London Olympics: Phelps creates history, Vijender wins!

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- Ronjan Sodhi finishes 11th in Men's Double Trap
- Saina beat Baun in straight games
- Jai Bhagwan gets crushed in 60kg weight category pre-quarters

Third round even, Vijender wins

16-15. Vijender wins! That was close!! 7-7 in the third round. The American had fast hands and was younger but tactically, Vijender was so much better. He would slow down the fight, plan his next move and then go in. That would also thrown the American's rhythm off. Great fight!

Second round is even

5-5 in the second round. The third round will be a cracker. 9-8 overall. Just one point in it. Come on Vijender!

First round to Vijender

3-4. First round to Vijender. The American did all the attacking. The Indian got the points.

Almost time

Vijender had a great fight in the first round -- he was completely in control and his experience showed too. Can he do the same again? The Indian is fighting out of the blue corner.

Next up for India

2.15 AM: Vijender Singh vs Terrell Gausha in the Men’s 75kg category

So they said

You just can't beat the person who never gives up - Babe Ruth

Phelps is pretty great... right?

Phelps was just too good in the 200 IM. AP

Phelps was just too good in the 200 IM. AP

Michael Phelps added to his medal collection with his first individual gold of the London Games, and handed Ryan Lochte a double disappointment on his rival's final night in the pool.

Phelps set the tone right from the start Thursday to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics, capturing the 200-meter individual medley for his 20th career medal — and 16th gold. He touched in 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing, but still good enough for gold. Lochte settled for silver and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh took the bronze. AP

Not much celebration as Zhang beats Wang for gold

China has won two gold medals in two days in Olympic table tennis — and the two silver medals to boot. In other sports — and in other nations — that would call for chest-bumping, high-fiving, boasting and raucous celebrations. At least, a few smiles. There was almost none of this from Zhang Jike, who defeated teammate Wang Hao in Thursday men's singles final. Zhang's lone hint of happiness, celebrating his first Olympic gold medal, lasted about as long as a good pingpong rally. After the winning point to take the match 4-1, Zhang leaped over a one-meter barrier surrounding the playing area — looking like Chinese Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang — raced to the medal podium and kneeled down and kissed the top platform designated for the gold medalist. "It was spontaneous," he said. "If you plan everything, you can't do it well." That was the beginning — and the end — of any public show of joy or surprise. AP

Phelps vs Lochte again

It's time for Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte.

Their first showdown of the London Olympics went to Lochte in a runaway on the opening night of the swimming competition. This one figures to be a lot closer.

The American stars compete against each other for the last time in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday night. Lochte qualified fastest in 1 minute, 56.13 seconds. Phelps was 98-hundredths of a second back in third. AP

The race begins in 15 minutes.

Douglas beats Komova to gymnasitcs gold

Smiling 16-year-old Gabby Douglas took the Olympic Games by storm on Thursday when she won the all-around gold medal ahead of Russian Victoria Komova. Komova was reduced to tears for the second time in three days when American Douglas pipped her to the title by 0.259 of a point after producing the day's best performances on the vault and the beam. Aliya Mustafina, who with Komova was disappointed to take team silver behind the Americans on Tuesday, clung on for bronze despite a fall from the beam. She and Douglas's compatriot Aly Raisman finished with the same total but the Russian won the medal on the tiebreak rule.

Sania-Paes win!

The experienced doubles pair made it look easy in the end. They won the second set 6-4. They’ll play top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the QFs.

Sania-Paes up a break in second set

The Indian pair have played a very steady match and the weak link has been Ivanovic. Her doubles inexperience is showing. The score currently reads 4-3.

Kashyap couldn't beat the world number one. Reuters

Lee wins it in a canter

The Malaysian had 10 match point opportunities, he needed just two. The first game was a battle all the way but in the second game, Lee just turned on the charm. The gap between the two players was just too much for the Indian. A creditable run by Kashyap though. The Malaysian won 21-19, 21-11. Saina remains India's only hope in badminton now.

It's all over for Kashyap

Lee is up 19-8 and doing it all. But the shot of the match was a backhand smash. It took Kashyap completely by surprise and showed just how confident Lee is right now. The Indian is all but out.

Sania-Paes get a break!

After winning the first set, Sania-Paes have already broken Zimonjic-Ivanovic in the first game of the second set. Great stuff.

Lee leads 15-8

Kashyap is up against the wall and it is looking increasingly desperate. Lee is strong, too strong.

Sania-Paes win first set

Sania and Paes have won the first set 6-2. They broke the Serbs twice and made it look easy. The set lasted just 26 minutes.

Kashyap making errors now

Kashyap just made two unforced errors as Lee has pulled away to a 8-4 lead. The Indian needs to do something special or the game and the match is slipping away.

Lee takes a slight lead

The Malaysian has taken a 5-3 lead in the second game.

Paes-Sania up a break

The Indian pair are up a break against the Serbian pair of Zimonjic and Ivanovic. They lead 4-2.

Lee wins the first game

The jump smash was the difference between the two players. Lee takes the opening game 21-19. It was a close affair, Kashyap held the lead for the majority of the game but then in the end, Lee edged ahead. Can Kashyap take the disappointment in his stride?

Down to the wire

Wow. 19-all. This is a superb match.

The game is level 17-17

You would be hard-pressed to say who is world number one right now. It's pretty crazy. Kashyap is matching him stroke for stroke.

The game is level 14-14

The Malaysian has made a strong recovery. Kashyap is hanging in, but he needs to change the momentum. Right now, there aren't many easy points.

Lead down to 12-11

Lee is now playing superbly and it already seems like Kashyap is over-matched. He has no answer to Lee's jump smashes -- the angle is just too steep.

Lee catching up

Kashyap still leads 11-8 but Lee has picked up his intensity. This is not going to be easy, Lee's movement is superior to Kashyap and that's what might decide the match. Still early days though.

P Kashyap gets early lead

Kashyap is playing superbly. Nice smashes down the line and good defence. This is how one is supposed to play against the world number one. It's 9-5.

P Kashyap vs Lee Chong Wei

The score is 6-3 in the favour of the Indian. He has a three point lead and the support of the crowd. This is great stuff.

P Kashyap vs Lee Chong Wei

This is a big, big match for the India and Kashyap. He is up against the number one see, Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia.

Archery - South Korea's Ki wins women's individual gold

South Korean Ki Bo-bae won the women's individual archery gold medal at the London Olympics on Thursday, beating Aida Roman of Mexico in the final at Lord's cricket ground. Ki's gold medal was her second of the London Games after she won the team event with Lee Sung-jin and Choi Hyeon-ju. Reuters

Shooting - Wilson wins men's double trap gold

Sharp-shooter Peter Wilson overcame blustery conditions to win the men's double trap Olympic title on Thursday. The world record holder shot 188 out of 200 to win gold ahead of Sweden's Hakan Dahlby in second on 186 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in south east London. The Briton, coached by 2004 Athens gold medallist Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum, was roared on by a capacity crowd at the outdoor range which had been drenched by a heavy rain storm before the final. The tall 25-year-old from Dorchester fell to his knees and looked close to tears after sealing victory. Reuters

Can Saina beat Yihan?

China is backing its world number one Wang Yihan, who has a perfect record against Saina. The Indian, on the other hand, will be hoping that this will be a time to change that. Saina Nehwal is 0-5 against Wang Yihan and 2-4 against both Li Xuerui and Wang Xin. In 1992 Barcelona Games, both the losing semi-finalists were awarded bronze. Since then there is a bronze match between the losers.

Saina wins it!!!

She saved three game points and then shut it out on her first match point. 21-15, 22-20. Good fight. This shows her mental strength. Super stuff. There's no stopping Saina, from this point on, it's Saina versus the Chinese. All the other three semi-finalists are Chinese. And Saina's next opponent is Yihan Wang, the top seed.

It's 20-20!

Wow. Good fight by Saina. She has closed in.

Baun has game point 20-19

Few more errors from Saina and a change in tactics have aided Baun's revival.

Baun takes 18-15 lead

Baun using her height to good advantage -- she is playing the flat game... not too many high and deep shuttles. Not allowing Saina a chance to get in. But this is a tough, tough match. Saina will not give up.

Match level at 15-15

Wow. This one is going to the wire. It's being a roller coaster ride so far. The point are now being dominated by Baun, this is great badminton. She has completely changed the flow of the match.

Saina up 11-10

Saina Nehwal takes a slight advantage into the break as she has a short chat to Gopichand. Baun was 10-7 ahead. But has lost 4 points in a row.

Baun takes an 8-5 lead

Baun made plenty of unforced errors in the first game but she has cut down on them now and in the process is giving Saina a good fight.

Saina levels second game at 3-3

A couple of errors gave Baun a quick 2-0 lead but the Indian fought back to level it at 3-3. This is a fight now, not much between the players.

Let's go Saina, Let's go

The crowd making it's presence felt at the arena. They are really loud... Come on India... another scream from Saina's fans.

Saina Nehwal takes the first game 21-15

The points are short and sharp at the moment. Saina, as she usually plays, is making her opponent move all over the court with a huge variety of strokes. The Indian supporters are noisy as usual

Saina Nehwal has raced to a lead

The Indian star, the fourth seed, has jumped to a 15-9 lead again Baun, who is the fifth seed. Pretty amazing stuff.

Jai Bhagwan is crushed

Bhagwan was toyed with. This was just too easy for the Kazakh. Crushing defeat for the Indian. Jai Bhagwan took the first round but after that it was all Zhailauov. The Kazakh won the bout 16-8. He won the third round 4-2.

Jai Bhagwan has a terrible round

The Indian has a terrible round -- takes a pounding to lose the second round 10-3. Jai Bhagwan was too desperate -- try to throw a lot of punches but the Kazakh was too smart for him. A referee's warning also cost Bhagwan one point. Bad round.

Jai Bhagwan wins first round

India's boxer took the first round 3-2. Good, tight round, not a lot between the two boxers. The Kazakh was pretty cagey.


"We at NBC would like to sincerely apologize for not doing something so simple as to modify the physical properties of the known universe so that you could go home and watch the women’s 100-meter backstroke live," chief digital officer Vivian Schiller said in response to widespread criticism on social media, adding that the network would "get one of our theoretical physicists right on that for you."

Read the full story here.

Saina match delayed

For reasons unknown, the match has been delayed. We will bring you the latest as soon as we get it.

Jai Bhagwan in ring

Rematch of quarterfinals of World Championships where Zhailauov won. Jai Bhagwan throwing some good shots.

Murray Mania

Andy Murray is the first men's singles semi-finalist at the Olympics, will face Djokovic/Tsonga winner.

Saina, Jai Bhagwan up next

Saina Nehwal takes on Tine Baun at 1830 IST. So stay tuned in for that one. Around the same, Boxer Jai Bhagwan take on Gani Zhailauov of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh is the fifth seed and world bronze medallist. So it's a toughie. The bout begins at 1830 IST as well.

Guess who's getting busy

The 10,500 athletes competing at the London Games have been handed out a record number of 150,000 condoms -- an average of 15 per athlete -- in an indication of the off-field activities of competitors at the Olympics. The Games organisers have packed the free condoms -- reportedly 50,000 more than Beijing Olympics -- into dispensers around the venues this year. The idea that sex can impair physical performance has gripped popular imagination for centuries. However, much to the delight of the sporting fraternity, some recent studies have shown the belief has no scientific basis. IANS

Still hope for Vijay Kumar

He has 30 shots to go tomorrow. Hopefully he can finish off well. Kumar had a good showing today, he shot 98 for a total of 293 to finish third best. He shoots at 1500 hrs IST on August 3. If he makes it to the final, then it at 1900 hrs IST.


It's over for Sodhi. He's shot another 42 -- he dropped 8 shots, to follow up his 44 in the second round. He had a brilliant beginning with 48. But this is over. Only the top six qualify. The dream is over.

1. WILSON Peter Robert Russell 48, 48, 47 = 143
2. MOSIN Vasily 48, 45, 47 = 140
3. ALDEEHANI Fehaid 47, 47, 46 = 140
4. FOKEEV Vitaly 44, 48, 47 = 139
5. DAHLBY Hakan 45, 46, 46 = 137
6. BOGNAR Richard 44, 49, 44 = 137
11. SODHI Ronjan 48, 44, 42 = 134

Sodhi is 34 out of 38

Pretty touch. Sodhi is almost at the point of no return. No more misses now or he could move out of the top six — only the top six go into the final.

Sodhi is 24 out of 26

This is what pressure must feel like. Sodhi keeps the misses to just 2 and he will go into the final as a medal favourite.

Another miss for Sodhi

It's 14 out of 16 now. Sodhi needs a good score here -- the score carry into the final... so he will not want to miss any more.

Anddd he misses!

He's missed one bird. It's 5 out of 6 now. Bad miss, hope it doesn't shake his confidence.

Sodhi begins with 4 out of 4

In the second round, Sodhi had some early misses, he will be keen to avoid that this time round. He has begun by hitting all his shots.

Sodhi takes the field again

It's time for the third round to start. ALDEEHANI Fehaid of Kuwait has shot a 46 in the third round after shooting 47 and 47 in the first two round. GB's Wilson shot 48 and 48 in the first two rounds. He is leading in terms of average and is the world record holder as well. Go Sodhi!

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Saina Nehwal's match against ex-All England champ Tine Baun is scheduled to begin at 1830 hrs IST. So keep that in mind as well.

In the case of Tine Baun, she and Saina are locked 3-3 in career meetings. In the last six encounters, both have won three matches each though significantly, Saina defeated Tine in the last two face-offs in December 2011 (World Superseries) and January (Malaysian Open) this year.

Read Firstpost's full preview here.

Badminton controversy: Not all over yet

The disgraced badminton players who have been dismissed from the Olympics aren't the only ones who could face penalties related to games being dumped to get more favorable matchups in later rounds. Mark Adams says the IOC has asked the Olympic committees of both nations to look into whether other officials, including coaches, should face discipline as well.

Two teams from South Korea, one from China and another from Indonesia were disqualified from the competition for trying to lose games. Adams says it is up to the committees to determine if more sanctions are necessary. "We're working together with all of them and just making sure also that it isn't just the athletes being punished," Adams says. AP

Dummies guide

Sodhi's third round in Double Trap begins at 1700 hrs IST

Short break for now. Sodhi's next round begins at 1700 hrs IST. In the first two rounds, he shot 48 and 44 and is currently sixth in the rankings.

Vijay Kumar ranked third now

Kumar had another good round, he shot 98 for a total of 293. And is currently third but there is a whole batch of six shooters who have yet to start shooting. So early days, the rankings may change. This is a two-stage event. The first stage is over, the second stage begins tomorrow.

Vijay Kumar's in sixth place after two series

Vijay shot 96 to follow up his 99 in the first round. His average score is 9.750. KLIMOV Alexei of Russia shot 98, 100 in the first two rounds.

Vijay Kumar's 25m Rapid Pistol event has begun

He's got a 99/100 in his first round of 25m rapid fire pistol.

Sodhi hits 44 in the second round

A bad round for the India. He was tied with the three others with a score of 48 at the end of the first round. The Indians ended up missing 6 shots in the second round.

Standings after round two:

1. WILSON Peter Robert Russell 48, 48 (avg 0.960). Total: 96
2. ALDEEHANI Fehaid 47, 47 (avg of 0.940). Total: 94
3. BOGNAR Richard 44, 49 (avg of 0.930). Total: 93
4. MOSIN Vasily 48, 45 (avg of 0.930). Total: 93
5. FOKEEV Vitaly 44, 48 (avg of 0.920). Total: 92 +
6. SODHI Ronjan 48, 44 (avg of 0.920). Total: 92
7. D ANIELLO Francesco 48, 44 (avg of 0.920). Total: 92

Sodhi struggles

Tough luck. Another miss. 36 off 42. The Indian has struggled for consistency in this round. After a superb 48 in the first round, he will be hard pressed to stay in the top eight now.

Another miss!

It's 24 of 28 now. God, this is a tough, tough round for the Indian. He is being tested to the core. Come on Sodhi!

23 out of 26 now

He can achieve a best out of 47. This is pretty tough -- lots of pressure.

Sodhi now has 17/20

Another miss. Something's amiss. Out man is faltering. Let's hope he can get through this...

Sodhi now has 12/14

After the early misses, Sodhi seems to have found his rhythm again. He cannot afford to miss anymore.

Sodhi has missed two!

The Indian's second round has begun with 4 out of 6. Bad start to this round.

Another good round for Kuwait's Fehaid

In the second round on Double Trap, Kuwait's ALDEEHANI Fehaid has shot another round of 47 to follow up his score of 47 in the first round. He has a total of 94 at an average of 0.940.

Double Trap second round begins

The second round of Sodhi's event has begun. The Indian shot a 48 in the first round and was tied on the same points as the leader. Sodhi is expected to start shooting around 1530 IST.

Dear Jwala-Ashwini, time you learnt from Saina

On Firstpost, Vishnu Vasudev believes that Saina and Kashyap are doing India proud -- not so much because they are winning, not even because of the way they win their points, but because of the way they conduct themselves between points.

Saina owns the court. Just the way she walks back to her position after a point shows intent, focus and a sense of inevitability – she would win, it is just a matter of when and how. She walks briskly but unhurriedly on to her starting position, and she has already forgotten the previous point. She shows only two types of reactions.

Read the full piece here.

The Missile Returns

The 17-year-old Missile is back in the pool on Thursday looking for more. Missy Franklin goes for her second individual gold and third overall of the London Games. She won the 100-meter backstroke Monday night and was part of the winning 4x200 freestyle relay on Wednesday night.

Franklin is becoming one the breakout stars of these Olympics. But she wouldn't be in position for a third gold without an incredible anchor leg from Allison Schmitt in the relay that reeled in the Australians.

"Allison is a fighter and she can push through anything," Franklin says. "We had total faith in her." AP

Second round begins at 1530 IST

A short break now as shooters prepare for the next round. The world record after three rounds is 148. So one of these four may not miss again. There are a total of 3 rounds, followed by a final -- which is at 1930 IST.

The standings after round one.

Among the four, Sodhi was the first shooter to miss a bird. Hence, he is in fourth place. This will matter in the end, if the scores are tied and there is a countback.

1. D ANIELLO Francesco 48 (avg. 0.960)
2. MOSIN Vasily 48 (avg. 0.960)
3. WILSON Peter Robert Russell 48 (0.960)
4. SODHI Ronjan 48 (0.960)

See the full standings here.

China's Yu quits sport over badminton debacle

Disgraced Chinese badminton player Yu Yang has quit the sport after being disqualified from the Olympics along with seven other women for deliberately trying to lose to secure an easier draw in the knockout rounds.

Read full story here.

Sodhi finishes first after round one

Two more rounds to go, but as they say well begun is half the job done. Another two shooters have a chance of joining him on the same score but this is brilliant start. He needs to keep this going, India want another gold!

Sodhi hits 48 in first round

Super shooting by Sodhi, he's shot 48 -- an average of 0.960. He missed two targets in the round. Super shooting. As things stand, he is third best but that can change. Brilliant. If he keeps this going, a medal is not beyond him.

Just a few more

Sodhi has hit 40 out of 42. Average score of 0.955, which is not bad at all.

Sodhi finds some rhythm

He has now shot 32 out of 34. Pretty good. Just two misses so far. Keep it going!

Sodhi misses two!

24 off 26 shots now. His average has dropped to 0.923. In the first two batches, ALDEEHANI Fehaid of Kuwait shot 47 out of 50. That's the standard that Sodhi will be looking to maintain.

Naughty or nice?

Still no miss

It's 12 out of 12. 38 shots to go. Sodhi isn't missing. DD isn't the event either. They are both true to form.

Sodhi in action

India's Ronjan Sodhi has begun well. He's hit 6 out of 6. He has another 44 shots to go in the round. Long way.

All ready?

Tough stuff

The WR (Finals) for the event is 198 by WILSON Peter Robert Russell. It was set in 28 Mar, 2012.

For the qualification round, the records are
WR 148 FOKEEV Vitaly 3 Mar 2011 - Concepcion (CHI)
EWR 148 WILSON Peter Robert Russell 28 Mar 2012 - Tucson, AZ (USA)

Sodhi's event has begun

The Double Trap #shooting event has begun. Ronjan yet to shoot, he is in the third batch of shooters and is expected to begin around 2.

First up for India

2 PM: Ronjan Sodhi participates in the Men’s Double Trap. His qualifying second round is at 3.30 PM and third round at 5 PM. If Sodhi makes it to the final, then he will shoot again around 7:30 PM.

Ronjon Sodhi stands a chance. Getty Images

Ronjon Sodhi stands a chance. Getty Images

The former world record holder is one of India's medal hopes and it is vital he gets off to a good start. He fired a world record 194 (147+47) in 2008 but missed out on a berth in Beijing. This time he wants to make amends. It won't be easy though.

Sodhi is now ranked 10th in the world and will face competition from champ Walton Glenn Eller of USA and teammate Joshua Richmond, the current world No.1. Also in the fray are Russia's Vitaly Fokeev and China's Hu Binyuan. Italy's Francesco D'Aniello and GB's Peter Wilson.

Quote of the day

The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking - Mia Hamm

Olympics in another fix

Olympic judges and referees came under fire on Wednesday with one fighter accusing them of "a fix", another successfully appealing a loss and even boxing great Lennox Lewis questioning some of their calls.

Iran's Ali Mazaheri cried foul when the heavyweight was disqualified after being warned three times for persistent holding against Cuban Jose Larduet Gomez despite leading by two points going into the second round.

"It was a fix. I could have got a bronze easily if it hadn't been for that," an irate Mazaheri, who walked out of the ring before the decision was officially announced, told reporters through a translator.

"In my previous fights I had done really well. It was a set up." Reuters

Romney's Horse

The Romneys are back on the Olympics scene — but this time in search of a medal. Rafalca, a 15-year-old, German-bred mare on the U.S. dressage team, is part-owned by Mitt Romney's wife. Ann Romney is expected to attend Rafalca's Olympic debut, which gets under way Thursday with the Grand Prix dressage test at Greenwich Park. Dressage, which is better known in Europe than the U.S., is the equine equivalent of ballet. Horse and rider (wearing top hat and tails) go through a series of steps that look like the horse is dancing: twirling pirouettes, prancing trots and the crowd-pleasing "flying change," which looks like the horse is skipping. AP

Updated Date: Aug 03, 2012 02:49 AM

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