India at the Games in brief
- Jwala-Diju lost their first match in the mixed doubles competition
- Indian men's archery team went out against Japan in the team competition
- P Kashyap beat Y Tan 21-14, 21-12 in men's singles badminton
- Ankita Das lost 1-4 to Ramirez in the first round of TT
- Sawarn Singh came 4th in the Men's Single Sculls heats.
- 10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar shoots 570
- Shiva Thapa loses in first round of Bantamweight class
- Men's TT: Soumyajit Ghosh won against Brazil's Tsuboi
- Weightlifting: Chanu finished 7th in 48 kg weight-lifting category
- Sania/Chakravarthy lose in women's doubles
- Vijender Singh wins his bout
India's schedule for Day 3
That brings an end to a busy day for India. Kashyap, Ghosh and Vijender were the one's to win but the others gave it their best shot as well. To see tomorrow's schedule, click here.
A superb win for Vijender
Vijender wins his bout vs vs Danabek Suzhanov by a score of 14-10. He won the last round 5-3. Yay. That was great. Superb footwork from the Indian star and he showed the value of experience, always in control and his opponent never had a chance.
Another good round
Another good round for the Indian. He won it 4-3 and is now 2 points ahead going into the last round. This has been a smart fight by the Indian -- he has really been superb. No risks -- just clever stuff, very clever. In and out, baiting his opponent.
First round has been a battle for Vijender. The Indian leads 5-4. Vital lead. None of the boxers prepared to take the fight to the opponent but this isn't over by a long shot.
Slow and easy
Vijender, in red, is taking it nice and slow. Still studying his opponent as the crowd chants his name #Olympics
Vijender is up next
Next bout: Vijender Singh vs Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan (75kg). Start cheering. Anything helps. Vijender won bronze in Beijing and Suzhanov won bronze at the Asian Games in 2010. This will be a fight.
Vijender won't have it easy
The 26-year-old Vijender will have the unique distinction of being the only Indian boxer to participated in three Olympics.
Phelps proves human after all
The crowd at the Olympic Aquatics Centre arrived late, as if they were trying to stall off the inevitable. Anyone with a prized ticket to the first big showdown of the London Games had to know Michael Phelps was in trouble earlier in the day when he barely qualified for the final of the event he owns two gold medals in.
That was a shocker, but what happened Saturday night in the Olympic pool was simply mystifying. No self-respecting London bookie would have even dared to lay odds that the greatest swimmer in the world — no, make that the greatest swimmer ever — wouldn't even win as much as a bronze medal in his first race in these games.
The great swimming showdown to open the Olympics was a giant bust — unless, of course, your name is Ryan Lochte. The surfer dude from Florida dominated the 400-meter individual medley from the opening stroke, making an early case for himself as the face of swimming in these games while thrashing a guy he never used to be able to beat.
And in the process, Lochte may have shattered the Phelps mystique once and for all. AP
If the Daily Mail thinks the open ceremony did not represent the real Britain we can be fairly sure that it represented the real Britain
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) July 28, 2012
Come on Vijender
It's almost time for Vijender's bout to begin. The fights have moved in the 75kg weight category.
Aussies break Dutch dominance
Australia win gold in women's 4x100m freestyle relay in OR time. Netherlands silver, USA bronze. GB finish fifth #swimming #Olympics
Another gold for China
China's Ye Shinwen breaks the WR and wins women's 400m Individual medley. What a freestyle leg! The 16-year-old Chinese stars winning time in 400 IM of 4:28.43 is first world record of the meet. You can be sure that it won't be the last. Simply stunning.
China's first male swimming gold medal winner
400 free: Sun Yang of China gold, Park Tae-Hwan of South Korea silver, Peter Vanderkaay of USA the bronze. China's Sun punched the air after winning men's 400m freestyle gold in OR time. He was HULK. He was happy. He should be -- he's done something no other Chinese man had managed before him.
Lochte wins, Phelps fourth
One of the most important swimming races -- the 400m individual medley -- has a new king and his name is Ryan Lochte. His time was a superb 4:05:18 and at 27, he is the oldest to win the event. Brazil's Thiago Pereira takes silver and Kosuke Hagino, 17-year-old, bronze. Michael Phelps -- Olympic legend -- finished fourth. It is the first time Phelps has failed to medal in an Olympic event since 2000 (when he was 15).
Not even a duel - Lochte owns Phelps! 400m IM Gold for the new kid on the block, not even bronze for the double Olympic champion
— tomfordyce (@tomfordyce) July 28, 2012
As expected, Mirza/Chakravarthy lose 1-6 6-3 1-6 to Taipei in Women's doubles competition. The first set was a washout for the Indians as they managed just eight winners compared to Taipei pair's 19. Sania and Rushmi fought back well in the second set, even though they hit less winners. They converted both the break points on offer. The third set again was a let down for the Indians as they failed to carry forward the momentum from the previous set and were completely blown away in the decider.
Olympic wrestler lifts Michelle Obama http://t.co/dddRIMHm
— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) July 28, 2012
Italy win men's Archery gold
Pure drama at Lord's. Italy win the gold medal on the last arrow with a 10 from Frangilli. US are floored. Amazing stuff! One feels for the US though. They beat three-times defending champs South Korea in the semis, guess it took a lot out of them.
Outside chance for Phelps?
Can Michael Phelps win Oly gold in 400 IM from outside lane? Gary Hall did in 50 free in 2004 and Michelle Smith in 200 IM in 1996.
— Karen Crouse (@bykaren) July 28, 2012
Some solace for South Korea
South Korea claim bronze with victory over Mexico at Lord's in Men's Archery. They shockingly lost in the semi-final against US.
Chanu finishes seventh
Chanu finished 7th in 48 kg weight-lifting category. She lifted 74 kgs in Snatch and 97 kgs in C&J to total 171. China's Wang Mingjuan extended a 10-year unbeaten international record to win gold (205 kgs). H Miyake from Japan (197 total) claimed the silver and CH Ryang of North Korea (192 kgs) finished third.
Ghosh wins for India, into second round
That's it! Soumyajit Ghosh wins against Brazil's Tsuboi to register India's second win of the day. It took him 6 games though -- 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10.
We couldn't have taken another upset here. Federer beats Falla 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Tough battle and might have been the perfect warm-up for him.
South Korea archers are upset!
Wow. US men are locked in a group hug after upsetting 3-time defending Olympic champ S. Korean men in semis #ThisIsIt #Olympics #Upset. This is pretty unbelievable.
U.S. coach Lee Ki-sik celebrated with his team as if they had won the gold medal. Lee, who coached the Korean national team to multiple gold medals and Australia's Simon Fairweather to gold in 2000, said they were overjoyed to have beaten the mighty South Koreans.
"It was a great feeling, but there is one more match to go," he told Reuters.
"We treat every match like a gold medal match. One at a time, when it's over it's gone, finished, on to the next one."
Roger, Roger, Roger
Federer has lost a set against Falla. 6-3, 5-7, 3-3 in the third set.
Federer has never won a match at Wimbledon in a red shirt
— Greg Couch (@gregcouch) July 28, 2012
Jwala-Ponnappa lose in women's doubles
Jwala who lost her mixed doubles match in the morning, suffered another defeat in the women's doubles. They lost 21-16, 21-18 against the Japanese Fujii M-Kakiiwa R
Sarah Menezes wins the women's 48-kilogram Olympic judo gold
The second-ranked Menezes beat defending Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania in a final that had both fighters on the defensive. Menezes frequently had her hands up like a boxer as both struggled to get a dominant grip, without much success until the last minute of the match. After failing to throw Dumitru off balance with foot sweeps, Menezes finally succeeded in throwing her for the victory. Menezes finished 19th at the Beijing Olympics. AP
Vinokourov wins men's road race
Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov won the Olympic men's cycling road race gold medal. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran finished second and Alexander Kristoff of Norway was third.
Breaking. South Korea's 400m freestyle champion reinstated. Park Tae-hwan's wins appeal against false start ruling. China's Sun Yang his biggest opponent in Olympic final.
Gold for South Korea
Jin Jong Oh wins gold for South Korea in the men's 10m air pistol at the Royal Artillery Barracks. This was the event that Vijay Kumar was knocked out of earlier in the day.
It's a shame you can't see the Olympic flame. That was the reaction from visitors to London's Olympic Park and across Twitter on Saturday, as the intricate cauldron and its copper petals remained out of sight in the middle of the stadium.
All recent Olympics have featured a flaming cauldron, visible across the Olympic precinct.
But in London, only spectators lucky enough to have a ticket for events inside the main stadium will actually see it. Other park visitors will only be able to see an image beamed onto big screens.
At a news conference Saturday, cauldron creator Thomas Heatherwick defended the decision, saying organizers had tried to resist the temptation of creating a cauldron that was bigger, fatter or higher than at previous games.
"There was the complete precedent of the 1948 (London) Games of the cauldron set within the stadium... to one side with the spectators and with the technology we now have that didn't exist in 1948 it can be shared with everyone in the Park with screens," Heatherwick said. AP
From around the web
Brilliant stuff on Sports Illustrated about the opening ceremony.
Somewhere amidst the traumatized pasture animals; and Mr. Bean's reenactment of Chariots of Fire on the beach; and the parachute jumps of James Bond and the Queen from a helicopter; and the joint lighting of the cauldron by seven young British athletes, each chosen by a former Olympic great -- somewhere, that is to say, between Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins' ringing of the Olympic Bell and the echo of Paul McCartney's final note of Hey Jude -- artistic director Danny Boyle smuggled into the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics a worthy and important thing. He gave us a chance to celebrate protest and dissent.
South Korean men's archery team equals Olympic record for 24 arrows with 227 against Ukraine. This despite shooting two 8's in the last round. These guys are just too good.
Thapa is well beaten
Inexperience cost the Indian and by the time it ended, his stamina had given way as well. India had seven boxers at the Olympics, now they have six. Valdez won by 14 points to 9. Easy win in the end but Valdez had to win the last round 7-3. Thapa will learn from this, we hope he will.
Thapa takes second round 4-3
A slight comeback by Thapa, he has taken the second round 4-3 and got the deficit down to one point. It's 6-7 in the favour of the Mexican. It's the last round now.
Nerves for Thapa?
The 18-year old Thapa seems a little outclassed here. But he seems to be technically pretty. Oscar leads 4-2 after the first round. Can Thapa make up the 2-point deficit?
Shiva Thapa is ready to rumble
India's bantam-weight (56 kg) star has taken the ring. Boxing coach G S Sandhu is in attendance and was giving some last minute to the young Thapa. His opponent is Oscar Valdez.
New-look Wimbledon gets the thumbs up
There was a party atmosphere as spectators arrived for the first day of Olympic tennis at Wimbledon on Saturday, with music blaring from loudspeakers as fans clad in their country's flags sipped drinks on the sun-drenched grassy hill by Court One.
The All England Club has undergone a complete makeover since the Wimbledon Championships finished less than three weeks ago, with the courts now decked in bright purple and the normally dark green site dotted with pink signs and London 2012 logos. Reuters
India at the Olympics
Lots of Indians in action today: Jwala/Ponnappa will play at 7.50, Sania/Rashmi at 10, Shiva Thapa at 7.15, Soumyajit Ghosh at 8.30 and Soniya Chanu in the 48kg category in weightlifting.
10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar shoots 570
India's Vijay Kumar didn't have the best showing. He shot a total of 570 out of 600. He was way off the pace, and shot a 93 in the last round. South Korea's Jin Jongoh beat China's Pang Wei to the top spot with a score of 588. Wei shot 586. Only the top 8 qualify for the final, Vijay Kumar finished 31.
Chinese doctor reveals state-sponsored doping
Chinese Olympians were subjected to a state-sponsored doping regime in the 1980s and 1990s, a retired chief medical supervisor revealed to AFP. Xue Yinxian, the former chief doctor for the Chinese
gymnastics team in the 1980s, said steroids and human growth hormones were officially treated as part of "scientific training" as the country emerged as a sporting power.
10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar shoots 97 in fifth round
The Indian shooter is picking up the pace now -- he has shot another 97 to bring his total to 477 after 5 rounds. He shot 95 and 94s in the first three rounds and never recovered from that.
10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar shoots 97 in fourth round
Will Vijay Kumar makes it to the final? On current evidence, no. He has hit 97 in the fourth round. In his third series, he had hit 94, to follow up his 94 in the first series and 95 in the second series.
10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar not on his game
Vijay Kumar continues to struggle. He hits another 94, to follow up his 94 in the first series and 95 in the second series. After three series', his score is 283 out of possible 300. China's Pang Wei has shot 295 out of a possible 300. Wow.
10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar hits 95 in second series
Vijay Kumar has shot a 95 in the second series. After two series, his score is 191 out of a possible 200. Meanwhile, Sawarn Singh has come 4th in the Men's Single Sculls heats.
TT: Ankita goes down 1-4
Ramirez crushed Ankita 4-1 in the first round in TT. She won 11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2.
10m Air Pistol: Vijay Kumar has a bad start
The Indian shot a 94 in his first series in the 10m Air Pistol. China's Pang Wei leads the ranking, he scored a 100.
TT: Ankita finally wins a game
She finally managed to get her head in the game. Good movement and steady play, see her win the fourth game 11-8. Now to win three more!
TT: No respite for Ankita
Another bad game for Ankita. She's been too static. Another game lost -- 7-11. She now needs to win four games on the trot to win the match and that's easier said than done.
TT: Ankita Das loses second game too
Another bad game for Ankita. Errors continue to trouble her -- she lost 8-11. Her forehand is supposed to be her strength but she hasn't quite been able to force the issue yet.
TT: Ankita Das loses first game
The match is on and the first game has been taken by Sara Ramirez of Spain. It was a pretty tight game up to 8-8. But then Ankita made two easy errors to give Ramirez the game 9-11. Ramirez is the higher ranked player of the two.
He must be tired, he has to be
It’s a tale of Olympian proportions: A man, a rickshaw, and a slow journey from a Chinese village to London through 16 countries. Chinese farmer Chen Guanming claimed Thursday that his two-year odyssey to the London games took him from Thailand’s floods to Tibet to snowed-in Turkey to Britain since he started in 2010.
Read the full story here.
Ankita Das in TT and Vijay Kumar in 10m Air Pistol are next up
Both events begin at 16:30 IST. Keep your fingers crossed for a good result, people.
First gold of the Games goes to China
China leads the medal count. 23-year-old Yi Siling wins first gold of London 2012 in 10m air rifle. She had a score 103.9 in the final. Poland's Sylwia Bogacka won the silver with a score of 103.2 and Yu Dan gave China another medal -- clinching the bronze with 103.5. After the qualifying, Siling and Bogacka were locked with 399 points.
And India finally have their first win at the Olympics. The first game was a big of a fight but he literally strolled through the second game to finally win the match on his 5th match point. He won 21-14, 21-12. So yay!
Kashyap in command now
He has taken a huge 6-1 lead in the second game and it looks like it might be a routine win but an important one for India. They haven't had the best start to the event and this will be their first individual win at the Olympics.
Phelps was almost knocked out. But this is big as well. Defending 400m fly gold medalist Taehwan Park gets DQed.
Kashyap clinches first game
The top Indian male badminton star has won India's first game of the Olympics. There still is a match to win but this is a good start. He clinched the first game 21-14. Towards the end of the first game, he finally managed to pull away as a few errors crept into Tan's game.
Kashyap just can't pull away
Tan is staying in close touch. The score is 14-12 in the first game and it's a tough, tough battle. Come on India. We can be patriotic about this... right. Shouts of Kashyap, Kashyap ring around the arena.
Tan putting up a good fight
In the Indian Open, Kashyap had beaten Tan 21-11, 21-14 but he is fighting well today. Kashyap hasn't been able to break away yet. It's 10-8 in the favour of the Indian star.
Kashyap versus Tan begins
India's top male badminton has taken the court. The match has begun, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist is favourite to win. Y Tan, from Belgium, ranked 54 and Kashyap is ranked 21. The crowd is lustily cheering the Indian player on.
Trouble for Phelps
Phelps almost misses out on the 400m individual medley final, whilst Japan's 17-year-old Hagino looks phenomenal! The American star just gets the 8th & final seed for 400 Individual Medley final tonight. He only got into the final by .07sec. Lane eight. Tough to win but for now the rivalry lives. Lochte seeded 3rd.
America's Ryan Lochte after qualifying third fastest for tonight's final of the 400m individual medley: "I am not going to lie, that hurt. I didn't feel so good but that was my first race. My first race is always the worst. I am glad I got the cobwebs off. What I had to do was get a lane for tonight so I am pretty happy."
On Michael Phelps also qualifying for the final:"It's a tough field. He's in. You can't count him out even though he just squeaked in eighth. He's a racer. We're going to do everything we can to go one-two tonight."
Fourteen-time Olympic gold medallist Phelps after scraping through: "When I saw the time (4:13.33), I was like, 'oh, it is going to be a challenge'. I will get in the water tonight and have fun."
All eyes on London? You bet
The BBC says 27 million people watched its coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony — almost half the entire British population. That's even more than the 20 million who watched last year's royal wedding. AP
Next up for India is P Kashyap
India's top male badminton star is up next on the badminton courts in the historic Wembley arena. He will take on Tan Y of Italy in his first match. Remember this is a round-robin league -- so a defeat doesn't mean you are out of the competition but it sure makes things difficult.
Stunning opening ceremony
In case you missed the opening ceremony last night, here's a wonderful slide show to help you relive it.
Even the stars get nervous
Professional cyclist from the Isle of Man. Fast sprinter, faster talker. Mark Cavendish is a winner.
I am nervous.
— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 27, 2012
Indian men's archery team crash out
In the tie-breaker, Japan shot first -- stacking up 10, 10, 9. India were under immense pressure and failed to measure up -- they shot 9, 9, 9. The 10s made the difference. India put up a good fight but it just wasn't enough. It was heart-breaking stuff -- right into the last round, India were ahead. The Japanese team comprised of Furukawa Takaharu, Kikuchi Hideki and Ishizu Yu.
After 24 arrows, India-Japan are tied at 214
Going into the final round, the difference between India and Japan was just two points. That's as close as it gets. The Japanese who had finished fifth in the team competition were a tad nervous today. And it's a tie. Now for the tie-breaker. Tarundeep Rai's 8 in the final round, put India in a bit of a spot. So all the archers will now shoot a
After 12 arrows, India lead by 3 points
The Indian team is head by 3 points at the half-way stage of 12 arrows. They are 109 points as against Japan's 106. This is pretty tight but a 3-point advantage is big.
India's men archery team is taking on Japan
Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee didn't have a great outing yesterday and will be hoping to make amends against Japan today. Japan finished 5th in the team competition while India had finished 12th.
Shooter Al Hamad becomes Qatar's first female Olympian
Shooter Bahia Al Hamad became the first Qatari woman to compete in an Olympics when she began her qualifying round in the 10 metre air rifle event at the London Games on Saturday.
The 20-year-old, dressed in a headscarf, showed no ill affects from last night's opening ceremony where she carried the flag of the tiny gulf nation.
The beach or the water?
Beach volleyball in the heart of central London will highlight Olympic competition Saturday, along with the first swimming medals. American rivals Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will face off in the 400-meter individual medley.
Two-time U.S. defending gold medalist pair Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor will be the feature match in the beach volleyball grandstand.
"It's amazing. Just this area in itself is so special," Walsh Jennings said. "You have the Horse Guards right there and the changing of the guard and you get to see this and all the historic culture. Really, really cool. I've been picturing this for so long, and to see it in person and have it come alive is awesome." AP
Archery at the Lord's
All the cricket fans are getting nostalgic here. Haha. But this is probably did here, long before the Lord's cricket ground came into existence.
All over for Jwala-Diju, they have lost 21-16, 21-12 against Ahmad-Natsir on Indonesia in a match that lasted just 27 minutes. The first game was over in 12 minutes while the second game lasted 13 minutes. It's a group competition. Two teams go through from the group stage so they are still alive! They next take on Lee Y D/Ha J E (Korea) on Sunday.
Olympics Update: USA, China and India going neck to neck in the medals tally. Thrilling.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 28, 2012
So was the opening ceremony any good?
Here's how some users of China's Sina Weibo microblog site felt about the start of the London Olympics:
— Onlooker: "I was most impressed by the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games which cost only $42 million — less than half of what was spent at the Beijing Olympic Games."
— Timo in a dream: "Compared to the Beijing Olympic Games, I like the opening ceremony of the London Games which interprets the culture in a simple way and it's easy to understand."
— Fan Fan: "The cost of the London Olympic Games was decided by British taxpayers, but Chinese taxpayers did not even know the cost of the Beijing Games."
— Liurong: "Two different styles, what the Beijing games brought to people was unparalleled."
Eight months pregnant? No problem
Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, competing in the 10m air rifle shooting, is 8-months pregnant and believed to be the most heavily pregnant woman ever to compete. She doesn't feel that's a big disadvantage though. We'll find out soon enough.
Jwala-Diju have lost the first game against Ahmad-Natsir 21-16. It's not being shown on television due to technical difficulties. ESPN is going the DD way already?
All eyes on Phelps
In his first Olympics as a 15-year old in 2000, Michael Phelps won nothing. He followed it up with six golds in 2004, and an incredible 8 at Beijing. What will he do this time round? His quest for gold starts today. This time though, he is only competing in seven events.