(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 Wednesday, it has hit its twelfth day, 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. In a major relief for the country, boxer Lovlina Borgohain has created history on Wednesday by winning the Bronze medal in the women's 69kg welterweight boxing competition, which has become India's third medal.
All three medals were won by women - Mirabai Chanu (Silver in weightlifting), PV Sindhu (Bronze in Badminton), and now Lovlina (Bronze in Boxing). 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. Currently, India stands at the 62nd spot in the Olympics medal tally with three medals. Let's take a look at how the Indian contingent ended its twelfth day of the Tokyo Olympics.
Today's matches of India:
1.Men's javelin throw Qualification
2.Women's Welterweight Semifinals
3.Women's Individual Finals Golf
4.Women's Tournament Hockey -Semifinals
5.Men's Freestyle 57kg, 86kg Wrestling
List of Indian Athletes Played Today:
1) Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia - Men's 57kg and 86kg Semifinal Wrestling respectively.
2) Anshu Malik - Women's 57kg Round of 16 Wrestling
3) Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar - Women's Individual Finals Golf
4) Lovlina Borgohain - Women's welterweight Semifinal Boxing
5) Neeraj Chopra - Men's Javelin Throw Final
6) Indian women's hockey team
India's state on Day 12 of Olympic Tokyo 2020:
Comparing to Day 11 Tuesday, India's state was quite brighter today in the Tokyo field. Despite Lovlina Borgohain lost in the semifinals to Turkish world no 1 boxer Busenaz Surmeneli, she gets out of the field with bronze. "I worked hard for a gold medal so it is a bit disappointing, I could not execute my strategy, she was strong, I thought if I play on the backfoot, I would get hit, so I went on the offensive but it didn't work out as I had thought", Lovlina said after winning the medal.
"I wanted to hit her confidence, but it didn't happen. I always wanted to compete in the Olympics and win a medal. I am glad I got a medal but I could have got more," she added. Meanwhile, Neeraj Chopra set a remarkable mark of 86.65m on his very first throw in the qualification round in Javelin's throw. Chopra became the first Indian to qualify for the final.
"I am at my first Olympic Games, and I feel very good. In the warm-up, my performance wasn't so good, but then (in the qualifying round) my first throw had a good angle and was a perfect throw," Chopra said after his event. And India grappler Deepak Punia has recorded a 10-0 loss in the semi-finals of the men's freestyle 86kg category Wrestling. He has been defeated by the USA and Ravi Kumar Dahiya has created history by confirming the Silver medal for India as he moves to the gold medal match in the Men's 57kg freestyle category.
Another fall for India was Anshu Malik who lost to Iryna Kurachina 8-2 in Women's 57kg weight category first round of Wrestling. It seems that she will face Evelina Nikolova of Bulgaria for a bronze medal if she gets past the Russian. Indian golfer Aditi Ashok was impressed on the opening day at the Tokyo Olympics. She finished at tied-2nd after the first round with a score of 4-under 67 on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Aditi played the first round with Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Giulia Molinaro.
Her compatriot Diksha Dagar ends the first round with +5, was tied at 54th (4 bogeys) while playing with Kim Metraux and Tonje Daffinrud. In the women's hockey tournament, the Indian women's hockey team has lost the semifinals after getting defeated by Argentina 2-1.
What's in the store for India on Day 13 - Thursday of the Olympics:
We have the follow-up match of Round 2 Women's individual Golf event with Aditi Ashok on the field. She made her Olympics Games debut at the Rio Olympics in 2016. As noteworthy, she is playing golf since the age of five. And we have Athletics of Men's 20km Walk Final. Irfan Kolothum Thodi going to play for our country. His personal best was 10km at 40:10 in London, 2012.
Notably, one of India's most celebrated wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat, will start her Tokyo Olympics 2021 campaign on Thursday when she meets Sweden's Sofia Magdalena Mattsson in the first round at Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo. Earlier, in 2016, she tumbled out of Rio de Janeiro Olympics after suffering a career-threatening injury.
Although Vinesh Phogat started in the 48kg category, she changed to the 53kg weight category recently and will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 in the upgraded division. In Parallel, we have tremendous final match Men's Hockey against Germany for the Bronze medal. Indian fans build up hope for the final end of the thread as it's our national game.