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Tokyo Olympics 2020: It’s a rebirth, that’s it, PR Sreejesh on bronze medal win | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: It’s a rebirth, that’s it, PR Sreejesh on bronze medal win | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: "It's a rebirth, that's it," declared India's ecstatic goalkeeping great PR Sreejesh after emerging as one of the stars of the men's hockey team's historic Olympic bronze medal here, confident that the feat will help produce a new generation of capable players. The team rewrote history as it claimed an Olympic medal after 41 years, defeating a plucky Germany 5-4 to win the bronze in an edge-of-the-seat play-off match here. "It's been 41 years. In the 1980s we won the last medal and after that, nothing. Today when we won it, this gives a boost and gives energy to the youngsters to pick up hockey, play this game," the 35-year-old Sreejesh said after the match. "This is a beautiful game. Now we are giving a reason for them to pick up hockey, play the game." Sreejesh climbed up the g...
Tokyo Olympics: The five goals that took the Indian men’s hockey team back to the podium after 41 years | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: The five goals that took the Indian men’s hockey team back to the podium after 41 years | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

It has never been written in cold print in the last 41 years: India win an Olympic medal in hockey. The day in 'bronze' finally arrived on August 5, 2021, after that gold-medal day of July 29, 1980. In between, India had drawn a blank across nine Olympics. No medals. But on Thursday, a team that everyone who knows hockey believed can win, did win. Doesn't really matter that it's a bronze and not a gold. It's a huge step forward for Indian hockey. After all this is not just a medal, it's an emotion that will rekindle love and passion for the sport which was once the nation's heartthrob. In cricket World Cup-winner Gautam Gambhir's words: "Forget 1983, 2007 or 2011, this medal in Hockey is bigger than any World Cup! #IndianHockeyMyPride." That is what hockey can do, and only hockey can do...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Privileged to have played a part, says Graham Reid | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Privileged to have played a part, says Graham Reid | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: The Indian men's hockey team's Australian coach Graham Reid on Thursday said he feels "privileged" to be a part of the game's revival in India after the side clinched its first Olympic medal in 41 years by beating Germany in the bronze play-off here. The 57-year-old, who was a part of Australia's silver-winning team in the 1992 Barcelona Games, took over as India coach in 2019 and has obsessively talked about pursuing a process and investing in youth to get the results at a big stage like the Olympics. "It is a fantastic feeling, it has come after a lot of sacrifices that the whole group has made," Reid said referring to the time the players spent away from their families and in some cases, battling COVID-19 as well. "It takes a long time to get where these athletes have gotten. ...
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...
Tokyo Olympics: Meet the Indian men’s hockey team which broke a 41 year medal jinx | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Meet the Indian men’s hockey team which broke a 41 year medal jinx | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

There was a school of thought before the Tokyo Olympics began that these Games could well be a historic edition for Indian sport. While the Indian contingent is well on target to go past the maximum number of medals won at a single edition of the Games (6 in 2012), history has already been made on the hockey pitch. Field hockey, a sport which India has such a rich history and tradition of. A sport which has given the country as many as 11 Olympic medals, including 8 golds (1928 - 1980) has reignited its love affair on the Olympic stage with India. The last time India had won a hockey medal at the Olympics was way back in 1980, when the country won its last gold. Now, a 41 year jinx has finally been broken, thanks to an edge of your seat thriller of a bronze medal match, which saw India ...
Tokyo Olympics: Brave India go down 2-1 to Argentina, to play against Great Britain for bronze | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Brave India go down 2-1 to Argentina, to play against Great Britain for bronze | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

Indian women’s hockey has always flown under the radar, living in the shadow of men’s hockey in the country. When Rani Rampal and Co entered the fray at the Tokyo Olympics, a place in the quarterfinals was predicted by a few optimists. Even that came under the scanner after three straight losses in the pool matches. But the brand of hockey they have played over the past 15 days has been all heart and soul. Reaching the semifinal was a feat achieved with a win against the Australians. Up against world no. 2 Argentina in the last-4 match, they put up a good fight and shed a few drops of blood (Navneet Kaur) as well before going down 1-2. In a match where they gave their all, at least in the first and final quarters, the Indian team was eliminated from gold medal contention by a team which...
Manika Batra: TTFI to issue show cause notice to Manika Batra after she refuses national coach’s help in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Manika Batra: TTFI to issue show cause notice to Manika Batra after she refuses national coach’s help in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Table Tennis Federation of India on Wednesday decided to issue a show cause notice to star paddler Manika Batra for her refusal to take national coach Soumyadeep Roy's help at the Tokyo Olympics. Though Manika's coach Sanmay Paranjape was given access for training sessions in Tokyo, he did not have the accreditation to enter the field of play and a request to upgrade his access card was denied. In a show of protest, Manika had refused help from designated team coach Roy during her singles matches. She had made history by reaching the round of 32. "Before she boarded the flight to Tokyo, she very well knew that her personal coach did not have field of play access. Therefore, she should not have acted the way she did (refusing national coach's help). "We will issue the notice t...
Olympics 2020! Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and others wish Lovlina Borgohain as she bags a bronze medal in the Women’s Welterweight competition – Times of India
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Olympics 2020! Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and others wish Lovlina Borgohain as she bags a bronze medal in the Women’s Welterweight competition – Times of India

Lovlina Borgohain has made everyone proud by winning a Bronze medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. This was her Olympics and her victory left everyone smiling. Recently, Bollywood celebs have taken to their social media handle to congratulate the 23-year-old for her feat. They have been sharing pictures and penning heartfelt notes for her. Abhishek Bachchan shared a picture of Lovlina from the match and wrote, ''Congratulations @LovlinaBorgohai on bringing home bronze at your debut Olympics! We're all so proud of you #TokyoOlympics @WeAreTeamIndia''. Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor wrote, ''Woah! Another medal for #TeamIndia. Congratulations @LovlinaBorgohai for winning the Bronze Medal for Boxing (69kg). We are extremely proud of you. #Cheer4India #TokyoOlympics2020'', on Twitter. Apart fr...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Lovlina Borgohain on winning bronze medal | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Lovlina Borgohain on winning bronze medal | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated boxer Lovlina Borgohain on winning a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, and said her tenacity and determination are admirable. Borgohain (69kg) signed off with a bronze medal in the Olympic Games after a comprehensive 0-5 loss to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli. Modi tweeted, "Well fought @LovlinaBorgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determination are admirable. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze. Best wishes for her future endeavours. #Tokyo2020." Well fought @LovlinaBorgohai! Her success in the boxing ring inspires several Indians. Her tenacity and determinati… https://t.co/1AifzT7CBo— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1628057631000 Source link
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia storm into wrestling semifinals | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia storm into wrestling semifinals | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CHIBA: Ravi Dahiya was his usual dominant self while Deepak Punia pulled off a decisive two-pointer towards the end of his quarterfinal as the two Indian wrestlers stormed into the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, here on Wednesday. Such was the dominance of 23-year Dahiya that he won both his bouts on technical superiority to set up a 57kg semifinal clash with Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev. 𝙍𝙖𝙫𝙞 𝙠𝙖 𝙠𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙧 , #Tokyo2020 𝙢𝙚𝙞𝙣 𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙖𝙧 🤩🤩Ravi Kumar enters the semi-final in the men's 57kg category in his d… https://t.co/iBz9bNNwA8— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) 1628052636000Deepak made the most of an easy draw by getting past Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor, the African championship bronze medallist by technical superiority and then prevailed 6-3 against China's Zushen Lin in the quarte...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ravi Dahiya makes confident start, wins by technical superiority to make 57kg QF | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ravi Dahiya makes confident start, wins by technical superiority to make 57kg QF | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

CHIBA: Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya made a confident start to his Olympics campaign, winning by technical superiority against Colombia's Tigreros Urbano to reach the men's freestyle 57kg quarterfinals, here on Wednesday. The fourth-seeded Indian consistently attacked the right leg of his opponent and apart from conceding a take-down in the first period, he remained dominant. Dahiya, the reigning Asian champion, nailed the win with one minute and 10 seconds still remaining in the bout, which was stopped after he raced to a winning 13-2 lead. The Indian effected five take-down moves in the second period, showing his technical prowess. Dahiya will next face Bulgaria's Georgi Valentinov Vangelov, who also beat his first round opponent, Abdelhak Kherbache of Algeria, by technical superiority....
Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra storms into men’s javelin throw final | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra storms into men’s javelin throw final | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: India's top medal contender Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday qualified for the final of the men's javelin throw event at the Olympic Games here with a stunning first attempt of 86.65m. Competing in his first Olympics, Chopra didn't take long to make it to the final to be held on Saturday (Aug 7). He sent the spear well past the qualifying mark of 83.50m on his first throw to top Group A of the qualification round. Germany's Johannes Vetter, who is the favourite for a gold medal, also earned direct qualification by registering a distance of 85.64m on his third attempt. Finland's Lassi Etelatalo stood third among the qualified athletes from Group A, with an effort of 84.50m. The 23-year-old Neeraj left the arena after his first throw, having secured his place in the final easily. India's...
Periodic breaks necessary, else you won’t have players left: Virat Kohli on bubble life | Cricket News – Times of India
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Periodic breaks necessary, else you won’t have players left: Virat Kohli on bubble life | Cricket News – Times of India

NOTTINGHAM: If the international cricketers do not take "periodic breaks" from the tough bio-bubble life, there could soon be a time when no cricketers of quality will be left due to the stressful life in a post-COVID world. The Indian captain admitted that living in one bio-bubble after another in these post pandemic times does add to the stress of being a captain and always subconsciously thinking about the team. Kohli feels that it won't be long before cricketers start taking the Ben Stokes route like the England all-rounder has now pulled out of the marquee series. "These breaks are very important, for me too. To refresh and come back. In any case, captaincy and shouldering a team's responsibility can be stressful. To add to that, if you are confined in a bubble for a long time, thi...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: India’s schedule on August 3 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: India’s schedule on August 3 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian men's hockey team's dream of entering the Olympics final after 41-years remained unfulfilled as it lost 2-5 to world champions Belgium in the last-four stage but the side is still in the hunt for a bronze in the Tokyo Games. The Indians still have a chance to secure an elusive medal from the Olympics as they will feature in the bronze medal match on Thursday against the losing team from the second semifinal between Australia and Germany later in the day. Following is the complete schedule of Indian action on Tuesday:ATHLETICS5:50 AM: Women's Javelin Throw Qualification - Group A (Annu Rani fails to qualify for finals)HOCKEY7:00 AM: Men's Semi-final (India lost 2-5 to Belgium)WRESTLING9:15 AM Approx: Women's Freestyle 62kg 1/8 Final (Sonam Malik lost to Bolortuya Kh...
Mirabai Chanu:  2024 Olympics is now my target, want to leave Paris with a gold medal in my hand: Mirabai Chanu | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Mirabai Chanu: 2024 Olympics is now my target, want to leave Paris with a gold medal in my hand: Mirabai Chanu | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: When India's weightlifting star Mirabai Chanu left for Tokyo, the memories of the Rio Olympic heartbreak must have been on her mind. Five years ago, she had failed to register a single legal lift in the clean and jerk. But Mirabai was determined to exorcise the ghosts of Rio once and for all. And the 26 year old from Imphal managed to do just that and more, in style in Tokyo. Not only did she end up on the podium in Tokyo, she also became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver at the Olympics. Thanks to Mirabai's achievement, India opened its medal account in Tokyo. Mirabai lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk. (Getty Images)Mirabai has indeed come a long way from her Rio disappointment. With her achievement in Tokyo, Mirabai joined Karn...
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Needed to build on our 2-1 lead, not doing so cost us, says hockey coach Reid | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Needed to build on our 2-1 lead, not doing so cost us, says hockey coach Reid | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: Graham Reid, the Indian men's hockey team coach, on Tuesday, said that not building on a 2-1 lead against Belgium in the semi-finals cost his side the match in the Tokyo Olympics. Belgium defeated India 5-2 in the semi-final and they will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and Germany in the gold medal match on Thursday. "We created enough opportunities to win that game. We knew Belgium was always going to come back, they are one of the best sides going around. We needed to build on our 2-1 lead, but we were not able to do that. We paid the price for it. Penalty corners worked for them today. Yeah, look, these days are much more switched on when the opposition has ten players and they took advantage of that. That can be the turning point, it is importa...
Tokyo Olympics: Wrestlers can give a late push to India’s medal charge in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Wrestlers can give a late push to India’s medal charge in Tokyo | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

Tokyo 2020 is entering its final week of competitions, but the Indian wrestlers haven’t yet started their journey to Olympic glory. Their quest for medals begins on Tuesday when the gutsy, unassuming Sonam Malik takes to the mat in women’s 62kg category. The 19-year-old from Haryana’s Madina village in Sonepat will be the sole Indian wrestler in action on the opening day of freestyle events at the Games. She has a tough draw, her path riddled with Olympic and world champions. Sonam will have to be at her aggressivebest to find her way past these champions from Europe and Central Asia. She will be first up against Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu — an Asian Championships silver medallist — in the opener. A victory will pit her against former World champion, Bulgaria’s Taybe Mustafa Yusein...
Indian Women hockey team in maiden Olympic semis; discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur impresses | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Indian Women hockey team in maiden Olympic semis; discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur impresses | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: They seemed courage and tenacity personified as India's women hockey players stunned three-time champions Australia to enter their maiden Olympic semifinals, while debutant discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur held her own against a world-class field to give the country a lot to be proud of on day 10 of the Games here on Monday. Rani Rampal and her resolute team brought their 'A' game and lots of determination to the field and the Australians did not know what to do. It was a case of real imitating the reel as blockbuster 'Chak de India', which told the tale of an underdog Indian women's hockey team guided by a discredited coach winning the World Cup, trended all across. The pinnacle is still some distance away for the real bunch but it has already surpassed all expectations and redeem...
I was blank for few seconds, didn’t know what to do: Sindhu on second Olympic medal | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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I was blank for few seconds, didn’t know what to do: Sindhu on second Olympic medal | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: Reigning world champion PV Sindhu on Monday said she was completely blank after winning a second successive Olympic medal and it took her a while to realise the enormity of her historic achievement in the ongoing Games. The 26-year-old Indian on Sunday etched her name among the all-time greats after winning badminton's women's singles bronze medal to add to the silver she won at Rio de Janeiro five years back. She became the first Indian woman and second overall from the country to achieve the feat. "...I was blank, my coach was in tears, it was a big moment, I hugged him and thanked him. I didn't know what to do for 5-6 seconds, I shouted so all emotions came together at that moment," she said during a virtual press conference. In the third-place play-off, Sindhu beat China's He...
Tokyo Olympics: Indonesia breaks Chinese stranglehold in badminton women’s doubles | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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Tokyo Olympics: Indonesia breaks Chinese stranglehold in badminton women’s doubles | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

TOKYO: Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu won badminton women's doubles gold on Monday, breaking a Chinese stranglehold and claiming Indonesia's first title of the Tokyo Olympics. The pair beat China's Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan 21-19, 21-15 to pick up Indonesia's first Olympic medal in women's doubles. China had won every women's doubles gold but two since badminton's debut at the 1992 Games, but the Indonesians came flying out of the blocks and never let up until the final point. Jia sent the last shot of the match wide, but a challenge from the Chinese pair put Indonesian celebrations on ice until a replay confirmed the victory. Polii had been on the brink of retiring after the 2016 Rio Games, but was persuaded to continue after teaming up with Rahayu -- 10 years her junior. South Ko...