Das shot a 10 in the single arrow shoot-out after Jinhyek could manage only nine in an attempt to seal a memorable victory in a second-round match.
India have cemented their hold on the second spot with a match against hosts Japan to go. This win has assured India a place in the quarterfinals with the final Group match against Japan to go.
Having registered a 3-0 win over Spain, the Indian men’s hockey team will look to keep the momentum going when they take on defending Olympic champions Argentina in their fourth match at Oi Hockey Stadium on Thursday.
Born in Sangli, Maharashtra, in 1933, Natekar dabbled with playing tennis and even reached the junior nationals final against the legendary Ramanathan Krishnan before deciding to focus on his badminton career.
The 24-year-old Simone, a six-time Olympics medallist, had withdrawn from the finals of the team all-round event on Tuesday due to mental health concerns.
Sharath Kamal, competing in his fourth Olympics, said on Tuesday that, “His legs were shaking. I could see him shake. And I was happy I could put him in that position.
One of the renowned names of Indian shooting, Joydeep Karmakar, who competed in 50m rifle prone at the 2012 London Olympics and missed bronze by a whisker, finishing fourth, termed India’s showing as a “disaster” and called for “introspection”.
Pang Wei and Jiang Ranxin shot 10.1 and 10.7 points respectively in the deciding round to clinch the second gold medal for the Chinese shooting team.
The result was 0.02 seconds behind her own world record, but enough for her to beat second-placed Kylie Masse of Canada, who finished in 57.72 seconds.
India were 2-0 up by the end of the first quarter and though they allowed the opponents to dominate possession in the second quarter, the Spaniards could not capitalise on the chances.
The 25-year-old 2019 Asian Championships gold medallist was tied on 73 with seven other shooters after three rounds of 25 each, and stands a good chance of making it to the six-shooter final to be held on Monday.
The other Indian shooter in the event, Yashaswini Deswal also fought hard, but she too dropped four crucial points in the last five shots including an 8 for the 59th shot, to finish 13th in qualification.
The former world No. 1 was scheduled to play Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in the opening round.
Using her looping shots to telling effect, and with Ashleigh’s forehand misfiring, Sara overcame the Wimbledon champion with ease as the Australian finished the match with 55 unforced errors.
Earlier, Australia were in dire straits at 45/6 when left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein bowled an incisive spell of 10-0-30-3.
The 18-year-old pushed Australia’s Jack Mcloughlin to second in the final sprint, becoming an Olympic champion in his first appearance in three minutes and 43.36 seconds, 0.16 second ahead of the Aussie.
The Jhajjar-born Manu looked in great touch in the first series, shooting a superb 98, but a weapon malfunction in the second series — which cost her five minutes – broke her rhythm and she had a poor second series of 95.
“There is so much happiness. The dream to take a medal at the Olympics has been fulfilled today.” said Mirabai in a virtual interaction organised by the Sports Authority of India on Saturday.
Dhawan, who himself has been a Test opener before being axed, however felt that batsman Yadav is ready to play the longer format of the game since he has great experience in domestic cricket.