Whereas Dahiya will struggle for gold on Thursday, Chopra will stake his declare for India’s maiden track-and-field Olympic medal on Saturday.
The Panipat lad etched his identify in historical past books within the qualification spherical itself when he grew to become the primary javelin thrower to qualify for the Olympic finals and in addition the primary to high the charts with a powerful 86.65m effort.
However it was one other 23-year-old, Dahiya, who emerged because the undisputed star of the day.
The son of a farmer from Haryana’s Nahri village, who’s competing in his maiden Olympic Video games within the 57kg class, first outclassed Colombia’s Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener after which outwitted Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4).
In his semi-final conflict in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev, he conceded the lead however bounced again like a seasoned skilled to march into the finals, changing into solely the second wrestler after double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar to attain the feat.
He will likely be up in opposition to reigning world champion Zavur Uguev of Russia to whom he misplaced within the 2019 World Championship semifinals.
“I had no enterprise conceding that a lot lead in opposition to Sanayev. I’m not pleased with it,” the normally reticent Dahiya instructed PTI after his spectacular efficiency.
“I nonetheless have some unfinished enterprise to do. I got here with a goal right here and that’s not full but (profitable gold).”
In Pics: India@Tokyo Olympics on August 4
<p>Neeraj Chopra reacts after incomes a direct qualification with a monstrous throw of 86.65m within the males’s javelin throw qualification occasion on the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj tops the qualification spherical amongst each the teams. (PTI Picture) </p>
Others in medal competition are Deepak Punia (86kg) and Anshu Malik (girls’s 57kg). Whereas Punia misplaced within the semifinals to get a direct entry into the bronze-medal playoffs, Malik has made the repechage spherical after European champion Irina Kurachikina, who beat her within the opening spherical, made the finals.
On the golf course, Aditi Ashok obtained off to a superb begin, carding a four-under 67 within the opening spherical for a share of the second spot on the Kasumigaseki Nation Membership.
India’s different entrant within the subject, Diksha Dagar (76), nevertheless, had a tough begin in her maiden Olympics as she had 5 bogeys and no birdies to lie on the tied 56th spot.
After being the celebrities of India’s Olympic marketing campaign thus far, the ladies needed to endure disappointment however all was not misplaced.
The Rani Rampal-led hockey staff misplaced 1-2 to Argentina within the semifinals however stayed within the hunt for a medal. The brave bunch, which has exceeded all expectations by coming this far, will play Nice Britain on Friday for a bronze medal.
The Indians fought valiantly and gave Argentina a run for his or her cash by taking the lead within the second minute by means of a penalty nook conversion by Gurjit Kaur.
However the Las Leonas bounced again strongly with skipper Maria Barrionuevo’s (18th, thirty sixth minutes) twin strikes from penalty corners to safe the hard-fought win.
“We got here right here to win a medal and nonetheless there’s one (accessible). It is now about restoration, concerning the mindset. The great factor is, it isn’t all the time good that we misplaced loads up to now however we even have realized to cope with the losses,” the staff’s Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne stated after the match.
Within the boxing ring Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) signed off with a bronze medal after her showdown in opposition to reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey resulted in a crushing 0-5 loss.
Borgohain grew to become the third Indian boxer to fetch a Video games medal after Vijender Singh (2008) and MC Mary Kom (2012).
“I labored arduous for a gold medal so it’s a bit disappointing,” Borgohain stated after the bout, during which she was docked a degree for not being attentive to the referee’s directions and in addition endured two standing eight counts.
On Thursday, the boys’s hockey staff will eye a bronze medal, its first podium end in 41 years, when it takes on Germany within the third-place playoff.
On the wrestling mat, except for Dahiya, Malik and Punia combating for medals, celebrity Vinesh Phogat (53kg) will look to make amends for the injury-forced heartbreak within the Rio Video games 5 years again.
The highest medal contender will open her marketing campaign in opposition to Sofia Magdalena Mattsson of Sweden.