- P Kashyap wins, through to round of 16
- Talukdar crashes out of Men’s Archery Individual competition
- Garima Chaudhary loses in 63 kg weight category in Judo
- Badminton: Jwala-Diju crash out in mixed doubles
- Archery: Swuro loses a thriller
- Weight-lifting: Katulu Ravi Kumar exits in the men’s 69kg category
- Rowers Sandeep Kumar/ Manjeet Singh finish last
- Sawarn Singh finishes 4th in single sculls quarters
- Boxer Devendro wins by TKO, referee stops bout
- Tarundeep crashes out of individual men’s archery competition
- Tennis: Bhupathi-Bopanna lose in straight sets in doubles
- Tennis: Paes-Vardhan doubles match postponed
Manoj wins easily
And… the winner is the man in the blue corner. Manoj Kumar, ranked 20th in the world, won his bout with a score of 13-7. Wow. Great stuff! In the next round, the Indian runs into Thomas Stalker, who is ranked Number 1 in the World at 64kg by the AIBA World Rankings. He is seeded third in the Olympics. For now though, Manoj will enjoy his victory and dream of a famous win on August 4.
Great round for Manoj Kumar. He has taken a 4 point lead, 9-5. Go Manoj.
Close first round. Manoj and Hudayberdiyev are locked at 2 points a piece #Boxing #Olympics
Manoj Kumar takes the stage
It’s his Olympic debut and he is wearing blue. In the background, we can hear the Queen song, ‘We will rock you.’ Let’s hope Manoj does exactly that!
The Greatest Olympian?
So is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian?
Most Olympic medals: Michael Phelps (USA) 19, Larisa Latynina 18, Nikolai Andrianov 15, Boris Shakhlin 13 (all Soviet Union).
Up next for India
2:15 AM: Manoj Kumar vs Serdar Hudayberdiyev (Turkmenistan)- 64kg
This was the moment
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time after victory in the 4x200m freestyle. 4 Games, 19 medals, 15 of them gold. Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina currently held the previous record for most overall Olympic medals with 18 since 1964. It was also the 16th time USA have won the 4x200m relay and it was set up by a superb swim from Ryan Lochte in the first leg.
Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens kept America’s lead by the time Phelps dived in for the anchor leg and he brought them home in a combined time of six minutes, 59.70.
Lochte captured his second gold medal in London after winning the 400 individual medley on the opening day of competition and the fifth of his career.
France, who upset the Americans in the 4×100 freestyle final on Saturday, took the silver medal while China grabbed the bronze after Sun Yang anchored them home. Inputs from Reuters
Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze – Michael Phelps #London2012
— London 2012 (@London2012) जुलाई 31, 2012
The most successful Olympian of all-time Michael Phelps says “It has been a pretty amazing career, but we still have a few races left.”
— Nick Hope (@NickHopeBBC) जुलाई 31, 2012
Michael Phelps a true Olympic LEGEND”
— Boris Becker (@Becker_Boris) जुलाई 31, 2012
If Michael Phelps was a country, he’d be 55th on the all-time medal count.
— Chris Chase (@chaztopher) जुलाई 31, 2012
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) जुलाई 31, 2012
Jwala-Ponappa win but crash out
The Indian pair won 21-16, 21-15. We are awaiting official confirmation but by our reckoning, Jwala-Ponappa have failed to get into the KO round despite winning the match. They have fallen 1 point short of the Japanese team of Fuji and Kakiwa, who had a positive points difference of 4. The Indians ended up with a points difference of 3. Going into the match, they had a points difference of -8. Even if they had won, the first thing to be considered was the head-to-head results and that would have meant that the Japanese would go through in any case. This is disappointing to say the least.
Tennis: Paes-Vardhan doubles match postponed
Meanwhile, the troll moment can wait. The Paes-Vardhan doubles match against Frenchmen Tsonga-Llodra has been postponed. Might have had something to do with Tsonga’s match — he won his marathon singles match 6-3, 3-6, 25-23.
Jwala-Ponappa killing it
They were leading 11-1 at the break. They are making this look easy. Ponappa is making fewer mistakes today and Jwala is steady as well. Right now, they have too much firepower and are overwhelming their opponents.
Jwala-Ponappa make solid start to second game
The Indian duo have taken a 6-0 lead. Super start. This will keep the Singaporeans at bay.
Jwala-Ponappa take first game
The Indians turned in a strong performance to take the first game 21-16. Super stuff. Lots of smashes and good interceptions at the net by Jwala.
Ponappa turning it on
Jwala has been good but Ponappa’s smashes have added another dimension to their play. The India duo have raced to 11-5 lead over their Singaporean opponents.
India’s 7th seeded men’s doubles pair have crashed out of the competition. They were comprehensively beaten 6-3, 6-4 by the French pair of Gasquet and Benneteau. The Indian pair was leading 3-0 in the second set but then the French pair got their act together. Wow. After the big controversies at the time of selection, Bhupathi and Bopanna would have surely hoped for a better result but it was not to be.
Jwala-Ponappa begin doubles match
Their opponents are Sari and Yao of Singapore. It’s a must-win match. Enough said.
Benneteau and Gasquet break back
Bhupathi-Bopanna had taken a big lead but the French pair fought back to make it 4-4
Bhupathi-Bopanna fighting back
The Indian duo lost the first set 3-6 but have fought back strongly in the set to take 3-0 lead against Gasquet and Benneteau of France. Paes and Vardhan’s match is yet to begin as the third set of Tsonga-Raonic, now at 19-18, is the longest set of men’s tennis, singles or doubles, in Olympic history. Tsonga and Lllodra are Paes-Vardhan’s opponents in the next round.
Tarundeep loses fourth set, knocked out
Kim B won that easily. He won the match 6-2. That means India’s challenge in the men’s archery competition is now over. Only Deepika Kumari among all the archers is yet to be knocked out. She takes part in the individual competition tomorrow at 1500 hrs IST. Tarundeep gave a good show but he just wasn’t accurate enough. You can’t shoot an 8 against the Koreans. Tarundeep did worse.
Tarundeep wins third set
Korea’s Kim missed and Tarundeep hit the target. Superb shooting — pretty consistent stuff in this set. He won 29-25.
Tarundeep loses second set too
Kim has got his rhythm now — 3 10s in a row. Tarundeep shot 10,9,9. But he has no chance. Kim is ahead 4-0 now.
Tarundeep Rai loses first set
South Korea’s Kim B is world number two and Tarundeep is up against the wall already. He had a good chance in the first set but shot an 8 with his last arrow to lose 26-27. The Indian is 0-2 down.
Djokovic beats Roddick at Olympics
Novak Djokovic beat Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Olympics at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The second-ranked Serb had little trouble against the hard-serving American and finished with 34 winners to Roddick’s 12. Djokovic, a bronze medalist in the singles in 2008, raised his arms and smiled broadly after the match. Roddick, a three-time Wimbledon finalist, quickly left Centre Court, his head bowed. AP
Tarundeep’s next round at 2140 IST
Banerjee went into the 1/16 round as well but he lost out and some of the women archers reached the stage as well. Tarundeep will have a good idea about the conditions and that should help. Can he keep it up? We’ll know in just a bit.
Not a great shot by Tarundeep, he shot a 9 but the Cuban struggled even more and shot a 7! The closest arrow to the bullseye wins the shootout — in case both have the same points. In this case, Tarundeep was a clear winner. Yeahhh!
Tarundeep wins fifth set
The Indian shot 27 to win the set, the Cuban struggled and shot a 7. Easy win. Scores are tied at 5-5. The shootout is next.
Tarundeep comes back to win the fourth set
The score stands at 5-3, in the favour of the Cuban but Tarundeep finally managed to get a good shot with his last arrow of the set. He has been struggling to do that. This time round he hit a 10 to win 28-26. Good stuff. The fight is on.
Stevens wins third set
Tarundeep started off with a 10 but then went steadily downhill — with successive shots of 9 and 8. Stevens on the other hands started with a 10 and followed it up with shots of 9 and 9. The Cuban now leads 5-1. The Indian is in trouble.
Tarundeep-Stevens tie the second set
Both the archers shot 27-each. That means both get 1 point each but the Cuban leads overall contest — 3-1. Come on Tarun.
Stevens wins first set
Tarundeep Rai hit 8, 10, 9 to total 27 lost the first set against Cuba’s Stevens who shot 9, 9, 10. The Cuban leads 2-0.
Next up Tarundeep Rai
Tarundeep Rai was India’s best archer in the qualifying. He had qualified 31st best. His event will start in a few minutes. Can he break the losing sequence of the Indian archers?
Dobrowoski beats Banerjee
Banerjee put up a good fight but ended up losing 7-3. In the end, the Pole was just too strong. With this defeat, Tarundeep Rai is only Indian male left in the men’s individual archery event — he shoots at 2045 IST.
After 4 sets, Dobrowoski takes a lead
The Pole not leads 5-3. The fifth and final set is up next and Banerjee has to win it. That’s pressure for you.
After 3 sets, Banerjee putting up a fight
Superb shooting by Banerjee — he shot a 29 and Dobrowoski could only manage a 26. Pretty good.
After 2 sets, Banerjee down 1-3
Dobrowolski won the second set 27-25. Banerjee hit a 7 with his first shot and after that he was always behind.
After 1 set, it’s 1-1
Both archers shot 28. Rahul Banerjee vs Dobrowolski. So the points are shared 1-1.
Banerjee in 1/16 eliminations at 2020 IST
Rahul Banerjee’s next round will take place in an hour. That should be pretty exciting as well. Stay tuned.
Banerjee takes third set and through to last 16
Rahul Banerjee has won his 1/32 Elimination round by a comprehensive 6-0 margin. He shot a perfect 30 in the third set even as his opponent hit only 25. Amazing accuracy! In the ranking rounds, Banerjee shot a score of 655 to earn a ranking of 46. His Mongolian opponent was seeded 19th. So this is a bit of an upset.
Banerjee takes second set
The Mongolian is struggling. He shot a 24, which is actually bad and Banerjee won despite shooting a 6 with his final shot. He now leads 4-0 and is on course to win this. Yes!
Banerjee takes first set
The Indian archer, seeded 46th, has taken the first set off his opponent Gantugs with a score of 29-26. He leads 2-0. First man to 6 points wins, 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie.
Banerjee up next!
7.30PM- Rahul Banerjee vs Jantsan Gantugs of Mongolia in the men’s individual archery event. In the morning, his team-mate Jayanta Talukdar had lost 6-0 against Wukie Jacob in the morning.
Devendro wins in one round
The Indian completely the proceedings, forcing the referee to give his opponent Bayron Figueroa, in the 49 kg weight category, two standings counts. It ended in the first round itself with a TKO, referee stopped contest. Really impressive stuff! He is now through to last 16. Devendro threw a flurry on punches and has really quick hands.
Devendro is ready
Another of India’s young boxers enters the ring. Devendro has had a great run at the senior level. Can he continue it?
Queen’s grand-daughter Zara Phillips wins silver
Germany won team Olympic gold in equestrian eventing on Tuesday after a consistently strong showing across all three disciplines with Britain doing well to take the silver. New Zealand finished third after overtaking Sweden in the third leg of a multi-discipline event that tests horse and rider in dressage, cross-country and jumping. “Everyone made a huge effort but we couldn’t quite get the job done,” said Zara Phillips, the grand-daughter of Queen Elizabeth II who performed solidly throughout on her Olympic debut. Reuters
How are teen stars re-writing Olympic record books?
BBC Sport asked the experts how it is possible for young athletes to improve their personal bests by such huge margins. Pretty interesting.
Read the full story here.
Economic boost? Says who!
On BBC – London attractions seeing 30% – 40% drop in attendance during Olympics.
Devendro Singh is up next
This diminutive dynamo from Manipur booked his ticket to London by making it to the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Championships at Baku, Azerbaijan – incidentally it was also his first international tournament at the senior level.
The 20-year-old, who was the surprise pick for the World Championships squad, beat his more experience compatriots to get selected. One of the biggest contenders for an Olympic medal in his weight division is Chinese boxer Zou Shiming.
Today, he takes on Bayron Figueroa in the 49 kg weight category.
Is India too old for the Olympics?
Sports Editor Ashish Magotra feels that India are just too old to win at the Olympics.
On paper, India may have the youngest population of the world’s biggest countries but does that reflect in the way we play sport? It does in cricket and hence, we do decently at it. But with other sports, most of the time – Indians are trying to find the right balance between success and failure. The question on the minds of most of the athletes is this: What will I do if I fail?
Read the full story here.
Slight lull now
There is a slight lull now. India’s next big event is at 1900 hrs IST when Boxer Devendro Singh takes on Bayron Figueroa in the 49 kg weight category.
Weightlifting: Katulu struggles
India’s Katulu Ravi Kumar lifted 136 kgs in snatch and 167 in clean and jerk for a total of 303. As things stand, he is currently 6th and already out of the medals. He also seemed to have injured his shoulder and knee. So valiant effort by him.
Sawarn Singh finishes 4th in single sculls quarters
The Indian was no match for Karoen L of Sweden who finished first rather comfortably with a time of 6:57.06. Sawarn had a time of 7:11.59. He will now compete in the Semifinal C/D — only to decide placings.
Strange business the Olympics. You can be 4th best at something out of all the people on the entire planet and be deemed a failure#brutal
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) जुलाई 31, 2012
Sandeep Kumar/ Manjeet Singh struggle
Sandeep Kumar/ Manjeet Singh have finished last in their repechage with a time of 6:54.20. They qualify for Semifinal C/D. No medal hopes here.
Who knew Queen Elizabeth II was a hip hop fan?
Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that during a performance by one of Britain’s hottest rappers at Friday’s Olympics opening ceremony, Prince William leaned over and said: “I don’t know if you know this, prime minister, but my grandmother is a big fan of Dizzee Rascal.’” It’s safe to assume William was joking. The queen’s musical tastes run more to classical than to Rascal, who came to fame through London’s gritty grime scene and is best known for his hit “Bonkers.” But the ceremony did reveal an unexpectedly playful side to the 86-year-old British monarch. She played herself in a filmed skit with Daniel Craig, welcoming secret agent James Bond to Buckingham Palace — before stunt doubles parachuted from a helicopter into Olympic Stadium. AP
Swuro loses a thriller
The Indian was so close. After scores were tied after 5 sets. It came down to one arrow — the American shot a 9, Swuro responded with an 9 — but Nichols was closest to the bullseye so she won. So Swuro lost 5-6. Heartbreaking. She was pretty close but was let down by her consistency — several good shots followed by a really bad one. She put up a good fight though.
Nichols wins fifth set
The American wins the fifth set to take the match-up down to the wire. Both are tied at 5-5. She won the set 28-24.
Swuro wins fourth set
The Indian shot two 10s and a nine to take this easily. 29-26. She has a vital 5-3 lead, first to 6 wins! Go Swuro.
Swuro-Nichols tie third set set
Inconsistent performance by Swuro so far. Very up and down. This looks winnable but she’s digging herself into a hole here. They tied the third set 25-25. The American and the Indian are tied 3-3. Scores were revised.
Nichols wins the second set
India’s Swuro shot a 25 while her opponent, Nichol shot 27 to win the set. The scores are tied at 2-2. The first archer to get to 6 wins.
Swuro in individual archery competition
She has won the first set to get 2 points. She has 27 points to 24 for her opponets, Jennifer Nichols of the USA.
Manjeet Singh/Sandeep Kumar take part in the lightweight double sculls repechage. The event has been delayed a bit though.
Jwala-Diju crash out
Pretty ordinary match, the Koreans were always in command and Jwala, Diju never managed to take their game to great heights. The scoreline read 21-15, 21-15. With this they are out of the Olympics but maybe Jwala was conserving her energy for the women’s doubles match, which takes place at night. Jwala-Ponappa have a realistic chance to make it to the next round in that competition.
Jwala-Diju fighting well
The Indian pair lost the first game but are fighting well in the second game. The score is 8-10, in the favour of the Koreans.
Weightlifting: Ravi Kumar Katulu in 69kg category
The event has just begun. He has lifted 136 in Snatch and 167 in clean and jerk in his first attempts at the weights. He is in Group B. Other competitors are yet to lift. So we will bring you updates as and when they do. They all get three attempts to reach their highest weight total.
Jwala-Diju lose first game
The Indian pair has lost the first game 21-15. They were down 16-5 to begin with and never recovered.
Jwala-Diju in trouble
The Indian pair just don’t move well enough. We were treated to sight of Jwala actually having to run to retreive a shuttle. Not done. Diju needs to get a move on. Come on guys!
Jwala-Diju on court
The mixed doubles match between Jwala-Diju and South Korea’s Lee-Ha has begun. The Indian pair are almost out of the reckoning having lost their first two matches and are already down 7-2.
Olympic Tube line suspended because of fire alert
A fire alert caused suspension of subway service Tuesday morning on trains running to east London’s Stratford, the site of the Olympic Park, but the Fire Brigade later confirmed there had been no fire. Transport for London said service on the Central line — which serves Stratford — has been partially suspended because a train was taken out of service after a driver reported smelling smoke at around 7 a.m. (0600 GMT). All passengers left the train without incident, TFL said. AP
Garima Chaudhary loses
The India judoka was beaten by Yoshie Ueno of Japan in 1 minute 21 seconds by an Ippon.
Talukdar crashes out
Last set was 29-28. Wukie has crushed Talukdar 6-0. He just didn’t miss and frankly, the Indian wasn’t good enough. Outclassed. Wukie shot 6 10s, 2 9s and an 8. Talukdar shot 1 10, 5 9s, 2 8s and a 5. This is a bit of an upset — Talukar was seeded 19th and Wukie was 49th.
Wukie is burning it. He hit 30 to Talukdar’s 26. Just no chance for the Indian. Jacobs leads 4-0. Uphill climb for the Indian for this point on. He just can’t miss.
Talukdar begins individual campaign
USA’s Wukie Jacobs has taken the first set against Jayanta Talukdar 27-22. First to six points wins. Two points for a win, one points for a tie. So Jacobs leads 2-0. This is the men’s archery individual competition in case you are wondering.
Kashyap through to last 16
Super. Super. Super. No other way to describe the way Kashyap played. He was flawless. Toyed with his more fancied opponent, and didn’t melt down. 21-9, 21-14. Wow. More of this please. Recently, the 25-year-old also became the first Indian male shuttler since Pullela Gopi Chand to beat a Chinese ranked in the top-five in the world when he upset top seed Chen Long, the man widely touted as the successor to Lin Dan.
There is a certain amount of elegance in the way Kashyap moves on court. Saina isn’t graceful, she is economical. Kashyap is a delight to watch. He is now up 18-11.
Kashyap on fire
Wow. This is just super play, Kashyap is making his more fancied opponent look pretty ordinary. He has jumped into the lead — 11-7 in the favour of the Indian. Go Kashyap
The battle is joined
Glimpses of Padukone in Kashyap’s play. Deft touches, deflecting the smashes well, hitting the lines and super at the net. After being 0-2 down in the second game, he has worked his way to 6-6 in the second game.
Quote of the day
You and your opponent want the same thing. The only thing that matters is who works the hardest for it. -Unknown
Nguyen being dominated. Kashyap takes the first game 21-9. Super play from the Indian no.1. Great play at the net, interspersed with good smashes and defence.
NGUYEN Tien Minh vs P Kashyap
After his first match, Kashyap has said that the difference was play at the net. And once again that is what is happening. He has been very good so far. The score is 13-8.
KASHYAP is playing sooooo well leading 8-5!
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) जुलाई 31, 2012
NGUYEN Tien Minh vs P Kashyap
Steady start by Kashyap, he took a 4-1 lead but Nguyen then pulled it back to 5-5. Good steady play. Nguyen is ranked 10th in the world, has been ranked as high as number 5. Kashyap is ranked 21st.
Busy day for India
Yesterday was a pretty good day for India. Gagan Narang got India off the mark with a bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle event. Abhinav Bindra went out early but the rest of the crew did pretty well. Saina Nehwal won, Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa won as did the men’s doubles pairings. Not bad at all.
Today, India will look to keep that run going and first up in P Kashyap in the men’s singles badminton competition. Thereafter, it’s a pretty crowded day. So buckle up.
All eyes on Phelps
All eyes will be on the swimming pool later on Tuesday when Michael Phelps could make history by becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time and the first man to win the same event on three occasions. If he succeeds, however, his achievement faces being overshadowed by Chinese sensation Ye Shiwen, 16, who is chasing a second London Games gold medal after setting tongues wagging with an eye-popping swim for her first. Reuters
UK police arrest man over Olympic tweets
Police say a man has been arrested in relation to malicious Twitter postings directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley. Daley’s father died of brain cancer a year ago and the 18-year-old Olympian had hoped win a medal “for myself and my dad.” But he finished fourth on Monday, out of medal contention, in the 10-meter synchronized platform with teammate Pete Waterfield. Afterward, a Twitter user sent him several negative messages. Dorset Police said early Tuesday that a 17-year-old man was arrested “on suspicion of malicious communications” in relation to Twitter threats made against Daley. In Britain, tweeting messages considered menacing can lead to prosecution. AP