Tokyo: India had a mediocre day here on the third day of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) and reigning world women’s badminton champion PV Sindhu registered comfortable wins while India men’s hockey crashed to a 1-7 defeat against Australia.
Mary Kom made it to the pre-quarterfinals after overcoming a stiff challenge from Dominican Republic’s Miguelina Hernandez Garcia in the opening round. The 38-year-old 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist, won 4-1 against a rival who is 15 years younger to her.
Sindhu also opened her Olympic journey with an easy straight-game victory over Israeli shuttler Ksenia Polikarpova in the women’s singles group J fixture. The 26-year-old Indian shuttler, seeded sixth, got the better of the 58th ranked Polikarpova 21-7 21-10 in a lop-sided opening match.
The world No. 7 will now take on Hong Kong’s world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
Meanwhile, there was devastating result for India as far as men’s hockey is concerned. They were drubbed 1-7 by Australia in their Pool A fixture.
Dilpreet Singh scored the consolation for India, with Tim Brand, Joshua Beltz, Daniel James Beale, Flynn Andrew Ogilvie, Jeremy Thomas Hayward scoring a goal each for the Aussies. Blake Govers scored a brace for the winners. India beat New Zealand 3-2 in a close affair on Saturday.