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Tokyo Games, Day 11: Belgium beat India in men's hockey; Tajinder fails to qualify for shot-put finals

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Shot-putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor disappoints in his qualifiers and comes up with a best throw of 19.99m which was not enough for final qualification. 

The Indian men's hockey team's dream of entering the Olympics final after 41-years remained unfulfilled as it lost 2-5 to world champions Belgium in the last-four stage but the side is still in the hunt for a bronze in the Tokyo Games on Tuesday. Alexander Hendrickx (19th, 49th, 53rd minutes), the tournament's highest goal-getter, scored a hat-trick while Loick Luypaert (2nd minute) and John-John Dohmen (60th) also struck to hand the reigning silver-medallists their second successive entry into the final of the Olympics. India's goals came from the sticks of Harmanpreet Singh (7th) and Mandeep Singh (8th).

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India's Annu Rani could not qualify for the women's javelin throw final at the Olympic Games, finishing 14th with a below-par throw of 54.04m.

Annu began with a 50.35m throw and improved it to 53.19m in her second attempt in Group A, which had 14 contenders. The 29-year-old needed a huge effort to make it to the 12-woman final and though she improved marginally, it was nowhere close to the automatic qualification mark of 63m.

All eyes will now be on contender Neeraj Chopra in the men's event, which will begin on Wednesday.

Indian equestrian Fouaad Mirza on Monday advanced to jumping finals of individual eventing at the Olympics, managing to stay inside the top-25 with his horse Seigneur Medicott on Monday.

The 29-year-old Mirza, who had a spectacular dressage round by taking the ninth place on Saturday, knocked two fences in the jumping round to incur eight penalty points en route to finish 25th with an overall 47.2 penalty points.

The finals will again be a jumping round where the top 25 will compete later in the day.

Mirza is the first Indian equestrian at the Olympics in over two decades.

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