ApunKaChoice.com
site  movies  celebs  music  news  showtimes  user  
Hello, Stranger Login | Sign up
ApunKaChoice » Article » Saina Nehwal clinches bronze, L.Devendro Singh advances to quarters but Manoj Kumar loses
 
Latest On ApunKaChoice 
Article : 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' gets its first 7-crore winner!
Article : I like to play a different character each time: Sonam Kapoor
Article : 'Rangrasiya' star Ashish Sharma never thought he will win 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa'
Slide Show : Style Check: Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Katrina Kaif among best-dressed of the week
Slide Show : Fan photos: Shahrukh and 'Happy New Year' team enthrall Houston with first 'SLAM! The Tour' concert
Slide Show : Aishwarya Rai, Freida Pinto wow in L'Oréal Paris ad with Hollywood beauties
Article : Motion Poster: Akshay Kumar introduces 'The Shaukeens'
Slide Show : Must Watch: Hot Deepika Padukone is screen scorcher in 'Happy New Year' song 'Lovely'
Article : Watch Shahid Kapoor’s 'Ek Aur Bismil' song from 'Haider'
Article : Sachin Tendulkar to honour Lata Mangeshkar on her 85th birthday

Saina Nehwal clinches bronze, L.Devendro Singh advances to quarters but Manoj Kumar loses

India Olympics Roundup: Saina wins India's third medal, Paes-Sania out
By Indo-Asian News Service
Sat, Aug 04, 2012 21:24:29 GMT
 

Saina Nehwal clinches bronze, L.Devendro Singh advances to quarters but Manoj Kumar loses At the launch
Saina Nehwal brought smiles to the faces of the Indian fans as her Chinese opponent Xin Wang was retired hurt during the match. In the boxing ring L.Devendro Singh moved to the quarters but Manoj Kumar lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to Thomas Stalker of Great Britain 16-20.

Saina Nehwal etched her name in India's Olympic folklore by becoming the country's maiden badminton medallist and the second Indian woman ever on the podium after China's Xin Wang retired hurt from the bronze play-off at the London Games here Saturday.

However, the glamorous mixed doubles pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza went down in the quarter finals bringing to an end the nation's unproductive tennis campaign, while in the discus throw, Krishna Poonia was outclassed and finished seventh.

But boxer L.Devendro Singh made it to the round of last eight while on the track Indian walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi put on an impressive performance to finish 10th in the men's 20 km race walk with a national record.

Luck smiled on Saina who had lost the first game 18-21 and was trailing 0-1 in the second when the Chinese pulled out with a right knee injury, ensuring the third medal for India from the 2012 Games after a silver and bronze from shooters Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang respectively.

India had collected three medals (a gold and two bronze) also in the Beijing Games four years back.

Though fourth seed Saina took off well, the Chinese recuperated in no time to equalise at 5-all.

From there on it was a Wang-dominated game all the way and the Indian could not match her pace making many errors. Wang, a former World No.1, constantly caught Saina on the backfoot and the Hyderabadi, looking nervous, could neither pick her cross-court smashes nor her drops at the net.

However, Saina tried fighting back towards the end of the game after Wang reached game point (20-14). The Commonwealth Games gold medallist saved four game points to make it 18-20.

But a match point away, the Chinese made a heavy landing, while hitting a smash, and fell on the floor writhing in pain.

The referee called for medical time-out. The tournament doctor came in and tended to her knee. The World No.2 returned to the court with a heavily strapped right knee. Surprisingly, she immediately sealed the game smashing Saina's serve.

But despite winning the first point in the second game, she again dropped on the court in pain.

Saina went to comfort Wang, who had no choice but to retire as she could not carry on.

The match was awarded to Saina, who hugged her opponent becoming India's second woman to win an Olympic medal after weightlifter Karnam Malleswari at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

For Saina, it was a dream come true.

"I still can't believe that I have won a medal. I never believed that India could win a medal in badminton because the competition is so tough. It is a dream come true for me," she told reporters at the Wembley Arena.

In the ring, Devendro became the second Indian boxer to enter the quarterfinals bringing some relief following last night's heartbreak when Vikas Krishan had to bow out from the pre-quarters hours after the authorities upturned the result of the men's 69 kg bout which featured the Indian against American Errol Spence.

Hours after Vikas was declared the winner of the bout 13-11, the competition jury ruled on an American protest Friday night that Vikas committed nine holding fouls in the third and last round alone and also that the Indian had intentionally spit out his mouth guard in the second round.

Devendro prevailed over Mongolian Serdamba Purevdorj 16-11 in a men's pre-quarterfinal match of the 49-kg category at the ExCel Arena.

Beijing Games bronze medallist Vijender Singh has also booked his place in the last eight.

Meanwhile, Leander and Sania lost 5-7, 6-7 (7-5) to the top seeded Belarusian pair of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in a match that was played over two days due to bad light.

The Indians were trailing 5-7, 2-3 when bad light stopped play here Friday evening. But when play resumed Saturday, the Indians failed to make a comeback.

There was disappointment in track and field, where S.Sudha fell by the wayside with a 13th place finish in in heat 1 of the women's 3,000-metre steeplechase. The Indian runner clocked 9:48.86.

At the Royal Artillery Barrack range, Indian female trap shooter Shagun Chowdhury looked lacklustre to take the 20th place in the qualification round and miss out on a final.

In rowing, the team of Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh got the 19th slot in the men's lightweight double sculls by competing the race in seven minutes and 8.39 seconds at the Eton Dorney lake.

In the men's 20 km walk, apart from armyman Thodi, two other Indian participants Gurmeet Singh and Baljinder Singh completed the gruelling distance in the 33rd and 43rd positions respectively.
More on London 2012 Olympics

Total Recall movie review
 
London Olympics: Saina Nehwal wins bronze, Paes-Sania out
comments powered by Disqus


Wallpapers 

Daawat-e-ishq Wallpapers

Khoobsurat Wallpapers

Happy New Year Wallpapers
Hot Celebrities 

Sridevi

Katrina Kaif

Sonakshi Sinha
New Movies 

Khoobsurat

Daawat-e-ishq

The Maze Runner
Videos 

Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif sizzle together in song 'Meherbaan'

'Finding Fanny' song 'Shake Your Bootiya'

Sonam Kapoor grooving to the party anthem ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’


Copyright © ApunKaChoice.com
ApunKaChoice.com : Latest Bollywood News, Bollywood Movies Reviews, Bollywood Wallpapers
privacy policy
Partner Sites : Sports - CricketZone - IndiaExpress.com [ Mobiles Festivals Bikes Cars ] - CardWeaver

photo gallery - new movies - celebs - wallpapers - the celeb A-Z - News & Gossip - Music - Video - Hot Topics
Anushka Sharma - Katrina Kaif - Kareena Kapoor - Priyanka Chopra - Deepika Padukone - Sonakshi Sinha - Aishwarya Rai - Poonam Pandey - Sherlyn Chopra
Salman Khan ( Bigg Boss 6 ) - Shahrukh Khan - Shahid Kapoor - Hrithik Roshan - Aamir Khan - Ranbir Kapoor