Tokyo Olympics: India got off to a winning start as they defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening tie of Tokyo Olympics at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Saturday.
The Indians dominated the initial stages of the match but it was New Zealand who drew first blood in the 6th minute as Kane Russell scored from a penalty corner. India equalized four minutes later as Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty score.
In the second quarter, India continued to be a better side and got the lead in the 26th minute when Harmanpreet Singh scored his first goal in Olympics by converting a penalty corner. India led 2-1 at half-time.
Harmanpreet Singh doubled India’s lead with his drag-flick in the 33rd minute. New Zealand capitalized on India’s lapse of concentration and pulled one back in the 43rd minute.
New Zealand pressed forward in the final quarter and created multiple chances but Sreejesh made two good saves as India held on to their lead and secured full points.
Meanwhile, in Judo, India’s sole representative Shushila Likmabam lost to Éva Csernoviczki of Hungary in her first-round encounter in the Women’s 48kg category.
In Rowing, the pair of Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh finished 5th with a timing of 6:40.33. They will compete in the repechage for a spot in the semifinal.