Olympics: Saurabh Chaudhary, Satwik-Chirag and Sharath Kamal shine in Tokyo despite returning empty-handed

India opened its medal tally on Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics when Mirabai Chanu received the Silver in the Women’s 49kg weightlifting occasion. It was for the primary time in the historical past of the Olympics the Asian nation had received a medal on the opening day of the Games.

The bar was set excessive by Mirabai however the medals have not come India’s manner ever since. After 4 days of motion, India stays rooted to the decrease half of the medal desk with simply the lone medal that the Manipuri weightlifter received.

Tokyo 2020: Full Coverage

The temper is sombre again at dwelling as medal hopefuls are being proven the door day by day on the Games. However, a number of from the Indian contingent have give you memorable performances despite not having a medal round their neck to point out for them.

Indiatoday.in appears at 4 male athletes who made heads flip with their present at Tokyo 2020.

Saurabh Chaudhary: Shooting

The 19-year-old Indian shooter was among the many brightest medal prospects at Tokyo 2020 for India. Saurabh was anticipated to finish India’s look ahead to a person capturing medallist and the pistol shooter had proven each signal that he would be capable of end on the rostrum on the greatest of all phases.

India at Olympics: Day 4 Results

Despite the frustration of the opening day when the Indian girls rifle shooters did not make the person ultimate, Saurabh introduced extra pleasure to the nation proper after Mirabai’s silver by reaching the ultimate of 10m Air Pistol occasion following a chart-topping qualification spherical.

Inner 10s at will: When Saurabh stamped his class

Saurabh shot 586 in the qualification with 28 interior 10s, far more than the chasing area that had a number of the greatest pistol capturing names, together with eventual gold medalist Javad Foroughi of Iran and legendary Jin Jongoh of Korea who shockingly missed the ultimate berth.

Saurabh shot 586 to complete because the top-ranked shooter in 10m Air Pistol Qualification (Olympics.com Screengrab)

Saurabh made it to the 8-man ultimate, validating all of the expectations that he had carried to Tokyo.

However, inside minutes of the ultimate beginning, Saurabh crashed out. He was eradicated 2nd in the 8-man ultimate and ultimately completed a heartbreaking seventh. The teenager who was capturing interior 10s at will in the qualification shockingly managed simply 3 10s in his first 10 pictures in the ultimate.

It was a troublesome tablet to swallow for each Saurabh and India. On his Olympic debut, Saurabh raised expectations, dominating the qualifying solely to falter in the large ultimate.

It should have been tough for even some skilled Olympians to digest such a defeat however Saurabh regarded calm and composed as he took the sphere 3 days after the heartbreaking 10m Air Pistol ultimate.

On Tuesday, July 27, Saurabh paired with Manu Bhaker for the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team occasion that was making its Olympic debut.

Saurabh at it once more, this time in Mixed Team occasion

Saurabh delivered an enormous as soon as once more, showcasing his much-talked-about monk-like composure on Tuesday.

He was the one shooter amongst 20 groups that took half in the Qualification Stage 1 of the 10m Air Pistol Mixed workforce occasion to attain an ideal collection. Even as Manu was struggling for consistency, Saurabh’s scores of 98, 100, 98 in Stage 1 helped India end on prime of the qualification charts.

Saurabh and Manu completed 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team Qualification Stage 1 on the No. 1 spot

India sealed progress to Qualification Stage 2 and raised hopes of a medal as soon as once more. However, an off-day for Manu ensured India returned empty-handed from the occasion. Saurabh shone in Stage 2 as effectively, capturing 194 in 2 collection of 10 pictures every – the third-best rating a shooter in the 16-member Stage 2.

Manu’s off-day knocked India out

Saurabh and Manu had medalled in each World Cup they took half in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed workforce occasion however the younger Indian pair drew a clean in the occasion the place they had been anticipated to complete on the rostrum.

Saurabh stays the one Indian shooter to have made the ultimate on the Tokyo Games and it’s unlikely that it’s the final Olympic ultimate for the 19-year-old.

No, identical hai. Gun hai, hum hain, goal hai, bas

– Sasurabh when requested if Olympics had been a unique expertise

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty: Badminton

Satwik and Chirag proved but once more that they’re among the many greatest males’s doubles pairs (AP Photo)

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had made all the appropriate noises in the lead as much as the Tokyo Olympics. The younger males’s doubles badminton pair had been working their manner up the badminton charts with out making loads of fuss even because the highlight was on the Sindhu, Saina and Srikanth.

After having performed effectively on the tour in the Olympic cycle, qualification was by no means going to be a difficulty for the dynamic pair even because the likes of Saina and Srikanth missed out on Tokyo Olympics berths.

Drawn in the Group of Death

However, when the badminton draw was introduced earlier this month, there have been a number of nervous faces in the Indian badminton fraternity. The World No. 10 Indian pair was drawn in the group of loss of life alongside World No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia and World No. 3 Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei in the 4-team Group A.

With solely 2 pairs set to make it to the quarter-finals from Group A, Satwik and Chirag’s possibilities took a blow even earlier than the primary level was performed on the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza in Tokyo.

India pair stuns World No. 3

However, a troublesome draw was not going cease Satwik and Chirag from taking part in the fearless badminton that they’ve been capable of play on the tour in the current previous. They have had some spectacular wins excessive 10 at a number of the main occasions during the last 2 years. In 2019, Satwik and Chirag made heads activate the tour, profitable the Thailand Open, reaching the ultimate of the French Open and the China Open.

The big-match braveness was on show on the opening day as Satwik and Chirag surprised the third seeds Lee and Wang of Chinese Taipei in a 3-game marathon. And publish the win, their possibilities of making it to the quarter-finals and then additional into the occasion turned brilliant.

The check towards the Minions was at all times going to be powerful and the World No. 1 pair made mild work of Satwik and Chirag in their second Group A match. Despite the defeat, the Indian pair stil had hopes of constructing it to the subsequent spherical as they needed to face solely a lower-ranked pair from Great Britain in their ultimate group match.

The Brutal Exit

But Satwik and Chirag suffered a brutal exit from the boys’s doubles competitors even earlier than they stepped on the sphere for his or her ultimate match on Tuesday. With Lee and Wang beating the Minions, Satwik and Chirag had been eradicated whereas the Indonesians and the Chinese Taipei pair made the minimize based mostly on extra video games received than the Indian pair.
Satwik and Chirag comfortably outclassed Ben Lane and Sean Vendy and completed with 2 wins nevertheless it was not sufficient for them to seal progress.

India’s badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand had picked, on a number of events, Satwik and Chirag as medal contenders. Both he and the younger pair will know that their Olympic journey is way from over.

Sharath Kamal: Table Tennis

PTI Photo

The 39-year-old is already one of many influential Olympic athletes India has ever produced. Heading into his 4th Olympic Games, Sharath was wanting in prime type and was thought-about a medal contender in the combined doubles class that was making its debut on the Games together with Manika Batra.

However, Sharath and Manika had been proven the door early in the combined doubles occasion.

When Sharath troubled Ma Long

Sharath ended his Games marketing campaign on Tuesday with out an Olympic medal as soon as once more however he confirmed the nation that Indian paddlers can compete with the perfect.

Having handed a troublesome draw, Sharath confronted reigning Olympic champion and desk tennis nice Ma Long of China as early because the third spherical. But it appeared Sharath was not confronted by his opponent. The veteran paddler was having fun with the problem and took a sport off Long and pressured him to the boundaries in the third sport earlier than the Chinese paddler regained composure and received the match 4-1.

I performed the perfect sport doable and that has been my greatest Olympic Games, merely due to the way in which I performed. The solely factor I wish to change right here is the draw.

– Sharath to PTI

Sharath is just not rising any youthful however he appears to be at his fittest greatest. His velocity and abilities are in tact and the seasoned campaigner is not ruling out a fifth Olympic look in 3 12 months’s time in Paris.

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