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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

India at Olympics 2012- Day 3

Day 3

Day 3 of Olympics was all happening for India.
India finally won first medal in any event of Olympics 2012. Well, in a way it can be a disappointment, because last time we had gold in this event and we bargained it to a bronze. But nevertheless its a big victory and accolades to Gagan Narang to make it happen. In the same event, last time gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra couldn't make it to finals. It was disheartening, but when the competition is so stiff that 594/600 makes you stand at 16th position, it tells you that there is no room for error. And if its not your day, what ever you try you can not gain that much concentration to hit 600/600. So, just bad luck Bindra.
But one thing that irks me is, just 4 years back when Bindra won the only Gold medal, Indians were going gaga over him and he was a national hero and today when he performed poor, people are talking about his retirement! Get a life, let them decide what to do with their career.

- Abhinav Bindra crashes out of London Olympics

- Gagan Narang wins bronze medal in 10m air rifle at London Olympics

Moving on to other events, other successful stories of the day comes from Badminton and Tennis.

As expected, Saina Nehwal has sealed her place in pre-quarter finals. One step closer to fulfil every body's expectation.

- Saina Nehwal sails into pre-quarterfinals of Olympics

Also, the women's double players Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa won their match keep their hopes alive in the competition. It was a must win and it came against a much better team in ranking. While Indian team stands at position 20, they beat a team at 10th position. Next match is against 13th position team, which again is a must win match. Wish them to bring the best out in the game.

- Jwala-Ashwini fight back to keep Olympic hopes alive

On the Tennis court, the two Indian men's controversial teams, Bhupati-Bopanna and Paes-Vardhan kept their hopes alive by winning their first round matches. While the B-B team had to struggle a lot for their first win, P-V team had relatively easy game. Hopefully they continue winning their upcoming games.

- Paes-Vardhan through to second round at Olympics
- Bhupathi-Bopanna start Olympic campaign with win

Rest of the news are disappointments of the day. But one of them stands out of he rest.

Sumit Sangwan lost his first round boxing match in 81 kg category. Apparently it was a close match and result could have gone other way round. It is debatable who should have won the bout. But ultimately its our loss. I wish other boxers don't experience such a situation.

- Boxer Sumit Sangwan crashes out of London Olympics

Vishnu Vardhan received a last minute opportunity to play singles on Wimbledon court. It was his first time experience to play at Wimbledon and although he lost the match in straight sets, he must be not much disappointed.

 - Vishnu Vardhan goes down fighting on Olympic debut

One of the archer Bombayla Devi had a go in individual event of Women's archery. She did well to win initial round but finally lost in pre-quarters.In team event also, her performance was the best among the three members. With her I guess the Indian challenge in Women's archery is over.

- Bombayla Devi crashes out of women's individual archery event in Olympics

A big disappointment to all came when India lost to Holland in Hockey. Holland stands 3rd in the world ranking compared to India's 10th position. So, it was a difficult match and unsurprisingly India lost it. Although its good to see Indian scoring 2 goals against their 3 and hopefully they will take it ahead from here to win remaining matches.

 - Holland beat India 3-2 in Olympic hockey opener/Hockey: India go down fighting against Netherlands
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