Tokyo Olympics 2020 Games Day 12 Highlights: Ravi Kumar Dahiya confirms another medal for India as he moves to the gold medal match in the Men’s 57kg freestyle category with a win by fall against Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan. Indian women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to Argentina in the semi-finals and will not play for bronze medal. Deepak Punia was dominated by David Morris Taylor of USA in the Men’s 86kg freestyle semi-final and lost 10-0 on technical superiority. He will have another bout for the bronze medal. Wrestler Anshu Malik is through to the repechage round after Iryna Kurachkina of Bulgaria, who she lost to in the first round, reached the final. Anshu is now two wins away from the bronze medal.
Lovlina Borgohain settled for a bronze medal as she lost to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey in the women’s welterweight semi-final. Neeraj Chopra handed India a good start to Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympics as he booked his spot in the men’s javelin throw final without any fuss, his first attempt throw of 86.65m was enough for him to qualify. Top 12 athletes or whoever breaches the 83.50m mark qualify for the final. Meanwhile, Shivpal Singh, India’s second javelin thrower failed to qualify for the finals. 74.81m was his best attempt. Golfers Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar have also started their Tokyo Olympics journey.
India’s day 12 comes to an end with the blockbuster clash between the women’s hockey team and Argentina in the semifinals. Day 11 at the Tokyo Olympics brought only negative news for the Indian contingent. In the women’s Javelin throw event, India’s Annu Rani finished 14th out of 15 in the Group A qualifying stage. Wrestler Sonam Malik also crashed out of the race to podium finished after suffering a defeat in the bout against Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the round of 16 of the women’s 62kg freestyle category.
Tokyo Olympics - Athletics
Andre de Grasse Wins 200m Gold
Canada's Andre de Grasse wins Men's 200m final for country's first gold in the event in 93 years. He won the race after running his personal best and set a national record of 19.62 seconds. The silver, bronze and fourth place, all went to USA. Kenneth Bednarek won silver with a personal best time of 19.68 seconds. Noah Lyles won bronze with a season best timing of 19.74.
17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, who was the youngest-ever Olympic finalist in the event, finished fourth with a time of 19.93.
Tokyo Olympics - Athletics
Uganda's Peruth Chemutai outstripped the field to win the women's Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Ugandan timed 9min 01.45sec at the Olympic Stadium, outsprinting American Courtney Frerichs with 250 metres to go to win comfortably. Frerichs claimed silver in 9:04.79 with Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng taking bronze (9:05.39).
Tokyo Olympics - Cycling
Italy broke their own world record to win Olympic gold in the men's team pursuit on Wednesday, beating world champions Denmark in a thrilling final at the Izu Velodrome. The Italians shaded a neck-and-neck battle on the track, their blistering time of 3min 42.032sec just enough to hold off Denmark, who crossed the line in 3:42.198. Led by the 25-year-old Filippo Ganna, Italy's quartet roared with delight after powering to victory, circling around the arena in front of an enthralled crowd of around 1,000 fans in Shizuoka.
Tokyo Olympics - Weightlifting
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze has set a new world record in the snatch lift with 223 kilograms. Talakhadze set the new record in the super-heavyweight, over-109-kilogram category with apparent ease even though he had to lift three times in a row because his entry weight was higher than anything attempted by his rivals. Talakhadze has a commanding lead of 23 kilograms at the halfway point of the competition with Ali Davoudi of Iran in second before the clean and jerk.
India's hopes of entering a first ever Tokyo Olympics final ended with a 1-2 defeat to Argentina on Wednesday. Also check who India will face in the bronze medal match.
Indian wrestler Deepak Punia will fight for bronze medal after he was outclassed by formidable American David Morris Taylor in the 86kg semifinals of the Olympic Games here on Wednesday.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya launched a memorable comeback to defeat his opponent in the men's 57 kg freestyle semifinal on Wednesday. Also see how Ravi defeated Nurislam Sanayev.
Tokyo Olympics - Hockey
Argentina equalised early in the second quarter and have put India under pressure with the scoreline reading 1-1.
Tokyo Olympics - Wrestling
Watch how Ravi Kumar Dahiya pulled off a sensational comeback to make the gold medal match in Men's 57kg freestyle event.
RAVI KUMAR PINS HIS OPPONENT DOWN! 😱🤩— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 4, 2021
With this move, #IND's 57kg representative in #wrestling made it to the gold-medal match!#StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Tokyo2020 | #Olympics pic.twitter.com/OuM1EWUGeZ
Tokyo Olympics Live - Hockey
The first quarter is done and India still have the lead, courtesy the Gurjit Kaur goal.
Tokyo Olympics - Hockey
Meanwhile please follow the Indian women's hockey team's semi-final against Argentina here. India lead 1-0.
Tokyo Olympics: Cash Prize for Arjun Lal
Rower Arjun Lal Jat gets presented a cheque of Rs 4.55 Lakh!
Delhi: Nb Sub Arjun Lal of Rajputana Rifles Regt, paired with Nb Sub Arvind Singh, & secured 11th, the best position ever for an Indian pair & achieved a national record in the event at #Olympics. He was give a cheque of Rs 4.55 Lakh by Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Col, Rajputana Rifles. pic.twitter.com/5XkvUfjaj7— ANI (@ANI) August 4, 2021
After her semi-final, Lovlina Borgohain told News18.com in an exclusive chat that even she is happy about winning a bronze medal for India, she is bid disheartened about losing.
“I am happy that I won a medal but could not do as much as I had hoped. A bit sad too about that. Hope I can do better next time and make India proud with a medal," Lovlina said.
Tokyo Olympics: Sprint Queen Elaine Thompson-Herah Says Was Blocked on Instagram Over TV Rights
Not even the fastest woman in the world can outrun Tokyo 2020 Olympics broadcast rights holders, with gold medallist sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah saying she had been blocked on Instagram for posting videos of her victorious 100 and 200 metres races.
Covid-19 at Tokyo Olympics!
A Russian athlete competing in karate has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Russian Karate Federation says on Instagram that Anna Chernysheva will not be able to compete and that her positive test was confirmed by a second test.
The 19-year-old was the Russian Olympic Committee team’s only karate athlete at the Olympics. She was due to compete Thursday in the women’s 55-kilogram kumite event on the first ever day of Olympic karate competition. It’s a new sport on the program in Tokyo.
Olympic organizers also say Algerian weightlifter Walid Bidani has withdrawn from the men’s over-109-kilogram event Wednesday “due to health situation which requires him to undergo quarantine.” The statement doesn’t mention the cause. Bidani won gold at the African championships in May.
Could Have Done Better: Lovlina
“I don’t know what to say. I could not execute what I had planned. I could have done better," Lovlina Borgohain told PTI after her loss.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Lovlina Borgohain and congratulated her on winning a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020.
PM told her that her win is a testimony to the talent and tenacity of our Nari Shakti. He also said that her success is a matter of immense pride for every Indian, and especially for Assam and the Northeast.
Thomas Van der Plaetsen fell face-first on the sandpit during a long jump try as he had suffered a horrific fracture on his leg as he was about to take off.
Tokyo Olympics: Athletics
Raven Saunders Mourns Mother's Death
American silver medalist Raven Saunders says her mother has died.
The shot putter wrote on her Twitter account early Wednesday that “my mama was a great woman and will forever live through me. My number one guardian angel.”
Media reports say that Clarissa Saunders died in Orlando, Florida, where she had been attending Olympic watch parties. Raven Saunders won silver Sunday.
At the medal ceremony, she stepped off the podium, lifted her arms above her head and formed an X with her wrists. Asked what that meant, she explained: ”It’s the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”
The International Olympic committee was investigating whether the gesture violated a prohibition on political statements at medal ceremonies, but suspended the investigation after Saunders' mother’s death.
Spokesman Mark Adams says the IOC “extends its condolences to Raven and her family.”
However, the Indian fans will be hoping for a turnaround on Day 12, August 4. The day will begin with a high stake semifinal game against the mighty Argentina. While the task appears to be tough, the team will be hoping to repeat their charismatic quarter-final performance against Australia.
Here are the events of Day 12 (August 4) of Tokyo Olympics 2020 where Indian athletes will be participating.
Women’s Individual Event – Round 1- Aditi Ashok, starts at 5:55 AM (IST)
Men’s Javelin throw- Group A qualifying round- Neeraj Chopra, event starts at 5:35 AM (IST)
Men’s Javelin throw- Group B qualifying round- Shivpal Singh, event starts at 07: 05 AM (IST)
Men’s freestyle 57 kg- 1/8 Finals- Ravi Kumar Dahiya event starts at 02:45 PM (IST)
Women’s freestyle 57kg- 1/8 Finals- Anshu Malik, event starts at 02:45 PM (IST)
Men’s freestyle 86kg- 1/8 finals- Deepak Punia, event starts at 02:45 PM (IST)
Women’s 69kg semifinal- Lovlina Borgohain vs Busenaz Surmeneli (Turkey), event begins at 11:00 AM
Women’s tournament semifinal- India Vs Argentina, Match begins at 3:30 PM (IST)
Where to watch?
Fans can catch the live action on TV on the Sony Sports Network and India events also on the Door Darshan network. The Olympics evens are also available for online streaming on the SonyLiv app.