There are 15 Medal events today but only one of them matters for India.
Second medal for Sushil
Sushil seems downcast on the podium. He seems angry… but now he has two Olympics medals — a silver to go with his bronze from Beijing. Yogeshwar Dutt was over the moon after winning the bronze, Sushil seems disappointed with a silver.
Stomach bug lays Sushil low
After the semi-final, he caught a stomach bug which saw him go to the restroom around 6 times before the final, according to ESPN. He lost a lot of weight and obviously his strength was affected as well. Well, as they say… this is life.
That’s it for India
That’s the end of India’s Olympics. Some successes, some failure but it was a journey that saw all of India laugh and cry with them. It feels rather odd — but this is it… it’s over.
Being 2nd/3rd best in the world in your sport is by no means a small feat. Well done to each Indian athlete and medallist at the #Olympics
— FirstpostSports (@FirstpostSports) अगस्त 12, 2012
Sushil Kumar loses final, wins silver
Yonemitsu literally picked Sushil up and threw him down to earn three points. Sushil put the Japanese down on the ground to earn another point. But that was as far as he got. Brilliant run for the India — but the gold medal goes to Japan. He won the second period 3-1.
Sushil looked a little lost in this match — a little slow off the mark and the Japanese took advantage of that to take the first period. In the second period, even though Sushil tried, he just could not trouble the Japanese wrestler.
That is still India’s best showing in terms of medals at the Olympics — 6 (Silver 2, Bronze 4).
Sushil Kumar loses first period
Yonemitsu took the period with just one point. The Japanese seems to have a good defence.
Sushil Kumar’s final is on
The Indian is in action against the world silver medalist and the 2010 Asian champ.
Ram Singh finishes 77th
Ram Singh Yadav has finished 77th in the marathon. His time was 2 hrs 30 mins. Uganda’s Kiprotich won in 2 hrs 8 mins, 6 seconds.
It’s almost time
Sushil Kumar’s gold medal match starts in around 30 mins. Are you ready? Is India ready to bring home another gold?
Let’s pray for Sushil tht he wins the gold and hve belief in the abilities of the champion
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) अगस्त 12, 2012
Appeals after the match are not allowed in wrestling. So that settles it. All those rumours about Sushil biting his opponent’s ear can be put to rest.
Medal jeetna hai
Ayaz Memon, from London, reports:
“Kuch kar dikhana hai,” Sushil Kumar, who is through to the 66kg freestyle wrestling final, kept saying before his day arrived at these Olympics. Flag-bearer of the Indian contingent, Sushil had been relegated to the background till the last the day of the Games and lived through India’s roller-coaster ride over the past fortnight building up his motivation with patience.
“He had been quiet, kept largely to himself but resolute. He kept saying, ‘medal jeetna hai,’” said an official from the contingent.
Read the full report here.
Did you know?
One from the Indian Express archives. A superb piece on Sushil Kumar. Do read.
Sushil’s eyelids grow heavy as he watches repeats of prime-time soap operas on a 14-inch television screen placed on a parapet. Special privileges, apparently. “Yeh aurat bahut khatarnaak hai,” Sushil says to his brother and full-time caretaker Amarjeet, as he points at the vamp in the serial. Amarjeet nods without noticing, busy grounding badaam (almonds) and milk together with a neem stump. It’s breakfast time.
Read the full story here.
Just saw Sushil exit the player zone. There was blood in his mouth and a smile on his face. Now for the gold
— Sandeep Narayan (@Sandeepnyn) अगस्त 12, 2012
Just one more
The United States track and field team set a seemingly audacious goal of 30 medals for the London Games. They’re one medal away, with one event to go.
The track and field competition ends on Sunday with the men’s marathon. The Kenyans are the favorites in the event, but several Americans have a chance to get on the podium.
Meb Keflezighi surprised the field by winning silver in Athens eight years ago, while Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Hall are also in the mix.
“It was contagious,” men’s coach Andrew Valmon says. “When you get that kind of competitive rivalry from the hurdles to the decathlon, it spreads to the rest of the team. When someone went down and didn’t do as well, it was always that next shining star.” AP
Final scheduled for 1833 hrs IST
The final opponent has been decided. Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu stands between Sushil Kumar and a gold medal. He has some time to rest, get a massage even sleep if he has to. He needs all the rest he can get.
Great scenes after the semis
Sushil walked to his fans in the ExCel arena and the celebrations were fantastic. We have our very own Usain Bolt here. There still is one match to go… we can’t afford to forget that.
The difference between Sushil and the other wrestlers is that when he gets his opponent down, he usually manages to snare more than one point. He is strong and it shows. Just one win away now. We want a gold. And irrespective of what Sushil does in the final, he is a legend already — he will become the first Indian to win two individual medals.
Sushil wins third period and match
Superb! Sushil went down 0-3 in the first minute but then Sushil came back to equal the score and then scored another 2 and then another to clinch the match. What a great comeback…. super win — he took the third period 6-3 and the match 9-6. And India are assured of a medal — it will be a gold or a silver. Yes.
Tanatarov takes the second period
Almost a repeat of the first period but this time Tanatarov came out on top. The Kazakh won the second period 3-0. The semi-final is equal at one period each. Still very tight. Tanatarov has the momentum and Sushil has the experience.
Sushil takes the first period
This was super stuff from Sushil. His opponent, Tanatarov, had no chance. Sushil made all the moves and got all the points. He won the first period 3-0.
And so it begins
Sushil Kumar is in blue. The match begins.
Ayaz Memon, who is covering the event in London for Firstpost, says there is a delay for Sushil’s semis.
Semis slightly delayed becoz 96kg quarters still not completed
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) अगस्त 12, 2012
Sushil’s semi-final match is at 14:48 hrs IST
He will be up against the might of Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan. If Sushil Kumar wins one more match, he is assured of a medal — a gold or a silver. If he loses, he will go into the repechage and will have to win one more match to get the bronze. This is as high pressure a match as there can ever be.
Russia struggle to match past glories
A series of Russian disappointments at the London Olympic Games have prompted a defensive response from sporting officials, the resignations of at least two coaches and a mock-epic poem lamenting the cruel vicissitudes of sport.
Most countries would be delighted with a medal count which, part-way through the penultimate day of competition, stood at 17 golds, 21 silvers and 28 bronzes.
But fourth place behind the United States, China and Britain is an unaccustomed position for the Russians, principal heirs to the Soviet sporting machine that regularly topped the Olympic standings for decades.
The mood in the Russian camp has been glum for much of the Games, but national Olympic president Alexander Zhukov was still hoping on Saturday for a late medal surge.
“As usual, our athletes start slowly at the Olympics and start adding medals towards the end of it,” he told reporters.
“The 25 (gold) medals we had been talking about before the Games – that was a forecast, not a plan. The Olympics is not over yet and it is premature to draw final conclusions.” Reuters
Sushil wins, into semis
What a thrilling fight! He won the third period 2-0 and the match 6-3. Brilliant stuff from the India… he seems confident and in control but he did seem to injure his left hand during the match. Let’s hope that doesn’t hinder his progress.
Navruzov wins second period
Sushil had the advantage for most part but the Uzbek managed to counter in the dying seconds of the second period to win the second period. It goes to the third period now.
Sushil wins first period in quarters
First point to Navruzov — he managed to force Sushil out of the circle and got a point. But Sushil struck back quickly to get back a point. And then a superb reversal — Sushil was under the gun but he managed to flip his opponent over. He got another point and then the Uzbek challenge failed, so he got another point. Sushil won the first period 3-1.
Sushil’s next match is at 1410 hrs IST
Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan is his next opponent. Wow. This is already a battle of stamina.
Cuba’s first boxing gold for eight years
Cuban Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo opted for relentless attacking while Japan’s Ryota Murata went with shrewd inside fighting, but both proved effective as they ended their country’s long waits for boxing gold on Saturday.
Sotolongo was the standout fighter on the first night of 10 men’s finals at the London Games as he used his fearsome left uppercut to wear down the impressive Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk 22-15 and win the light-welterweight title, Cuba’s first boxing gold for eight years.
Although the wait was four decades less than Japan’s, which ended with Murata’s middleweight success, the great boxing nation of Cuba are not used to losing in the ring.
Having won at least four boxing golds at each Games from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Cuba left Beijing in 2008 without one for the first time in 20 years. Reuters
Sushil has beaten the Beijing gold medalist and is into the quarters. It was a close, tight match and Sushil won each of his periods by just one point. Great win and good start to the day, he will be full of confidence after this match.
Second period to Sushil
Sushil takes the second period… it’s one period each. This went to the ball toss and Sushil had the luck of the draw. He took advantage of the clinch to get one point quickly.
First period to Sahin
Sahin managed to take Sushil’s back twice and got two points and the first period as well.
Sushil Kumar begins his Olympic campaign against the Beijing Games gold medalist Ramazan Sahin. It will hardly be easy but then Sushil Kumar has got better too. Can Sushil Kumar give India’s Games a golden tinge? He is our last hope.
The Dream team
The United States’ Dream Team will defend their Olympic men’s basketball title on Sunday as the London 2012 Games, blessed with the sprint pyrotechnics of Usain Bolt and the record-breaking legacy of swimmer Michael Phelps, draws to a close.
Peppered with household names from the glitzy world of NBA such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, the U.S. will do battle with a dangerous Spanish team looking for revenge in a repeat of Beijing’s final.
“We all know what’s on the line,” said U.S. player Kevin Durant. “They’re going to come out and give us their best shot. We got out work cut out for us.”
A victory on the court is likely to cement the Americans’ place at the top of the overall Olympics medals table. The U.S. team has 44 golds so far, above China with 38 and Britain on 28, well above their Beijing tally of 19. Reuters
“We’re very satisfied with our goal. Ultimately it was a lofty goal (30 medals) but we said we wanted to get medals in everything from the 100 to the 10,000 and in the field events and we were able to do that. … It was contagious. When you get that kind of competitive rivalry from the hurdles to the decathlon, it spreads to the rest of the team.” — U.S. men’s coach Andrew Valmon on the American team’s medal haul.