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Tokyo 2020: Lovlina confirms a medal; Deepika crashes out in the quarters

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Lovlina Borgohain confirms India’s second medal in Tokyo 2020.

Day 8 in Tokyo started on a fantastic note, with Deepika Kumari winning an enthralling battle in the Round of 16 against Russia’s Ksenia Perova. Shootout was enforced after there was no separating the ladies in five sets, and Deepika hit the bullseye exactly when it was needed.

However, when Deepika came up against the eventual gold medal winner An San, she was no match to the South Korean. An San started with a perfect 30 in the first set and despite hitting two 10s, Deepika faltered with a 7 and submitted a clear mental advantage to her opponent.

The battle continued to sail one-sided as she took the next two sets comfortably, and registered a 6-0 win. Deepika’s wait for an Olympic medal continues while 20-year-old An San bagged her third gold in Tokyo, having already bagged pole position in mixed doubles and women’s doubles.

 

Disappointment in Athletics

Avinash Sable broke the national record in men’s 3000m steeplechase.

Avinash Sable broke his own national record in the 3000m steeplechase but failed to reach the next stages. He finished 7th in his heat with a time of 8:18:12. In the men’s 400m hurdles, MP Jabir from Kerala, the first Indian to participate in a 400m hurdle, finished 7th in the heats.

Dutee Chand, India’s most prolific presence among sprinters, finished 7th in the heats with a timing of 11.54 in the 100m sprint. Jamaican legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was present in the same heat and finished her 100m in 10.84 seconds.

Lovlina bags India’s second medal in Tokyo

Welterweight boxer Lovlina Boroghain from Assam provided the biggest result of the day for the Indian contingent. She registered a convincing 4-1 win over Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei to enter the semifinal of her category, thus confirming India’s third ever medal in Boxing, joining Vijender Singh and Mary Kom.

Lovlina and Chen started the bout with a feisty set, with both boxers exchanging some terrific punches. By bare margins, the judges gave Lovlina the advantage and she managed to see through the second set comfortably with a brilliant defensive display.

Lovlina finished with a 4-1 win and said she’s in it for the gold, and will not be satisfied with a Bronze.

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