Tokyo Olympics 2021 highlights: Opening ceremony concludes at Tokyo Stadium

The show began with a video of geometric shapes drawn on a blackboard in chalk. A hand-drawn animation set them into motion, and the shapes gradually turned into the National Stadium.
The toned-down 2020 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremony highlighting Japan's grandeur, rich culture, and legacy while reflecting the gloomy atmosphere of a world ravaged by an inexorable pandemic concluded at National Stadium in Tokyo on Friday without the usual razzmatazz. 

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The Tokyo 2020 Games were inaugurated by Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who became the third member of his family to do so, a month after raising worries about the likely spread of coronavirus during the Olympics. 

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Locals strolling about the gorgeous National Stadium were denied access owing to the crowd control prohibition, despite the fact that guests from all around the world, including athletes and officials, attended the opening ceremony.

Fewer athletes from all contingents attended the ceremony, some to focus on their Saturday competitions, and others for fear of contracting the sickness that has already spread across the Games village. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach, admitted that the Tokyo Games will be different from previous ones. Without his iron resolve and tenacity, the Tokyo Games would not have seen the light of day. 

Protestors gathered outside the stadium during the opening ceremony and made their voices heard, causing the police to intervene.

Although there were no spectators, there were fireworks and music, from famous Japanese video games, to which each of the competing nations walked in, led by Greece, home of the Ancient Olympic Games, with host nation Japan entering the stadium last.

A total of 19 Indian athletes, including flag-bearers iconic boxer M C Mary Kom and men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, besides six officials, participated in the ceremony. The country has a 228-strong delegation in Tokyo, including over 120 athletes.

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The show began with a video of geometric shapes drawn on a blackboard in chalk. A hand-drawn animation set them into motion, and the shapes gradually turned into the National Stadium.

In the field of play, a lone female athlete stood at its centre, her hand placed on the ground while feeling the presence of the seed. As she slowly stood, her shadow stretched out in the shape of a seedling.

With the Games being held in the wake of an unprecedented health crisis that tested the world, the strength of the athletes is portrayed in a video that counts down the final moments until the start of the ceremony.

The final second of the countdown was a bird's-eye view of the National Stadium, which resembled a zero when seen from above.

When the countdown hit zero, a fireworks display began that lasted for approximately 20 seconds, the colours of which were indigo and white -- the colours of the Tokyo 2020 emblem -- and shaped like a fan, which is an auspicious symbol in Japanese culture.

 

The two big screens inside the stadium outlined the COVID-19 countermeasures which have been implemented to ensure the Games goes ahead without any hiccups.

There was a lot of focus on unity in diversity, peace and solidarity during the ceremony, with the message 'you may be apart, but not alone', to the athletes who have for long trained in isolation because of the fear of contracting the COVID virus.

In the second segment, the protagonist was a lone female athlete, training in the darkness, running silently on a treadmill, paying a tribute to the many solitary athletes training all over the world.

The Japanese emperor Naruhito and Bach were then introduced.

The Japanese flag was carried out by eight children, four eminent athletes of the country, a person with an impairment and health care professionals in recognition of their relentless service during the pandemic.

The theme of the ceremony was unitedly moving forward despite the challenges thrown at the world.

With a moment of silence, the ceremony then remembered all the people who lost their lives during the pandemic, members of the Israeli delegation killed during the 1972 Munich Games massacre, the 2011 earthquake, Tsunami and the nuclear disaster.

Members of the Japanese self defense forces raised the national flag on the Protocol Stage as the national anthem 'Kimi Ga Yo' played in the background.

The country's famous singer Misia sang the national anthem.

The event was a far cry from the glitzy ceremonies of London 2012 and Rio 2016 involving thousands of performers in packed stadiums, but it stayed in tune with the unprecedented time.

 

Archery’s ranking rounds results

 

World No.1 Deepika Kumari was inconsistent but the male archers' performance was simply underwhelming in the Olympics' ranking rounds, prompting a rejig of India's mixed pair combination on a topsy-turvy day at the Yumenoshima Park here on Friday

The Koreans, who stayed away from all International competitions in the build-up to the Olympics since 2019, reigned supreme, including a top-three finish in the women's section where young sensation An San shattered a 25-year-old Olympic record.

The Indian men's team of Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Tarundeep Rai, however, did not post particularly impressive scores and just about managed to sneak into top 10 in the team rankings.

Deepika slipped from fourth at the halfway mark to finish ninth with 663 points which was way below her best International ranking score of 686.

"I feel my performance was good as well as bad...it was in between I would say," Deepika said.

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Olympics 2021 opening ceremony live updates

IOC President Bach invites His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, to declare open the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.
 
"I declare open the Games of Tokyo, celebrating the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era."
 
And with that, fireworks.

Olympics 2021 opening ceremony live updates: Olympic Oath

The Olympic Oath is taken on behalf of the athletes, judges, and coaches.
 
For the athletes, YAMAGATA Ryota (athletics) and ISHIKAWA Kasumi (table tennis) read the oath.

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Athletes from hosts Japan arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo. 

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Athletes from France arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo. 

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Athletes from United States of America arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo. First Lady Jill Biden seen waving towards the US contingent.

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Athletes from South Africa arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Bhutan arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Bangladesh arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Pakistan arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Nepal arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from People's republic of China arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Republic of Korea arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Sri Lanka arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Spain arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Sweden arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Switzerland arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Singapore arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Costa Rica arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Kuwait arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Guam arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Gabbon arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Australia arrives at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from Egypt arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Ecuador arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from British's Virgin Island arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.

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Athletes from India arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.


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Athletes from Islamic Republic of Iran arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.

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4 Athletes from Iraq arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Italy arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
 

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Athletes from Israel arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

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Athletes from Yemen arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo

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Antigua and Bermuda's athletes may their way to National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.

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Albania's contingent arrive at Tokyo's National Stadium.

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Aruba's contingent arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.

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Argentine contingent arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo.

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Armenia's contingent arrive at Tokyo Olympics

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5 Athletes from United Arab Emirates arrive at National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo. 

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Afghanistan's contingent arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Azerbeijan contingent arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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Ireland contingent arrive at National Stadium, Tokyo.

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A minute of silence is observed in honour of those who have died as a result of Covid and lost Olympians, particularly the Israeli squad from the Munich Olympics.

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With the Japanese flag, several of Japan's finest athletes and well-known entertainers walk out. A Japanese healthcare practitioner is one of the persons carrying the flag out, celebrating the importance of this profession in today's world.


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Journalist Nick Hope tweeted a photo of the Olympic Rings that will be used in tonight's Opening Ceremony, which were created from trees planted by Japanese athletes during the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the city's last time hosting the Summer Games.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Large crowd gathered outside Tokyo National Stadium

Large number of fans are gathered outside National Stadium, Tokyo for the opening ceremony. Notably, no crowds are allowed for Olympics 2020 amid the spread of Covid-19. 

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Athletics federation to take action against under-performers at Olympics

The Athletics Federation of India on Friday threatened action against all those who do not perform well in the Olympics after deciding not to pull out long jumper M Sreeshankar and 20km race walker KT Irfan from the Games despite a dip in their form.
 
AFI's selection committee, in an emergency meeting, arrived at a "unanimous decision" to not pull the two athletes out of the 26-member squad.
 
Despite the strong opinion from some members that both should be withdrawn after they under-performed in the trials in Bengaluru, the committee noted that the federation had called the trials to assess fitness and not form.
 
AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said the coaches of both the athletes had been spoken to about their lacklustre form in the trials.
 
"The coaches have promised that their respective athletes would give their best in Tokyo. Sreeshankar's father and coach have assured of good performance from his athlete.
 
"If athletes do not perform well in the Olympics, we will take action against them," he said, asserting that the message is meant for all those who are on the flight to Tokyo.
 
During a fitness trial held on Wednesday at the Sports Authority of India Centre in Bengaluru, Sreeshankar's best jump was 7.48m, a far cry from the 8.26m he had come up during the Federation Cup in March to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
 
Sreeshankar had pulled out of the National Inter-State Championships (June 25-29) just before his event after warming up on the field at the NIS Patiala.
 
Sreeshankar's father S Murali, who is accompanying him to Tokyo as coach, said his he will do well in the Olympics.
 
"He (Sreeshankar) will do well. There is not much of an issue," he simply said, when asked about Sreeshankar's dip in form.
 
Irfan, who underwent a fitness trial on July 9, was the first track and field athlete to qualify for the Olympics way back in March 2019 during the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.

Swimming warmup at Olympics can be a chaotic ''nightmare''

Cate Campbell was a 17-year-old swimming phenomenon when she learned the dangers of warmup at major competitions the hard way.
 
That's what a head-on collision with Michael Phelps will do for you.
 
He was doing a sprint butterfly down the wrong side of the lane. Straight into me doing backstroke, Campbell recalled about the incident at the 2009 world championships in Rome.
 
There was a lot of velocity and power in that. He swims really fast, apparently.
 
Campbell came away with three vertebrae compacted in her neck which was rendered practically immobile and a big lump on her head.
 
Now entering her fourth Olympics with five medals to her name, Campbell knows the most important rule of warmup.
 
Everyone for themselves, she said in a recent interview.
 
Sometimes it is honestly a nightmare. You're touching the people in front of you, their feet, and someone's touching your feet. Everyone's swimming over the breaststrokers, who are a real hazard.
 
With hundreds of swimmers scrambling to get their warmup done at the same time, multiple athletes in each lane, everyone diving over one another and some competitors using snorkels, kickboards and other paraphernalia, warmup is organized chaos.
 
It's swimming's version of Shibuya Crossing, the famous Tokyo intersection where thousands of people hurry every which way at once.
 
Amid a pandemic, warmup could be considered a health hazard.
 
At this point, we've gotten comfortable being in a large crowd, said American swimmer Zach Harting, who will race the 200-meter butterfly.
 
I'm vaccinated so that provides a little bit of comfort there. I'm not worried about it. It'll be fun. If not, we'll leave. That's my motto.
 
While it's not a rule that's strictly enforced, swimming governing body FINA suggests that only the athletes competing each morning or evening warm up in the competition pool in the 90 minutes before each session. Other swimmers can go to a nearby warmup pool which is usually just as chaotic.
 
In Saturday's opening swimming session, there are 26 different heats in six different events, including the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. That could amount to nearly 300 swimmers warming up at once.
 
Overall, there are nearly 1,000 swimmers at the Tokyo Games from nearly 200 countries.
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President Ram Nath Kovind to Indian contingent at Tokyo Olympics

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said an entire nation's hopes and prayers are with the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics and expressed confident that the players will excel, win laurels and make the country proud.

Olympics in Japan's Tokyo began on Friday.

An entire nation's hopes and prayers are with the Indian contingent at the #TokyoOlympics. I convey best wishes to you all on behalf of all Indians. I am confident that you all will excel, win laurels and make our country proud, Kovind tweeted.

 

Russian Olympic archer loses consciousness in Tokyo heat

Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva lost consciousness during a competition at the Tokyo Olympics in intense heat Friday.
 
Gomboeva collapsed shortly after completing the qualifying round and was attended by medical staff, coach Stanislav Popov said in comments published by the Russian Olympic Committee.
 
"It's the first time that I remember something like this happening," he said.
 
"In Vladivostok, where we were training before this, the weather was similar. But the humidity here had an influence."
 
Temperatures in Tokyo were above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
 
The heat in Tokyo's summer months already prompted organizers to move the marathons and race-walking events to the cooler city of Sapporo.
 
Teammate Ksenia Perova said that she was discussing her results with a teammate when she discovered Gomboeva had collapsed.
 
"It's probably heatstroke," Perova said on the ROC's social media.
 
"It's very hot here and the asphalt is really baking. Of course there are also nerves, but the main reason is still the weather."
 
Perova added that Gomboeva was feeling better after doctors gave her water and was traveling back with the team to the Olympic village.
 
"I feel fine, my head hurts badly," Gomboeva wrote on Instagram.
 
"I CAN shoot! AND I WILL!"
 
Gomboeva qualified 45th of 64 archers in the women's event Friday and is scheduled to compete in the individual and women's team events later in the Games.
 
The round was won by South Korea's An San with a new Olympic record score of 680.

At least 100 US athletes unvaccinated as Olympics begin

About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's medical chief said hours before Friday night's opening ceremony.
 
Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated.
 
Eighty-three percent is actually a substantial number and we're quite happy with it, Finnoff said.
 
Nationally, 56.3% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated; that's based that on what each country's Olympic committee reports but is not an independently verified number.
 
The USOPC figure is more solid based on questionnaires athletes were asked to fill out before they came to Japan. Finnoff said the committee is not differentiating its treatment of athletes based on whether they're vaccinated.
 
The best thing to do is to assume everyone's at risk, and reduce risk by introducing COVID mitigation measures that we know work, he said.
 
So far, two American athletes beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb and Kara Eaker, an alternate on the gymnastics team are known to have tested positive. The IOC has reported 13 positives among all athletes in Japan.
 
The vaccination rate was the biggest news to come out of an hourlong Q&aA with USOPC leadership a far different affair from the last pre-Olympic news conference. That one, at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, was dominated by talk of the federation's handling of sex-abuse cases in the wake of the trial of former team doctor Larry Nassar.

After struggles, sacrifices and success, Indian shooters eye Olympic glory

Entering the Tokyo Olympics on the back of an unprecedented run that began sometime after the inexplicable meltdown in the Rio de Janeiro Games, Indian shooters bagging a medal or two, or, even three to four, is a tangible reality.
 
All of the 15 shooters are capable of winning medals, but few are seen as sure shot to secure podium finishes in the events that start on Saturday.
 
One among them is the highly-skilled Saurabh Chaudhary, who will have a few Olympic and world champions standing in his way to glory at sport's biggest showpiece.
 
Alongside Abhishek Verma, Chaudhary will be part of the first competition day action in the men's 10m air pistol event.
 
But before that, the fate of Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan -- in the women's 10m air rifle event -- will be decided. A good outing for either of them means India will have won their first medal in these Games.
 
Both Chandela and Elavenil will enter the competition with plenty to look forward to, despite the occasional blips here and there.
 
Three-time ISSF World Cup gold medallist Chandela has endured a bit of rough time in the run up to the Games, having contracted COVID-19 and then testing negative just in time to board the flight for the Indian team's training-cum-competition tour of Croatia.
 
It will be her second Olympics and she will look to exorcise the hurt she felt after a foot injury pegged her back in Rio five years ago.
 
The 21-year-old Elavenil, world number 1 and considered one of the country's finest rifle shooters after some fine performances since breaking into the senior team, will certainly fancy her chances too.
 
What could aid her all the more is that she has been trained by Olympics medallist Gagan Narang for the past seven years, including throughout the stay in Zagreb.
 
As far as the taciturn Chaudhary is concerned, the National Rifle Association of India restraining the Olympic-bound shooters from interacting with the media in the run-up to the Games, was irrelevant.
File photo: Indian 10m Air Pistol team Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma pose after a practice session during the 18th Asian Games, in Palembang

Tokyo Olympics linked COVID count goes past 100 on day of opening ceremony with 19 new cases

The COVID-19 cases associated with the Tokyo Olympics breached the 100-mark on Friday with the announcement of 19 new infections and the Czech contingent seemed among the worst hit after a fourth athlete -- road cyclist Michal Schlegel -- tested positive for the virus.
 
The worrying milestone was touched on the day the Games will officially open here with a ceremony to be attended by less than 1,000 dignitaries and sans any spectators.
 
The organisers, in their daily COVID-19 update, announced that three athletes, 10 Games-concerned personnel, three mediapersons and as many contractors associated with the event have been found positive.
 
The total number of cases directly linked to the Games stood at 106 on Friday with 11 of them athletes.
 
The Czech contingent reported its sixth overall case even as it investigated breach of health safety protocols while travelling to Japan.
 
"The fourth athlete and the sixth Czech member of the team, who did not avoid a positive test for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics, is road cyclist Michal Schlegel," the country's National Olympic Committee (NOC) stated.
 
"His positive antigen test was also confirmed by PCR analysis in a cycling village in Izu. Now Schlegel is back in the hotel for road cyclists in isolation," it added.
 
Reports also trickled in from Jamaica that a men's long jumper Carey McLeod has tested positive in his own country, ruling him out of the Games.
 
"The athlete is Carey McLeod who was set to compete in the men's long and triple jump events. The positive Covid-19 test was received this week. It's understood that he has been notified and is in isolation," 'Nationwide Sports' reported.
 
Schlegel was to compete on Saturday but "will not make it to the Olympic road race".
 
The other athletes in the Czech contingent to have tested positive are beach volleyball players Ondrej Perusic and Marketa Nausch, and table tennis player Pavel Sirucek.
 
"Other road cycling representatives Tereza Neumanova and Michael Kukrle also went to Tokyo for testing," the Czech NOC stated.
 
"Zdenek Stybar stayed in the cycling hotel, as he was not on board a charter flight from Prague and arrived in Japan two days later."
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Indian men's individual Archery draw

After finishing 35th in the rankings round, Atanu Das will now face 30th rank Chinese Taipei's YC Deng while Pravin Jadhav to face 34th rank Russia's G.Bazarzhapov and Tarundeep Rai, who attained 37th rank, to face 28th rank Ukraine's O Hunbin in their Round of 64 matches.

Olympics 2021 live updates: Pravin-Deepika to team up for India's Archery mixed event

Pravin Jadhav finishes the men's ranking round as top Indian archer at the 31st position and now he will partner Deepika Kumari in the mixed team event. The combined score puts Indian men’s and mixed team ranking at 9th position. 
 
Pravin 656 (31st)
Atanu 653 (35th)
Tarundeep 652 (37th)
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Archers of Republic of Korea leading both men and women categories

Republic of Korea's KIM Je Deok scored 688 points to lead the field in the men's archery ranking round and sets up a round-of-32 clash with Malawi's David Areneo.
 
Brady Ellison (USA) hit a run of good form in the final few ends to move up into second on 682, ahead of OH Jinhyek (681) and KIM Woojin (680).
 
In the team competition, there's no surprises as Rep. Korea top the charts with 2049 points, ahead of Netherlands (2012) and China (2011).
 
And, in the brand-new mixed team competition, the score of each nation's top female and top male archer are added to determine the ranking round results.
 
With Rep. Korean archers leading both categories, they also top that leaderboard on 1368 points, with USA (1350) second and hosts Japan (1343) third.

 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai's ranking after final set.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav and Atanu Das rankings after final set.

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai at 38th position after fifth set of second half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav at 28h position while Atanu Das at 31st spot after fifth set of second half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav moved up to 26th position after 4th set of second half while Atanu Das moved up to 28th spot.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai moved up to 37th position with three 10s, two 9s and one 8 in the third set of second half.



Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav moved up to 27th position in the third set of second half while Atanu Das slipped to 30th spot.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rain moved up to 41st position after 2nd set in 2nd half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Atanu Das moved to 26th position after 2nd set of second half while Pravin Jadhav slipped to 30th position.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rain at 45th position after 1st set of 2nd half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav moved to 27th position while Atanu Das to 28th position after 1st set of second half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

The second half will begin after a break of 10 minutes. Remember, teams are ranked by the combined totals of their three members, with a maximum score of 2160 points available.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai at 45th position after 1st half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

At the end of first half. Pravin Dube is at 30th position while Atanu Das at 31th position.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai at 39th position after fifth set.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Dube at 25th position while Atanu Das at 29th position after 5th set of first half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai at 48th position after 4th set.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Atanu Das slipped to 29th position while Pravin Jadhav jumped to 30th position after 4th set. Remember of all three archers will determine the draw of India's men team.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai slipped to 45th position after 3rd set of first half.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav jumped to 35th position after 3rd set of first half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Atanu Das moved to 11th position after 3rd set of first half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai slipped to 34th position after second set of 1st half. Meanwhile Pravin Jadhav moved up to 38th position.

 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Atanu Das slipped to 14th position after second set of first round.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Pravin Jadhav at 40th position after 1st set of 1st half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Tarundeep Rai at 31st position after 1st set of 1st half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

Atanu Das at 5th position after 1st set in first half
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

India's archer Atanu Das's statistical record:

Olympics 2021 live updates: Men's individual archery ranking round

List of Archers competing in Men's individual ranking round
 
  • NED: BROEKSMA Gijs
  • CHN: LI Jialun
  • NED: WIJLER Steve
  • CHN: WANG Dapeng
  • NED: van den BERG Sjef
  • CHN: WEI Shaoxuan
  • TPE: TANG Chih-Chun
  • GBR: HUSTON Patrick
  • TPE: DENG Yu-Cheng
  • GBR: WOODGATE James
  • TPE: WEI Chun-Heng
  • GBR: HALL Tom
  • KAZ: GANKIN Denis
  • INA: PRASTYADI Alviyanto
  • KAZ: MUSSAYEV Sanzhar
  • INA: DWI PANGESTU Arif
  • KAZ: ABDULLIN Ilfat
  • INA: SALSABILLA Riau Ega
  • GER: UNRUH Florian
  • IND: DAS Atanu
  • MAS: MOHAMAD Khairul Anuar
  • IND: JADHAV Pravin
  • BRA: D'ALMEIDA Marcus
  • IND: RAI Tarundeep
  • FRA: VALLADONT Jean-Charles
  • LUX: HENCKELS Jeff
  • FRA: CHIRAULT Thomas
  • ISV: D'AMOUR Nicholas
  • FRA: PLIHON Pierre
  • VIE: NGUYEN Hoang Phi Vu
  • USA: WILLIAMS Jack
  • AUS: WORTH Taylor
  • USA: ELLISON Brady
  • AUS: TYACK Ryan
  • USA: WUKIE Jacob
  • AUS: BARNES David
  • COL: PINEDA Daniel Felipe
  • CAN: DUENAS Crispin
  • IRI: VAZIRI TEYMOORLOOEI Milad
  • ROC: BAZARZHAPOV Galsan
  • MAW: DAVID Areneo
  • TUR: GAZOZ Mete
  • HUN: BALOGH Matyas Laszlo
  • MDA: OLARU Dan
  • ISR: SHANNY Itay
  • POL: NAPLOSZEK Slawomir
  • ITA: NESPOLI Mauro
  • EGY: TOLBA Youssof
  • KOR: KIM Woojin
  • FIN: VIKSTROM Antti
  • KOR: OH Jinhyek
  • CHI: AGUILAR Andres
  • KOR: KIM Je Deok
  • SLO: RAVNIKAR Ziga
  • BEL: de SMEDT Jarno
  • UKR: HUNBIN Oleksii
  • JPN: KAWATA Yuki
  • BAN: SHANA Md Ruman
  • JPN: FURUKAWA Takaharu
  • ESP: CASTRO Daniel
  • JPN: MUTO Hiroki
  • MGL: BAATARKHUYAG Otgonbold
  • TUN: HAMMED Mohamed
  • MEX: ALVAREZ Luis


Olympics 2021 live updates: Archery World records

  • Women individual: 692 – Kang Chae Young, Korea (2019) 
  • Women team: 2053 – Korea (2018)
  • Men individual: 702 – Brady Ellison, USA (2019)
  • Men team: 2087 – Korea (2012)
  • Mixed team: 1388 – Korea (2019

Olympics 2021 live updates: How ranking round work in archery

Teams are ranked by the combined totals of their three members, with a maximum score of 2160 points available.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing event

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing event

Summary of the results of the heats of the women's quadruple sculls

NEW REPORT: Women's individual ranking round

Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumar finished a creditable ninth after the women's individual ranking round, notching up a total of 663 points, on the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field, the venue of the archery competitions, on Friday.
 
The 27-year-old Deepika, winner of a hattrick of gold medals at the in the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris late last month which helped her reclaim the No.1 spot in the world, has now been paired with Bhutan's Karma in the elimination round.
 
On a day when South Korea's An San created an Olympic record, scoring 680 and finishing on top of the charts, Deepika's performance fluctuated between brilliant and mediocre as the Indian world No. 1 started at No. 8 after the first six shots but slipped to 14th, finishing the first half placed fourth on the leaderboard.
 
Deepika again saw a slump in the second half but recovered with a fine 58 and moved to sixth after 10 rounds. But a penultimate round of 53 saw her come down to seventh with an 609 aggregate of points, before another below-par round of 54 saw her dip further to ninth spot, for a final aggregate of 663 points.
 
Deepika is competing in her third Olympics. She will take part in women's individual and mixed team event where she is paired with husband Atanu Das.
 
The archery competition comprises a ranking round, where 128 archers -- 64 men and as many women -- shoot 72 arrows at a targets 70 metres away, Each archer is given two minutes to shoot six arrows in each round with 720 being the perfect score.
 
Based on the scores in the round, the first-ranked archer goes up against the 64th-ranked archer, the second is pitted against the 63rd, and so on.
 
South Korean An San, who finished with an Olympic record of 680, surpassed that of Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine, who had shot 673 points in 1996.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing event

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing event

Olympics 2021 live updates: Deepika's round of 32 match date

World Number 1 Deepika Kumar will now complete against Bhutan's Karma in the Round of 32 of Elimination Rounds starting on 27th July. 


Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing event

Olympics 2021 live updates: Archery has new Olympic Record in women's ranking round

Korea's AN San sets new Olympic Record
 
All over in the ranking round at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field – and Republic of Korea have taken the top three seeds, with AN San setting a new Olympic Record score of 680! She shot 36 10's and 16 X's to break compatriot KANG Chaeyoung's record.
 
JANG Minhee (677) and Kang (675) were second and third, with Alejandra Valencia (MEX) the best non-Korean on 674.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika finishes the rankings round in ninth position. Deepika's performance in this round will help her to avoid the Koreans in the early rounds for the individual competition.

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari finishes at 9th position after 12th set of Women's individual archery ranking round.
 
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing event

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari slipped to 7th position after fifth round of second half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari moved to 6th position after fourth round of second half.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari moved to 7th position after third round of second half.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari slipped to 8th position after second round of second half.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari retains 4th position in 1st round of second half with one 10, three 9s and one 8.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Second half begins

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

There will be a few minutes of break after the first round.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Archery Olympic records

  • Women individual: 673 – Lina Herasimenko, Ukraine (1996)
  • Women team: 2004 – Korea (2008)
  • Men individual: 700 – Kim Woojin, Korea (2016)
  • Men team: 2087 – Korea (2012)
  • Mixed team: None

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing men's single Sculls

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

At the end of 1st half, Deepika Kumari is at the 4th position.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumar jumped to 4th spot after sixth round with 2 tens and 3 nines.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing women's single Sculls

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari jumped to 10th position after 4 perfect 10 in the fifth round.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari slipped to 14th position at the moment.
 

Medal winners in women's archery event at Rio Olympics 2016

GOLD: Choi Misun, Korea – 669 (not competing)
SILVER: Chang Hye Jin, Korea – 666 (not competing)
BRONZE: Ki Bo Bae, Korea – 663 (not competing)

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round

Deepika Kumari at 10th position at the moment.

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing Sculls

Nielsen and Jones win heats 3 and 4
 
In the men's single skulls, Sverri Nielsen (DEN) and Trevor Jones (CAN) won the third and fourth heats, respectively, while no one has yet come close to Kjetil Borch's (NOR) first-place time.

 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's team archery ranking round

India is not participating in Women's team event.


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round


Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round


Olympics 2021 live updates: How does ranking round work in archery at Olympics

At each of the last two Olympics, the men's world record has been broken. It is, without a doubt, the women's turn. In the mixed team tournament, only the top 16 qualifiers will proceed to matchplay on July 24.


Olympics 2021 live updates: How does ranking round work in archery at Olympics

Archers fire 72 arrows in 12 ends (series) of six arrows at a target positioned 70 metres distant. It takes roughly two hours to complete. 
 
They add up their point totals (up to 720) and rank them from highest to lowest at the end of the round. The seed for matchplay is determined by an athlete's position following the ranking round.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Rowing Sculls

Olympics 2021 live updates: Women's individual archery ranking round begins

Women's individual archery ranking round begins at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field. KANG Chae Young (KOR) holds the world record and is the favourite to win gold in her maiden Olympic Games.

Olympics 2021 live updates: How does ranking round work in archery at Olympics

All 128 archers (64 men and 64 women) will shoot a qualifying round.
 
The results are used to seed the athletes and nations for the individual, mixed team and team competitions, effectively deciding their opponents in the competition.
 

Olympics 2021 live updates: Indian Archers performance in recent past

The Indian archers fared admirably after missing 15 months of competition owing to the pandemic, winning four medals in the World Cup Stage-1 in Guatemala City and three in Stage-3 in Paris. 
 
Despite the fact that the field at the World Cups was weakened this year, the Indian archers' outstanding performance must be a huge morale booster for them ahead of the Olympics and should provide them with a psychological advantage. 
 
True, the men's team hasn't lived up to expectations, and the women's team, although winning two gold medals, hasn't qualified for the Olympics.

The excellent performance of ace archer Deepika Kumari and her husband Atanu Das was a major factor in India's success at the World Cups. 
 
If the couple maintains their current form, they have the potential to make history in Tokyo and usher in a new era for Indian archery, which has aspired to medals at the major event for decades but has yet to fulfil that goal.
 

Tokyo Olympics 2021 live updates

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Archery's ranking round will be followed by opening ceremony today.

 

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