India had a good start at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with Mirabai Chanu creating history by winning the first-ever silver medal in weightlifting under the 49 kg category.
In spite of having such a decent start, India’s fortunes have been floundering elsewhere on the third day at the games. After smashing her rival in the first round and staging a heroic comeback in the second, star paddler Manika Batra suffered a defeat against Sofia Polcanova in round 3. Polcanova beat Batra in four straight games.
The much-fancied women’s tennis doubles team of Sania Mirza and debutant Ankita Raina were knocked out in the very first round. Mirza’s experience was just not enough to save the day for India. As Mirza- Raina won the first set 6-0 against Ukrainian twin sisters Nadiia and Liudmyla Kichenok, they took charge and came back strongly in the second and third sets to register their win against Mirza-Raina by 0-6 7-6(0) 10-8 to put an end to India’s hopes of the women’s doubles team lifting a medal in tennis.
Also, 75kg middleweight boxing debutant Ashish Kumar’s campaign came to an end, after a loss to China’s Erbieke Touheta. The busy Chinese boxer was easily dominating the former Asian silver medallist as he went down 5-0 straight in the bout and Kumar was unable to give any fight to the Chinese.
Later in the evening, the Indian women hockey team couldn’t stand up to Germany and lost 0-2.
All in all that was surely not India’s day at the Olympics. After having a kick start India is back to its poor run at the Olympics. India’s big names yet again failed to deliver at the biggest stage. Hope rests now on Bajrang Punia, Mary Kom, and Neeraj Chopra.