In Tokyo, Indian women’s hockey team stunned Australia by reaching the semi-finals. In the second quarter, India maintained their lead because of Gurjit Kaur’s outstanding defensive play, which kept the Australian women at bay. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Sanjeev Rajput, both Indian shooters, failed to make the top eight, missing out on the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions finals.
Tomar came in 21st place, while Rajput came in 32nd. Dutee Chand, a sprinter, ran her best time of the season but was unable to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s 200m. She finished 7th in Heat 4 with a timing of 23.85 seconds. Fouaad Mirza, an equestrian, will also compete. On Monday, Kamalpreet Kaur will compete in the women’s discus throw final for a medal.
We are very close to a podium finish now that both the Indian women’s hockey team and men’s hockey team have advanced to the final four! It will be the women’s first-ever semifinal, and the men’s first since 1972.
The women’s semi-final schedule will be released soon.
While the men face Belgium tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. IST.
Without a doubt, India dominated the first quarter. More attacks, more frightening chances, and a calmer, more composed performance all over the field. Australia took its time settling in and did not demand anything more. Both teams struck the post and missed a few goal-scoring opportunities.
India pushed it a step further in the second quarter, with more commitment and tenacity than their competitors. They had more possession and were able to control the game’s flow. Gurjit Kaur, who had been misfiring her penalty corners, struck gold with the first chance she got today, and India was up by one goal.
The third quarter saw more of Australia’s attack, but India remained resolute at the back, leaving no room for the Aussies to exploit. They maintained their shape and attacked when the opportunity arose. More attacks were seen in Australia, but there was nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.
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