India’s Lovlina Borgohain took home the bronze medal after losing the semi-final bout to top seed Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey via unanimous decision on Wednesday. Lovlina lost the first round 0:5 as all the judges gave the decision in favour of the Turkish boxer. Lovlina was warned and a point was deducted of her total points in the second round. In the third and final round, Lovlina was outboxed by the reigning world champion. With a bronze medal, Lovlina became only the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal. Lovlina had a tough Round of 16 bout against Germany’s Nadine Apetz where she won via a split decision. In the quarterfinal, Lovlina punched her way into the semis with a 4:1 win over Chinese Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen.
Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia cruise into semifinals
Indian wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia made strong starts to their respective campaigns at the Tokyo Olympics, cruising into semifinals with relative ease.
After beating Colombia’s Tigreros on technical superiority, Dahiya repeated another dominant performance to ease past Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov 14-4 to book a place in the semifinals of freestyle 57 kg category.
Punia, meanwhile, made easy work of Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor in the round-of-16 before beating China’s Zushen Lin in the quarters of freestyle 85 kg category.
The Indian turned the game in the final five seconds, sealing the decisive points against Lin after the Chinese wrestler levelled 3-3 with a strong comeback in the second period.
The 19-year-old Anshu Malik though lost the women’s 57kg opener to European champion Irina Kurachkina of Belarus 2-8, but remains in fray for repechage as Kurachkina has entered the semifinals.
Dahiya will now meet Kazhkakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev, who is a silver and bronze medalist at the 2018 and 2019 World Championships respectively.
Punia, meanwhile, will take on USA’s famed David Taylor, who is a World Championships gold medalist.
Men’s 57kg Freestyle Semi-final
Ravi Kumar (4) vs Sanayev Nurislam (Kazakhstan) – 2:45 PM IST (Approx)
Men’s 86kg Freestyle Semi-final
Deepak Punia (2) vs Taylor David Morris (USA) – 3:06 PM iST.
Neeraj qualifies for men’s javelin final
Touted as one of India’s strongest bets for an Tokyo Olympic medal, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra started his campaign with some style.
The Indian qualified for the final of the men’s javelin final with the best throw of 86.65 meter in the men’s javelin throw qualification in group A.
Incidentally, this is the first time an Indian has topped qualification at any athletics event at the Tokyo Olympics.
A total of 32 contestants are divided in two groups of 16 each. According to qualification criteria, athletes with a throw of minimum 83.50 meter or at least 12 best performers advance to the final.
Competing in his first Olympics, the 23-year-old Chopra took just a few seconds to make to the final round to be held on 7 August as he sent the spear well past the qualifying mark of 83.50 meter in his first attempt.
Chopra’s performance on 7 August will go down as one of the best performances by an Indian in the Olympics, as he finished ahead of gold medal favourite and 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany.