Annu Rani in action, India faces Belgium in hockey semi-finals-Sports News, Firstpost

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Men’s hockey team Sonam Malik and Tajinderpal Singh Toor will be in action among many of the Indian contingent on Day 11 of Tokyo 2020.

Overview, Day 11: Indian hockey gears up for one of the most important days in recent history when the team led by Manpreet Singh and Graham Reid face Belgium in the men’s hockey semi-finals early Tuesday.

The semi-final will be India’s first at this stage of the Olympics in 49 years, having last achieved the feat at the 1972 Games in Munich. A win will then secure them their first Olympic medal in the sport since Moscow 1980, giving the game which had experienced a major decline in the nation since the 1980s a boost and could help spark an Asian resurgence.

The women’s team earlier on Monday scripted a stunning 1-0 victory over the powerful Aussie team to secure their first entry in the last four of the Olympics since. For their third appearance at the Games only after Moscow 1980 and Rio de Janeiro 2016, the team led by Rani Rampal advanced to the semi-finals, rebounding from a disastrous start that saw them lose their first three games of the campaign, including a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands.

The men’s team, meanwhile, have recorded four trotting wins since their 7-1 at the hands of Australia in the group stage, including a 3-1 win over Great Britain in the quarter-finals which saw Gurjant Singh. , Dilpreet Singh and Hardik Singh scored for Reid’s men. They started their campaign with a narrow 3-2 victory over New Zealand.

In addition to the men’s hockey semi-final, which begins at 7 a.m. EST, javelin thrower Annu Rani and shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor will be in action in the wee hours of Tuesday. The duo are hoping to secure a track and field medal for India which once again eluded them on Monday with discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finishing sixth on his Games debut with a best throw of 63.70m.

Sonam Malik will kick off India’s wrestling campaign later Tuesday when she takes on Mongolian Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the women’s 62kg event. Wrestling is one of the disciplines which is expected to add to India’s medal tally in the final leg of the 2020 Olympics with Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat key hopes to step onto the podium.

You can consult the full program of Day 11 here.

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