London Olympics: Narang's joy, Sangwan's tears mark India's day

All the live action from Day 3 of the London Olympics with a detailed eye on India’s performances

FP Sports July 31, 2012 02:34:53 IST
London Olympics: Narang's joy, Sangwan's tears mark India's day

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- Abhinav Bindra loses in 10m Air Rifle qualifying
- Gagan Narang wins bronze in 10m Air Rifle
- Bombayla Devi crashes out
- Vishnu Vardhan out of men's singles tennis
- Boxer Sumit Sangwan loses 81kg bout; official protest lodged
- Bhupathi-Bopanna win a thriller in men's doubles
- Hockey: India lose 2-3 to Netherlands
- Saina Nehwal through to last 16
- Paes-Vardhan win, through to pre-quarters
- Jwala-Ponappa win, keep hopes alive

Jwala-Ponappa win, keep hopes alive

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa beat Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien to keep their Olympics dream alive. They won in three games -- 25-23, 16-21, 21-18. There were a lot of tense moments and the Indians were once again not at their consistent best but somehow they managed to keep it together and win. They don't have an easy draw but will hope this win will give them a lot of confidence.

N.Korea's Kim wins gold, breaks world record

North Korea's Kim Un Guk won his country's second weightlifting gold of the Olympics, breaking the overall world record for the men's 62 kg class category. Twenty-three year-old Kim's total of 327 kilograms across the two styles of Olympic lift added 1 kg to the world record which had previously been held by Zhang Jie of China since 2008. Reuters

Frenchman floors rivals in pool

French swimmer Yannick Agnel floored the field on Monday in the big race of the day at the Olympics, the men's 200 metre freestyle, comfortably eclipsing a stellar lineup including American Ryan Lochte and Sun Yang of China. The surprisingly comfortable victory took to three the overall number of French golds in the pool. Reuters

Federer-Wawrinka win in doubles

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the Olympics doubles tennis Monday with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 win over Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda of Japan. The Swiss pair won a gold medal in doubles in Beijing in 2008, and are seeded sixth. They could face the top-seeded Bryan brothers in the quarterfinals. Earlier Monday, Federer needed less than ah hour to beat Julien Benneteau of France 6-2, 6-2 to reach the third round of the singles tournament. AP

Paes-Vardhan win

Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan entered the pre-quarters in tennis men's doubles after they beat Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

China gets gold in men's gymnastics

When there's gold to be had, don't ever doubt the Chinese. When it comes to silver and bronze, it can get tricky. It did at men's gymnastics on Monday. The Chinese won their second straight Olympic title and third in four games, making anyone who wrote them off after a dismal performance in qualifying look silly. "After getting up from bed I thought we were going to win it," said Chen Yibing, one of only two holdovers from the Beijing squad. "We have the abilities and the skills." China's score of 275.997 points was more than four points better than Japan, which needed help from a DVR to finish second ahead of Great Britain. AP

Saina wins

Saina wins 21-4, 21-14. Comfortable. Tan Lianne was no match. Easy. Too Easy. She is now into the last 16 -- and it's all knockout from here on. The real battle starts now.

Saina continues to cruise

Slow and steady Saina has built up a 13-8 lead in the second game against Tan. Still, a good workout for the Indian fourth seed. Must say Saina is looking incredibly fit.

Saina cruises

Saina just seems to be fine-tuning here. The little kinks, preparing for the challenge here. She is up 9-6 in the second game.

Saina wins the first game

Saina won the game 21-4 in just 9 minutes. Pure class this. Nothing more to add. She is just so much better.

A cakewalk

Saina has stormed to a 15-2 lead. This is bliss.

Saina has stormed to a 7-1

The Indian star is making this look too easy. This is how favourites are supposed to play.

Saina versus Tan Lianna is now on

The Indian starts favourite against the Belgian. This is said to be an easy match for her. Hope it turns out that way.

Sangwan protest overuled

Sumit Sangwan's protest was overuled. He had lost to Yamaguchi Falcao in the 81kg category. It means that the Indian is out of the Olympics.

India 2 - 3 Netherlands

Brilliant fight by India after going 0-2 down in the first half. A different team took the field in the second and slammed in two goals to even the scores up but the Dutch had something in reserve and came back to score the third through a PC. Tight game, Dutch were deserving winners but India have nothing ashamed of.

Score: India 2 - 3 Netherlands

Goalscorers
Netherlands: VAN DER HORST R (19:52'), WEUSTHOF R (28:44' pen.), VAN DER WEERDEN M (50:59' pen.)
India: DHARAMVEER SINGH (44:32'), SHIVENDRA SINGH (47:53')

India 2 - 3 Netherlands

Just around 5 minutes to go. India need to find a goal. Come on. This will be a big, big, big draw if India can manage it. It will be a huge boost to their confidence. One goal. Two will be better and give us a win. Come onnnnn!

India 2 - 3 Netherlands

London Olympics Narangs joy Sangwans tears mark Indias day

The Dutch are giving the Indians a lesson in the art of taking PCs. Getty Images

Another goal from a PC for the Dutch. This time it was Mink Van Der Weerden -- super PC, into the roof of the net, the goalie had no chance. The Dutch are ranked third in the world and they are just showing why by performing under pressure.

Bhupathi-Bopanna win

The Indian seventh seeds won a marathon match against Miryni-Bury. They won the third set 8-6 in 55 mins. Wow. What a match! These guys must have been under immense pressure and this will only help them later in the tournament. Hopefully all the butterflies have now disappeared.

Score: 7-6, 6-7, 8-6
Winners: Bhupathi-Bopanna (India)

India 2 - 2 Netherlands

Shivendra Singh strikes, superb tap-in. He was right in front of the goalkeeper and foxed him. Great field goal. 21 minutes to go in the match. This is a fight to the finish.

India 1 - 2 Netherlands

India have struck back with a goal. Great stuff. They still have time to make a comeback. Sunil SV was the man on target. Come on India, very creditable performance so far.

Bhupathi-Bopanna battle

After all the posturing at the time of team selection, surely Bhupathi and Bopanna will be under some pressure. The third set has gone to 6-6 already. The first two sets were shared between the two teams. Hesh-Bopanna won the first set 7-6, Mirnyi/Bury won the second set 7-6. And now the battle rages on

India 0-2 Netherlands at HT

India started off pretty well, keeping the Dutch at bay for almost 20 minutes. But then the defence went to sleep allowed Van Der Horst to dribble his way into the D and smash a field goal. Classic stuff. The second goal came off a well worked PC.

The goalscorers for the Dutch:
VAN DER HORST R (19:52'), WEUSTHOF R (28:44' pen.)

India 0-2 Netherlands

Another goal for The Netherlands. This is getting bad now. India's defence looking brittle. They scored from the penalty corner through Weusthof. Great low shot. Hit one of the defenders and trickled in off the goalkeepers pads.

India protest Sangwan decision

Sumit Sangwan Bout; Officially the protest is lodged. Let us hope for justice, says India's Sports Minister Ajay Maken. An official gave the requisite $500 to formally lodge the appeal to the coach and then the complaint was lodged.

https://twitter.com/ajaymaken/status/229947505570369538

India 0-1 Netherlands

The Indian team is looking fit but the Dutch are so much fitter

India 0-2 Netherlands

Indian skipper Bharat Chettri is having a good game but Van Der Horst shot gave him no chance. The Indians got their tackles wrong and in the end, Der Horst had a clear shot. The Dutch are starting to dominate now, India need to level this quickly.

India 0 - 0 Netherlands

Wow. This is pretty good stuff from the Indians but their attacks have been a little one-dimensional and kind of stutter near the Netherlands D. The Dutch are slowly settling into the game and are now in control. India will need to keep defending well.

India vs Netherlands

The hockey Group B match is on. India are managing to hold on against the Dutch. After around 15 minutes, the score is 0-0. Come on India. Tough opponents.

Bhupathi-Bopanna locked in tight battle

Mirnyi/Bury have taken the second set. Hesh-Bop took the first one. This isn't an easy battle. But then who said that India would breeze through.

India's Sangwan loses

India's Sangwan fought brilliantly in the third round but he shockingly got just 6 points. Yamaguchi got 5 points and the official scorecard read 15-14. The decision surprised everyone from the commentators to the crowd. The Indian boxer clearly dominated his opponent but the judges just didn't award him any points. Sangwan would have left the ring wondering what else he could have done to earn some points. This is a bit of a shocker. India should definitely appeal against the result.

Sangwan down in round two as well

India's boxer lost the second round 5-4 as well. He boxed quite well and hit his opponents with quite a few ferocious shots but the points didn't reflect that. It was quite a shock.

Sangwan loses first round against Falcao

19-year-old Sumit Sangwan has lost a tight first round to Falcao. The Brazilian takes it 5-4

7-6 First set

Bhupathi-Bopanna have taken the first set 7-6 against Mirnyi/Bury. A tight set, but the Indians win the tie-breaker 7-4.

5-5, First set

This is looking like a tough battle for Bhupathi and Bopanna. They haven't been able to break away from Miryni and Bury. Go India.

3-3, First set

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna are battling it out with Max Miryni and Alexander Bury at Wimbledon. The score stands at 3-3 in the first set.

Bhupathi-Bopanna keep it steady

So far, neither team has broken the other. The score reads 3-2 on serve in the first set.

Bhupathi-Bopanna take the court

India's doubles campaign at the Olympics begins with Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna taking on Max Miryni and Alexander Bury at Wimbledon. This should be fun. It's 1-1 in the first set.

Vishnu Vardhan out of men's singles tennis

Vardhan, who came into the competition after Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out due to injury, lost to Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 6-3, 6-2. Pretty straightforward loss. Expected. But the opportunity might have helped him get used to the conditions a bit. That in turn may help during the doubles competition where he partners Leander Paes.

A special moment for us all

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The spoils of a bronze medal

The Haryana government has announced a Rs 1 crore award for Gagan Narang. Wah wah!

https://twitter.com/sachin_rt/status/229920224479158272
Vishnu Vardhan in men's singles action

The tennis matches have been rescheduled from yesterday. Vishnu Vardhan has lost the first set 3-6  against Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken weighs in

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A victorious Gagan Narang.

"Had it not been for one shot, Gagan could have won the gold as well," says Sports Minister Ajay Maken, who also announced that Gagan Narang will now be an IAS officer.

This feels good

Narang steps up on the podium, waves to the crowd, smiles. All of India smiles with him.

Tenth shot, 10.7, Bronze medal

Wow. India finally have a medal. It took a bit. Can we somehow get a gold at London 2012? This is a good start. Our shooters have set the ball rolling. We are proud of you Gagan.

Yes! Gagan Narang has won the bronze for India. Campriani won the silver and MOLDOVEANU Alin George won the gold. Gagan's score in the final round -- 10.7, 9.7, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3, 10.7. He shot 598 in the qualification. Super shooting. Successive medals at the Olympics in the 10m Air Rifle event for India -- Bindra won gold in 2008 and now, Narang has won bronze. Great stuff.

Romania's MOLDOVEANU Alin George, who won gold, had a total of 702.1, Italy's Campriani, silver medal, had 701.5 and Narang had a total of 701.1. In fourth place was Wang Tao of China with 700.4.

Ninth shot, 10.3

Narang is still third -- 690.4. MOLDOVEANU Alin George has moved into first place - 691.8. Campriani is in second - 691.1.

Eighth shot, 9.5

China's Wang Tao shot a 9.2 but Narang shot a 9.5 to move back into the bronze position. This is exciting stuff, see-sawing with every shot. He is ahead of Wang by just 0.1. Campriani remains in gold medal position with 681.7. Narang's score is 680.1

Seventh shot, 9.9

Damn. Gagan shifts into fourth place. His second shot below 10 points. Campriani shot a 10.8. Narang is trailing for bronze by 0.2 -- China's Wang Tao is in position to take the bronze as things stand.

Sixth shot, 10.6

Gagan in second place! He shot a 10.6 but Campriani shot a 10.8 to take a 0.3 pts lead and a total of 661.0. The leader MOLDOVEANU Alin George shot a 9.9 to fall to third.

Fifth shot, 10.7

At the half-way stage, Narang shot a 10.4 to stay in third place, trailing by 0.7. MOLDOVEANU Alin George is leading with 650.8. Campriani has the silver by 0.1 points. While Gagan has a 0.5 margin for the bronze.

Fourth shot, 10.7

Narang is in superb touch. He gets a 10.7. MOLDOVEANU Alin George hit a 10.3 (total 640.2). So Gagan, 639.7 pts, has made up the gap to the leader by 0.5. This is so close. Campriani of Italy is in second place - just 0.1 points ahead.

Narang shoots a 10.6 with third shot

Narang in third place now. He has 629 points. MOLDOVEANU Alin George is in first place with 629.9.

Narang shoots a 9.7

After two shot, Narang is in fourth place with 618.4. MOLDOVEANU Alin George is in first place with 619.8.

Narang begins with a 10.7

After one shot, Narang is in second place with 608.7. Only behind MOLDOVEANU Alin George. He shot a 10.7.

Narang for gold!

He was third best in the qualifying -- CAMPRIANI Niccolo and MOLDOVEANU Alin George finished with 599 -- equalling the Olympic record. The event is just about to start.

Almost time for Narang's 10m Air Rifle final

After the roller-coaster ride in the morning, Gagan Narang will hope to retain his calm as he gets ready for the 10m Air Rifle final with begins at 16:30. We are ready, is he? Remember the winner is determined by the highest aggregate score (qualification + final). Given that Gagan finished third, he stands a good chance.

Bombayla Devi crashes out in 1/16 Eliminations

India's Bombayla Devi crashed out in 1/16 Eliminations by a score of 2-6 against Mexico's Aida Roman. Earlier in the day, she had beaten Greecce's Psarra Evangelia 6-4.

Bindra disappointed

"I could have taken the easy way out -- won a gold medal and retired on a high after the Bejing gold - but that would have been a very lousy and cheap way to go out. But I am glad I showed the courage to come back. I was pretty relaxed last night and today morning but I had a tough time today especially in the last round," said Abhinav Bindra. "I will go back home, I have been away for a while from my family but I love shooting, I love the spot, I am sure I am going to continue."

"Would like to wish Gagan the very best. He shot an excellent qualifying round, think he will do very well in the final," Bindra further added.

Read the entire story here.

Bombayla Devi through to last 16

She won her match against Greecce's PSARRA Evangelia 6-4 in the women's individual archery competition. Good day for Indians at the Games. This was the 1/32 eliminations. She was totally on target. Deepika Kumari is seeded 1st in the event.

London Olympics Narangs joy Sangwans tears mark Indias day

TV grab of Bombayla Devi.

The Archery Rules

The ranking round is used to rank the athletes from one to 64. The athletes then shoot in a head-to-head elimination format, shooting in pairs: the number one athlete against the athlete ranked 64th, second against 63rd and so on. The competition is the best of five sets, with each athlete shooting three arrows per set.

Athletes score two points for winning the set and one point for a draw. The first athlete to six points wins the match.

If a match is tied, a single-arrow shoot-off is held – the nearest to the centre of the target wins.

At the end of the knockout stage the winners of the semi-final matches compete in the gold-medal match and the remaining two athletes compete in the bronze-medal match.

Women's Individual Archery begins

Bombayla Devi's event has begun.

The 10m Air Rifle Final

The final of the 10m Air Rifle also takes place today at 16:45 IST. This might be a pretty wild ride. Gold is won by the shooter with the maximum aggregate (qualification + the final). Go Narang!

That was heartbreaking

Bindra was shooting pretty well, right into the last series and then things went wrong. He couldn't afford to miss anything but ended up with 97. He sure put up a fight, lets have some applause please. Of course, India still has a chance for GOLD. Narang was brilliant. He shot 5 scores of 100 and only had one bad series, the third one in which he shot 98.

London Olympics Narangs joy Sangwans tears mark Indias day

Gagan Narang qualified for the final. Getty Images

Narang qualifies for the final

Narang is through to the final with a score of 598 after 6 series. He missed out on the previous Olympic record by just one point. He was third best in the qualifying -- CAMPRIANI Niccolo and MOLDOVEANU Alin George finished with 599 -- equalling the Olympic record.

Top 8 in 10m Air Rifle
1. CAMPRIANI Niccolo - 599 (56 inner 10s)
2. MOLDOVEANU Alin George - 599 (53 inner 10s)
3. NARANG Gagan - 598 (53 inner 10s)
4. WANG Tao - 598 (52 inner 10s)
5. CHARHEIKA Illia - 597 (52 inner 10s)
6. BAKKEN Ole Magnus - 597 (47 inner 10s)
7. HELLENBRAND Peter - 596 (51 inner 10s)
8. PIASECKI Pierre Edmond - 596 (50 inner 10s)
...
16. BINDRA Abhinav - 594 (45 inner 10s)

Narang still on course

Narang still on course for the final. He has 588 after 59 shots. One more 10 or one more 9, he is in. Bindra finishes on 594 after 6 series -- he out. It was a good run. He had scores of 99, 99, 100, 100, 99, 97.

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Bindra misses the cut for the final

He has 555 but he needed at least 596 to qualify for the final. He can do a best of 595 as things stand. Heartbreak.

Two 9s for Bindra!

Damn. Bindra has shot two nines in a row for a score of 48 after 5 shots in the last series. Come on man, keep it real. Meanwhile. Narang just isn't missing -- 5 tens in a row.

DD really need their act together!

They are not even giving updates. Horrible.

As things stand, Bindra, Narang are in a good space

As things stand, Bindra and Narang should go through to the final. They can't afford to miss anymore though. Narang has 100 after 10 shots in the fifth round, for a total of 498 out of 500. Just one more round to go for him. Bindra has already begun his last series of shots -- he has 30 after 3 shots in the last series for a total of 527 after 53 shots. Almost there!

Gagan back on form

Narang shot 100 in the fourth series. To bring his total after 4 rounds to 398 out of 400. He started the fifth with another 10. Bindra is 487 after 49 shots. At the moment, the best he can do is 597. Go, go, go!

Best score so far

599 by Italy's Campriani Niccolo - 100, 100, 100, 99, 100, 100. India's shooters can't afford to miss anymore. Come on guys. You can do it.

Another 9 for Bindra

He has 39 in the fifth round after 4 shots and a total of 437 after 44 shots. Gagan is back on form - 50 after 5 shots for a total of 348 after 35 shots. the miss might come back to haunt Bindra, the level of competition is very high.

Bindra, Gagan start over

Bindra hasn't missed in a while now. He is 418 after 42 shots. He has 32 inner tens. Gagan hits another 10, he has 308 after 31 shots. Come on guys, make it to the final.

Gagan misses again

Another 9 for Gagan, who now has 298 out of 300 after 3 rounds (scores of 100, 100, 98). He shot 98 in the third round. Bindra has 398 out of 400 after 4 rounds (99, 99, 100, 100).

Gagan misses... how!

We are still shocked. Gagan missed a ten. He hit a 9. Unbelievable. 279 after 28 shots. 27 inners tens. Super run. Not to start another one. Bindra, meanwhile, is also in great form. He's shot 398 after 40 shots. He hasn't missed in the fourth round -- 100. He had 100 in the third round as well.

Hitting a bullseye is easy

Narang and Bindra are making us believe that. Simply incredible shooting. Narang has a total of 250 after 25 shots with 25 inner tens. Bindra has 26 inners 10s, total of 348 after 35 shots. Bring out the good luck charms, they need to keep this going. Of course, they aren't the only guys who are doing well -- Not to dishearten you, but Norway's Ole Magnus has scores of 100,100,100,100,100 in his first five series.

Narang, Bindra lighting it up

The final results will only be known at the end of the six rounds because all the shooters shoot at a different rate. But it's obvious that these two are doing prreeeeeetty well. Narang has 230 after 23 inner tens. Bindra has picked up as well -- he isn't missing anything either now. After shooting 99 in the first two rounds respectively, he shot 100 in the third round and has now shot 30 after 3 shots in the fourth round. Bindra has a total of 25 inner tens.

Narang.

Narang has 200 out of 200 after 2 rounds. Phew. Bindra, on the other hand, has shot his first score 100 in the third round. He has a total of 298 out of 300. Stunning. These two have reaffirmed our faith in India's Olympians.

18 inners 10s

How does one shoot like that? If you don't know the answer just dial Gagan's number. He may not pick up now, he is busy handing out a lesson to the Chinese. He has 18 inner 10s in a row for a score of 180 after 18 shots. Abhinav is on 278 -- he has missed a trick in the third round either. Gold and silver... bring it on!

Gagan still cannot miss

Gagan is now 150 after 15 shots -- 15 inners 10s in a row. Bindra is keeping up quite well too. He has not missed in the third round either. He has 70 after 7 shots for a total of 268.

Gagan cannot miss

Gagan has not yet missed a shot in the competition. All bullseye's -- 13 inners tens. Incredible shooting. Just stunning. No words to describe it. Bindra is working up a good rhythm as well. He has 50 in the third round after 5 shots. He shot 99 in the first and second rounds.

Bindra begins round three

Bindra has begun round 3 with two more 10s. This is super stuff. What is a pressure? A figment of our imagination. These two are just proving that. Gagan shot 100 in the first round and begun the second round with another 10. Classic. Keep your fingers crossed.

Narang hits 9th inner ten in a row

Wow. This man just does not miss. 90 after 9 shots. And Bindra ends with 198 at the end of the second round.

Another ten for Bindra

Bindra is calm and totally in control. That's what sets him apart from everyone. Remember the reaction after the Beijing gold -- it was almost as if he expected it. He is 188 pts after 19 shots -- super shooting. Narang is slowly but steadily making his way up as well -- he has 8 10s in a row -- all inner tens. Super! By the way, the event is the men's 10m Air Rifle qualification.

Bindra, Gagan on target

Abhinav has shot another 10. A total of 158 with 11 inner tens across two rounds. He has shot 16 times. Gagan in great touch as well -- he has shot 5 tens in a row. But he is still in the first round.

First updates for Gagan are in

He has also begun with 2 10s. Go India. Bindra is keeping it very steady as well. But still a long way to go. A total of six rounds in a competition and just one bad shot can put you out of the final.

Bindra still on target

After 4 shots in the second round, Bindra has 39 points -- with a total on 9 inner tens across the first and second rounds. His total score at the moment is 138 after 14 shots.

Bindra begins second round

Bindra begins second round with another 10 -- it was an inner ten as well. Go India go, go Bindra go! He shot 99 in the first round. 5 rounds to go.

Gagan's results not being updated

Gagan Narang is reportedly doing very well but they are not updating his scores on the official site. Damn.

Can't stop him

Another 10 for Bindra, seventh inner ten. A score 99 in the first round, 5 rounds to go. Wow. If only DD Sports had been kind enough to show us the qualification of the 10m Air Rifle. They really need to get their act together.

Bindra in great form

He's got 79 after 8 shots, 5 inner tens. Good going. He's making this worth the wait -- for the last three months, he has trained on his own -- away from the others.. . as he did for Beijing too. It seems to be working.

Bindra on fire

He has shot 5 tens in a row and then finally a 9. The official site isn't updating Narang's results but according to reports he is doing very well too.

Another bullseye!

Bindra on a roll here. He has two inner 10 as well too. He has 40 points after 4 shots. Good going... keep going...!

Another 10 for Bindra

Bindra is hitting the bullseye -- another 10, so 20 after 2 shots. Gagan still awaiting his turn.

Bindra takes his first shot

Bindra has begun with a 10. Not an inner ten though. Still waiting for Gagan Narang's first shot.

Pressure, pressure, pressure

We're nervous. We just hope Bindra and Narang aren't! Some pretty tense moments now. The event has just begun. We'll get you the scores as quickly as we get them.

Back to shooting

Almost time for the Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang 10m Air Rifle event to begin. Narang qualified for the event with a stunning score of 600 -- he is firing from point 15. Bindra qualified with a score of 597 and is shooting from point 28.

https://twitter.com/Maheshbhupathi/status/229848849475325953

Can India go dutch with the Dutch?

Back in the Olympics after eight years, the Indian hockey team will look to relive its former glory when it opens its campaign against the formidable Netherlands in the 30th Games today.

Eight-time Olympic gold medallists India, currently ranked 10th in world hockey, are confronted with the aggressive world number three Dutch, whose robust European tactics can be quite a handful.

Read the preview here.

Korea vs New Zealand

Hockey Group B (India's group) matches have begun. Korea and New Zealand are locked 0-0 after 17 mins.

Wish our boys some luck

Our Sports Minister Ajay Maken is already doing that!

https://twitter.com/ajaymaken/status/229839501210574848

A medal chance?

It's all starting to happen at the Olympic Games -- World champions Spain were knocked out of the men's football competition with a 0-1 loss against the Honduras; France trumping both the United States and Australia in the men's 4x100m final in the pool; Phelps didn't get a medal; South Korea didn't win the men's Archery and more. But India for most part have been true to form.

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Abhinav Bindra of India looks at his gold medal after the men's 10m air rifle final shooting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Reuters

Yes, the women's archery team were a bit of a disappointment but the others were simply outclassed. However, that can change today. Two of India's heavyweights, 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang are up in the 10m Air Rifle and they have a real chance at winning a medal. So Go India! Bindra and Narang's event in scheduled to begin at 13:30 IST... so buckle up.

There is hockey as well but India are up against the mighty Dutch and they will be hoping to get out of it with as little as damage to their confidence as possible. The match begins at 20:30 IST.

Third doping case in two days

Two athletes saw their Olympic hopes cut short on Sunday after being suspended from the London 2012 Games for using banned performance-enhancing drugs, taking the tally of doping offenders after two days of competition to three.

With the International Olympic Committee eager to root out doping at the Games, testers have been out in force, conducting random and target testing for months to ensure the July 27-Aug. 12 event will not be tarnished by any high profile cases.

St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Tameka Williams became the latest casualty on Sunday after admitting to team officials she had used a banned substance and being sent home days before she was due to compete. Reuters

NBC gets Twitter backlash over Olympics, but record TV audience

NBC on Sunday announced more record audiences for its prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics, even as the Twitterverse erupted in complaints about the U.S. network's online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions.

Contributions to the Twitter hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks surged on Sunday, with many posters complaining about the quality of NBCUniversal's online platform, which promised to show every sporting contest live for those unwilling to wait hours for the network's main primetime coverage of the day's events. Reuters

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Men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey to be held from 1-9 October in Dhaka
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Men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey to be held from 1-9 October in Dhaka

The new dates of the men's ACT have been confirmed with the Bangladesh Hockey Federation and are also approved by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the AHF said.