India lost 5-2 to Belgium in the men’s hockey semi-final while wrestler Sonam Malik’s Olympic debut ended after she lost her 1/8 final bout to the Mongolian. Sonam’s opponent lost her quarterfinal bout hence, ending her hopes of making it to the repechage round to fight for bronze.
India will now play for the bronze medal. Belgium’s drag-flicker Hendricx scored a hat-trick to ensure that the Belgian team goes on to the finals of the Tokyo Olympics. Belgium scored very early in the match but India came back in the 1st quarter by scoring 2 goals and taking the lead. However, that was the only quarter in which India had complete control of the match. The rest of the 3 quarters were controlled by the Belgians. For India, both the goals came in the 1st quarter by Harmanpreet and Mandeep Singh. Belgium will face either Australia or Germany in the finals.
In wrestling, India’s Sonam Malik lost to Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the women’s Freestyle 62kg 1/8 Final. Sonam’s opponent lost her quarterfinal bout hence, ending her hopes of making it to the repechage round to fight for bronze.
Earlier, India’s Annu Rani finished 14th in the women’s javelin throw qualification Group A and failed to make it to the finals. She registered throws of 50.35m, 53.19m and 54.04m which wasn’t enough to put her in the top 12. India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor will exhibit his skills in the men’s shot put.