India on Tokyo Olympics Day 11 live updates: India will take on Belgium in men’s hockey semi-final

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File photo of Indian hockey team.

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7:29 am: Three consecutive penalty corners for Belgium but none of them resulted. Indians are doing everything to stop the opposition from scoring.

7:26 am: Meanwhile, Annu Rani finished her qualification round with a highest throw of 54.04m, finishing 14th. The javelin thrower’s Tokyo Olympic journey has come to an end.

7:25 am: Graham Reid is telling Indian boys not to complicate things. ‘Keep it simple’ and India can make it to the final after a gap of 41 years.

7:24 am: End of first quarter and India hold a 2-1 lead! The first fifteen minutes were thrilling. Have to go in three more quarters.

7:20 am: Except for the game against Australia, India has so far scored at least three goals in their matches at the Tokyo Olympics. Scoring has not been a problem for the eight-time Olympic champion.

7:17 am: Another penalty corner for India but Rupinder was denied by the Belgian defense. The Indians have made a strong comeback in this match and they have threatened the Red Lions.

7:14 am: Incredible view! With six minutes left in the opening quarter, both teams have already scored three goals.

7:13 am: 2-1! Mandeep Singh scored a goal to give India the lead in minutes. Mandeep’s first goal of the tournament to put India ahead in the first quarter!

7:12 am: 1-1! Another penalty corner for India and they scored! A brilliant drag-flick by Harmanpreet Singh to level it up for India. He scored his fifth goal of the Tokyo showpiece.

7:01 am: 0-1! First penalty corner for Belgium and they scored! The World Champions have taken an early lead.

7:00 am: Such a great opportunity for both teams! Four years ago in Rio, Belgium crushed India’s dream by winning 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

6:53 am: The Indian hockey team has a rich history with 11 Olympic medals in sports, but it last won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Games. Manpreet & Co will aim to continue its momentum and create history in Tokyo. On Sunday, India defeated Great Britain 3-1 in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals.

6:35 am: Men’s Hockey Semi-Final: India vs Belgium as Manpreet Singh & Co aim to make history in their first medal tally since 1980 Moscow Olympics when they won gold.

6:30 am: Annu Rani’s Olympic all seems to be coming to an end as her third attempt is again 54.04m away. She is currently ranked 14th out of 15 throwers ahead of Croatia’s Sara Kolak, who has yet to make a valid throw.

6:20 am: So far, only Andrejic has booked a straight qualification spot, followed by Australia’s McKenzie in second place with a throw of 62.37m.

6:18 am: Annu now has only one throw left and will have to find out to the best of her abilities to make it to the finals.

6:17 am: Another disappointing throw from Annu, She manages just 53.19 metres.

6:16 am: Annu will have to wait for her turn as Ogrodnikova’s last attempt has left the judges in a tizzy as they undergo an official investigation into her attempt to get closer to 60 metres. We can hope that this should let the track dry out more and take that mental block off his mind as we saw that it didn’t bother Andrzejski, who went 65 with his first throw and first She has decided not to throw her balance in two attempts.

6:10 am: Among all valid attempts, Annu is ranked 11th with a low of 50.35m, she would like to change that quickly as this is her next attempt.

6:04 am: Group favorite Maria Andrejic (Poland) wasted no time as she qualified for the final with a throw of 65.24m. There are 11 spots left for Annu to qualify.

6:02 am: Canada’s Elizabeth Gladl misjudges her throw by deliberately stepping over the line after her javelin has descended 50 meters.

5:58 am: It is important to mention that with the track getting wet due to the early morning rain, the throwers have been careful with their runs and not freeing themselves completely.

5:57 am: Annu started with a poor throw of 50.35m but in the early days of the event. World No 13 has two more attempts to find the 63m throw.

5:56 am: Ogrodnikova starts with a foul, Annu Rani is next.

5:52 amAustralia’s Mackenzie Little comes closest to qualifying directly in the first three throwers with a throw of 62.37m.

5:48 amThere is a lot of competition for Annu in this event: Poland’s Maria Andrzejski (season-best 71.40 m), China’s Liu Huihui (SB 66.65 m), Czech Republic’s Nikola Ogrodnikova (SB 65.13 m). Win the group and seal a straight spot.

5:40 am: just 10 minutes to go to action

5:38 am: The ideal has been that the best athletes are placed in Group B, so Annu Rani would not want to take a chance in three attempts to break the straight qualifying mark of 63m.

5:33 am: This effectively means that Annu Rani will have to get closer to her national record (63.24m) to book a straight spot in the final. And as noted below, it’s not something he hasn’t done before; Most recently at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

5:30 am: To update you on the rules for qualification in Group A of the women’s javelin throw (out of 15 throwers), throwers earning direct qualification (denoted as a cue) to the 12-athlete final during an alternate route 63 meters and above will have to be covered. Qualification is through to the best 12 performers from both groups (A and B) combined (denoted as Q).

5:23 am: Annu is definitely one of the favorites to reach the final as she found her best form to set a new national record during the National Inter-State Championships in Patiala in late June.

5:20 amAnnu Rani is definitely a name to watch as she has been one of the consistent performers of Indian athletics in this Olympic cycle. While many Indian athletes have often failed to top major tournaments, the 28-year-old track and field athlete improved her national record at the 2019 World Athletics Championships to book her spot in the finals.

5:15 am: Women’s javelin throw qualification for the group will begin 5:50 am. India’s national record holder Annu Rani has a personal best and season best of 63.24m throw. Notable participants in her group include Rio gold medalist Sarah Kolak, who has a 68.43m.

5:12 am: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 11 of India’s action at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Tuesday, India will finally begin their wrestling campaign with 19-year-old Sonam Malik in the women’s 62kg round of 16 bout. If she advances to the next round, the quarter-finals will take place on the same day. However, the celebration of the 11th day will be the men’s hockey team, which will take on world champion Belgium for a place in the final and ensure an Olympic medal for the first time since the 1980 Moscow Games. India will also have two track and field athletes on Tuesday – Annu Rani in javelin throw and shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor. Here’s what you can expect from the Indian contingent on Tuesday, August 3.


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