(This article is authored by Alar, a freelance content writer)
The current edition of the Olympics, hosted by Tokyo, is getting close to its end and on Tuesday, it has hit its eleventh day on and India, which has sent one of the largest contingents to the Japanese capital with significant participation of women, hasn't put a magnificent show as the campaigns of some of the most-expected victories had eventually failed with the country still yet to open its 'Gold'en account.
The Indian contingent has 127 athletes from champions, experienced players, and young talents. In what has become a promising precedent, India has a mix of 56 women and 71 men representing the country. So far, India has won two medals - Mirabai Chanu (Silver in weightlifting) and PV Sindhu (Bronze in Badminton) while boxer Lovlina Borgohain has assured another medal. As the hope is getting dimmed, India is likely marching to end the season akin to its preceding one - the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the country returned with two medals. Let's take a look at how the Indian contingent ended its eleventh day of the Tokyo Olympics.
Day 11 was a massive disappointment for India after witnessing failures in Hockey, Shotput, Wrestling, and Javelin throw. The dream of the Indian hockey team for about 41 years after history became unfulfilled. For the first time in 41 years, India's men's hockey team was one match away from winning the gold medal. From 1928 to 1956, the men's hockey team has won six Olympic gold medals and finally, it has won the gold medal in the 1980 Moscow games by defeating Spain. As India has entered the semifinals at Tokyo Olympics, it was expected that India will triumph over the finals and win the gold medal after 41 years. However, the dream has ended unfulfilled.
Today's matches of India:
1.Women's Javelin Throw Qualification - Group A
2.Men's Semi-Final Hockey
3.Women's freestyle 62kg 1/8 Final Wrestling
4.Men's shot put qualification - Group A
List of Indian Athletes Played Today:
1.Annu Rani - Women's Javelin Throw
2.Sonam Malik - Women's freestyle 62kg 1/8 Final Wrestling
3.Tajinderpal Singh - Men's Shot Put Qualification - Group A
4. Indian men's hockey team
Today's Olympics Bites of India: Quite a disappointing day!
The faith has faded into the earth as Hockey loses to Belgium 2-5 in the last four stages. The tempo of our Men's team seemed pretty low, that's when Belgium gained control of the match and won over India. We can still expect a good little faith on the Indian Men hockey team as they will battle for the Bronze medal in a match against Germany on Thursday. If the Indian team triumphs, it will assure another medal for India and we can brace up the hope of adding another feather to our cap.
As a continuous blowout, Sonam Malik lost to Mongolia's wrestler Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the 62kg category, even Sonam led the score 2-0, the opponent finished the game by effecting take-down move with just 35 seconds left in the contest to beat the score. And the day was way more poignant, seeing Tajinderpal Sigh Toor ending his campaign and failing to qualify for finals in men's shot put.
His first attempt was marked as 19.99m. However, his second and third attempts were declared "No Mark". Meanwhile, Javelin thrower Annu Rani failed to qualify for the women's final. Her first attempt was 50.35m. She has secured the ninth spot. In the second attempt, she slipped to the 14th spot with a below-par throw of 54.04m in her third and final attempt, losing the ticket to enter the finals, which has become yet another disappointment for India.
What's in the store for India on Day 12 - Wednesday of the Olympics:
Day 12 will start with Women's Individual Stroke Play Round 1 Golf. Indian athletes Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar will show their best at 4 AM. Following up, we have Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh in Men's Javelin Throw Qualification Group A and B respectively. The 24-year-old Neeraj Chopra's personal best was 88.07 in 2021. He won a gold medal in the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
By seeing the disappointing loss of Men's Hockey team, Indian fans are nervously hoping for the win of the Women Hockey semifinal match against Argentina tomorrow. We have Ravikumar in 57kg 1/8 final of Men's freestyle against Colombia player Urbano Tigreros and Anshu Malik in 86kg 1/8 final against Ekerekeme Agiomor from Nigeria.