Olympics: How India’s athletes fared on Monday, August 2
India’s women hockey team created history on Monday, scoring an upset victory over fancied world No. 2 Australia to enter the Olympics semi-finals for the first time.
A day after the men’s team made it to the Games’ semi-finals after a 49-year hiatus, Rani Rampal’s team, written off after losing their first three matches in the tournament, produced a stirring display to beat the three-time Olympic champions 1-0, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur’s penalty-corner goal in the 22nd minute proving decisive.
However, there was disappointment in athletics, as debutant discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur failed to reproduce the form she displayed while finishing second in the qualification round with a best throw of 64 metres and placed sixth in a world-class field.
Here’s a summary of the country’s athletes’ showing at the Tokyo Games on Monday, August 2.
Dutee Chand finished seventh and last in women’s 200 metres Heat 4; failed to qualify for semi-finals.
Kamalpreet Kaur finished sixth in women’s Discus Throw final with a best effort of 63.70 metres.
Fouaad Mirza 25th in eventing jumping individual qualifier; 23rd in final.
India beat Australia 1-0 in women’s quarter-finals.
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar 21st and Sanjeev Rajput 32nd in men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions qualification; failed to qualify for final.