot in the last 16 of men's light preliminaries! 

Meanwhile in hockey, at the end of the first quarter World No 1 Australia lead 1-0. India did have two penalty corners, but failed to convert.
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14:46   India announce strong playing XI against Australia

India announce a strong-looking playing XI led by skipper Manpreet Singh for the crucial tie against Australia.

Take a look at the Australian playing XI too.

Australia XI: Joseph Wickham, Matthew Dawson, Eddie Ockenden, Jake Whetton, Josh Simmons, Aran Zalewski, James Beale, Trent Mitton, Tim Brand, Andrew Charter (GK), Jeremy Hayward.
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14:28   Indian men's hockey team in action

Rowing: Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh's men's rowing lightweight double sculls repechage has been postponed due to a gathering storm in Tokyo. Because of the same reason, Vishnu Saravanan's second race in the men's laser individual has also been postponed. 

Up Next will be Indian men's hockey team in action at 3pm. After a 3-2 win in their opener against New Zealand, India will now take on the might Australia.
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13:48   Mary progresses to round of 16

Legendary boxer MC Mary Kom faces Dominican Hernandez Garcia Miguelina in the women's fly weight Round of 32. 

The 38-year-old is landing some hard punches on her opponent. The Indian looks the better of the two and wins the first round. 

Mary showing some good footwork in the ring and takes the second round too.  

Mary Kom saves her best for the third and final round. Mary wins the fierce competition 4-1. 

The mother of four keeps her Olympic gold medal dream alive!
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13:33   Manika wins a thriller to move into Rd 3

India's Manika Batra registered a terrific comeback 3-4 win against World No 32 Margaryta Pesotska of Ukraine in the second round of the women's singles table tennis event. 

Batra won11-4, 11-4, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8, 5-11, 7-11 

Boxing: Next up is the legendary MC Mary Kom as she faces Hernandez Garcia Miguelina in the women's fly weight Preliminaries Round of 32.  

Sailing: V Saravanan finishes 14th out of 35 in men's One Person Dinghy - Laser Race 1.
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13:19   Manika forces a decider

India's Manika Batra loses the first game 11-4 in just 5 minutes. Long way to go in the match though. The Ukrainian dismisses Batra 11-4 again in six minutes to take a strong 2-0 lead. 

Manika tries hard for a comeback as she leads 8-6 in the third game and wins it 11-7.

Manika Batra had a tough fight in 4th game  but eventually wins 12-10. The match is poised at 2-2 now.

After a close contest the Ukrainian Pesotska however bagged 3 back-to-back points to win the 5th game 11-8 and leads 3-2. Manika looks frustrated.

But the Indian paddler wins the crucial sixth game 11-5 to force a decider.
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13:01   Wrap up time for shooters Angad, Mairaj

The first day of men's skeet qualification has wrapped up for India men. 

Angad Bajwa shot 24/25 in his third set with 73/75. Mairaj went 22/25  with 71/75. 

Bajwa is in 11th position as Mairaj Khan is 25.

The last two rounds will be completed on Monday, followed by the final, with the top six qualifying. 
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12:33   Manika Batra in action now

Next up in table tennis will be India's Manika Batra who will take on Margaryta Pesotska of Ukraine in the second round of the women's singles event. 

The Ukranian is in lead for now. She is trailing 6-3. 

In the first round the Indian got the better of England's Tin Tin Ho.  
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11:59   Nethra finishes 16th in 2nd race

India's Nethra Kumanan finishes 16th in race two, which has her 27th in the overall ranking. The next two races of the total 10 are scheduled for July 26th. 

Earlier in the day, Nethra, competing in individual laser radial race 1, finished at 33rd out of 44 position in the women's laser radial event.  She is the first female Indian sailor to qualify for the Olympics.
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11:44   Sathiyan is out of men's singles

Sathiyan is maintaining a lead over the Hong Kong player and is off to a blazing start in the fourth game and wins it 11-5. This should be an easy victory from here for the Indian. He leads 3-1 in the match. He needs one more set to wrap the match. But he loses the 5th game 9-11 and Hong Kong's Lam Siu Hang makes it 2-3. 

Sathiyan, India's highest-ranked paddler was looking comfortable to take the match but he has lost the 6th game 12-10 and is now facing a decider. What a comeback Lam has made and the match stands at 3-3 in the decider. He player from Hong Kong won the decider 11-6. 

The final score was 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, 12-10, 9-11, 6-11.  
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11:01   Sathiyan leads in his debut Olympics campaign

Indian table tennis player Gnanasekaran kicks off his debut Olympics campaign against Hong Kong's Lam Siu Hang.  

So Lam takes the first set 11-7. The Indian will have to comeback strong in the second set. He has the skills to do it. 

Sathiyan is leading so far in the second set and has managed to keep a check on his opponent. The Indian leads 7-4 as of now. He wins the second game 11-7.  

Sathiyan has a healthy lead of five points in the third game as the score is 6-1 in favour of the Indian. He wins the third game 11-4.
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Deepak Kumar
10:49   Another disappointing performance from our shooters

Another disappointing performance from our shooters. Both Divyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak Kumar have failed to qualify for the men's 10m Air Rifle final. With scores of 622.8 and 624.7. 

Divyansh finished 32nd while Deepak Kumar finished 26th. Only top 8 qualifies for the final. 
Divyansh Singh Panwar
Divyansh Singh Panwar
10:46   Deepak, Divyansh are lagging behind

Deepak Kumar shoots a fourth series of 105.2 in the qualification stage of the men's 10m air rifle event. Divyansh Panwar shoots a fourth series of 104.6. Kumar is placed 28th while Panwar is placed 31st. 

Divyansh has come up with 104.6 and Deepak Kumar 103.8 in his 5th series. It looks bleak for the 18-year-old! 

After Series 6, the scores read: Divyansh Singh Panwar: 103.6 and Deepak Kumar: 105.3.
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10:30   Historic day for Japan!

Japanese world champion Yuto Horigome was crowned skateboarding's first Olympic gold medallist when he won a tense street competition in Tokyo. 

The 22-year-old, who grew up just a stone's throw from the Olympic venue, landed three huge tricks in a row to eclipse American favourite Nyjah Huston, who finished seventh. 

History made!
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10:26   Divyansh, Deepak are struggling at the moment

Both our shooters, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar are struggling at the moment. 

Deepak shoots a fourth series of 105.2 in the qualification stage of the men's 10m air rifle event. Divyansh shoots a fourth series of 104.6. Kumar is placed 28th while Panwar is placed 31st.
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10:22   Divyansh, Deepak outside top 30

At the halfway mark of the 10m Air Rifle men's qualification and it looks bleak for the two Indian shooters after not managing to go past the 104 mark even in one series so far. 

The top 5 shooters are averaging 10.5 per shot while Divyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak are averaging around 10.3. 

A lot was expected from Divyansh but the opening series hasn't been good.  Remember, just eight shooters qualify for the final. 
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Deepak Kumar
10:18   Deepak and Divyansh are lagging behind

Deepak Kumar improved his performance in the second series as she shot a total of 103.8. Divyansh too improved his performance in the second series as he scored 103.7 as compared to 102.7 in the first set but that didn't help his case. 

Both Deepak and Divyansh are lagging behind at this moment.  Each competitor gets to fire six series of 10 shots in the qualification round.  

In the men's skeet qualification, after the first round of shots Mairaj Ahmad Khan has 25/25 and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa has 24/24. Four more rounds of 25 shots each to go! In Round 2, Mairaj Khan scored 24 (total 49)and Angad Bajwa scored 25 (total 49).

Australia's Paul Adams, USA's Vincent Hancock, and Finland's Eetu Kalloinen are all on 50/50
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10:06   Indian shooters in action

We shift our focus to shooting again. 

The men's 10m Air Rifle qualification event is underway and we have two shooters there as well. Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar are looking to book their finals berth. Eight shooters qualify for the final. 

World No 2 Divyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak Kumar have both started well 10.4. Divyansh shoots a first series of 102.7 in the qualification stage. The leader Hoaran Yang is going at rollicking pace, averaging 10.535 

Sailing: 

Indian sailor Nethra Kumanan, competing in individual laser radial race 1, finishes Race 1 at 33rd out of 44 position in the women's laser radial event. Race 2 to soon follow up. She is the first female Indian sailor to qualify for the Olympics.
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09:38   Sania-Ankita lose their 1st round match
The Ukrainian pair of Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok fight back as they hold serve. The second set not as easy as the first set for the Indian pair! Sania- Ankita leading 5-4 in second set. 

Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina lose the second set 6-7 against the Ukrainian pair of Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok in Round 1 of Women's Doubles! The Indian pair had won the first 6-0.

Ukraine's pair found their rhythm and forced a third set, a tie-breaker. They were up 7-0 before Sania and Ankita staged strong fightback and made it 8-8. But Ukraine's pair seal the match 6-0, 6-7(0), 8-10.

With that the Indian pair lose their first round match.
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09:27   Huge upset in tennis women's singles

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty of Australia suffered a shock first round exit against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in the women's singles first round match.

Barty's Tokyo Party is over as she went down to Tormo 4-6, 3-6.
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09:04   Novak Djokovic has a blast!

How to enjoy an Olympics the Djokovic way!  

20 time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic enjoys with Belgium's gymnastic team.  

He tweeted, 'Working on my splits with @teambelgium gymnastics.'
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08:52   Shooter Heena Sidhu defends Manu's performance

India's Manu Bhaker finished 12th in the 10m Air Pistol Women's Qualification round, 2 points short of a berth in the final. 

Here's what Olympian and Arjuna Awardee Heena Sidhu has to say about Manu's performance.
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08:48   Andy Murray withdraws from singles draw

In other Tokyo Olympics news, Great Britain's tennis star Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles draw. He was the two times defending champion.
Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia celebrates
Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia celebrates
08:22   Teenager stuns with gold in 400 freestyle

Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui pulled off a major shock on the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics swimming medal events with a stunning victory in the men's 400m freestyle, while American Chase Kalisz powered to victory in the men's 400m medley on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Tunisian, in the outside lane after being the slowest in qualifying, produced a blistering finish to pip Australia's Jack McLoughlin to gold with a time of 3:43.36, with US swimmer Kieran Smith taking bronze.

Kalisz, the 400 medley silver medallist in Rio, went one better with a time of 4:09.42 as part of a United States one-two with Jay Litherland 0.86 behind.

Australia's Brendon Smith was a further tenth of a second back taking bronze.
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08:17   Nayak's campaign comes to an end

In artistic gymnastics Pranati Nayak finishes with a total score of 42.565 as she got 9.433 on balance beam, after a score of 9.033 in uneven bars, 13.466 in vault and 10.6333 in floors. 

Nayak's Tokyo Olympics comes to an end as she finished second last in her subdivision. 
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08:04   Sania Mirza- Ankita Raina in action

Over to tennis where Indians Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina face Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok in round 1 of Women's Doubles. 

The Indians hold serve with relative ease and then get the early break to go 2-0 up in the first set. The dominant duo win the first set 6-0.
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07:54   Indian rowers qualify for semifinals

The Indian team of Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh qualified for the men's lightweight double sculls semifinal after finishing third in their repechage round. 

They finished third third with a timing of 6:51.36 in the men's lightweight double sculls repechage round 2.

Arjun and Arvind created history when they became first Indian rowers to make it to the last-4 stage in Olympic Games. 


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07:50   Gymnast Pranati Nayak does well in the vault

Gymnast Pranati Nayak got a fine score in the vault. She tops with an execution score of 8.466 and did the vault that had a difficulty rating of 5. In the floors, earlier in the day, Pranati got a score of 10.633. 

Rotation 1:  Pranati Nayak with 10.6333 in Floor
Rotation 2:  Pranati Nayak scores 13.466 in Vault

She needs to now wait and see if she qualifies in the top eight.
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07:44   Manu Bhaker faced equipment issue during shooting qualification

The electronic trigger of shooter Manu Bhaker's air pistol had a circuit malfunction in the middle of the second series. She had to go to the test tent with the coach and a member of the jury where it was replaced with a spare tested and then she returned. She lost huge time. 

Manu finished 12th in the 10m Air Pistol Women's Qualification round.
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07:42   PV Sindhu breezes into second round

Israel's Polikarpova is no match for PV Sindhu as she heads into the game interval with a scoreline of 11-5. 

Sindhu has taken the last 13 points in a row and is now leading by 20-7 and the Olympic debutant is certainly feeling the heat. Sindhu wins the second game 21-10. With that she makes a splashing start to her campaign.
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07:26   PV Sindhu leads

Over to Action in badminton in Group J Women's singles match between India's PV Sindhu and Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova.

Sindhu took the first point of the match with a smash then her Israeli opponent went ahead by two points. The Rio Olympics silver medallist then made a comeback and is now now ahead 6-5 in the first game.

PV Sindhu is now on a roll! She has now won 13 points in a row! Leads her opponent 18-5 in the first game.  She wins the first game 21-7. 
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07:16   Manu Bhaker, Deswal fail to qualify for air pistol final

Good morning and welcome to the coverage of the Tokyo Olympics Day 2.

Heartbreaking start to the day for India as Manu Bhaker and Yashaswini Deswal both fail to qualify for the women's 10m air pistol final. Manu with 575 points finished 12th while Yashaswini finshes 13th with  574.

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