Indian sports enthusiasts had something to cheer about at the Tokyo Olympics after two gloomy days thanks to heartening performances from Lovlina Borgohain and Achanta Sharath Kamal on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Borgohain kept India’s hopes of a medal from the roped square alive by defeating Germany’s veteran pugilist Nadine Apetz in a closely-fought bout and making it to the last eight stage in the women's 69kg category.
The Assam boxer needs to beat the Chinese Taipei's Nien-Chin Chen in the next round to make sure of at least a bronze medal.
Also heart-warming was the showing of Achanta Sharath Kamal. At 39 years of age, he showed he is still a force to reckon with on the international firmament by winning a game against reigning World and Olympic champion Ma Long before exiting in Round 3 of the men’s table tennis competition.
Here's a look at the performances of India's athletes at the Games on Tuesday, July 27
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty beat Great Britain’s Ben Lane/Sean Vendy 21-17, 21-19 in Men's doubles Group A, but failed to advance to knock-out round.
Lovlina Borgohain beat Germany’s Nadine Apetz in Women's 69kg Round of 16 bout 3-2.
India beat Spain 3-0 in Men's Pool A match.
Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan finished in 22nd and 33rd place in their respective men’s and women’s events after six races.
Saravanan placed 23rd and 22nd in the fifth and sixth races of the men's Laser Class while Kumanan was 32nd and 38th in the two races of the women's Laser Radial event.
10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Qualification:
Saurabh Chaudhary/Manu Bhaker finished seventh in Qualification 2, after topping the first phase with 582.
Yeshahswini Deswal/Abhishek Verma failed to clear Qualification 1 and finished in 17th place.
10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification:
Elavenil Valarivan/Divyansh Singh Panwar finished 12th among 29 pairs.
Anjum Moudgil/Deepak Kumar finished 18th out of 29 pairs.
Achanta Sharath Kamal lost to China’s Ma Long 7-11, 11-8, 11-13, 4-11, 4-11 in Men's Singles Round 3.