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Indian Men’s Hockey Team Loses To Australia; Shuttler PV Sindhu Starts Her Campaign With An Easy Win

Meanwhile, Indian swimmer Maana Patel could not qualify for the semifinals of the women’s 100m backstroke event

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JAPAN. Tokyo: Australian men’s hockey team thrashed India 7-1 in its second Pool A match of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. Right from the beginning the world no. 1 team showed their dominance over India.

From the Australian men’s hockey team, Daniel Beale (10th minute), Joshua Beltz (26th), Andrew Flynn Ogilvie (23rd), Jeremy Hayward (21st), Blake Govers (40th, 42nd), and Tim Brand (51st) scored goals to post their second consecutive win at the Games.

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India’s lone goal came from Dilpreet Singh in the 34th minute. Earlier, India defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening match on Saturday. The Indian men’s hockey team will now face Spain in their next match on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Indian women’s hockey team are gearing up to bounce back in the tournament when it takes on world no. 3 Germany in a second Pool A match at the Tokyo Olympics.

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India’s Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu started her campaign in Tokyo without breaking a sweat. The shuttler recorded an easy 21-7, 21-10 win over Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel in a women’s singles Group J match on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Indian swimmer Maana Patel could not qualify for the semifinals of the women’s 100m backstroke event. Debutant Patel finished with a time of 1: 05.20 behind Zimbabwe’s Donata Katai, who clocked 1:02.73.

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Also Read: Australia To Hold ‘Virtual’ National Swimming Championships In November

The 21-year-old Indian, who qualified for the Games via a Universality quota, finished 39th overall. The Universality quota allows one male and one female competitor from a country to participate in the Olympics, provided no other swimmer from the same gender qualifies for the Games.

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