Discus thrower Kamalpreet Singh rose from relative obscurity to a strong contender for a medal and the women’s hockey team battled their way past South Africa, winning 4-3, to seal a place in the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics, on Saturday.
Those were the bright spots on another depressing day for the Indian contingent at the Games, which saw reigning World champion P V Sindhu's hopes of securing India's first-ever Olympics gold in badminton come crashing down after an 18-21, 12-21 defeat to world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles semi-finals.
Here's a summary of the country's athletes' showing at the Games on Saturday, July 31.
Atanu Das lost to Japan’s Takaharu Furukawa 4-6 in men's Individual Pre-quarter-finals.
Seema Punia finished sixth in women’s Qualification Group A and 16th overall with a below-par best throw of 60.57 metres.
Kamalpreet Kaur finished second in women’s Qualification Group B and second overall with a best of 64 metres. She was one of the only two automatic qualifiers for the final.
M Sreeshankar finished 13th in Qualification Group B and 25th overall out of 29 competitors with a below-par best effort of 7.69 metres in men's Long Jump.
P V Sindhu lost to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying 18-21, 12-21 in women's singles semi-final.
Amit Pangal lost 1-4 to Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez Rivas in men's 52kg Round of 16 bout.
Pooja Rani lost 0-5 to China’s Li Qian in women's 75kg quarter-final bout.
Anirban Lahiri, in men's Individual Stroke Play, ended second round with 1-over 72, which placed him T-24th. Was Tied-28th after the third round with a total of 6-under 207.
Udayan Mane carded a 70 for a share of 55th place on 2-over 215 in third round.
India beat South Africa 4-3 in women's Pool A match.
KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar languished at 17th overall after the penultimate race in the men's Skiff 49er.
Anjum Moudgil finished 15th and Tejaswini Sawant 33rd in women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions qualification.