Olympics:India beat Argentina in hockey and PV Sindhu in semi-finals; Lovlina is guaranteed a medal

PV Sindhu in semi-finals

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India reached the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by defeating Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals of the women's singles badminton.

PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi highlights

PV Sindhu easily won the first set after beating the Japanese player 21-13. However, Japanese shuttler Yamaguchi made a spectacular comeback in the second set. PV Sindhu encouraged them and won the second set in the last point. She reached the semi-finals and is close to winning her second Olympic medal in her career for India.

Lovlina is guaranteed a medal

Earlier, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who made her Olympic debut in Tokyo on July 30 (Friday), made her Indian debut in the women's welterweight category (64-69 kg) by beating Chinese Taipei's Nein-chin chen 4-1 secured the medal.

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Now, Lovlina is moving forward hoping to turn her medal into silver or gold, but so far, this victory has guaranteed India at least a bronze.

Lovlina, 23, won her competition with a 4: 1 split decision in the Kokugikan area. Mary Kom and Vijender Singh are the only Indian boxers to have won an Olympic medal so far.

However, India's Deepika Kumari and Manu Bhakar lost in archery and 25m pistol respectively.

India beat Japan in hockey

On Hockey Stadium - The Indian men's hockey team defeated defending Olympic champions Argentina 3-1 in their fourth Group A game on Thursday at the North Pitch. With this victory, the team qualified for the Olympics quarterfinals.

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After two goalless opening quarters, India broke the gridlock through Varun Kumar in the 43rd minute, with Vivek Sagar Prasad (58th) and Harmanpreet Singh (59th) finishing the challenge with last-minute goals.

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Argentina are fifth in the group of six and must beat New Zealand in their final group match on Friday to chase the quarter-finals.

The best four final-eight steps from each group. India will play their last pool match against Japan on Friday.

The Indians were forced out and, attacking in numbers, squeezed the Argentine defense from the start. India were completely victorious in the first quarter, launching a large number of attacks, although Argentina strongly defended their opponents.

The Indians captured and infiltrated the Argentine circle at various events, not yet the final pass. However, the lack of innovation in the spectacular circle is of concern to India, which has neglected to improve, especially on the right.

Manpreet and co. Knock-out games have tough European sides like Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany and all have a lot of their defensive lineups. India needs to be further strengthened in and around the striking circle

Still, what is encouraging is the way young player Dilpreet Singh and Vivek Sagar came together to score India’s next goal, which