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Olympics Hockey: India lose to Argentina 1-2

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17:08   Will play Great Britain for bronze
India lose to Argentina 1-2 in their women's hockey semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. 

India will now play Great Britain for the bronze medal. 

In the last quarter, India will have to make up in this quarter and create scoring opportunities.

Rani wins free-hit on the right flank. India lose possession as Tete plays a dangerous balls.

India regain posseession, they are holding possesion in mid-field in this quarter. 

India push ahead but can't find that opening.  
India lose opportunity as Navdeep and Monika do well but the Argentina keeper does well to stick the ball away. 
Naveneet and Neha do well on the right flank. The continuous pressure forces Argentina to make a mistake and India get a PC with  9 minutes to go. But the Argentina keeper makes a good save to her right. 

India have a free-hit again, enter the D but no finish yet. 

Argentina now get possession on counter but India's defenders do well to thwart the attack.

India under pressure from the right but Savita blocks the angle to deny the Argentinians.

With three minutes remaining India bring in rolling substitutions but no substantial move. 
Argentina counter, penetrate into the circle, nothing from it.
In the dying minutes, India ask for PC off a danger ball but that decision in favour of Argentina. 
India ask for long corner, lose referral. 
  


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16:45   Argentina take 2-1 lead
Argentina do well to keep India at bay at keep their lead. 

Argentina keep the pressure after taking the lead.

India's Neha gets green card as India down to 10 now.
Rolling subs coming in for India. 
India tried penetrating from the left but unable to keep the pressure.

Argentina outnumbering the Indian midfielders.
India have created a couple of chances but not incisive enough. 




On resumption, India winning possession in midfield as they attack from the flanks. 
But Argentina attack on the counter, Argentina ask for PC for dangerous play.
It's a free-hit for Argentina, no PC awarded.
India failing to hold on to possession. 
Argentina get a circle penetration and they get a PC. 
Salima Tete gets her body on the line. Argentina get another PC and they convert to take a lead. But the umpire takes the referral to see if the ball deflected off the defender and there was dangerous play. 
After the video referral, the video umpire says it's a legal goal as the ball hit Sushila Chanu below her knee on the way to the goal. 
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16:15   India under pressure
Argentina have put the pressure on the Indian defence and managed to get the equaliser in the 2nd quarter. 
India hardly got the ball in their half in the 2nd quarter as Argentina kept attacking from the left flank.


After that equaliser, the Argentines are on the prowl, putting the Indian defence under pressure. 
India find a way on the counter but they can't penetrate. 
India finally get 2nd penalty corner and the Argentina keeper  keeps it at bay.
India get another penalty corner and another missed chance. 
Another PC and Argentina take the referral as the umpire blows the whistles as players had their face helmets on.
No penalty corner given and Argentina keep their referral.
Mario then wins a PC from the left flank.
No conversion.
Argentina put the pressure.

India get a glimmer of a chance but Neha fails to strike.

Argentina have been unrelenting in the 2nd quarter.  



At the start of the 2nd quarter, India start aggressively but the Argentines get a PC but the umpire catches dangerous play and no conversion.

India enter the D but fail to find the finishing touches. 

Argentina win a PC on the counter and they equalise! 
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15:50   Wrestling: Ravi Dahiya in final, Deepak Punia loses
After the early lead, the Indian women defend well as Argentina press on the counter.
The Indians do well to keep the ball outside their D. 
Argentina win a corner as Sushila concedes the short corner.
India defend well to keep the Argentines at bay.

Indians crowding the circle as Sushila does well in the D.

Argentina enjoying more posession. 
With 30 seconds on the clock, there is a clash of heads. Nothing too serious. 

India just can't break into the Argentinian D but hold on to the lead going into the 2nd quarter.

India now start their women's hockey semi-final against Argentina and the India's showing intent as they attack down the flanks and they get an early Penalty Corner. 

Neha finds foot of the Argentinian defender in the D. 

And India start well early, superb drag flick and Gurjit gives India an early lead. 
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15:30   Ravi advances to the final
Deepak Punia loses to American David Taylor 0-10 on technical superiority in their freestyle 86kg semi-final.

To bout for bronze medal next. 


Deepak Punia faces American Taylor who starts aggressively. 

Deepak not showing intent here and he gives a point away.

Taylor has a hold on Deepak and the American grabs 9 points before Taylor pushes Deepak and gets 10 points. Taylor wins by technical superiority.   
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15:21   Grabs a place after pinning down his opponent
Ravi Dahiya enters the 57kg freestyle final after defeating Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev to become only the second Indian wrestler after Sushil Kumar to reach the final. Sushil had reached the final in London 2012.

Ravi Dahiya will take on two-time reigning World Champion Zavur Uguev in the gold medal bout (FS 57kg) on Thursday

Ravi comes back sensationally to pin down Sanayev and wins the bout to find a place in the final.

Sanaey picks 7 straight points as he locks Ravi and keeps rotating him from the floor! Ravi gets a point after getting a point and then he pushes Sanayev out of the area and grabs 2 points.

The Kazakh looks in discomfort as he gets his knee strapped.

Ravi has Sanayev pinned down and grabs 2 points for the pin. And Ravi advances to the gold medal bout. 


India's Ravi Dahiya will be in action in the 57kg wrestling semi-final vs Nurislam Sanayev. 

Ravi puts on a good defence, he has to score now as the passivity clock ticks and he has given a point away for not being proactive.

He then gets two points for pinning his opponent as he changes direction, rotates and grab 2 points. 

Ravi has a 2-1 lead. 
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12:41   Indian boxer Lovlina bags bronze; Neeraj in final; Wrestlers in semis
Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia stormed to victory in the medal race to take Olympic gold for Australia in the men's 470 sailing class at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour on Wednesday.
After a thrilling battle for silver, Sweden's Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom came out on top while Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez Garcia-Paz picked up the bronze for Spain.
Image: Australia's Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan celebrate winning gold after the Sailing Men's 470 race at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Tokyo.
Photograph: Ivan Alvarado
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12:06   Boxing: India's Lovlina bags bronze
Tokyo Olympics organisers on Wednesday reported 29 new Games-related COVID-19 cases, including four athletes.

Three of the four infected athletes are in the Greek artistic swimming team, the organisers said, without providing further details.

the total Games-linked numbers since July 1 is now 322, Tokyo 2020 organisers said.
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11:22   She bags bronze on Olympic debut

Lovlina Borgohain loses 0-5 to Turkish Surmeneli in the boxing 67 kg semi-finals.

The Turkish boxer was dominant from the get go but was sharper in the last round, not allowing the Indian to come back  after the latter was trailing following the first two rounds. 

Lovlina has done India proud to bring home bronze on her Olympics debut. .


Surnelli continues to dominate and lands a solid punch on Lovlina.

The Turkish lands back-to-back punches on Lovlina's face. The Indian tries hard but the result is written on the wall.

The Turkish wins the welterweight bout unanimously 5-0. 




The Turkish is in control of the bout in the 2nd round as she lands 4 punches on Lovlina.

Lovlina tries to land some body punches but not on target. 

The Turkish is landing the punches on Lovlina's face.

Lovlina fights back with three left jabs. Wonderful come back.

Lovlina lands punch after the call to stop and she may lose a point. 



The Turkish wins the 2nd round unaminously too. And Lovlina has lost a point. 




Lovlina starts with 2 upper cuts as she looks fearless. 

She had a slow start but is now throwing her punches. 

She is not holding back she throws a solid punch.

The Turkish jabs one into Lovlina's face and after round 1 the Turkish wins the first round. 

India's Lovlina takes on reigning World champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey, whose entry was dramatic as she does the Cristiano Ronaldo jump as she enters the ring.
Out comes Lovlina flashing a big smile. Come on! 



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10:46   Faces Surmeneli in semis
Lovlina Borgohain will be in pursuit of history when she takes on reigning World champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the Olympics boxing 67 kg semi-finals, in Tokyo shortly.

Lovlina Borgohain will be in pursuit of history when she takes on reigning World champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the Olympics boxing 67 kg semi-finals, in Tokyo.
Borgohain has shown remarkable composure for a debutant at the sport's biggest extravaganza. And it is this poise that might do the trick for her against the imposing opponent from Turkey, who is top seeded in the draw.

Surmeneli is also 23 and has collected two gold medals this year internationally.

The former middlewight (75kg) boxer claims to have promised an Olympic medal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in 2015 itself. 

Borgohain is no novice either and has secured two World Championship bronze medals so far in her career.

In fact, both Borgohain and Surmeneli competed in the 2019 championships, from where the latter came out champion, while the former settled for a bronze.
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10:14   Anshu in fray for Repechage round
Wrestler Ravi Dahiya good form continues as he makes semis.

Ravi Dahiya goes into the semis with a 14-4 win over Georgi Vangelov of Bulgaria on superiority. He faces Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev for a place in the final.

Deepak Punia storms into the semis in the 87kg with 6-3 win over Chinese grappler Lin 6-3. 

Anshu Malik still in the fray for Repechage as her victor from 1st round upsets reigning Olympic Silver medalist in QF (57kg). 
Anshu had lost 2-8 to European Champion Kurachikian in the women's Round of 16.
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09:27   Ravi Dahiya in quarters too; Anshu Malik loses
Second seed Deepak Punia advances to the quarter-finals after a dominant 12-1 win over Nigerian Ekerekeme Agiomor by technical superiority in the men's 86kg wrestling event. 
Earlier, Ravi Dahiya beat Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to move into quarters of men's freestyle (57kg) with 13-2 win. 
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09:26   Ravi Dahiya in quarters too; Anshu Malik loses
Second seed Deepak Punia advances to the quarter-finals after a dominant 12-1 win over Nigerian Ekerekeme Agiomor by technical superiority in the men's 86kg wrestling event. 
Earlier, Ravi Dahiya beat Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to move into quarters of men's freestyle (57kg) with 13-2 win. 
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08:49   Ravi Dahiya enters quarters
India's Anshu Malik loses 2-8 to European Champion Kurachikian in the women's 57kg Rd of 16.

Anshu will now have to wait and see if she gets a repechage round.
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08:33   Javelin Throw: Neeraj makes final, Shivpal fails to qualify
India's Ravi Kumar Dahiya is through to quarters! 
He beats beats Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to move into quarters of men's freestyle (57kg) with 13-2 win. 
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08:18   Neeraj in final




India's javelin thrower Shivpal Singh failed to qualify for the men's final here at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday after an underwhelming show in the Men's Long Throws Qualification -- Group B.
Qualifying performance of 83.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advanced to the final of the men's javelin throw.

In his first attempt, Shivpal registered a throw of 76.40m. After the first attempt, he was placed at the ninth spot. In the second attempt, the 26-year-old registered a throw of 74.80m and by the time everyone was done with their second attempt, he had slipped to the 11th spot.
Shivpal registered a disappointing throw of 74.81 in his third and final throw and was placed at the 12th spot when the Qualification Group B ended.

Earlier, Neeraj Chopra hit the 86.65m-mark and automatically qualified for the final from Group A after just his first attempt. 

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