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Saurabh finishes first in qualification round to enter men’s 10m air pistol final

In Tokyo Olympics, India’s shooter Saurabh Chaudhary has finished first in the qualification round, securing himself a place in the finals in the 10-metre Air Pistol men’s competition. His scores read 95, 98, 98, 100, 98 and 97. Meanwhile, Abhishek Verma failed to make the cut, as he finished 17th with scores of 94, 96, 98, 97, 98 and 92.

In men’s hockey, India beat New Zealand 3-2 in the Pool ‘A’ match through goals from Rupinder Pal Singh and two from Harmanpreet Singh as they recovered from a bad start early in the game. Indian women’s hockey team will also be kick-starting their campaign today.

In table tennis, India’s Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost in straight games 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 against the Chinese Taipei pair of Yun Ju Lin and Ching Cheng in their Round of 16 clash in the mixed doubles event.

On the medal front, Yang Qian set an Olympic record of 251.8 in women’s 10m air rifle shooting to win China’s first gold medal in Tokyo Olympics. Russia’s Anastasiia Galashina won silver while Switzerland’s Nina Christen won the first bronze medal of Tokyo 2020. Indian shooters, however, disappointed as Elavenil Valarivan finished at 16th (626.5) while Apurvi Chandela finished 36th (621.9) after six series of 10 shots and therefore failed to qualify in the 10m air rifle women’s qualification round.

In Archery, India’s Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav beat Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Chun Tang and Chia-En Lin in a thriller (set points 5-3) to reach quarterfinal in the mixed team event.

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