The Tokyo Olympics Day-12 turned out to be a thriller for the Indians. Ravi Dahiya qualified for the final match and confirmed a medal. India also witnessed some other top performances! Like the one shown by Deepak Poonia and Lovlina Borgohain.
The Tokyo Olympics Day-12 ended with China still on top of the medal tally with a good difference. They have a total of 70 medals including 32 gold medals. The United States of America remains on no. 2. It has a total of 79 medals with 25 golds. Japan stands third with a total of 40 medals including 21 gold medals.
India’s Performance On Tokyo Olympics Day-12
The started with a sensational performance coming from Neeraj Chopra. Contesting in the men’s javelin throw event qualification, Neeraj threw the javelin effortlessly to 86.65m. He qualified for the finals with his first and only throw! Though the other athlete Shivpal Singh could not qualify, he made good throws too- but not the best!
Aditi Ashok, contesting in Women’s golf is ranked number 2 at the end of the first round. There are three more rounds to be played and an eye must be kept on her performance as well!
Next came the qualification matches of the Indian wrestlers. Anshu Malik the 19-year old freestyle wrestler was up against her opponent from Belarus Iryna Kurachkina. Though she lost by a score difference of 8-2, it was a close contest. Anshu lost the points while trying to get Iryna into some tight moves. The more experienced wrestler took the match. Since Iryna is through to the finals, Anshu will play the repechage for the bronze medal. Just to remind you that Sakshi Malik too got her Bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the repechage round. Seeing the immense talent and skill the young girl has got, hopes could be kept high for Anshu!
Later came the bout of Deepak Poonia in the freestyle 86kg category. The huge man defeated his opponents with ease. He struggled a little against his Chinese opponent in the quarter-final match. He lost the semi-final match to the wrestler from the United States and will play for the Bronze Medal tomorrow!
Ravi Kumar Dahiya, the 57kg freestyle wrestler, won excellent games. He defeated his early opponents with Technical Superiority( a difference of over 10 points between the two wrestlers).
However, the semi-final match was interesting and Ravi was on the backfoot against the wrestler from Kazakhstan. Still, he managed to pin the opponent in the final minute of the match and qualified for the final. He will face the number 1 seed from Iran.
One of the important highlights of the day was Lovlina Borgohain’s bout. She was playing against the world champion boxer from Turkey with an assured Bronze. The girl did try her best. But, the Turkish boxer remained in the driver’s seat throughout. Lastly, she won the bout by a unanimous decision. Thus, Lovlina Borgohain gets the bronze medal!
The hockey match played between the Indian women and the Argentina women’s team was a tough match as well. The Indian women led the first quarter by 1-0. However, the Argentina women came with an equalizer in the next quarter. The third goal and the second goal for Argentina came in the third quarter. The Indian women, though tried their best, could not get the goal and lost the match by 2-1. Still, the immense improvement that the women’s Hockey Team has shown has left people spellbound!
With some medal matches coming tomorrow, which also includes the India vs Germany Hockey match for the Bronze medal, it will be exciting to watch the Indian athletes in action on Day-13.
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