First day and First Medal, all the Indians must be very proud right now as weight lifter Mirabai Chanu wins her and India’s first medal at Tokyo Olympics. In the 49 Kg weightlifting round she won Silver Medal after lifting 87 Kg.
“I have been dreaming of this for the past five years. I am very proud of myself right now. I did try for gold but even silver is a great achievement for me. I am very happy to win the first medal for India at these Games. I don’t just belong to Manipur, I belong to the whole country,” Mirabai Chanu says on her first Olympic Medal.
Mirabai Chani is technically the sixth Indian individual Olympic silver medallist after Norman Pritchard, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Sushil Kumar, Vijay Kumar, and PV Sindhu.
Up next for India is Sumit Nagal; he created history by qualifying for the second round of Table Tennis. He becomes the first Indian man since Leander Paes, who won bronze at Atlanta 1996 to reach the second round at the Olympics. Nagal defeated Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4.
In the Archery, Deepika Kumari and Peravin Jadhav exit in the quarter-finals. Pravin started the final set with a 6 which was never going to be enough against Korea’s An San and Kim Je Deok. Their campaign ends with a 2-6 defeat in the quarter-finals.
Heartbreak for India as Saurabh Chaudhary is the second shooter to be eliminated in the men’s 10m air pistol final! He topped the qualification but finished 7th in the 8-shooter final.
On the other hand, what a start to Indian men’s hockey team campaign. They have beaten New Zealand 3-2 in their first Pool A match. There were a few nervy moments in the end but credit to Manpreet Singh’s men. PR Sreejesh was the pillar at the back as New Zealand had 9 penalty corners while Manpreet Singh converted two of India’s penalty corners. Rupinder Pal became the first Indian to score at Tokyo 2020.
Sutirtha Mukherjee takes on Linda Bergstroem in round 1 women’s singles Table Tennis. In the afternoon, around 3.45 pm, boxer Vikas Krishan will lock horns with Japan’s Sewonrets Okazawa in the welterweight Round of 32. In the evening, Rani Rampal-led Indian women’s team will face Netherlands.