It has been a difficult day for most Indian athletes at the Tokyo Games on Monday. The action for Indians on Day 4 ends with the women’s hockey team taking on Germany. Having lost their opening match to the Netherlands, India will be eyeing their first win — something that will give the entire contingent in Tokyo something to cheer about in what has been an otherwise forgettable day.
Boxer Ashish Kumar Chaudhary was knocked out in the Round of 32 when he lost his bout against Erbieke Tuoheta of China in the men’s Middle (69-75kg) category. Indian star player Manika Batra was also exited after losing her women’s singles third round match to Sofia Polcanova of Austria in straight games. The bright sport for India came early in the day with Sharath Kamal claiming a 4-2 win against Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia in Round 2 of the men’s singles table tennis event.
Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal was knocked out in the men’s singles event as he lost his second round match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. Indian archery team of Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav, and Tarundeep Rai lost in the quarterfinals of the men’s team event, going down 0-6 to South Korea. The Indian team had defeated Kazakhstan 6-2 earlier to advance to the quarterfinals, but the Korean side proved too good.
India’s tough day continued when Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost their men’s doubles badminton match in straight games. While Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash fails to qualify to the semifinal of men’s 200m butterfly event – He finished 4th in Heat 2 with timing of 1.57.22 and was ranked 24th overall in Heats.