Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra started the 13th day of the Tokyo Olympics with a bang. Neeraj made a splendid performance in his first attempt to make it to the finals of the men’s javelin throw event. Wrestlers Deepak Poonia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya entered the semi-finals by winning two consecutive matches, while in the debut Olympics, female wrestler Sonam Malik could not perform much. Sonam had to face defeat in the first match itself. Boxer Lovlina Borgohain had to settle for bronze.
India’s medal contender in the javelin throw event of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Neeraj Chopra, has made a strong stride towards the javelin throw medal, far more than the qualifying mark in the very first attempt. Neeraj has gracefully made it to the finals. Wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Poonia, on the other hand, also performed brilliantly to make it to the semi-finals of their respective category. While boxer Lovlina won the bronze medal.
In boxing, Lovlina lost in the semi-finals, got the bronze medal
India’s star boxer Lovlina Borgohain had to settle for a bronze medal in the women’s welterweight (69kg) semi-final after losing to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmenelli of Turkey.
Wrestlers Ravi Kumar and Deepak Poonia in the semifinals, Anshu Malik lost
Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya made a strong start to his Olympic campaign by defeating Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vengelov 14-4 on technical prowess to reach the semi-finals of the 57kg category. Deepak Poonia has also reached the semi-finals. Deepak defeated Li Jushen of China 6-3 in the quarterfinals to reach the last four.
Wrestler Anshu Malik, on the other hand, lost her pre-quarterfinal bout 2-8 against European champion Irina Kurachkina of Belarus in the first round of the women’s 57kg event.
Javelin throw athlete Shivpal misses out on the final
Indian javelin thrower Shivpal Singh missed out on a place in the final. In the men’s qualification in Group B, Shivpal threw 76.40 meters in the first attempt and 74.80 meters in the second attempt. Shivpal’s spear could cover a distance of 74.81 meters in the third attempt. In such a situation, Shivpal missed out on making the final.
Javelin throw athlete Neeraj Chopra in final
India’s star athlete Neeraj Chopra made it to the finals in Group A qualification by securing a self-qualification of 83.50m in his first attempt. Chopra, making her Olympic debut, qualified for the finals by throwing a javelin to a distance of 86.65m in her first attempt, raising India’s medal hopes.