India will begin their medal hunt at the Tokyo Olympics early Saturday with athletes competing in three medal events. The mixed-team pair of Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav will start the campaign with the first archery playoff match. bow against the Chinese Taipei pair of Lin Chia-en and Tang Chih-Chun. Deepika was to team up with her husband Atanu Das for this event. They enjoyed a successful outing in Paris earlier this month when they won the mixed team title at the Stage 3 World Cup.
While Das struggled to score well in the men’s ranking event on Friday, Jadhav turned out to be the top Indian archer on Friday and thus had the chance to team up with Deepika.
India’s top medal prospects on Saturday will be in shooting and weightlifting.
Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan will enter the 10m air rifle qualifying round with great confidence as they have performed well over the past two years.
Young shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma will present the challenge of India in the men’s 10m air pistol event. They have been the best pistol shooters in the world for the past three years, but the much narrower field of 36 men here is fraught with danger, simply because of the presence of some pistol-led legends, led by the Korean. Jongoh Jin.
Mirabai Chanu, the only Indian weightlifter here, is ranked No.1 in Tokyo’s qualifier list based on her consistent performances recently. She will debut as a medal contender in the women’s 49 kg, after setting a new world clean and jerk record lifting 119 kg at the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent in April 2021.
Table tennis players Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra will kick off their mixed doubles campaign with a first round encounter against Taiwan’s Lin Yun Ju / Cheng I Ching. Manika and Sutirtha Mukherjee will also launch their women’s singles challenge.
Sumit Nagal will face Uzbekistan Denis Istomin in the first round of the men’s singles while judoka Sushila Devi will compete in the women’s 48kg eliminatory round.
Rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh will launch their boat in the men’s lightweight sculls pair in the playoffs on Saturday, hoping to advance to the finals. If that fails, they hope to at least qualify for Sunday’s draft races.
Here’s a look at India’s schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the second day of the Games – Saturday, July 24.
6h00: Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav in the first qualifying round by mixed teams.
6:00 am: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty face Lee Yang / Wang Chi-Lin from Chinese Taipei – men’s doubles Group A
9:30 am: Sai Praneeth faces Israeli Misha Zilberman – first round men’s singles
3:54 p.m .: Vikas Krishan v Okazawa Sewonrets Quincy Mensah (Japan) – Round of 16 welterweight men.
6:00 am: India vs New Zealand – Men’s Pool A
5.15 p.m .: India vs Netherlands – Women’s Pool A
7:30 am: Sushila Devi – women’s 48kg eliminatory round
7:30 am: Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh – men’s lightweight sculls
5:00 a.m .: Apurvi Chandela, Elavenil Valarivan – qualification air rifle 10m women
10:00 am: Women’s 10m air rifle final – if they qualify
9:30 am: Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma – men’s 10m air pistol qualification
12h00: Men’s 10m compressed air pistol final – if they qualify
8:30 am: Sharath Kamal / Manika Batra vs Lin Yun Ju / Cheng I Ching (Chinese Taipei) – round of 16 mixed doubles
12:15 p.m .: Manika Batra vs Tin-Tin Ho (Great Britain) – women’s singles 1st round
13h00: Sutirtha Mukherjee vs Linda Bergstroem (Sweden) – women’s singles 1st round
9:30 am: Sumit Nagal vs Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) – men’s singles round 1
10:20 am: Mirabai Chanu – 49kg women final
(With IANS inputs)
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