Indian sports highlights, May 25: Women’s compound team wins gold at World Archery Championships, Sindhu reaches Malaysia Masters final

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Hockey: Men’s and women’s teams lose to Belgium

The Indian Men’s Ice Hockey team put up a tough fight against Belgium in the FIH Pro League today but lost on penalties. India took the lead with a goal from Araijeet Hundal but failed to convert multiple chances to extend their lead as Belgium fought back to take a 2-1 lead. Sukhjit Singh scored an equaliser late in the final quarter to send the game into a penalty shootout at 2-2. Belgium won the match 3-1 and earned the bonus point. Re-watch the match on our channel. Watch the live blog here.

Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team lost 1-2 to Belgium on the same day, with goals from Ambre Balenghien (15th minute) and Vanessa Brockmans (20th minute) for Belgium and Sangeeta Kumari (34th minute) scoring the lone goal for India.

The men’s team will play Argentina tomorrow at 10pm and the women’s team will also play Argentina tomorrow at 3:15pm. [26th May].


PV Sindhu beats Busanan Ongbamrumpang in Malaysia Masters semifinals

PV Sindhu defeated Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters, with the Indian winning 13-21, 21-16, 21-13 after a hard-fought 88 minutes. Sindhu will face world number six and second seed Wang Zhiyi of China in tomorrow’s women’s singles final, aiming to win her first BWF title since July 2022.

For more details on Sindhu’s win, check out our full rundown here.


Boxing World Qualifiers: Abhimanyu beats Nikolov to advance in men’s 80kg

National championship bronze medalist Abhimanyu Roura defeated Bulgaria’s Christian Nikolov in the men’s 80kg division at the Paris Olympic Boxing World Qualifiers held on Saturday to advance to the finals.

The 10-time Bulgarian national champion had a slow start as he took the lead in the first round. However, the 21-year-old Indian picked up the pace in the second round as four out of the five judges voted in his favour. Abhimanyu continued his momentum and won the third round to take the match 3-0.

This is the second consecutive win for an Indian boxer on Friday. On Friday, Sachin Siwach beat New Zealand’s Alex Mukuka in the 57kg category, marking India’s first win.

This is the last chance for boxers to qualify for the Paris Olympics and India has fielded seven men and three women in the tournament. All boxers will need to reach at least the semi-finals to compete for a spot in the Paris Olympics. Nikhat Zareen (50kg), Preeti (54kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (75kg) have already qualified for the Olympics.


Archery: Jyoti Surekha Vennam, Parneet Kaur and Aditi Swami win gold in the team combined event

India’s women’s combined trio of Jyoti Surekha Vennam, Parneet Kaur and Aditi Swami won their third consecutive gold medal at the second stage of the Archery World Cup in Yecheon, South Korea on Saturday, while the mixed team also won silver.

The world number one-ranked Indian women’s compound team dominated Turkey’s Hazal Brun, Ayse Bela Suzer and Begum Youba from the very first end to hold a six-point lead (232-226) in a one-sided final and clinch the gold medal without dropping a set.

However, Jyoti, the Asian Games champion, was unable to win a second gold medal as she and Priyanshu squandered their first-round lead and lost by two points (155-153) to America’s Olivia Dean and Sawyer Sullivan in the compound mixed team final.

This marks a triple World Cup gold medal triumph for Jyoti, Parneet and world champion Aditi. They opened this season by winning the first stage of the World Cup in Shanghai, beat Italy last month and concluded last year with gold in the fourth stage of the tournament in Paris.

India missed out on a third medal in the compound event as Prathamesh Hooghe lost to world number one Mike Schlosser of the Netherlands in the bronze medal shoot-off. Hooghe, who beat 2021 world champion and world number six Nico Wiener of Austria in the quarter-finals, overcame a two-point deficit to take the shoot-off to 148-148. The former world champion won 10 points in the tie-breaker to deny an Indian his first individual World Cup medal. Earlier, Hooghe lost 143-148 to world number seven James Lutz of the United States in the compound men’s individual semi-finals.


What’s the day today?

  • badminton: PV Sindhu will now face Busanan Ongbamrumpang in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters at around 12pm.

  • archery: The second stage of the Archery World Cup is currently being held in Egawa.

  • boxing: The World Boxing Qualification Tournament, India’s final chance to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games, continues in Bangkok.

  • hockey: The Indian men’s team will once again take on Belgium in the FIH Pro League. 7:45pm.


What happened yesterday?

  • badminton: PV Sindhu reached the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters but Ashmita Chaliha’s run came to an end in the quarter-finals.

  • boxing: Sachin Siwach is off to a winning start in the World Qualifiers.

  • hockey: The Indian men’s and women’s teams lost to Belgium in the FIH Pro League.

  • archery: The Indian mixed team of Jyoti and Priyanshu has reached the final of the second stage of the World Cup.

  • cricket: Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals in the second Qualifier and will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final.

Details of yesterday’s event here.

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