Tokyo Olympics Today Highlights: Thursday was a special day for India in the Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey team won the bronze medal, while wrestler Ravi Dahiya won the silver medal. At the same time, wrestlers Deepak Punia and Vinesh Phogat had to face defeat.
Hockey team waited for 41 years to end
The Indian hockey team made history in the match against Germany on Wednesday. The team ended India’s 41-year wait and won the bronze medal. India beat Germany 5-4. Goals by Rupinder Pal Singh, Hardik Singh and Humanpreet Singh gave India a resounding victory. India started with 0-1 and then the game came to 1-3. After this the team made a comeback. Timur Oruz, Niklas Wellen, Benedikt Furk and Lukas Windfeder scored for Germany, but in the end, the team returned from the Olympics without a medal.
The journey to the medal has not been easy for the Indian hockey team. They suffered a 1-7 loss to Australia in their second group match. They won four matches on their comeback and lost 2-5 to world champions Belgium in a tough semi-final match. But after that the team did wonders by beating Germany today.
At the same time, wrestler Ravi Dahiya won the silver medal on Thursday. He had to face defeat in the gold medal match in the men’s freestyle 57 kg category. Dahiya lost to Russian wrestler Zavur Uguev by a margin of 7-4 in this crucial match. Ravi brought the gap from 5 to 3 points in the last minutes, but then the Russian wrestler made a comeback. Earlier, Dahiya had defeated Nurislam Sanayev in a strong semi-final match.
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Deepak Punia misses out on bronze medal
Wrestler Deepak Punia, on the other hand, lost in the last 10 seconds in the 86kg category, staying close to winning the bronze medal. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat had to face defeat in the 53kg quarterfinal match on Thursday. She was defeated by Vanessa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus.
India is currently ranked 65th in the medal tally. India has won a total of 5 medals. The top 5 include China, America, Japan, Australia and ROC respectively.
Tomorrow is also going to be important for India. The women’s hockey team will take on Great Britain for the bronze medal. This match will start at 7 am Indian time. After this, the match of wrestler Bajrang Punia will also be important, which is from 8 am.