London Olympics: Saina, Kashyap shine; Paes shows spirit

by FP Sports  Aug 2, 2012 02:18 IST

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There are 23 Medal events today. India’s schedule for the day.

- Kashyap wins, into the last eight\
- Deepika Kumari crashes out of women's archery
- Shooting: Rahi, Annu Raj knocked out
- Hockey: India lose 1-3 against New Zealand
- Saina Nehwal through to last 8
- Leander Paes-Vishnu Vardhan lose but put up a fight

The world records at the Olympics so far

ARCHERY
Men

72 Arrows Ranking Round - Individiual — Im Dong Hyun, South Korea, 699, July 27 (Previous Record: Im Dong Hyun, South Korea, 696, May 2, 2012).

216 Arrows Ranking Round - Team — South Korea (Im Dong Hyun, Kim Bub-min, Oh Jin-hyek), 2,087, July 27 (Previous record: South Korea - Im Dong Hyun, Kim Woojin, Oh Jin-hyek, 2,069, May 2, 2012).

SWIMMING
Men

100m Breaststroke (Final) — Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa, 58.46, July 29 (Previous Record: Brenton Rickard, Australia, 58.58, July 27, 2009).

200m Breaststroke (Final) — Daniel Gyurta, Hungary, 2:07.28, Aug. 1 (Previous Record: Christian Sprenger, Australia, 2:07.31, July 30, 2009).
Women

100m Butterfly (Final) — Dana Vollmer, United States, 55.98, July 29 (Previous Record: Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 56.06, July 27, 2009).

200m Breaststroke (Semi) — Rebecca Soni, United States, 2:20.00, Aug. 1 (Previous Record: Annamay Pierse, Canada, 2:20.12, July 30, 2009).

400m Individual Medley (Final) — Ye Shiwen, China, 4:28.43, July 28 (Previous Record: Stephanie Rice, Australia, 4:29.45, Aug. 10, 2008).

WEIGHTLIFTING
Men

62kg (Total) — Un Guk Kim, North Korea, 327, July 30, 2012 (Previous Record: Zhang Jie, China, 326, April 27, 2008).

77kg (Snatch) — Lu Xiaojun, China, 175, Aug. 1 (Previous Record: Lu Xiaojun, China, 174, Nov. 24, 2009).

77kg (Total) — Lu Xiaojun, China, 379, Aug. 1 (Previous Record: Lu Xiaojun, China, 378, Nov. 24, 2009).
Women

53kg (Clean & Jerk) — Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan, 131, July 29 (Previous Record: Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan, 130, Nov. 6, 2011). AP


Adrian wins 100m freestyle gold

Nathan Adrian won the 100 metres freestyle final at the London Olympics on Wednesday to become the first American to win gold in the blue-riband sprint for nearly a quarter of a century. In a desperate finish, Adrian got his fingers on the wall 0.01 seconds, the smallest margin in Olympic swimming, ahead of Australian world champion James Magnussen. Nathan stopped the clock at 47.52 seconds with Magnussen second in 47.53. Canada's Brent Hayden was third in 47.80. Brazil's Cesar Cielo, the defending champion and reigning world record holder, was sixth in the race to decide the fastest man on water. Reuters

Paes-Vardhan bow out, but not without a fight

Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan fought hard against their higher-ranked opponents. PTI

Paes-Vardhan put up a great, maybe even unexpected fight against the second seeds Tsonga and Llodra but in the end, the French pair were too good. The Indians lost 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. The chest bump made its appearance today in the last Llodra point but really good stuff. Vishnu was pretty impressive. Good serve, decent hands at the net but he just looked a tad nervous at times -- to be expected though. Paes was brilliant — at the net, in the manner is which he seemed to encourage Vardhan as well. We really are left wondering: if Paes had partnered Bhupathi or Bopanna, would he have done better?

The vital break

Damn! Llodra-Tsonga get the break. They are up 5-3 now. Serving for the match now...

Paes-Vardhan win the second set

Super stuff by the Indian pair. They have won the second set 6-4. Tsonga made plenty of errors in the set but take nothing away from the way Leander-Vardhan played. Now, to go for the win!

Saina wins!

Saina won the match in straight games 21-14, 21-16. She made it pretty easily and celebrated was a scream. She is into the last eight. Well played. India's P Kashyap is also into the last 8 in men's draw. Super stuff by the two stars.

Paes-Vardhan lose first set

The Indian pair have lost the first set against Tsonga-Llodra 7-6 (7-3). They put up quite a fight to take the set into the tiebreak but in the end, the French pair had too much firepower.

Saina's variations give her the edge

Soft hands. That's the best way to describe the advantage that Saina has. She finds great angles and continuously seems to wrong foot her opponent. The score is 11-7 now.

Yao fights back

The Dutch 14th seed has made it 6-5 now and is picking up the pace a little now. She has a nice deceptive game and Saina's struggling with that a bit.

Saina jumps into a 5-2 lead

Saina is off the mark and her intensity is superb. No shouting, no histrionics. She is keeping things simple and trying to finish off points as short as possible.

Saina takes the first game

The scoreline read 21-14 and it was a good indication of how the game went. Saina dominated after a slightly tight opening. Both players were level at 3-3 but then Saina just took off. Her movement is just good at the moment.

Saina leads 16-7

The fourth seeded Indian is pretty much playing with her opponent, moving her around the court with drops and good placement. The first game is almost in the bag now.

Saina looking in charge

The Indian has looked in no trouble so far. She has taken a 11-5 lead and has dominated with deft touch and brilliantly disguised drop shots and half-smashes.

Saina on fire

She has moved into a 9-5 leads now. Yao Jie was once ranked as high as 8 in the world but she seems to be rather outclassed now. Saina is already in control.

Saina on court now

Yao Jie of Netherlands is her opponent and the scoreline reads 3-3 in the first game.

Paes-Vardhan match begins

The Indian pair were taken to deuce but they managed to hold on. The French pair won their game in a matter of minutes. Go India.

Saina Nehwal, Paes-Vardhan ready for action

India's Saina Nehwal is ready for her match against Yao Jie of The Netherlands. The Indian is seeded 4th while the Dutch player is the 14th seed. This won't be as easy as the previous matches.

Paes-Vardhan will take on second seeds Tsonga-Llodra in the men's doubles event.

Ram-Erlich knock out Federer-Wawrinka

Now Paes-Vardhan can win this! Just kidding. But this is a massive, massive upset. The defending champions, who won the title in Beijing, have been knocked out in three set. They lost 6-1, 6-7, 3-6. Wow. The upsets just don't stop.

Federer-Wawrinka in trouble

Andy Ram/ Jonathan Erlich have taken a set off the defending champions. The Israeli pair took the second set 7-6 after losing the first 1-6.

Lee Chong Wei to be Kashyap's next opponent

The Malaysian first seed will be India's P Kashyap's next opponent. He beat Simon Santoso of Indonesia 21-12, 21-8.

Peerless Wiggins roars to record

Bradley Wiggins basked in glory, and a bit of sun, as Britain's most decorated Olympian after he hammered the field in awe-inspiring fashion to claim the London Games cycling time trial on Wednesday.

Wiggins, the first British Tour de France champion, surpassed rower Steve Redgrave's record of six Olympic medals by snatching his seventh on home soil amidst scenes of joy around Hampton Court Palace.

His Tour victory just 10 days ago had already given a massive boost to his popularity in Britain. The man with the distinctive long dark sideburns was chosen to ring the bell at the start of the Olympic opening ceremony last Friday. Reuters

Change in schedule

Paes-Vardhan to play now. Not Paes-Mirza. Quite chaotic. The men's doubles match will start after Federer-Wawrinka doubles match which is on right now.

China's Li Xiaoxia wins women's TT gold

Li Xiaoxia extended China's domination in women's table tennis by clinching the Olympic gold medal with a victory over teammate Ding Ning in Wednesday's singles final.

China has won every women's singles gold medal in table tennis since the game was introduced at the Olympics in 1988. It has won 21 of 25 gold medals in the sport and is expected to sweep all four gold medals in London in singles and team play.

Feng Tianwei of Singapore defeated Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan for the bronze. AP

Paes-Mirza match up next

Sania Mirza will hope to form a good partnership with Leander Paes. PTI

Sania Mirza will hope to form a good partnership with Leander Paes. PTI

The mixed doubles pairing of Paes and Mirza are up next. They take on Nenad Zimonjic and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and that cannot be easy. The Indians will hope their superior experience in doubles will take them through. The match is scheduled to begin at 2130 IST.

It's all over for Gutta-Ponnappa

Off twitter, Gail Emms -- Olympic Silver Medallist, Ex-Badminton Player, Badminton Ambassador, Sports Presenter, and Sports Consultant -- tells us: 4 other pairs are now in the draw. From Russia, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

The teams that benefit are Russian pair Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova, and Canadian team Alex Bruce and Michele Li from Group A. Australian pair Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran and South African duo Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen go through from Group C.

And the complaint about Japan vs Taipei match has been given all clear. And the appeals from South Korea and Indonesia have been rejected. Decision of DQ stands.

So that means, India's pair of Jwala-Ponnappa

Djoko wins

Tennis: Second seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia beats Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt 4-6 7-5 6-1 to reach men's singles QF

India 1-3 New Zealand FT

India's Mujtaba reacts after their men's Group B hockey match against New Zealand at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena on the Olympic Park. Reuters

India's Mujtaba reacts after their men's Group B hockey match against New Zealand at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena on the Olympic Park. Reuters

India got the first goal inside two minutes but never threatened after that. New Zealand got stronger as the match went on. India next run into reigning Olympic champions Germany and that will be a tough one as well. That's two matches and two losses for India.

India 1-3 New Zealand

V Raghunath's PC attempt hits the post. Sandeep Singh not on the field and you are not allowed to make substitutions for a PC. So Raghunath took it and it was a good one. Unlucky. India have almost run out of time. Just 3 minutes remain.

India 1-3 New Zealand

Things looking pretty grim for India. Just 8 minutes left in the match and India aren't even getting a decent look at New Zealand's goal.

London mayor Boris gets stuck on zip wire

London's eccentric mayor has provided comic relief to Olympic audiences once again, this time by getting stuck on a zip wire. Boris Johnson was seen dangling in midair briefly when he joined the crowds at an open-air viewing site at east London's Victoria Park. Photographs of the mayor, dressed in a suit and clutching two Union Jack flags while dangling on the wire, quickly spread on online social media networks like Twitter. A spokeswoman at his office chuckled about Wednesday's mishap and said Johnson was doing fine. A statement from his office said: "Fortunately, the Mayor survived his first zip wire experience." It added: "Unlike Team GB, he won't be bagging any gold medals today but he remains unbowed." AP

India 1-3 New Zealand

Yellow card for Manpreet Singh (IND) as well. India are short a player again for 5 mins.

India 1-3 New Zealand

Just 18 minutes left in the match, and India pretty look like no-hopers. No real threat. This is pretty bad hockey to say the truth. India look fitter but their skills are just not up to the mark.

India 1-3 New Zealand

Players back on after the break and some pretty desperate defending by India. And Sardar Singh has got a yellow card -- he will sit out 5 minutes.

Goals
New Zealand: HAYWARD A (12:11' pen.), BURROWS P (23:55' pen.), WILSON N (28:44')
India: Sandeep SINGH (01:30' pen.)

India 1-3 New Zealand at HT

India started well but after that it was all New Zealand. The Kiwis play a simply game but they know exactly what they are trying to do. They string together passes without much flair. India look stylish but are giving the ball away.

Goals
New Zealand: HAYWARD A (12:11' pen.), BURROWS P (23:55' pen.), WILSON N (28:44')
India: Sandeep SINGH (01:30' pen.)

India 1-3 New Zealand

Nick Wilson scores New Zealand's third goal -- it's been one way traffic. Superbly worked moved started on the right flank and a nice cross from Shaw, found Wilson, who had no trouble finding the goal. This is pretty serious for India.

Goals
New Zealand: HAYWARD A (12:11' pen.), BURROWS P (23:55' pen.), WILSON N (28:44')
India: Sandeep SINGH (01:30' pen.)

India 1-2 New Zealand

Burrows scores from a penalty stroke. Chetri guessed right but the ball still sneaked through. India are faltering here -- they scored first but now seem to be a little lost.

Goals
New Zealand: HAYWARD A (12:11' pen.) BURROWS P (23:55' pen.)
India: Sandeep SINGH (01:30' pen.)

Gutta-Ponappa back in tournament

The world badminton federation has told the Indian camp, according to ESPN, that Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa are back into the tournament!!! Still awaiting official news. But according to TV sources, BWF has rejected India's appeal. So still some confusion on this one.

India 1-1 New Zealand

Andy Hayward scores the equaliser for New Zealand. It was picked up superbly and hit with a lot of power. Chetri, the Indian skipper had no chance. This is a fight now. India are not really making an inroads into the New Zealand half and are losing possession quite frequently.

India 1-0 New Zealand

NZ get a PC now. They hit the woodwork! God that was close. Will this be a match decided by PCs?

India 1-0 New Zealand

Sandeep Singh scores with India's first penalty corner. Super stuff. Well placed and with a lot of power, straight to the left top corner.

Goal Talk
01:30': Sandeep (IND) scores from a penalty corner

India vs New Zealand

This should be a good match. India have a good chance to win. Tushar, Shivendra and Sunil were good in the last game -- and they will want to do the same again. Go India.

Jwala suspects foul play, India lodges complaint

India's Gutta and Ponnappa crashed out yesterday. Now they may have a chance! Reuters

India's Gutta and Ponnappa crashed out yesterday. Now they may have a chance! Reuters

Did Japan throw the match? Jwala Gutta thinks they did. India have lodged a complaint over suspected foul play in Group B of the women's doubles. The Indian doubles star spoke out on CNN-IBN.

"Japan is a strong team, we were shocked when they lost. I personally suspect foul play, it is shocking," said Jwala. "Action should be taken against the guilty. I never expected that people who throw away the match. We have not been taught like that. Last night, I just couldn't sleep. We deserved to be in the quarter-finals."

"Gopi says money is not involved but when I hear of matches being thrown, I think even money may definitely be involved," Jwala added.

Full report here

Rahi crashes out

Rahi shot a 288 (96, 96, 96) in rapid fire + 291 (in precision round) = 579. She was 16th best. Annu Raj is still shooting but she doesn't have a chance of making it to the final either.

India's hockey match coming up

India take on New Zealand in their second match of the hockey competition at 1815 hrs IST. They lost their first match against the Dutch 2-3. They put up a good fight but in the end didn't have enough gas left in the tank to beat the world's third best team. Today, they will have a chance to make amends.

First gold for hosts Great Britain

Britain captured its first gold medal of the London Games when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women's pair at the Olympic rowing regatta on Wednesday.

Under intense pressure, the hot favorites established a big lead early in the race and crossed the line in a time of 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds. Australia finished fast, closing to within a length of Britain to snatch the silver medal from world champion New Zealand, which edged the United States for bronze.

It's the first Olympic gold won by a women's British boat and could begin an unprecedented medal rush for the host nation at Dorney Lake across the four days of finals. AP

The 25m rapid fire round has begun

Rahi who shot 291 in the precision round, has begun the rapid fire round with a 96.

I’ll have to die without an Olympic medal: Bhupathi

Bhupathi said that failing to win an Olympic medal will be one of his biggest regrets and he will have to come to terms with the fact. “I guess I’ll have to die without an Olympic medal. It’s definitely not something that’s going to be in the cupboard but we gave it a good shot, and the last four times as well (at previous Games).

Read the full story here.

Another gold for Phelps?

Michael Phelps opened the defense of his title in the 200-meter individual medley at the London Games on Wednesday, hours after becoming the most decorated Olympian ever with his 19th career medal.

Phelps' time of 1 minute, 58.24 seconds was good for the fourth-fastest time in the preliminaries. Teammate Ryan Lochte was second-quickest at 1:58.03 a short time after he advanced in the 200 backstroke heats. AP

Oliver out, but the damage is done

So Amy Oliver, who knocked out Deepika Kumari, has been knocked out by Indonesia's Yuliana Ika.

Annu Raj doesn't have a good day either

The Indian shooter got scores of 96, 94, 96 to total 286 in the 25m Air Pistol event. A total of 10 Inner 10s and an average of 9.533. In the current standings, Annu Raj is 28th out of 39 competitors. While Rahi Sarnobat had finished 11th. This was the precision round.

Annu Raj struggles

The Indian shooter in the 25m Air Pistol event is struggling in the precision round. She has shot 96 and 94 in her first two rounds. Average score of 9.519.

Oliver wins fourth set and match

Deepika Kumari has crashed out of the Olympics. In the fourth set, the Indian shot 8, 9, 9 while the Great Britain archer shot 8, 10, 10. This is big blow to India's medal hopes. This really hurts. The men's and women's archery team are all out -- no medals from them. They were one of India's big hopes going into the games.

Deepika Kumari crashed out of the Olympics. AP

Deepika Kumari crashed out of the Olympics. AP

Oliver wins the third set

Deepika shot 8, 9, 9. Oliver shot 9, 9, 9. The Indian hasn't shot a 10 today and is struggling with the wind. She lost the third set 26-27. Deepika not trails in the match 2-4.

Deepika wins the second set

Deepika shot 9, 8, 9. Oliver shot 9 ,9, 4. Wow. That was a pretty bad shot. But good for India. Deepika takes the second set to level the match at 2-points each.

Deepika loses the first set

Deepika shot 8,9,9. Oliver shot 8,10,9. So the first set goes to Oliver. She takes a 2-0 lead. Come on Deepika. Very windy at the Lord's today. It won't be easy.

Deepika vs Amy Oliver

Oliver is from Great Britain and she will have a lot of crowd support.

Deepika up next

The Indian world number one Deepika Kumari begins her individual women's archery campaign today. She had finished 9th in the qualifying. The event starts at 1530 IST.

Kashyap's next opponent

In the quarters, Kashyap will face the winner of Simon Santoso of Indonesia versus Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Wow. That will not be easy. For now though he can celebrate becoming the first Indian male shuttler to reach the quarter-final stage at the Olympics.

Kashyap's win takes him to the quarters.

Kashyap wins

He got back his focus in time and then the Sri Lankan had no chance. The Indian number one took the third game 21-9. He won the first 21-14 and lost the second 15-21. He is through to the round of 8. Bring on the medals.

Rahi finishes 6th in 25m Air Pistol precision

She shot 97, 98, 96 in her three rounds for a total of 291. She has 11 inner 10s and an average of 9.700. Her current position is 6th in the standings but this was just the first relay of the event. The qualifiers for the final will only be known after the second relay which begins in a bit. India's Annu Raj Singh takes part in the second relay of the event.

Kashyap pulls away

It's 11-5 and the Indian has regained control of the match. His heart must have skipped a few beats after losing the second game but now this is how it should be.

Fierce fight

Kashyap has taken a four-point lead for the first time in the third game, he leads 9-5. When he turns it on, the Sri Lankan has no reply. But he's been up and down.

Niluka is feeling it

He is milking the crowd for what it's worth and playing some really inspired stuff. The score is 4-4 in the third and deciding game. No one is able to break away at the moment. The battle has been joined again.

Rahi shooting well

Rahi Sarnobat scores a fine 98 in the 2nd series. She's in the qualification spots at the moment. Go Rahi.

Kashyap loses the second game

After being 8-20 down, Kashyap really had no chance. Towards the end, he picked up his game but it was too late. This is bad. He took it a little easy. Yes, he was guilty of that. Now, it's time to buck up.

Sawarn Singh finishes second

Sawarn Singh finishes second in semifinal C of the single sculls #rowing event with a time of 7:36.25. This doesn't mean he is in position to get a medal though. So relax.

Warning bells are ringing

Kashyap needs to start his comeback now. He is 6-15 down and in some trouble. Sheer complacency. The Sri Lankan in playing well but Kashyap is capable of so much better.

Another slow start for Kashyap

Mirror image of the first game -- Kashyap starts slowly and his Sri Lankan opponent Niluka has taken a 9-3 lead. Come on Kashyap! This is not the time to be taking it easy.

Rahi stutters

After a brilliant start, where she shot 50 in his first 5 shots, she stuttered a bit to end up with 97 out of 100 in the first round. There are a total of 3 rounds.

Kashyap wins first game

After a slow start, Kashyap found his rhythm and his Sri Lankan opponent stood now chance. The Indian no.1 won the first 21-14. He made it look easy in the end. We are fast becoming huge fans of Kashyap -- a joy to watch.

Kashyap leads 17-11

The play isn't as stellar as it was against Nguyen yesterday but Kashyap is doing enough to win. Good thing too, he wouldn't want to spend all his energy here.

Shooter Rahi makes good start

In the Women's 25m Pistol, she has shot a 50 out of 50 in her first five shots in the first round. She had two inner tens.

Kashyap is in charge

Kashyap completely in charge now. He is leading 11-7 and should take this game in a canter. The momentum is with the Indian now.

Kashyap is now awake

After winning the first points, Kashyap lost 6 points in a row. That jolted him into action. He took the next four points to close the gap to 5-6. Game on.

Kashyap has a slow start

Karunaratne has taken a 4-1 lead. Kashyap had looked so good yesterday, let's hope he didn't peak too early.

The day kicks off

Kashyap is favourite to win this match. PTI

Kashyap is favourite to win this match. PTI

P Kashyap has also taken the court against Niluka Karunaratne (SL).

At 1330 IST: India's Rahi Sarnobat in the 1st relay of women’s 25m Pistol event.

Phelps on twitter

USA's Michael Phelps made history in the Aquatics Centre last night, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. He was up early this morning, thanking all his fans on Twitter. His status still reads: Olympic Swimmer 2000 2004 2008 14 time olympic gold medalist. That needs to change!

Deepika begins her individual campaign today. PTI

Deepika begins her individual campaign today. PTI

American women storm to gymnastics gold

Jordyn Wieber sparkled and Gabby Douglas dazzled as the United States stormed to the Olympic women's gymnastics team gold on Tuesday.

Two days after an inconsolable Wieber fled the North Greenwich Arena in tears having missed out on a spot in the all-around final, her smile was back as she and her team mates gave the U.S. their first Olympic team title since 1996.

So strong were they on all four apparatus, that they won the title by a huge margin of 5.066 with a total of 183.596 points.

Russia's quintet had been snapping at the Americans' heels throughout the competition but were left sobbing after they imploded on their final apparatus, the floor.

Ksenia Afanaseva completed her floor routine on her head and knees, summing up their miserable finish as they ended with 178.530. Reuters

Shameless shuttlers lose for gains

The London Olympics badminton tournament descended into chaos on Tuesday as opposing players in two women's doubles matches attempted to throw their final preliminary round matches to secure a more favourable draw in the knockout rounds.

Spectators at the Wembley Arena shouted abuse and jeered at players from China, South Korea and Indonesia when they deliberately sprayed shots and duffed serves into the net to concede points in attempts to lose on purpose.

Forced to act on the matter, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched a probe as the whole tournament was plunged into turmoil. Reuters

Recap

Yesterday was a bit of mixed day for India -- the men's archers crashed out of the Individual competiton, Bhupathi-Bopanna were knocked out and Jwala-Ponappa won their match but still did not go through to the KO rounds. But P Kashyap's win brought us a lot of cheer. As did the comprehensive wins by boxers Devendro Singh and Manoj Kumar.