Tokyo Olympics live updates: Wrestler Bajrang Punia in the semi-finals


India has already outdone itself in the Tokyo Olympics 2021. The participants have won quite a lot of medals for the country. Day 13 was both a delight and disappointment for India. It was so because the men’s hockey team ended the thirst for a bronze medal by winning against Germany with scores of 5-4. On the other hand, Ravi Dahiya was awarded a silver medal as he lost in the finals in men’s 57 kg freestyle. However, there is some bad news too. Deepak Punia missed out on the bronze medal by losing to San Mario’s Amine Myles in the final moments of the game. However, these are petty defeats when compared to the defeat India faced in women’s 53 kg freestyle. India’s strongest medal contender Vinesh Phogar lost and got knocked out of the game. In men’s wrestling, the country has shown significant improvement. The participant from India, Bajrang Punia has appeared in the semi-finals of men’s 65 kg. His opponent is Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan. In his quarterfinals, Punia faced hard-fought combat with Iran’s Morteza Ghasi and had a last gasp win. He will begin his campaign today at 2:52 pm. The biggest event of the day will be the women’s hockey competition between India and Great Britain for the bronze medal.

Earlier today, at 8:56 am, in the women’s 50 kg freestyle, wrestler Seema Bisla lost in the first round itself to Tunisia’s Sarra Hamdi. Hamdi later fought against Maruya Stadnik and lost. So, there is no question of the semi-finals for Seema at 3:13 pm. In the field of Athletics, walker Gurpreet Singh could not finish the 50 km race walk. This event took place at 2:00 am. Priyanka Goswami and Bhabna Jat will be performing their level best in the 20 km race walk. This event will take place at 1:00 pm. After that, there is the men’s 4*400m relay. The team which will be participating comprises Amoj Jacob, Pandi Naganathan, Anus Muhammed Yahiya, Rajiv Arokia, and Nirmal Tom Noah. This team will compete in round 1, heat 2 and the event will take place at 5:07 pm.

Recently, news has come in that the women in blue took down Great Britain who were the defending champions by 3-4. In this way, Great Britain won a hunk of bronze again in women’s hockey.  After the Indian men’s hockey team broke the jinx and brought home a medal after 41 years, the Rani Rampal-led side gave an outstanding performance with the best fourth finish ever. Skipper Hollie Pearne Webb scored the equalizer for Great Britain. This occurred after India took a lead by 3-2 going into halftime. Grace Balsdon scored the fourth goal and led Great Britain to victory.

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