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- Saina loses to Wang Yihan of China in straight games in Badminton semis
- Joydeep Karmakar finishes fourth in 50m Rifle Prone
- Sawarn Singh finishes 16th in singles sculls
- India’s hockey team crash to a 2-5 defeat against Germany
- Vijay Kumar wins silver in 25m Rapid fire pistol | He was ready for the Olympics and he knew it | Why Vijay Kumar should thank a Russian for his Olympic win | Vijay promised me a medal, says father
Krishan’s left shocked after decision overturned
In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Vikas (69kg) was ousted after AIBA overturned the result of his pre-quarterfinal bout, that he had won, following a review. The 20-year-old was declared to have won 13-11 over USA’s Errol Spence but following an appeal by his rival’s team management, the AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American citing the fouls committee by the Indian which were not noticed by the referee.
The Ref raised the Americans hand by mistake. The Indian won the bout 13-11. He won the third round 4-3. Krishan didn’t have the best fight though and looked pretty much out of steam by the end. He was technically better this was a close, close call. He is the second Indian boxer into the quarter-finals.
Spence fights back
Spence took the second round 6-5. Vikas still leads overall 9-8.
Early lead for Vikas
India’s Vikas Krishan leads 4-2 vs Errol Spence after the first round in men’s 69-kg #Boxing #Olympics
Close miss for Antil
India’s Seema Antil missed out on Discus final. Her best throw of 61.91 saw her finish 13th best. Only the top 12 go through to the final. Robert-Michon Melina of France, who qualified 12th, had a throw of 62.47. Yes, it was that close. Krishna Poonia, the other Indian athlete taking part in the discus throw, automatically qualified for the final with a throw of 63.54.
India’s Vikas Krishan is up next
The 20-year-old boxer is one of India’s best hopes in boxing and received a bye in the first round. He is taking on Errol Spence of USA. The bout begins in a few minutes from now.
China’s scary side
This week, Wu Minxia of China and her diving partner took the gold in the 3-meter synchronized springboard event at the London Olympics, becoming the first diver ever to win golds at three consecutive games. But her victory celebrations were cut short when her parents belatedly revealed some distressing news: Wu’s grandparents had died a year ago, and her mother had contracted cancer eight years ago, all unbeknownst to the diver.
Read the full story here.
Paes-Mirza match to be continued tomorrow
Bad light and rain have caused the match to be stopped. It will be continued tomorrow. Mirnyi and Azarenka were leading 7-5, 3-2 (on serve in the second set). Court and time of when the match will resume on August 4 has not been announced yet.
Tough luck. The Indian pair broke Azarenka and Mirnyi but onyl to see their serve getting broken immediately. This is a tough, tough match.
Great Murray, Great Britain!
Djokovic is beaten. Murray wins in two sets 7-5, 7-5. A dream final? You betcha!! A Wimbledon rematch with Federer and it also ensures that Federer will continue to remain world number one. The final takes place on Sunday.
Look at the line-up for the tennis finals! Federer v. Murray. Serena v. Sharapova…
It’s 6-5. Murray holds. That was a tough one. Djokovic looks tired but you can never count him out. Djokovic had a few breakpoints there but Murray played a solid game.
Paes-Mirza lose first set
Mirnyi/Azarenka take the first set 7-5. India’s serve at 5-6 got broken. They were down 15-40 on serve but came back to make it deuce but eventually the pressure was too much.
The fastest man in the pool
Florent Manaudou wins the men’s 50m event! Super. When did France become a swimming super power? He won in 21.34 seconds. Super swim.
Paes-Mirza were down a set point. But held on, it’s 5-5 in the first set. Really tough match so far.
Still no break for Paes-Mirza
The Indian pair are still locked 4-4. No break for either team. This won’t be as easy as the last match. Ivanovic was the weak link but Azarenka is anything but that.
Wow. Too young? Says who
Ledecky, just 15, has won the longest race for women in the Olympics — 800m freestyle. Super. How do these teens do it! Defending champ Rebecca Adlington takes bronze behind Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia.
Ledecky (age 15) joins Meilutytė (also 15), Ye Shiwen, twice (16) and Missy Franklin twice (17) as teenage gold winners in#London2012 pool
— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) अगस्त 3, 2012
Paes-Mirza keep it real
Paes-Mirza locked at 2-2 with Azarenka-Mirnyi. It’s been a tight match, none of the teams have had the advantage.
Another gold for Phelps. The Maerican wins an incredible 17th Olympic gold in the men’s 100m Butterfly for the USA.
Poonia qualifies for Discus final
Wow. Super throw by Poonia. She qualifies for the final automatically with a throw of 63.54m. The automatic qualifcation mark was 63.00m. The final of the event is scheduled for midnight on Aug 4 0000 hrs IST (technically Aug 5).
Paes-Mirza begins. Azarenka lost her match against Serena in straight sets, hope that helps the Indians. Azarenka-Mirnyi has won the first game on serve. It’s 1-0.
Poonia in action
Women’s Discus Throw qualification has begun. India’s Krishna Poonia will be in action soon.
Murray takes the first set
What a roar! Not sure I’ve ever heard the Centre Court do that. A beautiful passing shot gave the Scot a break. It’s 7-5.
Sex and Parties in the Olympic Village
An anonymous Team Great Britain member—a male rower who competed in Athens—has come out with The Secret Olympian: The Inside Story of Olympic Excellence, giving The Daily Beast an insight into the life and mind of an Olympian.
“However, I’m sorry to admit that there isn’t quite as much sex as these headline-grabbing statistics indicate,” the Secret Olympian says. A hockey player reported the Indian team dumping hundreds of them in their kit bags so they could sell them back home. Another British hockey player, Steven Batchelor, said the team made water-bombs with them and chucked them at people in the Village.
Read the full story here.
Ryan Lochte: I urinated in the warm-up pool
Why! Lochte believes there is just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go.
Read the full story here.
Djokovic vs Murray is on
The duo are locked 3-3 in the first set. This is a tough match. Can it live up to the Federer-Delpo match?
Saina-Paes vs Azarenka/Mirnyi could be delayed
Leander Paes and Sania Mirza were scheduled to play against 1st seeds Azarenka/Mirnyi at 11 PM. But Victoria Azarenka is locked in a battle against Serena Williams in the women’s singles event currently. Surely Max Mirnyi would like his partner to be fit and fresh to face the Indian pair? Keep checking for more updates.
First Saudi woman competitor returns home with pride
The first Saudi woman to compete at the Olympics may have bowed out after only 80 seconds on the judo mat on Friday but she was hailed as a heroine by many web-users in her homeland and given an enthusiastic reception by the Olympic crowd.
Only a week ago, softly spoken and shy teenager Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani had been labelled a “whore” on Twitter by some in conservative Saudi Arabia, but that criticism has been since drowned out by an outpouring of support and applause.
Her appearance had been in doubt due to wrangling days over whether judo authorities would allow her to wear an Islamic headscarf while competing, but in the end she entered the arena wearing something akin to a swimming cap.- Reuters
Vijay doesn’t drink, but he will surely celebrate
Vijay Kumar shows off his medal and says “Iske saath main India aa raha hu!” Now that’s the way!
He also assures fans at home that India is doing well at the Olympics: “We can expect a few more medals.”
And finally, on how he will celebrate: “I don’t drink, but we will celebrate in another way.”
It took four and a half hours but we finally have a winner. Federer wins the match 3-6, 7-6, 19-17. Tears in the eyes of Del Potro and Federer breaks down too. This is pretty emotional stuff and it’s the longest tennis match in tennis history. The last set alone lasted 163 minutes. Federer had a total of 41 errors and Del Potro made 34. The Swiss Master hit 64 winners to Del Po’s 51.
Del Potro lost that mega match against Nadal in last year’s Davis Cup final. Now this. You cannot fault his effort on behalf of Argentina
— Barry Flatman (@Barry_FlatmanST) अगस्त 3, 2012
Finally, Del Po is broken!
Del Potro finally broken and he buries his head inside his tshirt at that. Federer has it. He will serve it out next. The score stands 18-17 in Federer’s favour.
Still no end in sight
The three-set match has been on for 4 hours and 15 minutes already. How do you prepare for something like this? It’s 17-17. Anyone remember the score of the first two sets?
Federer-Del Potro battle on
It’s 16-16. No player is ready to give in. This isn’t just about pride, this is about an Olympic gold medal. This is for the country.
Delpo started this match clean-shaven #sieod
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) अगस्त 3, 2012
No end to Federer-Del Potro match
It’s 11-11 in the third set. This is a marathon, the likes of which Federer may not have played before. Del Potro is giving it his all.
‘I was trying to control myself’
“I was trying to control myself and I shot according to that. I injured my shoulder 15 days before the Olympics, but I took some rest and I was okay after that. It was a tough competition and performed according to the pressure,” said Vijay Kumar after winning the silver.
What a moment!
Just one step away from listening to India’s national anthem at the Olympics. Such a special moment. Vijay, of course, was helped by the new format — which meant that the slate was wiped clean before the final. It’s SILVER to India. Great stuff. Time to rejoice!!!! Hip Hip Hurrah!
But consider this, Vijay Kumar held a gun in his hand for the first time in 2003. And now he has a silver at the Olympics. That’s pretty rapid progress… is it not?
Who is Vijay Kumar?
Kumar hails from Harsour village of Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh and is presently serving as subedar in the Indian Army.
- At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he had won two gold medals, the individual 25 metre rapid fire pistol competition and the pairs competition in the same event together with Pemba Tamang.
- He also won a bronze medal in the Asian Games despite actually finishing fourth because of a rule that prevented China from winning all three medals.
- In 2007, he finished second at the Asian Championship in 25 metre center-fire pistol. He also won a silver medal at the 2009 ISSF World Cup Beijing in rapid fire pistol.
In 2007, he received the Arjuna Award.
- In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won 3 gold medals and one silver.
- At London 2012, Kumar failed to qualify for men’s 10m Air Pistol finals after finishing 31st. But he’s not complaining anymore. Neither are we.
India 2-5 Germany
India have been crushed 2-5 by the mighty Germans. With this defeat, India don’t stand a chance of qualifying for the medal rounds. This was not the hockey, India was expected to play.
Vijay gets the silver
Pupo gets the gold – equalled the finals world record. Vijay Kumar gets the silver… he hit just two in the final round but he has the silver. That’s India’s second medal of the games. Pupo ended up with 34 and Vijay shot 28. Super, super stuff.
Vijay is 2nd after seven series
Pupo hits 4, Ding hit 3. Vijay hits another 4. He is guaranteed a silver medal. Ding Feng gets eliminated. He gets the bronze.
Vijay is joint 2nd after six series
Ding missed one. Klimov hit all five. Pupo missed one too. Vijay hit four out of five, missed with the last shot. Kilmov eliminated – he had 23 points.
Vijay is joint 2nd after five series
Ding missed one. Pupo missed one as well. Vijay missed one as well. He is still in silver medal position. Pupo 22 points. Ding and Vijay are 20 points. Zhang Jian eliminated – he had 17 points.
Vijay is joint 2nd after four series
Ding misses two shots. But Cuba’s Pupo does not miss. Vijay missed two as well. Pupo is in the sole lead now. Pupo is 18 points. Ding and Vijay have 16 points. Germany’s REITZ Christian has been eliminated — he had 13 points.
Vijay is joint 1st after third series
Klimov missed two shots. Ding Feng missed one. Vijay Kumar missed one too. But Cuba’s Pupo hit another 5. Klimov is down to 12 points. The other three are tied on 13 points.
Vijay is joint 1st after second series
4 shots hit, 1 missed. But Vijay is still in joint first position with Ding Feng and Alexei Klimov. They are all on 9 points.
Vijay is joint 1st after first series
Vijay Kumar is in joint first with 5 points after the first round. Alexei Klimov, the world record holder, also shot 5. There are a total of 8 rounds.
India 1-5 Germany
Crushed. That’s all there is to say.
FUCHS F (35:37′)
Ready for Vijay Kumar?
It’s time for the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final. Go Vijay Kumar! Go India!
India 1-4 Germany HT
India not marking well, their intensity is low and as a result Germany is having a ball. India’s passing has been weak and tactically they have been poor. Not the best showing. Super placement from the left-hand side of the D. Sreejesh had no chance
WESLEY C (33:12′)
India 1-3 Germany
As usual, India begin well and then give it away. A superb run from the deep, culminated in Korn picking up the loose ball and scoring. This might just become a rout.
KORN O (23:51′)
Federer wins second set
It was a tight tie-breaker. Federer was leading 4-1 in the tie-breaker but then Del Potro leveled the scores. But Federer managed to hold out and take the tie-breaker 7-5. He lost the first set 3-6.
India 1-2 Germany
Germany strike right back and it’s that man again. Florain Fuchs scores his second goal of the match. The ball initially deflected off Sreejesh’s pads and bobbed up. Fuchs was alert to the situation and hit it into the goal.
FUCHS F (15:45′)
India 1-1 Germany
VR Raghunath scores from the PC. Super stuff. He kept his cool as the German defenders charged out and placed it in the left-hand corner.
VR R (12:53′ pen.)
India 0-1 Germany
Field goal. Bad defending again. Florian Fuchs hits the reverse shot but it went off Tirkey’s foot. Not a good start for India.
FUCHS F (06:38′)
India 0-0 Germany
The game has begun at a fast pace. India’s coach Nobbs will hope his players can follow the gameplan today.
India v Germany
India take on defending champions Germany in a Group B fixture of the men’s hockey competition at the London Olympics 2012. The match begins at 1815 hrs IST. India lost their first two matches — 2-3 against the Dutch and 1-3 against New Zealand. Another loss or draw will take them out of contention for a place in the medal rounds.
Federer hanging in
It’s on serve in the second set. The score reads 4-3. But Federer hasn’t been able to really trouble Del Potro. It’s one of those days…
Have we ever seen Usain Bolt at his best?
On Grantland, Usain Bolt and the power of turning it on and off.
Usain Bolt earned the ‘fastest man in the world’ brand after setting world records in the 100-meter and the 200-meter events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With his dominant performances in notable Olympic events, he was elevated to the top tier of athletic superstardom. Besides earning premium endorsements that keep us from completely forgetting about him, he also left the door open to criticism and intrigue by seeming to coast at the end of both races. He is already an Olympic legend, but we still get the impression that he has never reached the ceiling of his abilities.
Read the full piece here.
Del Potro takes first set
The Argentinian star has won the first set 6-3. Federer is struggling a bit today. The crowd is looking on in stunned silence. This cannot be happening!
Federer vs Del Potro semis are on
It’s 3-3 in the first set. And it’s quite a good match too. As usual, we are backing Federer to win. What about you?
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) अगस्त 3, 2012
Vijay Kumar qualifies for final
The event is Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. Vijay Kumar had earlier shot a 292, which coupled with his 293 from yesterday, gave him a total of 285. He qualified fourth best. Alexei Klimov of Russia, who qualified in first place, shot a remarkable 592 — a world record. But the good news is that the scores are not carried forward into the final. Everyone starts with a clean slate.
The final begins at 1900 hrs IST.
Karmakar shoots 10.4 with tenth shot
Martynov, who won the gold, shot 705.5 — a world record. Karmakar finishes with 699.1, just short of bronze medal winner Rajmond Debevec — had a total of 701.0. Good run for Karmakar — he was so close.
Karmakar shoots 10.7 with ninth shot
Good shooting. Karmakar back in fourth. But it’s as good as over.
Karmakar shoots 10.2 with eighth shot
Debevec has been super – a 10.6 now. Karmakar shot 10.2. He has dropped into the fifth place now. The gap to the bronze medallist is now 10.9 points. Hard to make up that gap.
Karmakar shoots 10.0 with seventh shot
His worst shot in the final todal. 667.8. Debevec’s total is 669.3. Bronze medal hopes are fading.
Karmakar shoots 10.2 with sixth shot
Debevec shot a 10.8. Karmakar shot a 10.2. The gap has widened. Karmakar’s total is 657.8. Debevec’s total is 659.1.
Karmakar shoots 10.7 with fifth shot
A super shot by the Indian. He is back in fourth place and he gets a huge cheer. His total is 647.6. Trails Debevec, in third, by just 0.7 points. Debevec’s total is 648.3.
Karmakar shoots 10.5 with fourth shot
The Indian goes down to fifth now. His total is 636.8. He lost out on fourth position by just 0.1 points.
Karmakar shoots 10.7 with third shot
Karmakar moves into fourth place with a super shot — 10.7. A total of 626.4 .DEBEVEC Rajmond is in third with 627.4.
Karmakar shoots 10.6 with second shot
Super shooting by Karmakar with 10.6. A total of 615.7. In fifth place. Go!
Karmakar final begins
The Indian began with a 10.1 He is now in seventh position with 605.1 Martynov leads with 610.8.
Aaj main accha nahi kheli: Saina
Disappointed Saina speaks after her match against Wang Yihan.
“Aaj main accha nahi kheli, move nahi kiya accha. Her strokes were very deep and I made a lot of judgement errors today. Gopi Sir was asking me to calm down. I will work on my game a little for the bronze medal match tomorrow. I needed to have better rallies and make fewer simple errors — that’s what I usually do. Just didn’t happen today.”
This is a tough life
According to agent, Asafa Powell was been drug-tested (blood & urine) 3 times in 5 days including 10:15 thurs night
— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) अगस्त 3, 2012
WHERE’S BOLT: MAURICE GREENE EDITION
Still haven’t caught the “fastest man in the world,” and that moniker is being challenged Friday morning. Usain Bolt has been elusive so far during his stay in London, where many expect him to once again sweep the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Maurice Greene, winner of the 100 in Sydney and bronze in Athens, believes Bolt will get beat in London by his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake. “Don’t get me wrong — Bolt can come out here and run something phenomenal,” says Greene, who won gold in the 100 at the 2000 Olympics. “He is capable of that. He has done that before. It is possible.
“But he’s nowhere near the shape he was in 2008 in China. He’s not that same guy. For the last two years, he’s been having a lot of technical problems. I have to take it from that. But don’t get me wrong, he can come out here and do something.”
Greene joins a growing list of athletes and commentators who believe Bolt is going to have his hands full at this Olympics. AP
Om Prakash out of Shot Put
The Indian fouled his third attempt to finish with a best of 19.85m. Nowhere near qualifying.
The other Gagan fails
The other Gagan in the Indian squad — the swimmer Gagan Ullalmath failed pretty badly. He finished the 1500m event with a time of 16:31:14. The winner was Arturo Perez in 15:25:91. Gagan was way off the pace and finished last.
Vijay Kumar shoots 292
Kumar finishes with 98, 97, 97 = 292. His overall total is 585. It might just put him into a medal slot. Let’s hope for the best.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) अगस्त 3, 2012
Joydeep Karmakar has managed to make it to the final of the 50m Rifle Prone. He shot 51.6 in the shoot-off to finish seventh best. The final is at 1630 hrs IST. But he will have some very tough competition. MARTYNOV Sergei finished first in the qualifying with a score of 600 out of 600 — in the process he equalled the world record. Go India!
Vijay Kumar begins
Vijay Kumar has shot a 98 in his first series. He followed it up with a 97. Total of 195 out of 200. Yesterday, he shot 293 in three rounds.
Happy Birthday Lochte
American swimming star Ryan Lochte turns 28 on Friday. He already knows he’s getting a great gift — the day off. After winning five medals at the London Games, Lochte’s work in the Olympic pool is complete for 2012. So for his birthday, he’ll get to spend the day with his family.
“I think it’s the first time in years where I get to celebrate it and I don’t have to swim,” Lochte says. “So I’m definitely happy for that.”
Lochte didn’t reveal any big birthday plans, other than just hanging out.
“We’ll probably just walk around and just be a family,” Lochte says.
Lochte plans to see plenty of Olympic events now that his schedule is open. On his wish list: Seeing Usain Bolt run on the track and watching the U.S. basketball team play. AP
Om nears 20m mark
In his second attempt, the Haryana lad has hurled the shot put 19.85m. Still out of the qualification zone though.
India’s Athletic’s campaign begins
Om Prakash Singh has thrown a 19.40 in his first attempt in the Shot Put event.
Karmakar tied fourth
A total of nine shooters including Karmakar are tied in fourth place. All the shooters are not taking part in a shootoff. Come on Karmakar!
Joydeep Karmakar shots a 595/600
Super shooting by Karmakar in the last two series. He bagan with a 99, followed it up with 98 and 100. Then came a 98 in the fourth series. But he ended very strongly, shooting two 100s in a row. He has a chance of getting into the final.
Not a good start to India’s day at the Olympics. Saina crashed out and Gagan hasn’t had the best time in qualifying in the 50m Rifle Prone event.
He shot 98, 100, 100, 98, 97, 100 = 593. As things stand, not a good enough total to qualify for the final.
Gagan, Karmakar shooting well
Gagan has shot 98, 100, 100, 98 in his first four series. Karmakar has shot 99, 98, 100 in the first three series. This is the 50m Rifle Prone that we are talking about here.
Yihan won the second game and the match. She won the second game 21-13. She had won the first game by a similar margin 21-13. Yihan completely dominated the match with her smashes and didn’t give the Indian any chance. Truth is, Saina was outclassed today by a better player. No shame. But that’s how it is. Yihan goes into the gold medal round while Saina will have a chance of winning a bronze. That will be no consolation to the girl from Haryana, that much we are sure of.
These Chinese badminton players. Not tanking when it really matters. Disappointing.
— Sidvee (@sidvee) अगस्त 3, 2012
Yihan takes 17-13 lead
It’s been slow and steady. But Saina’s battling to stay in the game now. Yihan has once again taken control — she is ending the points early with smashes and not allowing Saina to get into the game at all. After every point won. Yihan screams… pretty annoying but she’s playing so well.
Saina locked in tough battle
Yihan is not giving an inch to Saina. The Indian isn’t backing down either. This is how baddy matches are supposed to be. Thrilling stuff and there is a lot at stake for both of them. It’s 13-12 in Yihan’s favour
Saina moved ahead 11-10
For the first time in the second game, Saina takes the lead. And it’s at a vital, she can go to Gopi during the break and get some advice. Win this… Come on Saina!
Gagan shoots 100 in the third series too
So far Gagan has shot 98, 10, 100 in the three series. Super stuff.
Come on Saina
Good fight shown by Saina. She’s leveled things in the second game at 8-8. This Indian girl doesn’t know a lot about giving up.
Yihan’s smash is killing Saina
This is pretty tough at the moment for the Indian. Yihan’s steep smashes are catching her out again and again. So far that has been the difference between the two. The net play has been pretty even.
Yihan jumps to 5-3 lead in second game
Same flow as the first game. Saina started well — it was 3-3 but then she has no weapons to hurt the Chinese. Right now, the Indian start seems to be struggling mentally.
Gagan shoots a 100 in the second series
So after two series, Gagan has shot a 198 out of a possible 200.
Gagan, Karmakar make decent start
Gagan Narang began with a 98 in the first series of the 50m Rifle Prone. Karmakar shot a 99. There are a total of six series in the event — 100 points at stake in each of them.
Yihan dominated Saina to win first game
Saina never really got into her stride. She struggled to make the Chinese do anything different. The pace was entirely Yihan’s and Saina got sucked into that. She’s have to change that in the second game. Or it’s going to be curtains. She won 21-13.
Saina stages small comeback
The Indian got it back to 13-18 but then lost a vital point to break that run. Yihan is up 20-13 now.
Yihan in charge
The Chinese has jumped to a 17-9 lead. It’s almost insurmountable. At this point, Saina may start thinking about the second game.
Gagan, Karmakar begin
The 50m Prone Rifle event has begun.
Shake of the head
Another unforced error and a shake of the head. This is not how she must have envisaged things before the match. A change of momentum is badly needed. 13-6.
For now, the Chinese star is in complete control. Saina has not been able to move her opponent around the court as she usually does. It’s 11-6. Saina getting advice from Gopi now. Hope it works.
A four point lead
After the early skirmishes, Yihan has taken a massive 4-point lead. It’s 9-5. Saina making a few unforced errors at this point, she will need to tighten her game.
Yihan moves ahead 5-4
For the first time in the match, Yihan moves ahead. Saina needs to be careful now.
For every point that Saina has won Yihan has come back to level the scores 4-4. This is no doubt her toughest battle. Saina’s deft touches at the net are earning her the points. Her opponent Yihan is much taller and has some pretty good deception as well.
Saina vs Yihan 2-2
An unforced error from Saina — a smash that went wide off the line — – allowed Yihan to level the scores at 2-2. This is pretty tense stuff as the players settle into the match.
Saina vs Yihan 1-1
Saina took the first point, Yihan came back with a good smash to take the second point. This will be a tough fight all the way, that much you can be sure of.
This is cute
— Euan Burton (@Euan_Burton) अगस्त 2, 2012
Saina on court
It’s Saina vs China. Taking her on today is her nemesis and World No 1 Wang Yihan at 1.30 pm.
Gagan, Karmakar in 50m Rifle Prone
Saina is not the only Indian in action. Gagan Narang will begin his quest for some more silverware in the 50m Rifle Prone shooting event. Joydeep Karmakar is also taking part in the same event.
Will it be Saina’s day?
Sporting moments rarely get bigger than this. Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will be on court against her nemesis and World No 1 Wang Yihan at 1.30 pm today.
The Hyderabadi has never managed to beat the 24-year-old super talented Chinese in five career meetings so far. However, Saina is hardly known to care much about her opponent’s reputation once she takes the court.
Saina’s remarkable win over Dane Tine Baun would’ve given her loads of confidence heading into this clash, especially the way she staged a brilliant fightback in the second game to wrap up a convincing win.
Indian fans would be keeping their fingers crossed today as a win in the semis would assure India of another medal at the Games.
Post her quarterfinal win, Saina said it was a “dream come true” to be playing in the last-four stage at the Olympics given that four years ago she blew up a similar chance when she lost out despite being 11-3 up in the decider.
Read our preview of the much-anticipated semifinal clash here.
Here’s India’s schedule on Day 7
11 PM: Mixed doubles quarters: Leander Paes/Sania Mirza vs Max Mirnyi/Victoria Azarenka.
1.30 PM: Gagan Narang and Joydeep Karmakar— 50m Rifle Prone final.
3 PM: Vijay Kumar— 25m Rapid Fire Pistol qualifying round two.
7 PM: 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final.
2.50 PM: Gagan Ullalmath— 1500m Swimming.
6.15 PM: India vs Germany.
02.15 AM (technically 4th August): Men’s Welter(69kg): Vikas Krishnan vs Errol Spence.
2.30 PM: Shot Put: Om Prakash
7.30 PM: (W) Triple Jump: Mayookha Johny:
11.40 PM: (W) Discus: Seema Antil
1 am: (W) Discus: Krishan Poonia