Indian boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) out-punched Algeria's Ichrak Chaib in her opening bout to enter the quarterfinals of her maiden Olympic Games on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Indian clinched it 5-0, thoroughly dominating a rival 10 years her junior. Earlier, reigning world champion PV Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of women's singles badminton event but it was curtains for men's singles player Sai Praneeth at the Tokyo Olympics. (Click here for Day 5 schedule of Indian athletes)
India at a glance in Tokyo Olympics
Following are the results of Indian athletes participating in the Olympics on day five of competitions here:
Archery: Tarundeep Rai beats Oleksii Hunbin (Ukraine) 6-4 in men's individual first round match; loses to Itay Shanny (Israel) in shoot-off in second round.
Pravin Jadhav beats Galsan Bazarzhapov (Russian Olympic Committee) 6-0 in men's individual first round; loses to Brady Ellison (USA) 0-6 in second round.
Deepika Kumari beats Karma (Bhutan) 6-0 in women's individual first round match; beats Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez (USA) 6-4 in second round.
Badminton: PV Sindhu beats NY Cheung (Hong Kong) 21-9 21-16 in women's singles group J match. Qualifies for pre-quarterfinals.
Sai Praneeth lost to M Caljouw (Netherlands) 14-21 14-21 in men's singles Group D match. Fails to qualify for pre-quarterfinals.
Boxing: Pooja Rani beats Ichrak Chaib (Algeria) in women's 75kg round of 16 bout.
Hockey: India loses 1-4 to Great Britain in women's Pool A match.
Rowing: Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh finish sixth in men's lightweight double sculls semifinal 2; fail to qualify for medal round.
Sailing: KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar finish 18th, 17th and 19th in three races to languish at 18th overall in men's Skiff 49er.
Deepika keeps medal hopes alive, makes last-16; Rai, Jadhav exit
World number one archer Deepika Kumari survived some anxious moments before getting past US teenager Jennifer Mucino-Fernandez 6-4 to sail into the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual section and keep Indian medal hopes alive at the Tokyo Olympics here on Wednesday.
On a day her teammates Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav made second-round exits, Deepika seemed to feel the pressure initially as she started off hitting the red-zone, capping a poor seven at the floodlit Yumenoshima Park.
Deepika lost the first set by one point but she bounced back strongly with three 10s in a row to take a 4-2 lead. She, however, failed to wrap up the match in the fourth set as she misfired a six in her second arrow.
The 18-year-old American made it 4-4, winning the set by one-point (25-24). In the winner-take-all fifth set, Deepika had two 9s to start with before finishing with a poor 8.
Needing a 10 in her last arrow to force a shoot-off, Jennifer signed off with a nine in what was a promising campaign for the American teenager.
Deepika's husband Atanu Das is the only other Indian left in the fray. India No 1, who slipped to 35th place in the ranking, begins his campaign against Deng Yu-Cheng of Chinese Taipei in his opening round of 64 match on Thursday.
Sindhu, who had claimed a silver medal in the last edition in Rio, prevailed over world No. 34 Hong Kong's NY Cheung 21-9 21-16 in a 35-minute match to top Group J.
However, 13th seed Praneeth failed to bring his 'A' game to the table once again, going down 14-21 14-21 to Mark Caljouw of Netherlands in 40 minutes for his second defeat in Group D.
The Indian women's hockey team wasted chances galore to lose 1-4 against defending champions Great Britain, its third consecutive preliminary stage defeat which reduces the side's chances of qualifying for the Olympic quarterfinals.
The Indians were guilty of wasting opportunities in their first two games and the trend continued on Wednesday at the Oi Hockey Stadium as Great Britain punished them through strikes from Hannah Martin (2nd and 19th minute), Lily Owsley (41st minute) and Grace Balsdon (57th minute).
This Great Britain's second consecutive win in Pool A. For India, Sharmila Devi scored the lone goal in the 23rd minute.
The Indians needed at least a point from this game to be safe but they now will have to win their remaining two matches to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage.
India had earlier lost 1-5 to world no.1 the Netherlands before slumping to a 0-2 defeat against Germany. Rani Rampal's side will next play Ireland on Friday.
Despite the score-line, it was a close match between world no.11 India and world no.5 Britain.
The difference between the two teams was that India had the better share of chances but Great Britain utilised more opportunities that came their way.