London Olympics: Vijender's dream ends in defeat

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There are 18 Medal events today and if India play things right, they might have their best day at the Olympics. You can see India's schedule for the day, here.

- Mary Kom into the semis | Intend to keep momentum for a bigger medal: Mary Kom
- Vikas Gowda through to men's Discus final
- Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput crash out of the men's 50m rifle 3 positions
- Sandhu crashes out of men's trap

Dreams end in defeat

Vijender loses! Atoev was the better boxer today. The final scoreline was 17-13. Atoev took the final round 7-5 as well. Vijender was getting increasingly desperate -- he had no other option and the Uzbek picked him off for easy and vital points. It was a tactical battle and Vijender wasn't quite able to outmaneuver his opponent. No shame though. It was a good fight.

Atoev gets the second round

Atoev gets the second round 7-5. Tough times for Vijender, he will have to attack in the last round. Overall score is 10-8 in the favour of the Uzbek.

It's 3-3 in the first round

Close round. Vijender got in a few good punches though.... 3-3 it is! Lot of feints by both boxers... shows their experience.

It's time

Here we go. Vijender walking to the ring. Looks confident.

He can do it

At the 2010 Asian Games, Atoev was shutout 0:7 in the final against Vijender Singh. More of the same please. Atoev has also beaten Vijender 7-3 in the world championship in 2008, as @bowldoubt pointed out on twitter, but we will go with the latest result.

Focus on Vijender

In his previous two bouts, Vijender had close victories. He beat Danabek Suzhanov in the round of 32, 14-10 and Terrell Gausha in the round of 16, 16-15. Atoev hasn't had an easy time and this bout will be a test for these experienced veterans.


Jennifer Suhr wins gold in women's Pole Vault. It is the 1st for a USA woman since Stacy Dragila won initial PV in 2000. The winning height though is almost a foot lower than Yelena Isinbayeva in '08.


With 109,000 people, Grenada is the smallest country (population wise) to ever win a gold medal at the Olympics

Gold for Grenanda

Kirani James wins first medal in Olympic history for tiny Grenada & it is GOLD in the 400 meters. He won with a time of 43.94. Luguelin Santos takes silver in 44.46 with Lalonde Gordon setting a PB of 44.52 for bronze. Time India stops cribbing about size, infrastructure and genes. Just go out and win.

Kirani James on securing gold in the 400m: "The whole place [Grenada] is probably going crazy right now, I can't believe it."

Neither can we! Super run... what long strides.

Stunning race

World champion Yuliya Zaripova led from start to finish in the women's 3000m steeplechase and wins #gold in 9:06.73. She made it look easy in the end.

Did you know

The Olympics is 302 events in 26 sports crammed into two weeks.

Felix Sanchez wins 400m hurdles

No gold for Dai Greene in the 400 hurdles. 4th. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic takes the gold in 47.63 -- his best time since 2004. Super run. He beat defending champ Angelo Taylor of the USA easily. Michael Tinsley of the USA closed off the last hurdle for silver.

Last four golds in the event: Taylor, Sanchez, Taylor, Sanchez.

100m medal ceremony

Bolt jumps onto the top step from the ground with two feet. Raises his hands to the crowd. The crowd responds with hundreds of flashes. Brilliant stuff. It ends with him weighing the medal on the podium and breaking into a bit of a jig. Legend.

China on verge of gold sweep in table tennis

China's Zhang Jike sets to serve to Germany's Timo Boll. AP

China's Zhang Jike sets to serve to Germany's Timo Boll. AP

China is on the verge of doing just what's expected by 1.3 billion people back home — sweeping all four Olympic gold medals in table tennis, the national pastime. China's men struggled for the first time in the Olympics, but defeated Germany 3-1 in the team event on Monday to reach the final. China's women easily beat South Korea 3-0 to make the gold-medal match as the Asian power prepares to add to its tally of two golds and two silvers already won in singles. This time it wasn't so easy, particularly for the men.

"I was very nervous during the match," China men's coach Liu Guoliang said.

It doesn't sound like much, but the admission by Liu — who seldom reveals much to non-Chinese media — tells how close China came to getting upset by Germany, widely regarded as the No. 1 threat to China's dominance in the men's game. AP

Iran's Noroozi wins Olympic wrestling gold

Omid Noroozi of Iran won the gold medal Monday in men's 60-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling at the London Olympics. Noroozi, the defending world champion, beat Georgia's Revaz Lashkhi 1-0, 1-0 to give Iran its second Greco-Roman medal in as many days. Hamid Soryan won the country's first Greco-Roman gold on Sunday. Noroozi beat Kazakhstan's Almat Kebispayev in a rematch of the 2011 world championship final, then took out Lashkhi for his first gold medal. Russia's Zaur Kuramagomedov and Japan's Ryutaro Matsumoto won bronze medals. AP

It'll be time for Sushil Kumar and Co to step into the ring soon.

Trap gold decided

Meanwhile in Men's Trap -- the same event that Manavjit Singh Sandhu was competing in, Giovanni Cernogoraz of Croatia takes the gold medal in the men's trap when he outscores Italian Massimo Fabbrizi.

A first and a couple of seconds

Aliya Mustafina gave Russia its first gold medal in gymnastics in London while Brazil and Australia — finally — each won their second golds overall Monday at the Olympics.

Just 18 months after seriously injuring her knee and putting her chances for London at risk, Mustafina won the title on uneven bars Monday. It gave the 2010 world champion a full set of medals, following her silver in the team competition and bronze in the all-around.

Brazil's first gold medal came in judo on July 28, Australia's first in swimming on the same day. Nine days later, they have their second.

Arthur Zanetti preceded Mustafina on the gold podium at the gymnastics venue, beating the "Lord of the Rings'" — defending champion Chen Yibing of China — in the still rings. It was only Chen's second loss in six years and gave Brazil its first-ever gymnastics gold at an Olympics.

"I was the last gymnast to compete and I stayed calm and took my moment," said Zanetti.

Far from London on the English Channel, Australian sailor Tom Slingsby gave the team from Down Under gold No. 2.

Slingsby won the men's sailing Laser class at Weymouth, England. AP

Algeria's Makhloufi reinstated in 1,500 metres

Algerian medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi was reinstated in the 1,500 metres on Monday, hours after being thrown out of the London Olympics for not trying in his 800m heat.

"After reviewing evidence provided by the LOCOG medical officer, the disqualfication of (Taoufik Makhloufi) from further participation in the athletics competition of the 2012 Olympic Games has been revoked," the IAAF said in a statement. Reuters

Vijender excitement kicks up

After Mary Kom's win tonight, can Vijender assure India of another medal? The boxer starts his bout at 2.30 AM. Hope you'll be up? Cause we surely will.

If Shakespeare could have tweeted...

Can you imagine how it would be?

He came closer than most in around 1599 with lines from the prologue of "Henry V": "A kingdom for a stage, princes to act/And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!"

But not even a full five acts of the Bard at his best could do justice to the endless twists and turns of the Games, which enter the home stretch of the final week on Monday.

The Olympics began with an exuberant, and distinctly British ceremony called "Isles of Wonder", inspired by Shakespeare's "The Tempest".- Reuters

Read the full story here.

Missed my coach Charles Atkinson

After winning her quarter-final match, Mary Kom spoke to the media. Ayaz Memon files his report from London.

“Today I really missed my coach Charles Atkinson,” said Mary. “He didn’t come because of some family problem but he will come for the semis. Before every bout I talk to him. He gives me tactics for each opponent, telling me what I have to do against opponents of different heights and strengths. He constantly tells me how to attack or counter attack.”

Read the full report here.

Makhloufi thrown out for not trying

Algerian 1,500 metres medal contender Taoufik Makhloufi has been thrown out of the London Olympics for not trying in his 800 heat, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Monday. Makhloufi, who won his 1,500 semi-final in three minutes 42.24 seconds, had been forced to run in the two lap race after his team failed to withdraw him from it by Sunday's deadline, an IAAF spokeswoman said.

The 24-year-old lined up at the start of heat five at the Olympic stadium on Monday but was already well behind the field at the start of the back straight before stopping running completely another 100 metres into the race and wandering back across the infield past the pole vault area.

"The Referee considered that he had not provided a bona fide effort and decided to exclude him from participation in all further events in the competition," read an IAAF statement.

Makhloufi stormed past Olympic and world champion Asbel Kiprop in a stunning to finish to his 1,500 heat on Sunday, marking him out as a possible title contender. The IAAF spokeswoman said he could be reinstated for Tuesday's 1,500 final if he could get a medical certificate from a local doctor.

Makhloufi, the African champion in the 800, has shown a marked improvement this year, bringing his personal best down from 3.32.94 to 3.30.80 in the 1,500. The exclusion is the latest in a string of incidents at the Games where athletes have not tried to win in order to manipulate results or draws in their ultimate favour.

Manavjit gets trapped

Meanwhile, Manavjit Singh Sandhu finished 16th in the men's trap event. His scores were 24, 24, 22, 25, 24. His total was 119. Michael Diamond who finished first had a score of 125, equalling his own world record.

Now for a gold!

Mary Kom is assured of a bronze now. But surely, she's looking to get a gold. Her opponent is Nicola Adams -- who beat her in the World Championships in May. Nicola is a three-time World Championship runner-up. It won't be easy.

In the World Championships, both Mary Kom and North Korea's Hye Kim were primed to claim the second Olympic spot allocated to Asia.

While Mary Kom had lost to world number two Adams, Kim had been defeated by Savelyeva in the quarter-finals. The winner of the Savelyeva-Adams bout therefore decided which boxer qualified for London 2012. And Nicola won and sent Mary to the Olympics.

But now, it's time for payback.

Mary Kom wins fourth round 4-2, into semis

What an easy win! Mary showed the value of experience in this bout. She started off slowly, gauging her opponent and then slowly dominated the proceedings. By the end, she was in complete charge. She won the bout 15-6 and the fourth round 4-2.

Mary Kom wins third round 6-1

Wow. This is amazing stuff. Mary completed dominated her opponent. Dodging and weaving and landing the perfect punches. Her lead is an impressive 11-4. If she doesn't get knocked out, she is into the semis. Surely.

Mary Kom wins second round 3-2

Another round won by Mary. Slightly more aggressive this time round. Superb tactical display by the experienced Indian boxer. Overall lead is 5-3.

Mary Kom wins first round 2-1

Mary Kom not being allowed to come close. The Tunisian kept jabbing and the Indian kept pushing through. Very close round. Mary kept her distance, trying to gauge the level of her opponent. But she managed to hit the important punches.

Mary Kom takes in the ring

And she is in blue. What a roar for Mary, when her name was announced.

The gameplan

Almost time for Mary Kom vs Maroua Rahali. The bout begins at 6.30 PM. The Indian is short but she has the experience. Her one-two punches worked well in the first bout and she will look to do that again. She gives up quite a few inches in height but she has the quick hands to make sure her opposition stays on the back foot.

Wow. Just W.O.W

Quote of the day

"Some of you guys doubted me. I just had to show the world I was the greatest," said Usain Bolt after winning the 100m final.

Has Gymnastics lost it's elegance?

The Guardian has a wonderful article about how the links between dance and floor work run deep. But do gymnasts today sacrifice elegance in pursuit of daring routines?

Even the most sports-phobic dance fan is likely to have been watching the gymnastics during London 2012. The aerial choreography, the gravity-defying pirouettes and balances are as close to dance as any event in the Olympics. Some of the world's most famous dancers, Sylvie Guillem and Sergei Polunin included, started out as gymnastic prodigies; many of today's Olympians have trained with ballet masters and mistresses in order to hone their elegance of phrasing and line

Read the full story here.

The curse of being number 1

Interesting: in the history of Tennis Olympics, a world No. 1 has NEVER won the Gold! right from 1988 when tennis started till date. Nadal was no. 2 in 2008 when he won it, & Murray is no. 4 this year.

1988, Miloslav Mečíř won. (Wilander was no.1)
1992, a Swiss (how funny) Marc Rosset won (Courier was no.1)
1996, Agassi won (Sampras was no.1).
2000, Kafelnikov won (Kuerten was no.1)
2004, Nicolás Massú won (Federer was no.1)

Can Mary Kom get to the semis?

Can Mary Kom win this? PTI

Can Mary Kom win this? PTI

And up next for India will be Mary Kom vs Maroua Rahali at 6.30 PM. If she wins this bout, she is assured of at least a bronze medal. This is the time to cheer folks.

Gagan finishes 20th and Rajput 26th

Both the Indian shooters started off well in the prone position, but were done in by bad

All over for Vikas

Court of Arbitration for Sports rejects India's appeal on boxer Vikas Krishan's ouster from Olympics.

One bad round

Gagan had scores of 97, 97, 98, 97 in the kneeling position. But it was the one bad round of 90 in the standing position that dropped him down the order. We will update with the standing as soon as all the shooters finish shooting.

Rajput finishes kneeling round

Rajput's rounds: 98, 96, 97, 97 = 388. Decent rounds but he was never in contention for a place in the final. He has a total of 1161 after shooting in all the three positions.

Gopichand's iron fist

The Gopichand Academy, which gave India its first Olympic medal when Saina Nehwal won the bronze in London last week, has now become a cradle for badminton talent in India and the man who dreamt of making India a superpower in world badminton one day, rules it with an iron fist.

Read the full story here.

Australia order review after swimming flop

Australian swimming officials have ordered an independent review into the team's poor showing at the London Olympics. One of the sport's traditional powers, the Australians won a total of 10 medals in the pool but only one gold, in the women's 4x100 metres freestyle relay. For a country surrounded by water that takes swimming seriously, it was a major flop, particularly after Australia's swimmers won six gold medals in Beijing and seven in Athens. "It is clear the world has lifted the bar when it comes to swimming and so must we," Swimming Australia president David Urquhart said in a statement on Monday. Australia's swimmers have always punched above their weight at the Olympics but have come under fierce criticism at home because they only won one gold, their lowest haul since the Barcelona Olympics, 20 years ago. The last time Australia did not win an individual swimming gold was at Montreal in 1976. Reuters

The struggle continues

Gagan has hit two 97s to begin his kneeling positions shooting. Rajput has shot 98, 96, 97 in his first three series in the kneeling position. Both are still way off the pace.

Gagan struggles big-time, Rajput in a tough position too

Gagan had a bad run in the standing position. His fourth series read: 97, 90, 96, 94, for a total of 377. In the prone position he had a total of 398 out of 400. His overall total is 775. He is now in 25th position.

India's other shooter Sanjeev Rajput is also struggling. He shot 96, 95, 91, 96 = 378. In prone, he shot a 395 out of 400. His overall total is 773. He is now in 27th position.

Italy's Niccolo Campriani leads the shooters with 786 out of a possible 800. And Peter Hellenbrand, the shooter in the 8th position, has a total of 780.

This is looking pretty grim for the Indians.

A decent series for Gagan

It's 96 this time, out of a possible 100. This is pretty decent but his 90 in the second series will come back to haunt him.

Rajput out of reckoning

Sanjeev finished 3rd series-- standing at 91. Not the best day for him. He is virtually out of contention for the final.

Gagan struggles

After a superb start, Gagan managed to hit just 90 in his second series in the Standing Position. He is now ranked 15th. Before this series, he was fighting for the top position.

Rajput hits 95 in second series - standing

Bit of a struggle for Rajput today. He has been missing today -- currently in 18th position.

Narag hits 96 in Standing

Narang was fighting for the top position at this point. Super stuff. But the Standing position is the most difficult of the three. He will need to keep it together.

Rajput hits 96 in Standing

In his first series, Rajput has hit a 96. Not the best score to say the least. Gagan has started shooting in his first leg of Standing position as well.

Super Gowda

Gowda qualifies for the Discus final with a throw of 65.20. Super throw. And that is automatic qualification as well. He leads all the throwers at the moment.

Manavjit Singh Sadhu starts second day with 25

Sandhu shot a 25 out of 25 in the fourth round of the men's trap for a total of 95.

Gowda throws 63.52

GOWDA Vikas has thrown 63.52m in his first attempt in the discus throw qualification. Automatic qualifcation is 65m. His personal best throw is 66.28 meters which is also Indian national record in discus throw, achieved in April 2012.

Standing round up next

The standing round is up next. For those wondering, the scores of the three rounds will be carried forward to the finals and only the top eight make it through.

Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput— Prone

There are three positions— prone, standing and kneeling. Each will have four series with a maximum score of 100/100.

In the first series of prone, Gagan has shot 100/100 and Sanjeev a 98/100.

In the second series, Gagan shoots 99/100 and Sanjeev a 98. Sanjeev needs to gear up a bit.

In the third series, Gagan shoots a perfect 100. Sanjeev gets 99.

In the fourth series, Gagan missed one and shot a 99 as Sanjeev gets a much required 100. That brings Gagan's total prone score to 398 and Sanjeev's to 395.

Gagan scored 26 inner tens and Sanjeev 29. Gagan is 5th in the standings and Sanjeev 20th.

Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput start shooting

The event has just begun. The Indian duo will be up soon. This is the qualification for the 50m Rifle 3 positions.

First up in Gagan Narang

India's Narang will get another go at glory. Reuters

India's Narang will get another go at glory. Reuters

First up for India is Gagan Narang. He has already managed to get a bronze in the Olympics but this -- 50m Rifle Three Position -- is an event that he has been getting better at. There are high hopes from him. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he had finished 13th in the event. Sanjeev Rajput is also competing in the same event.

1.30 PM: Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput in the 50m Rifle Three Position qualifying event. The finals of the same are at 6.15 PM.

Time for India to get some gold

We are still not over Usain Bolt's amazing run last time -- he made the rest of the field look like amateurs. We also hope that his run would serve as inspiration to all the Indian athletes at the Olympics -- this is the time to shine.

The current top five teams are:
1. China
2, The United States
3. Great Britain
4. Republic of Korea
5. France

For some, the Games are over. Time to party.

In the Olympic village, the evolution of the species happens overnight.

The second weekend of the Olympic Games marked a watershed, the sudden transformation of some of the most dedicated and competitive men and women into party animals who just want to have fun.

The final week is the point where having a rower or a swimmer as a neighbour no longer seems such a good idea.

For them, the games are over. Their events are done, the golds won and now - like the exhortations to crowds all over the Olympic Park - is the time to join the spectators and make some noise.

British rower Mark Hunter, the 2008 Olympic champion in the lightweight double scull who won a silver on Saturday, was asked what his future held.

"A lot of partying and getting drunk next week, it's the Olympic Games, it's time to have fun and socialise in the second part of the week," he replied.

"It's way too early to think about anything beyond that. It's about supporting team GB now and getting up the medal table with other sports and seeing what we can achieve as a team."

Compatriot Peter Wilson, who bagged a shooting gold, declared he was "going to get very, very drunk and perhaps do something silly".

Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France and the Olympic cycling time trial, has already posted on Twitter a picture of himself with a vodka and tonic in hand and the words 'Blind drunk at the minute'. Reuters

Updated Date: Aug 07, 2012 03:00 AM

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