Day 3 of the Tokyo Olympic Games has been a roller coaster of a day for Indian players. With wins from PV Sindhu, Mary Kom and Manika Batra, big medal hopes have increased exponentially. Currently 24th in the Medals Tally, Indian players will be expected to add more medals in the bag.
Rio silver medalist Sindhu dominated Israel’s Polikarpova in the opening round. Mary Kom also dominated Hernandez Garcia 4-1 in Round of 32 match in Women’s flyweight event. This Sunday was not off to a good start with both Indian shooters failing to qualify. However, redemption is in the air with some great results in Table Tennis, Badminton and Boxing.
After facing some disappointments from male players it feels as if the women have decided to take it upon themselves to get the medals home. Mirabai Chanu on Saturday bagged the first medal for India. Indian Men’s Hockey team were also disappointed as Australians thrashed them 7-1 this afternoon.
Mary Kom will be facing Ingrit Valencia on 29th July for her Round of 16 match. Sindhu will also be looking forward to continue this form, will be facing Cheung Ngan Yi in her next match.
Sindhu’s 2-0 win in Group stage
Olympic silver medalist and 2019 World Champion P.V. Sindhu had an easy first round. Sindhu faced Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova in her first Group J fixture. She got this comfortable win with 21-7, 21-10 in Women’s Singles event.
Sindhu was lagging in the first set but had a great comeback grabbing important points finishing the set 21-7. Her cross court smashes left the Israeli unanswerable. She easily dominated the rest of the match with great form.
Ksenia not having the best of days, also had to conquer her injury in the second set but was no competition for Sindhu. Sindhu stole an early lead in the second set and eventually sealing the deal in her favour in no time.
“Coming to Tokyo 2020 is completely different, back then there were no expectations” said Sindhu after her first match. Sindhu will be facing world no. 34, Cheung Ngan Yi in her next match. Sindhu is the only female shuttler for India in Tokyo. She will be giving it her all to improve her Rio-2016 result.
Mary Kom’s 4-1 win in Round of 32
Former World Champion and London Bronze medalist Mary Kom defeated Hernandez Garcia 4-1 in her round of 32 match in Women’s Flyweight category this afternoon. The 38-year-old who was unable to qualify in Rio-2016 has shown good form and is looking to be a medal contender.
Mary Kom won the first round 30-29, but Garcia soon got one round back with the score of 28-29. With the overall scores tied 1-1, Mary brought it home with her overpowering strikes and experience.
She absolutely commanded the next 3 rounds to get 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 to win the match 4-2. Her cat-like reflexes and the experience in the ring came in handy against the 23-year-old boxer.
The 6 times World Champion will be facing Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia in her next match. These most certainly are the last Olympic Games for the boxing legend. She has been clear about gunning for the Gold medal and will be giving it her all to achieve that.