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India at Tokyo Olympics Day 8 HIGHLIGHTS: Kamalpreet Kaur shines; PV Sindhu, Pooja Rani suffer defeats

India at Tokyo Olympics July 31 Day 8 LIVE Updates: Follow live updates from all the Indian events on Day 8 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Updated on: July 31, 2021 18:48 IST
India at Tokyo Olympics Day 8 LIVE Updates: Kamalpreet Kaur
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India at Tokyo Olympics Day 8 LIVE Updates: Kamalpreet Kaur qualifies for final

India at Tokyo Olympics Day 8 LIVE Updates: PV Sindhu loses 18-21 12-21 to Tai Tzu-ying

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Results for India on Day 8 so far:

  • Women's Discus Throw: Kamalpreet Kaur secures automatic qualification to final with 64m throw. Seema Punia out of medal contention (60.57m)
  • Women's Hockey: India beat South Africa 4-3; Win/Draw for Great Britain against Ireland will secure India's qualification to quarterfinals
  • Archery, Men's Individual: Atanu Das loses to Japan's Takaharu Furukawa 3-5 in round-of-16.
  • Boxing, Men's Flyweight: Amit Panghal loses to Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez 1-4 in round-of-16
  • Shooting, Women's 50m rifle 3 positions qualification: Anjum Moudgil finishes 15; Tejaswini Sawant 33rd. Both fail to qualify for medal event
  • Boxing, Women's middleweight: Pooja Rani loses to Li Qian of China 0-5 in quarterfinals
  • Badminton, Women's singles: PV Sindhu loses to 18-21 12-21 to the Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying in quarter-final


6:45 PM (Hockey): Great Britain have defeated Ireland 2-0 in final Pool A match, helping the Indian women's hockey team to qualify for the quarterfinals. The Indian women secure the fourth spot. 

5:00 PM (Athletics): India's long jumper Sreeshankar Murali finishes his heats at 13th spot with the best jump of 7.69m

4:51 PM (Badminton): Sindhu still has a chance to win her second Olympic medal. She will now play the bronze medal match against China's He Bingjiao.

4:45 PM (Badminton): Sindhu loses 18-21 12-21 to the Chinese Taipei's shuttler. Tai first clinched the first game 21-18 and then dominated the second to book a place in the final of women's singles.

4:40 PM (Badminton): PV Sindhu suffers defeat against Tai in the semi-final! The Indian shuttler loses the second game too! 

4:38 PM (Badminton): 19-12! Tai is just two points away from securing a medal!

4:35 PM (Badminton): Tai's lead stretches to eight points as she continues to dominate Sindhu. The second game is now 16-8 in favour of Tai. 

4:31 PM (Badminton): Tai is dominating the rallies as the second game is 11-7 in favour of the Tapei shuttler. Tai 10 points away from securing a place in the final. 

4:29 PM (Badminton): Another unforced error by Sindhu and Tai takes two more points to gain a 7-4 lead in the second game. The Indian shuttler needs to come up with something to register a come-from-behind win. 

4:27 PM (Badminton): Tai uses her signature stroke -- cross-court backhand -- with ease to outfox Sindhu again! The second game is tied 4-4 now.

4:21 PM (Badminton): 21-18! Tai takes the first game against Sindhu.

4:18 PM (Badminton): 17-17! Sindhu tries to retrieve but Tai is ruthless with her body smashes.

4:12 PM (Badminton): Tai has reduced the lead and the first game is currently tied at 11-11. Won't be a surprise if the closely-fought semifinal goes into the third game. 

4:10 PM (Badminton): Mid-game interval and Sindhu is leading 11-8! Sindhu has won four consecutive points so far in the match while Tai has just one under her belt. 

4:05 PM (Badminton): Sindhu has got off to a great start with an 8-4 lead in the first game. She is looking in good touch to improve her H2H record against Tai.

4:03 PM (Badminton): All eyes on PV Sindhu now! She faces the world no.1 shuttler from Chinese Taipei.

3:54 PM (Boxing): End of the third round! Li Qian (China) defeats 5-0 Pooja Rani in the quarter-final. In a lop-sided quarterfinal bout, Pooja bows out of the competition by losing against the Chinese. Unfortunately, India misses out on the third medal of Tokyo Olympics.

3:52 PM (Boxing): The second round also goes in the Chinese boxer's favour. All five judges have considered Qian to be the dominant boxer in the first two rounds. Pooja needs to come up with something special -- a knockout -- to take the match now.

3:48 PM (Boxing): End of the first round! Li Qian (China) has taken the first round by unanimous decision.

3:45 PM (Boxing): Pooja Rani is in the ring for her quarterfinal bout. 

3:38 PM (Boxing): Pooja Rani has a chance to secure India's third medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Lovlina Borgohain on Friday had defeated Chen Nien-chin of Chinese Taipei in her quarterfinal, assuring India of the second medal at the Tokyo showpiece.

3:34 PM (Badminton): The other women's singles semi-final between two Chinese shuttlers --  Chen Yufei and He Bingjiao -- is currently underway. Sindhu vs Tai will commence shortly.

3:30 PM (Badminton): Sindhu last faced Tai Tzu-ying in the BWF World Tour finals last year. The contest went in Tai's favour and she won 19-21, 21-12, 21-17.

03:12 PM (Badminton) Sindhu faces a stiff challenge against the Taipei shuttler, who holds a healthy 13-5 lead against the Indian ace. With the odds heavily in her favour, Tai Tzu will be confident going in the semi-final clash. She has also won the last three encounters against Sindhu. 

03:08 PM: (Boxing) Pooja Rani will also be in action against Li Qian of China for a place in the semifinals. A win would guarantee India another medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The match starts at 3:36 PM IST.

03.00 PM: (Badminton) PV Sindhu will take on Tai Tzu-ying at 3:20 for a place in the final of women's singles. Sindhu had beaten the Chinese Taipei shuttler at the Rio Olympics en route her silver medal, but Tai Tzu-ying has since improved heaps and bounds. Her work rate is a stuff of legends; no wonder she is called by some as the Novak Djokovic of the badminton world!

01.48 PM: India's remaining events on Day 8 of 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

  • Badminton, Women's Singles Semifinal: PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese Taipei) - 3:20 PM
  • Boxing, Women's Middleweight Quarterfinal: Pooja Rani vs Li Qian (China) - 3:36 PM
  • Athletics, Men's Long Jump Qualification (Group B): Sreeshankar - 3:40 PM

01.28 PM: (Archery) Mete Gazoz of Turkey has won the gold medal in men's individual event! He beats Italy's Mauro Nespoli 6-4. The Italian was leading 3-1 after the first two sets before Gazoz made a remarkable comeback, taking the third set and equalling the fourth 29-29. In the final set, he scored 29 again.

01.15 PM: (Tennis) Novak Djokovic, who surprisingly lost in the semifinals of the men's singles against Alexander Zverev, has lost the first set in the bronze medal match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic is leading the second set 6-5.

12.20 PM: (Shooting) While Indian shooters draw a blank in Tokyo, San Marino's Alessandra Perilli has now bagged a Mixed Trap silver medal after winning bronze in the individual women's event earlier; making San Marino, with a population of 34,000, the smallest nation to win two medals at Olympics.

12.00 PM: (Women's Hockey) Watch Vandana Katariya's two penalty corner goals. Vandana ended a rather unfortunate goalless streak for India in penalty corners, which extended to 17 since the game against Ireland yesterday.

11.45 AM: (Archery) Meanwhile, a big surprise from the Yumenoshima Final Field. There will be no South Korean in the men's individual semifinals after Kim Woojin, the last Korean archer remaining in competition, lost to Chinese Taipei's Chih-Chu Tang!

Kim Je Deok, who topped the ranking round in archery last week, lost to Germany's Florian Unruh in the round-of-32. India's Atanu Das then beat two-time Olympic medalist Oh Jinhyek in another round-of-32 match.

11.26 AM: (Shooting) Final standings of Indian shooters in 50m Rifle 3 Positions:

Shooter Kneeling Prone Standing Total (Rank)
Anjum Moudgil 390 395 382 1168 (15th)
Tejaswini Sawant 384 394 376 1154 (33rd)

11.14 AM: (Shooting) Moudgil finishes at 15th position with a final score of 1167. Tejaswini Sawant finishes 33rd with score of 1154.

11.06 AM: (Shooting) Anjum Moudgil fails to qualify for the medal event after she scores 95 in the third series. She needed a minimum of 1171 to stay alive for medal event. However, the maximum she can now score is 1170.

10.58 AM: (Shooting) Another disappointing series from Moudgil as she scores 96. Qualification chances look bleak, which is a shame because she had an excellent series in prone position.

10.54 AM: (Shooting) Anjum Moudgil starts with a 94 in the first series of the standing position. Not the start she would have wanted. Sawant also starts with a similar score but she is all but out of contention for the final event.

10.37 AM: (Women's Hockey) Ireland will meet Great Britain in the final group A game at 5:30 PM. 

  • If Great Britain beat Ireland - India qualify for quarterfinal
  • If Great Britain draw with Ireland - India qualify for quarterfinal
  • If Great Britain lose to Ireland - India out of Tokyo Olympics

10.34 AM: (Women's Hockey) These are the current standings in Group A

India Tv - Women's Hockey - Pool A

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Women's Hockey - Pool A

10.30 AM: (Women's Hockey) INDIA WIN! Rani Rampal and co. have done their job, securing a tight 4-3 victory against South Africa in their last game of Group A. All eyes on the final group match where Ireland takes on Great Britain. A win/draw for Great Britain will confirm India's qualification to the quarterfinal.

10.29 AM: (Women's Hockey) UPDATE: The penalty corner is overturned after a successful Indian referral.

10.27 AM: (Women's Hockey) Test of nerves for the Indian women again. With two-and-a-half minutes to go, India concede a penalty corner. Will we see South Africa equalising for the fourth time in this game? IND 4-3 RSA

10.18 AM: (Women's Hockey) HAT-TRICK! Vandana Kataria scores her third goal of the match in the fourth quarter to put India forward for the fourth time. India 4-3 South Africa with 10mins to go.

10.16 AM: (Shooting) Anjum remains 8th at the end of the Prone round. She has really upped the ante as she progressed in the 3 event shooting rounds. In the four-series Kneeling rounds, she shot a total of 390 (99, 98, 96, 97); seeing her fall to 18th spot in a competitive field. She then was in her elements in the Prone round; shooting a total of strong 395 ( 98, 100, 99, 98). She must match her efforts in the Standing round as well to ensure a final ticket. 

10.11 AM: (Shooting) Anjum Moudgil continues to improve in the Women's Individual 50M 3 Position Rifle Shooting qualification as she currently holds the last qualification spot at 8th. Tejaswin Sawant slightly improves to 27th spot.

10.08 AM: (Women's Hockey) Fourth quarters begin. Remember, nothing less than a win will help India progress further.

10.05 AM: (Women's Hockey) Third quarter ends tied at 3-3 with both teams finding the net. India still feel a bad taste in their mouth as South Africa levelled for the third time in the match after Marizen's solo effort saw her get better of two Indian defenders before slotting the ball between the feets of goalkeeper Savita Punia. Indian defence is again under the scanner after letting South Africa forwards in easy with two field goals.

09.58 AM: (Women's Hockey) Goal. Marizen Marais's solo effort levels the score again. India 3-3 South Africa with five minutes of the third-quarter left.

09.51 AM: (Women's Hockey) India had failed to convert 14 penalty corners against Ireland, but have now scored twice through PCs today. Great goal from Neha Goyal too, as she remains at the perfect spot to deflect the ball into the net. The task now is to protect the lead. IND 3-2 RSA; 10 minutes remain in third quarter.

09.50 AM: (Women's Hockey) GOAAAAL! India scores through penalty corner again! Neha deflects the pass from Rani Rampal to the goal. India lead again. IND 3-2 RSA

09.45 AM: (Shooting) Anjum Moudgil shoots a 100/100 in the second series of prone position. She made a good start in prone too, scoring 98 in the first series. 

09.35 AM: (Women's Hockey) What was that defending? Ah! India concede the penalty corner with 20 seconds remaining on the clock and South Africa convert it. A goal in the last minute again and we're back to square one. IND 2-2 RSA at halftime.

09.28 AM: (Women's Hockey) India miss another penalty corner. But it has been another good quarter for Rampal and co. as they continue to dominate the possession against South Africa, who are seldom penetrating into the Indian half. Unlike in the previous quarter, India need to finish strongly here. IND 2-1 RSA

09.18 AM: (Women's Hockey) FINALLY! India score with penalty corner in 18th attempt since the last game. Vandana Katariya scores again and India lead 2-1.

09.14 AM: (Shooting) Anjum Moudgil finishes with a score of 390 in kneeling position and is currently 13th. Tejaswini Sawant scores a disappointing 384 and is 32nd. Top-8 qualify for final. Both will now shoot in prone position.

09.11 AM: (Women's Hockey) India win penalty corner with four seconds remaining on the clock and fail to convert it yet again. We go into the break with scores level. IND 1-1 RSA

09.07 AM: (Women's Hockey) Goal for South Africa at the stroke of the break. With half-a-minute to go for the end of first quarter, South Africa have found a goal against the run of play. A long ball into the D and Tarryn Glasbie has managed to deflect it off the stick. Late reaction from Savita Punia. IND 1-1 RSA

08.57 AM: (Women's Hockey) GOAAAAAL! India have found the net within the first five minutes of the first quarter. Excellent attack from the right flank yet again from the Indians and Vandana Katariya deflects a brilliant pass into the goal. IND 1-0 RSA

08.52 AM: (Women's Hockey) India fail to convert a second penalty corner in the second minute of the game. (Reminder: India had failed to score from 18 penalty corners against Ireland yesterday.) Sjoerd Marijne is not a happy man.

08.50 AM: (Shooting) Meanwhile, the qualification round has begun in women's 50m Rifle 3 positions. Anjum Moudgil scores 99 and 98 in the first two rounds of kneeling position and is currently 5th. Tejaswini Sawant, meanwhile, is 34th at the moment.

08.48 AM: (Women's Hockey) India wins the first penalty corner of the game in the first minute itself! But a great save from South African goalkeeper Mbande. IND 0-0 RSA

08.41 AM: It's time for the women's hockey action. India take on South Africa in their final group game of Tokyo Olympics. Rani Rampal and co. will have to win their game today and hope for Great Britain to win/draw against Ireland later today.

08.35 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Final Qualification Standings from Group A and B combined:

  1. Valarie Allman (USA) - 66.42
  2. Kamalpreet Kaur (IND) - 64.00
  3. Sandra Perkovic (CRO) - 63.75
  4. Kristin Pudenz (GER) - 63.73
  5. Daisy Osakue (ITA) - 63.66
  6. Marike Steinacker (GER) - 63.22
  7. Yaime Perez (CUB) - 63.18
  8. Lilliana CA (POR) - 62.85
  9. Yang Chen (CHN) - 62.72
  10. Claudine Vita (GER) - 62.46
  11. Shadae Lawrence (JAM) - 62.27
  12. Izabela da Silva (BRA) - 61.52

08.14 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Final standings:08.23 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Kamalpreet Kaur finishes second in overall qualification (Group A and B). Seema Punia misses the final, as she finishes 16th.

India Tv - Kamalpreet secures automatic qualification.

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Kamalpreet secures automatic qualification.


08.02 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) After second attempts, Kamalpreet Kaur maintains her second position in the standings in Qualification B. She is also second in overall qualification.

07.52 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) WOW! Kamalpreet Kaur throws 63.97m in the second attempt and that should be enough to qualify for the final.

07.46 AM: (Boxing) Panghal, who was touted as one of India's big hopes for a gold medal in boxing, has shockingly been knocked out in the round-of-16. He made a very strong start in the first round of the game against Martinez, but took a more defensive approach from the second and failed to recover after a series of attacks from the Colombian. 

India Tv - Amit Panghal knocked out.

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Amit Panghal knocked out.

07.42 AM: (Boxing) Big shock for India as Amit Panghal has been knocked out in the round-of-16. He loses by a split decision (1-4) to Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia.

07.40 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Kamalpreet Kaur, meanwhile, throws 60.29 in the first attempt. Lower than Seema Punia's highest (60.59). Kamalpreet is currently 5th in group B. 

07.38 AM: (Boxing) Amit Panghal had a split decision (4-1) in his favour but the Colombian makes a brilliant comeback with a similar scoreline. This is end-to-end bout between the two.

07.35 AM: (Boxing) Meanwhile, Amit Panghal has begun his campaign in the round-of-16 against Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez.

07.32 AM: (Archery) Furukawa wins. Atanu Das with a poor final set as she hits a 9-8-9. Furukawa takes an instant edge over the Indian with arrows of 9 and 10 up front. Atanu is knocked out and India finish with no medals in archery.

07.29 AM: (Archery) The Indian scores 28 again with a 9-10-9 but this time, the Japanese hits with the same order to equalise. 4-4 in the fourth set and we're onto the decider.

07.27 AM: (Archery) Best set for Atanu so far. He hits 10 in two successive arrows before fumbling a bit with an 8, but it is enough to win the third set. He wins 28-27 and the score is level at 3-3.

07.25 AM: (Archery) Das starts strongly with a 10 in the second set and follows it up with a 9. The Japanese hits two successive arrows of 9 in response. Atanu finds a 9 again but Furukawa holds nerve to find a 10 and equalise in the second set. He leads 3-1.

07.23 AM: (Archery) Furukawa takes the first game 27-25. The Indian started strongly with a 9 and then hit two successive 8s. Japan leads 2-0.

07.15 AM: (Archery) Atanu Das, the last remaining Indian in the archery event, will soon take part in the round-of-16 against Japan's Takahuru Furukawa.

06.59 AM: (Women's Discuss Throw) Seema Punia has finished with her throws, and it's now time for Kamalpreet Kaur to take part in the Group B of qualifications. She begins at 7:25 AM.

Before that, however, we have Atanu Das in action. He will meet Japan's Takaharu Furukawa in the round-of-16 at 7:18 AM.

06.50 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Final Standings: Top 12 performers from Group A and B combined will qualify for the final.

India Tv - Final standings.

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Final standings.

06.48 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Seema Punia has finished sixth in the qualification group A, with her second throw of 60.57 being the highest among the three attempts.

06.33 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Ah! Punia throws 58.93 in her last attempt, meaning her second throw at 60.57m remains her best attempt in the qualification group A. Will it be enough to secure a place in the medal event?

06.30 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Seema Punia is currently at sixth position after all throwers took two attempts. 

India Tv - After two attempts.

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After two attempts.

06.19 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) A clean second attempt from Seema Punia. She throws 60.57m long and currently placed third in the qualification group A.

06.04 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) Seema Punia fouls her first throw. She has two more attempts remaining.

05.50 AM: (Women's Discus Throw) The qualification event has begun. India's Seema Punia will take part in the Qualification - Group A in a few minutes! 

05.31 AM: (Golf) After a strong start which saw him jump to sixth position, Anirban Lahiri's performance dipped in the second round. He is currently at 24th position (3 under par)

05.05 AM: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 8 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! Here is the schedule of India for the day:

04:02 AM: Golfers Anirban Lahiri and Udayan Mane resume action in men's individual strokeplay in round 2. Lahiri, 4-under on first day, was one of the 16 golfers who were yet to finish their rounds and was tied 20th at the time of suspension of play on Friday.  Udayan Mane (69) shot 2-under 69 with the help of three birdies on the back nine after being 1-over for the front nine. He is Tied-57th.

04:15 AM: A very good morning to all our readers. Hello and welcome to Live coverage of Day 8 of India's action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Debutant boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) provided the spark that India's Olympic campaign desperately needed with a medal-clinching quarterfinal win, while ace shuttler P V Sindhu re-asserted her status as one of the greats of the sport as the country's athletes enjoyed a largely successful day 7 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On to the disappointments then and after two days of some great results, archery was heartbreak on the day. There was little to celebrate in athletics as well. 

On Saturday, world number one boxer Amit Panghal (52kg) will open his campaign in the Olympics, while woman pugilist Pooja Rani (75kg) will fight for a place in the medal rounds. But the focus will be on shuttler PV Sindhu as she takes on Tai Tzu Ying in the semis for a place in her second consecutive Olympic final, and India's lone hope in archery, Atanu Das, when he vies for a place in the semis. Here's all you can expect from the Indian contingent on Saturday, July 31. 

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