Tokyo Olympics: Indian boxer Satish Kumar loses in quarters, PV Sindhu to fight for bronze
Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu fights for bronze, Manpreet Singh’s men face Great Britain challenge in hockey quarterfinals
Tokyo Olympics 2021: The reigning world champion PV Sindhu will have her eyes set on the bronze medal as she takes on World No.9 China's He Bingjiao in the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. While Sindhu battles for her second consecutive Olympic medal, the India men's hockey team will take on Great Britain in the quarter-final clash. Manpreet Singh's men have a rare chance of qualifying for the semi-final berth in the Olympics after a long wait of 41 years. It will also be a big boom for hockey in India after they finished last in Rio Olympics.
Indian boxer Satish Kumar loses in quarters
Before the high voltage badminton and hockey clashes, boxer Satish Kumar went down 0-5 to reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight quarterfinals. Meanwhile, India's first equestrian in Olympics in the last two decades, Fouaad Mirza and his horse 'Seigneur Medicott' have been placed 22nd after cross-country round.
For nine seconds, Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov stood in the Indian corner, holding the ropes open for his opponent to leave the ring. Satish Kumar had lost every round on every scorecard. But he won the respect of the world champion.
Satish, India's first super heavyweight at the Olympics, took the ring with seven stitches on his forehead and chin and had only been cleared for the quarterfinal early morning. Similar injuries have forced him to give walkovers before. In the semifinals of the 2017 Asian Championships. Twice more in the last eight months.
He was the absolute underdog against his younger, taller, faster, stronger rival. Outsized and outmatched, the 32-year-old kept fighting. He landed too, but not nearly enough to get the nod from the judges. Jalolov, a giant who moves like a middleweight, left Satish battered and bleeding. The stitches above the right eye opened up with 14 seconds left in the fight. The doctor wiped the blood off, and Satish rushed back in for a final scrap. He was beaten, but never defeated.
Remaining matches for India on Day 9:
BADMINTON: PV Sindhu vs He Bing Jiao (China) in women's singles bronze medal play-off match: 5 PM
HOCKEY: India vs Great Britain in Men's quarterfinal: 5:30 PM
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