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Have you learnt Punjabi, PM asked Sreejesh; praised Mirabai for remembering truck drivers who helped her | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Have you learnt Punjabi, PM asked Sreejesh; praised Mirabai for remembering truck drivers who helped her | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Iconic boxer MC Mary Kom and ace archer Deepika Kumari were told they need not say sorry after returning without medals while hockey player P Sreejesh was asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he has learnt 'Punjabi' when he hosted the Tokyo-returned Olympians at his residence. Modi had some light moments with the athletes, their coaches and family members over a breakfast meeting on Monday. He asked bronze winning men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh whether he had learnt to speak Punjabi since the national team has a number of players from Punjab. (ANI Photo)Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh's tall frame attracted "kitni height hai" (How tall are you) comment from the PM. "You did not go to play volleyball?" the PM asked him. The hockey team presented the PM with a sti...
Expectation will be higher at next Olympics: Aditi Ashok | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Expectation will be higher at next Olympics: Aditi Ashok | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

BENGALURU: For most athletes, the Olympic Games is a culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. However, for professionals in a few disciplines, especially golfers, there is no time to savour the triumph or brood over a missed chance, the next event is upon them in the blink of an eye. Ace Indian golfer Aditi Ashok, who missed an Olympic medal by a single stroke in Tokyo last week, will have to put the disappointment behind her and start afresh at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open at the Dumbarnie Links on Thursday. The 23-year-old Bengalurean spoke to TOI on the eve of the $1.5 million LPGA and LET cosanctioned event. Excerpts: What did the Olympic experience teach you that’s different from anything you might have picked up on the Tour?It’s more about playing on such a big stag...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: India finishes 48th, best in four decades; 33rd in terms of overall medals won | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: India finishes 48th, best in four decades; 33rd in terms of overall medals won | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

India finished 48th on the medal tally in Tokyo, its highest ranking in over four decades (if one were to go by the total number of medals, India would have actually finished 33rd. However, ranking is done primarily based on gold medals won). The previous best in this period was the 51st rank finish at Beijing in 2008, when India won three medals, including Abhinav Bindra's gold. India has finished significantly higher in the era in which it used to win gold in hockey, but that time is not really comparable both because of the dozens of countries that have come into being since then and the expansion in the number of sports and hence medals. In Moscow, for instance, India finished at 23rd rank but with just a solitary medal, the hockey gold. A repeat of that at Tokyo would have placed I...
Sayonara Tokyo, bonjour Paris: Olympic focus switches to 2024 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Sayonara Tokyo, bonjour Paris: Olympic focus switches to 2024 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

PARIS: Sayonara Tokyo, bonjour Paris. Thousands of people partied in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday to watch the closing ceremony of the delayed 2020 Olympics and celebrate the French capital's status as host of the 2024 showpiece. The contrast was dramatic after a Tokyo Games played out in mostly empty stadia and under strict Covid-19 protocols. "On an emotional level, it made me think of the 2012 and 2016 Olympics when a whole stadium is with you and cheering you on, it's very heartwarming," said French judo star Teddy Riner, who competed in Japan. Athletes who had taken part in the Tokyo Games were cheered by the crowds as thoughts turned to 2024. "I missed most of the Olympics because I worked at night, so it's nice to see the best moments again," said 22-year-old Alix as ...
Vikas Krishan undergoes shoulder surgery after Olympic heartbreak, vows to come back stronger | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Vikas Krishan undergoes shoulder surgery after Olympic heartbreak, vows to come back stronger | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian boxer Vikas Krishan, whose Olympic campaign ended abruptly after a dislocated right shoulder caused an opening-round loss, has undergone a surgery to fix the injury which will keep him out of action for the next three months. The 29-year-old, who was competing in his third Olympics in Tokyo, was forced out early after "fighting with one hand" in the opening clash against Japan's Sewon Okazawa. The surgery on his dislocated shoulder was performed at Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital by renowned surgeon Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, who operated and fixed a career-threatening shoulder injury that newly-crowned Olympic gold-winner Neeraj Chopra had suffered in 2019. Dr Pardiwala has also operated top cricketers like Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer along with star shuttler Saina Nehwal ...
What goes into the making of a javelin champion? The skills and training required | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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What goes into the making of a javelin champion? The skills and training required | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Neeraj Chopra became an inspiration for many youngsters in the country after the 23-year-old pierced the air with his javelin at the Olympic Stadium to give independent India its first gold medal in Athletics. Neeraj's dominance was evident in the final as he produced a second-round throw of 87.58m to end India's over 100-year wait for a track and field medal at the Olympics. He also became only the second Indian to win an individual gold at the Olympics. Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in the 10m air Rifle event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Social media was abuzz with the incredible effort that Neeraj put in in Tokyo. And there were searches galore. Apart from Neeraj Chopra, Neeraj Chopra gold, Neeraj Chopra height, and weight, Neeraj Chopra family, and Neeraj Chopra med...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: The stars of India’s best ever Olympic performance | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: The stars of India’s best ever Olympic performance | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India capped off its best-ever performance in the Olympics with a haul of seven medals, including a gold. As the Tokyo Olympics come to a close, a look at the medallists and those who came within touching distance of glory but couldn't quite make it to the podium. NEERAJ CHOPRA: GOLDThey say save the best for last and for India it came true at the Tokyo Games. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics. After romanticising stories about "nearly there" for years, India finally had its first track-and-field medal winner, thanks to Chopra's throw of 87.58m. Interestingly, Chopra, the son of a farmer from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana, took to athletics to lose weight. One day, his uncle took him to Shivaji Stad...
Tokyo Olympics: Ecstatic Abhinav Bindra welcomes Neeraj Chopra to golden club | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Ecstatic Abhinav Bindra welcomes Neeraj Chopra to golden club | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

When PV Sindhu qualified for the final at the Rio Games, Abhinav Bindra wanted her to win gold and had expressed how ‘lonely’ he felt at the top. He finally has company now. “I am ecstatic,” Bindra told TOI. Abhinav won India’s first-ever individual gold on August 11, 2008, and it has been a long wait for the country to hear the national anthem play at the Olympics again. Four days before the 13th anniversary of his gold medal, Abhinav is no longer the only individual gold medallist in the country. And nobody is happier than the champion shooter himself. “For me personally, it is so liberating not to be the only one,” he added. It was evident from his social media posts, as Abhinav expressed his joy by writing a series of tweets and a letter to Neeraj Chopra. @Neeraj_chopra1 https://t.c...
Neeraj Chopra:  Everything you need to know about Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Neeraj Chopra: Everything you need to know about Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

For the first time since 2008, the Indian National Anthem was played out at the Olympics. And that's thanks to a 23 year old javelin thrower - Neeraj Chopra. Neeraj has done what no Indian athlete has ever managed to do before - win an athletics gold medal at the Olympics. The wait for an Indian athlete to join Abhinav Bindra as an individual Olympic gold medallist is finally over. How Neeraj Chopra sealed the Olympic gold with his second throw at the javelin finalsNeeraj has also done something, technically not achieved by any Indian athlete since 1900 - win an Olympics athletics medal. Norman Pritchad had won two silver medals, representing India in the 1900 Paris Olympics in the 200m dash and 200m hurdles. IOC still credits these medals to India. The enormity of this achievement will...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: India’s schedule on August 7 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: India’s schedule on August 7 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Aditi Ashok missed a medal narrowly as she signed off 4th in the Olympic Games' golf competition after carding a three-under 68 in the weather-hit final round. The 23-year-old Bengalurean ended two strokes off the pace with a total of 15-under 269. It was a heartbreaking end to Aditi's campaign considering she started the day at 2nd. But it was nonetheless a major improvement as she had finished tied 41st in the 2016 edition where golf made a comeback to the Olympics. Neeraj Chopra will look to end athletics medal drought when he takes the field in javelin throw final. Following is the complete schedule of Indian action on Saturday:GOLF4:17 AM: Women's Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Diksha Dagar finishes Tied-50)4:48 AM: Women's Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Aditi ...
Aditi Ashok: Everything you need to know about India’s lion-hearted golfer Aditi Ashok | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Aditi Ashok: Everything you need to know about India’s lion-hearted golfer Aditi Ashok | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

Saturday began with a lot of hope for a historic golf medal for India at the Olympics, thanks to golfer Aditi Ashok. Aditi had already put India firmly on the Olympic golf map by staying in second position at the end of the first three rounds played. Aditi, who had been one of the most consistent golfers across the first three rounds of the women's golf competition, narrowly missed out on a medal though, after finishing fourth in a field of 60 golfers. And with that she is also now the Indian golfer with the best finish ever at the Olympics. Golf remember has been played in only four editions so far (1900, 1904, 2016 and 2020). In the 2016 Rio Games, where golf made a comeback to the Olympic programme, there were three Indian golfers overall - Anirban Lahiri finished 57th, SSP Chaurasia...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hard to be happy with 4th place, says Aditi Ashok | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Hard to be happy with 4th place, says Aditi Ashok | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: In any other tournament, Aditi Ashok would have gladly taken a fourth-place finish but this was the Olympics and the golfer said it is hard for her to be happy even though she produced the best ever performance by an Indian at the showpiece. Overnight sole 2nd, Aditi finished fourth with a three-under 68 in the final round that left her 15-under 269 overall at the par-71 Kasumigaseki Country Club where world number one Nelly Korda of the USA took gold with a four-round total of 17-under 267. "In any other tournament I would be really happy, but it's hard to be happy with fourth place. I played good and gave it my 100 per cent," she said. The 23-year-old was not particularly happy with her final round show even though it was studded with five birdies against just two bogeys. "I wa...
Tokyo Olympics: Dissatisfied Lovlina Borgohain eager to analyse and start working | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Dissatisfied Lovlina Borgohain eager to analyse and start working | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

Lovlina Borgohain may have lost her semifinal bout on Wednesday against Turkey’s world champion Busenaz Surmeneli but she remains undaunted in her goal towards the elusive Olympic medal. “Losing is never an option for me and I knew I could win this match. I am not satisfied with this bronze and I just want to change the colour of my medal to gold,” the bronze medallist told TOI exclusively while answering queries after the bout. That dream does not seem an unlikely option considering the fact that the 23-year-old started boxing from 2012 and has two World Championship bronze among her many titles, that now comprises being an Olympic medallist. Lovlina gave her everything in the ring during the semis despite Surmeneli winning it unanimously. While the match will be remembered for the Tur...
Italy win first ever Olympic men’s 4×100 metres relay title | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Italy win first ever Olympic men’s 4×100 metres relay title | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: Italy produced a stunning performance to win the men's 4x100 metres relay Olympic title for the first time in their history on Friday with a national record of 37.50sec. Britain's men made up for a poor series of performances in the individual sprints by taking silver in 37.51sec while Canada won bronze in 37.70sec. Italy's victory gave their surprise 100m individual champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs his second gold of the Games. The British looked like they would take an unlikely gold as they led by a metre at the final changeover. However, the unheralded Filippo Tortu reeled in Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and sealed gold with the dip on the line. Behind them, Andre De Grasse ran a stunning anchor leg to overhaul both Jamaica and China to add relay bronze to his 200m gold medal and 10...
Netherlands win Olympic women’s hockey gold with 3-1 victory over Argentina | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Netherlands win Olympic women’s hockey gold with 3-1 victory over Argentina | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: The Netherlands won their fourth Olympic women's hockey title by defeating Argentina 3-1 in the final at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. After the first quarter ended without any score, the Dutch, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Games, took the lead thanks to a goal by Margot van Geffen off a penalty corner. They extended their lead as flicking specialist Caia van Maasakker netted two more penalty corners. Argentina replied with moments left to play in the first half when Agustina Gorzelany also scored off a penalty corner. Las Leonas kept fighting after the halftime break but were unable to score another goal, settling for the silver medal. Britain earned the bronze with a hard-fought 4-3 win over India in hot conditions earlier on Friday. Britain, who had won gold at the 2016 Rio ...
Aditi Ashok Olympics: Aditi Ashok holds second spot after Round 3 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Aditi Ashok Olympics: Aditi Ashok holds second spot after Round 3 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: Indian golfer Aditi Ashok carded a three-under 67 in the third round to hold on to the second position and remain in strong contention for the country's maiden Olympic medal in the sport here on Friday. Aditi was 12-under 201 after three rounds and is the sole golfer in second position, three strokes adrift of leader Nelly Korda of USA who carded a two-under 69 in the penultimate round. Four players -- New Zealand's Lydia Ko (66), Australia's Hannah Green (67), Demark's Kristine Pederson (70) and Japan's Mone Inami (68) -- shared the third spot with totals of 10-under 203. Aditi fired five birdies and two bogeys on the day. She was three-under after picking up shots on fourth, sixth and seventh holes before bogeys on ninth and 11th pulled her back. However, she made amends with b...
India Hockey Team: ‘Wonderful outcome for hockey’: Charlesworth on Indian men’s team winning bronze | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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India Hockey Team: ‘Wonderful outcome for hockey’: Charlesworth on Indian men’s team winning bronze | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

The celebration over the men's hockey team winning bronze is not just an Indian thing. The world is rejoicing the comeback of the once-dominant force to the podium and foreign experts associated with Indian hockey are no different. Australian great Ric Charlesworth, who was Indian hockey’s technical director, expressed his joy after the Manpreet Singh-led side defeated Germany in the bronze-medal match in Tokyo on Thursday. “What a wonderful result by India. The medal is well deserved and well earned,” the Australian, who has coached the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos to many big trophies. Charlesworth said India’s win is good not only for the country but also for the sport itself. “Of course, I think it’s great for the game and for India. For hockey this is a wonderful outcome… now it is w...
Balbir Singh Sr would have jumped in joy had he been alive, says daughter Sushbir | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Balbir Singh Sr would have jumped in joy had he been alive, says daughter Sushbir | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr lived his life for the sport and would have jumped in joy had he been alive to witness the national team's historic bronze-medal winning feat at Tokyo Olympics, his daughter Sushbir Kaur said on Thursday. The Indian men's hockey team scripted history at Tokyo, claiming an Olympic medal after 41 years, following a thrilling 5-4 win over a plucky Germany in the bronze medal play-off. "He would have been very happy. He would have jumped in joy," Kaur told PTI. "When our family was watching the match on TV, I turned around and looked at the chair where he used to sit with us and watch every match involving Indian hockey team. "He used to keenly watch the game and enjoy exciting moments. He lived his life for hockey. For him, the national flag and tr...
Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Ravi Dahiya settles for silver after losing final to world champion Uguev | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Ravi Dahiya settles for silver after losing final to world champion Uguev | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CHIBA (Japan): Ravi Dahiya on Thursday became only the second Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games after he lost the men's freestyle 57kg title clash 4-7 to reigning world champion Zavur Uguev. There were expectations that the 23-year Dahiya would become India's youngest Olympic champion but the Russian defended well to win comfortably. Dahiya had lost to Uguev at the 2019 World Championship also. The wrestler from Nahri village in Haryana had outclassed Colombia's Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener and then outwitted Bulgaria's Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he erased a massive 2-9 deficit to pin Nurislam Sanayev. Sushil Kumar, who is now in jail on charges of a murder, is the only other Indian wrestler to have made th...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sporting fraternity hail men’s hockey team’s success | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sporting fraternity hail men’s hockey team’s success | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led the nation in hailing and celebrating Indian men's hockey team's historic bronze medal-winning feat at the Olympic Games, saying the day will be etched in the memory of every Indian. In a pulsating bronze play-off, India edged past Germany 5-4 to earn a podium finish at the Games after 41 years. INDIA'S RESULTS IN HOCKEY SINCE 1928 OLYMPICS"Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian. Congratulations to our Men's Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze," tweeted Modi. Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian. Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for b… https://t.co/fTTZo8eYDL— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1628133848000"With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire...