India at Olympics 2012- Day 4 - Contents of life

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India at Olympics 2012- Day 4

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Hah!!! Another day full of disappointments. If yesterday was a day of cheering and success, we compensated that today with as many failures as we can.

I read somewhere that Indian archers stand at no.1. I need to cross check if I read correct.Guess our archers haven't learnt to handle the pressure in the crunch situation or on a big stage. While Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai managed to reach the pre-quarters, which they ultimately lost, other 2 archers crashed in first round itself. This I guess brings an end to our archery challenge in Olympics.

- Archer Tarundeep Rai crashes out in pre-quarters
- Archer Rahul Banerjee crashes out in pre-quarters

Other major disappointment comes from Weightlifting where Ravi Kumar, India's sole representation in the event failed miserably. He lifted a total of 303 kg against 329 kg by the topper of the group.
Apparently he was suffering from fever just before the event and that hampered his performance.

- Ravi Kumar disappoints, weightlifting campaign ends

In women's Judo, Garima lost her match against Japenese in just 81 seconds. Seems Garima was no match to her competitor who was rewarded an "Ippon' means maximum points for pinning her opponent on her back for more than 25 seconds. That's what should be called a dismal performance

- Judoka Garima knocked out by Japanese Ueno

Remember I mentioned that I have no idea what  scull and repecage means. Sadly
I will never know now. I was thinking to read about it over the weak end just so that I will be able to better understand what Swarn Singh is competing in. Today he lost in the quarter finals. He also lost along with his partner in double scull competition. That brings an end to our participation in that event.

- Indian rowers out of medal reckoning in London Olympics

A major blow came when Bhupathi-Bopanna pair lost to a french pair who entered competition on wild card. They did not showed any signs of fight. I feel the long and tough match they played on day 3 took a toll. Their first round match went on for more than 2 hrs. and it is really difficult to recover after an exhausting match within 24 hrs. Their second round exit is really shocking. B-B supporters must be hiding at the moment from P-V supporters for sure. Hope P-V don't follow B-B path and keep their cool to win more and more matches.

- Bhupathi-Bopanna ousted by wild card French pair

The worst of the news comes from Badminton court. Jwala-Ashwini combo couldn't reach quarter finals in spite of winning their last match against 13th ranking group.
Four teams tied and based on differences in points taken and made, Indian pair stood third. First two teams made it to Quarters.

- Jwala-Ashwini win but fail to enter quarterfinals

But the badminton court also have a good news. P Kashyap who I missed earlier quietly made it to quarter-finals. Other than Saina, Kashyap has kept the hopes of medal alive for India. Keep up the good work. On other note, was wondering if India has representation in Men's doubles?

- P Kashyap qualifies for knockout stage in men's singles

A last update of the day tells the success story of another Indian boxer.Indian Boxer Manoj Kumar moved to second round in light welterweight 64kg.
- Manoj Kumar sails into pre-quarterfinals of 64kg category

I am keeping the best result of the day for the end. If Garima gave a dismal performance by loosing in just 81 seconds, the same day, we also experienced to be on the other side. In men's light flyweight (49kg) boxing, India's Devendro knocked down his opponent in merely 144 seconds i.e. in even before the first round was completed. The fight was stopped 36 seconds before the first round finished. Devendro was aggressive right from the beginning and by the time fight was stopped, he had taken the lead of 24 -2. It will be interesting, how he proceed in upcoming rounds

- Power-packed Devendro storms into Olympic pre-quarters

This makes 5 of our boxers moving ahead in their competitions. Can we expect some success here?

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