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India 307/5 against New Zealand at stumps on Day 1

 India 307/5 against New Zealand at stumps on Day 1

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his maiden century to take hosts past 250 on day 1 of the first of two-match Test series played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

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After Yogeshwar bags bronze, all hopes pinned on wrestler Sushil Kumar: Can grappler fetch gold for the country?

After Yogeshwar Dutt provided a late boost to India’s medal collection in the 30th  Olympics Games by claiming memorable bronze, India will now hope to add one more medal to its kitty on Sunday, the last day of competitions, when star wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze in Beijing, takes part in the men’s 66 kg category.

India’s ace wrestler Sushil Kumar, the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony, wants to better his Beijing Games’ bronze medal winning performance in the 2012 London Olympics.

“I have to better my Beijing performance. In Athens Olympics, I came close to winning a medal. I was in good form before Athens having beaten almost all the top wrestlers. But I could not win a medal in Athens. In Beijing, not many gave me any chance. But the wrestling community had faith in me and I didn’t prove them wrong,” said Sushil Kumar.

“In my category, there are few wrestlers with whom I have not wrestled so far,” said the 29-year-old from Najafgarh in south-west Delhi. “But this is the Olympics. You will have to be prepared for anything,” he added. “People back home have lot of expectation not only from me but from other wrestlers as well. This is a very good sign.

“Every wrestler has to change his style and technique regularly. It helps to keep the opponent guessing. Change was badly needed. My opponents are watching my videos everyday and they can easily analyse my fighting technique. It is important to change style regularly. It was a tactical decision and I hope it will work at the Olympics,” Sushil said, adding that he decided to change his style after he failed to defend his World Championship title last year.

“You will not find the Indian wrestlers wanting in the ring. We are determined to give our best. But then, it is sports. Nothing can be predicted for sure.”

The son of a bus driver, who was himself a wrestler, Kumar was inspired to take up the sport by his cousin Sandeep.

However, Sandeep quit wrestling because the family could support just the one wrestler and it was a decision that went on to be rewarded with bronze in Beijing, world championship gold in Moscow and a Commonwealth Games gold medal on home soil in Delhi two years ago.

Whether Kumar does stand atop the podium in London, or not, he has already had a huge impact upon wrestling, a sport with deep roots in India but one, like many others, that has been overshadowed by the country’s obsession with cricket.


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Saina Nehwal Won Bronze Medal for India!

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal earned India its third medal at the London Games, clinching a bronze under fortuitous circumstances as her opponent and world number two Xin Wang of China conceded the third-place play off match due to a knee injury after winning the first game.

The fourth seeded Indian had saved four game points in a dramatic fightback and was 18-20 when left-handed Xin twisted her knee while going for an acrobatic smash from the baseline and took on-court treatment for the injury.

However, she was back on the court after wrapping her left knee in bandage and immediately attacked Saina’s serve to win the point and the game to be 1-0 up.

But after winning the first point in the second game, Xin could not continue and was wincing in pain before shaking hands with Saina to concede the match and the bronze medal to the 22-year-old Indian ace.

Saina thus became the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympic Games. She had reached the quarterfinals in Beijing Games four years ago and lost in the semifinals yesterday to gain a chance to play for the bronze today at the Wembley Arena.

This was the second day running that India have won a medal, following pistol shooter Vijay Kumar’s silver medal yesterday.


Superb Saina first Indian shuttler in Olympics semis

Champion shuttler Saina Nehwal rewrote history by becoming the first Indian to cruise into the Olympics badminton semifinal and bring the country’s tottering campaign back the on the rails after medal hopes shooter Ronjan Sodhi and boxer Jai Bhagwan bit the dust at the London Games here Thursday.

The 22-year-old Saina, the fourth seed, warmed the hearts of her fans with a 21-15, 22-20 win over fifth-seed former World No.1 Dane Tine Baun at the Wembley Arena.

However, before Saina took to the court, India’s date with the Olympics began with a double heartbreak Thursday as highly-rated double trap marksman Sodhi failed to make the final while pugilist Jai Bhagwan fell by the wayside in the pre-quarterfinals.

With hopes of winning shining metals from the two events dashed, the country’s medal count remained stuck at one – courtesy a bronze won by Gagan Narang in the men’s 10m air rifle Monday.

In Image: India’s Saina Nehwal celebrates after winning against Denmark’s Tine Baun

Source: Superb Saina first Indian shuttler in Olympics semis


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Indian boxer Sumit Sangwan loses a bout he had ‘won’

London: Indian boxer Sumit Sangwan went down 14-15 under controversial circumstances to Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino in the round of 32 of 81kg category at the London Olympics here Monday.

The 19-year-old Indian fought valiantly and should have won more points but the judges thought otherwise. ESPN commentators were surprised by the verdict and called it “daylight robbery”.

Sangwan looked to have taken the first round but the judges decision meant he was left trailing by one point.

The Indian came out strongly in the second and sent his opponent reeling with great combination punches but again, to the surprise of the commentators, the bout was given in favour of the Brazilian 5-4.

Sangwan, who qualified for the London Olympics after bagging the light heavyweight title at the AIBA Asian Olympic qualifiers in Astana, came out swinging and to his credit took the third round 6-5. But that was not enough for the Indian and he became the second boxer, after Shiva Thapa, to be knocked out in the round of 32.

Compatriots Vijender Singh (75 kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60 kg) qualified for the round of 16 with convincing wins over their opponents.