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Day 3 preview: Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 turned out to be a disappointing day for India.
Barring a few good performances in table tennis, badminton and boxing, where Manika Batra, PV Sindhu and Mary Kom registered wins, Indians were outclassed everywhere.
In shooting, it was another bad day as Manu Bhaker ran out of luck in 10m air pistol event and others were just below average in their qualifications.
The two Indian competitors in the Men’s 10M Air Rifle, Deepak Kumar and Divyansh Singh Panwar also could not make much headway, finishing 26th and 32nd in qualifying respectively. Deepak shot a score of 624.7 while Divyansh was further back with 622.8. Both had a weak first series if 10-shots where they scored 102.9 and 102.7 respectively and never recovered.
Other big jolts were Sathiyan Gnanasekaran failing to win his first round clash in TT and Indian hockey team getting a 7-1 drubbing in hands of Australians.
Good news in badminton as PV Sindhu too eased into the second round.
In tennis, Sania Mirza/Ankita Raina pair was beaten in the opening round.
Gymnast Pranati Nayak failed to make the cut in qualifications.
Rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh however qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s lightweight double sculls repechage at the Tokyo Olympics.
There is a lot to look out for on Day 3 of the Olympics with India’s first ever fencer at Olympics CA Bhavani Devi opening her campaign at 5.30 am IST. Followed by men’s team qualification in archery. There is a women’s hockey match as well in the evening where India take on Germany.
Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee too will play her group matches in women’s singles and Sharath Kamal will be action in men’s singles.
The men’s badminton doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be playing in their round 2 clash.
With inputs from NRAI