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Edited by gvaisakh at 2012-7-29 11:03 AM |
INDIA AT 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS
PREVIEW & SCHEDULE
Four years have passed since Beijing 2008. Now it's time for London 2012. India never had a great time in Olympics, always participated with an aim to win 1 or 2 medals. But Beijing 2008 has changed everything. India had their best ever Olympics at Beijing, winning 1 gold and 2 bronze. This started a revolution in Indian sports. Indian people started to believe in sports other than cricket.
Athletes proved that Beijing 2008 was not a flash in the pan by excelling in 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games. They were not affected by all the scandals & corruption ahead of 2010 CWG. It was clear from the results as they finished 2nd behind Australia and winning more than 100 medals for the first time in CWG history. The momentum was carried through to 2010 Asian games where India had their highest ever medal haul, winning 64 medals. A big thanks to our sports minister Ajay Maken for supporting the athletes by thinking from their side rather than from a politician's side and also to all the organizations such as Olympic Gold Quest, Lakshmi Mittal Trust, Tata Academy for Sports, etc for sponsoring these athletes.
A total of 81 athletes have qualified for London Olympics, India's largest ever contingent. This is the first time that we are going to an Olympics with high expectation. I do believe London 2012 to be a good outing for us. I expect India to win that elusive double figure of 11 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze).
Note: All the timings listed in schedule below are IST.
*: indicates the participation of Indian athletes/team only if they qualify for this round.
A total of 6 archers - 3 in men, 3 in women. One of the sports where India is expected to win 2 medals(might get 1 gold). Have to avoid the Koreans(both), Americans(men) & Ukraine(women) in early rounds. So a good performance is essential in ranking round. For team events, combined scores of all 3 archers is taken into consideration for seeding.
Men's Individual Recurve: Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai will be in action. All have the potential to win a medal but depends on the how they can handle the pressure. Not much expectation to win a medal.
Men's Team Recurve: India is currently ranked 3rd in world. A top 4 finish in ranking round will ensure a direct entry to QF. One of the good news is that the current Indian team has 2-0 record against Koreans. Might win a medal.
Women's Individual Recurve: World number 1 Deepika Kumari must win a medal considering her form. She won gold in the last WC that she participated. Bombayala Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro has outside chance.
Women's Team Recurve: India is ranked number 2 behind Korea. Had a good outing in this year's WC. Considering their form in this year, they should reach the final. Again a top 4 finish in ranking round is essential.
Ranking Round(Men): 27 Jul - 13:30hrs
Ranking Round(Women): 27 Jul - 17:30hrs
Men's Team: 28 Jul - 13:30hrs(R16), 19:30hrs(QF*), 21:10hrs(SF*), 22:03hrs(Bronze medal*), 22:31hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's Team: 29 Jul - 13:30hrs(R16), 19:30hrs(QF*), 21:10hrs(SF*), 22:03hrs(Bronze medal*), 22:31hrs(Gold medal*)
Men's Individual: 30,31 Jul & 1 Aug - 13:30hrs/19:30hrs(R64); 30,31 Jul & 1 Aug - 14:22hrs/20:22hrs(R32*);
3 Aug - 13:30hrs(R16*), 18:30hrs(QF*), 19:22hrs(SF*), 19:51hrs(Bronze medal*), 20:07hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's Individual: 30,31 Jul & 1 Aug - 13:56hrs/19:56hrs(R64); 30,31 Jul & 1 Aug - 14:35hrs/20:35hrs(R32*);
2 Aug - 13:30hrs(R16*), 18:30hrs(QF*), 19:22hrs(SF*), 19:51hrs(Bronze medal*), 20:07hrs(Gold medal*)
8 men & 6 women have qualified. The biggest disappointment is Women's 4*400m relay failing to qualify. Out of the 14 athletes, only 2 have an outside chance of a medal - Vikas Gowda(Men's Discus) & Krishna Poonia(Women's Discus). Vikas won a bronze in one of the IAAF Diamond League meet and was leading this season's best throw for 2 weeks earlier this year. Krishna Poonia is confident of crossing 65m mark(her PB is 64.76m) but that might not be enough to fetch a medal. Would be happy if any others reaches the SF/Final. I would be jumping in joy if we get a medal from athletics. Real expectation - no medal.
Men's Shotput - Om Prakash Karhana: : 3 Aug - 14:30hrs(Qualification); 4 Aug - 01:00hrs(Final*)
Men's Discus - Vikas Gowda: : 6 Aug - 14:30hrs(Qualification); 8 Aug - 00:15hrs(Final*)
Men's Triple Jump - Renjith Maheshwary: : 7 Aug - 15:15hrs(Qualification); 9 Aug - 23:50hrs(Final*)
Men's 20km Race Walk - Baljinder Singh, Irfan KT, Gurmeet Singh: : 4 Aug - 21:30hrs(Final)
Men's 50km Race Walk - Basanta Bahadur Rana: : 11 Aug - 13:30hrs(Final)
Men's Marathon - Ram Singh Yadav: : 12 Aug - 15:30hrs(Final)
Women's 800m - Tintu Luka: : 8 Aug - 16:05hrs(Heats); 10 Aug - 00:00hrs(SF*); 12 Aug - 00:30hrs(Final*)
Women's 3000m SC - Sudha Singh: : 4 Aug - 16:05hrs(Heats); 7 Aug - 01:35hrs(Final*)
Women's Discus - Krishna Poonia, Seema Antil: : 3 Aug - 23:40hrs(Qualification); 5 Aug - 00:00hrs(Final*)
Women's Triple Jump - Mayookha Johny: : 3 Aug - 14:55hrs(Qualification); 6 Aug - 00:05hrs(Final*)
Women's High Jump - Sahana Kumari: : 9 Aug - 14:00hrs(Qualification); 11 Aug - 23:30hrs(Final*)
World number 5 Saina Nehwal is in her best form right now, winning back to back titles at Thailand Open & Indonesian Super Series. She is the only one who can stop the Chinese dominance in Women's Singles and has good experience behind her - won 17 international titles & reached QF of Beijing 2008 from nowhere. Some bad news is that the Chinese have decided to send Xuerui Li(Saina's nemesis) instead of Shixian Wang(struggled against Saina). Let's hope Saina can overpower Chinese wall(Yihan Wang, Xin Wang & Xuerui Li).
Outside chances: V.Diju/Jwala Gutta in Mixed Doubles and Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa in Women's Doubles. Gutta/Ponnappa had won bronze in 2011 World championship at London but they struggled in 2012.
Parupalli Kashyap is the other Indian, participating in Men's Singles. Would be surprised if he qualifies from group stage.
In general, we can expect 1 medal of any color.
MS, WS, WD, XD Group Matches: 28 to 31 Jul - 13:00hrs
Men's Singles(MS): 1 Aug - 13:30hrs(R16*), 2 Aug - 21:30hrs(QF*), 3 Aug - 18:00hrs(SF*), 5 Aug - 13:30hrs(Bronze medal*), 17:30hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's Singles(WS): 1 Aug - 13:30hrs(R16*), 2 Aug - 17:00hrs(QF*), 3 Aug - 13:30hrs(SF*), 4 Aug - 18:00hrs(Bronze medal* & Gold medal*)
Women's Doubles(WD): 1 Aug - 21:30hrs(QF*), 2 Aug - 21:30hrs(SF*), 4 Aug - 13:30hrs(Bronze medal*), 18:00hrs(Gold medal*)
Mixed Doubles(XD): 1 Aug - 13:30hrs(QF*), 2 Aug - 17:00hrs(SF*), 3 Aug - 13:30hrs(Bronze medal*), 18:00hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's boxing is introduced for the 1st time which our supermom and 5 time world champion MC Mary Kom was eagerly waiting for. Even though she struggled to qualify, she is sure a gold medal contender. She accepted about the tension involved, but assured us that she will try her level best to win gold(for nation & also as b'day gift to her twin sons whose b'day is on 5 Aug).
If one wins a medal in previous Olympics, everyone expects him/her to repeat the feat in next Olympics. And that's what Vijender Singh is hoping to do. Once a World number 1, he qualified for London 2012 in last attempt similar to Beijing 2008. Rankings don't play a big factor here coz no one would get a favourable draw in boxing. Other serious medal hopes are youngsters Vikas Krishnan & Shiva Thapa. All others have outside chances. The entire nation would be disappointed if India don't win 3 medals including a gold.
Men's Light Flyweight(49kg) - Devendro Singh: R32(31 Jul - 18:00hrs/1 Aug - 01:00hrs), R16*(4 Aug - 18:00hrs/5 Aug - 01:00hrs), QF*(9 Aug - 01:00hrs), SF*(10 Aug - 18:00hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 01:00hrs)
Men's Bantamweight(56kg) - Shiva Thapa: R32(28 Jul - 18:00hrs/29 Jul - 01:00hrs), R16*(1 Aug - 18:00hrs/2 Aug - 01:00hrs), QF*(6 Aug - 01:00hrs), SF*(10 Aug - 18:30hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 01:15hrs)
Men's Lightweight(60kg) - Jai Bhagwan: R32(29 Jul - 18:00hrs/30 Jul - 01:00hrs), R16*(2 Aug - 18:00hrs/3 Aug - 01:00hrs), QF*(7 Aug - 01:00hrs), SF*(11 Aug - 01:30hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 18:15hrs)
Men's Light Welterweight(64kg) - Manoj Kumar: R32(31 Jul - 19:15hrs/1 Aug - 02:15hrs), R16*(4 Aug - 19:00hrs/5 Aug - 02:00hrs), QF*(9 Aug - 02:00hrs), SF*(10 Aug - 19:00hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 01:45hrs)
Men's Welterweight(69kg) - Vikas Krishnan: R32(29 Jul - 19:30hrs/30 Jul - 02:30hrs), R16*(3 Aug - 19:00hrs/4 Aug - 02:00hrs), QF*(8 Aug - 02:00hrs), SF*(11 Aug - 02:00hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 18:45hrs)
Men's Middleweight(75kg) - Vijender Singh: R32(28 Jul - 19:30hrs/29 Jul - 02:30hrs), R16*(2 Aug - 19:00hrs/3 Aug - 02:00hrs), QF*(7 Aug - 02:00hrs), SF*(10 Aug - 19:30hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 02:15hrs)
Men's Light Heavyweight(81kg) - Sumit Sangwan: R32(30 Jul - 19:15hrs/31 Jul - 02:15hrs), R16*(4 Aug - 20:00hrs/5 Aug - 03:00hrs), QF*(9 Aug - 03:00hrs), SF*(11 Aug - 02:30hrs), Final*(12 Aug - 19:15hrs)
Women's Flyweight(51kg) - MC Mary Kom: R16(5 Aug - 18:00hrs), QF*(6 Aug - 18:00hrs), SF*(8 Aug - 18:00hrs), Final*(9 Aug - 21:00hrs)
Indian hockey faced its biggest shame when we failed to qualify in 2008. The tussle between HI & IHF made it worse. Jose Brasa was made the coach and we reached the final of 2010 CWG, losing 8-0 to Aussies in final. Everyone had high expectations for 2010 Asian Games where a gold medal would ensure Olympic qualification. But we lost to Malaysia in SF, leading to sacking of Brasa. Again the team is back to square one. People lost the expectations of an Olympic return. In June 2011, Michael Nobbs was made the coach and he made lot of promises. He gave importance to fitness and brought the old Indian style of hockey. The results were showing and finally India qualified by beating France 8-1 in final of qualification tournament.
Penalty Corner specialist Sandeep Singh(scored 16 of India's 44 goals in the qualifier) & vice-captain Sardara Singh holds India's trump card. Coach Nobbs and captain/goalie Bharat Chettri are optimistic of a top 6 finish. India is clubbed in group B with giants Germany & Netherlands and will face stiff competition from South Korea, New Zealand & Belgium. Unless we pull off a surprising result against Netherlands in the opening match, its very unlikely that we will qualify for SF. But 5th/6th place finish is realistic.
Group Matches(vs): Netherlands(30 Jul - 20:30hrs); New Zealand(1 Aug - 20:30hrs); Germany(3 Aug - 18:15hrs); South Korea(5 Aug - 17:45hrs); Belgium(7 Aug - 20:30hrs)
Semifinal*: 9 Aug - 20:00hrs/10 Aug - 00:30hrs
Placement Matches: 11th Place*(11 Aug - 13:00hrs); 9th Place*(9 Aug - 13:00hrs); 7th Place*(9 Aug - 16:00hrs); 5th Place*(11 Aug - 16:00hrs); Bronze medal*(11 Aug - 20:00hrs); Gold medal*(12 Aug - 00:30 hrs)
Garima Chaudhary is the only qualified judoka. She is ranked 94th in the world in women's 63kg category. In her recent interview, she is confident of performing well. No chance at all for her to win medal, will struggle to win her 1st round match.
Women's 63kg: 31 Aug - 14:00hrs(R32, R16*, QF*), 18:30hrs(SF*,Repechage*,Bronze medal*), 20:30hrs(Gold medal*)
Sawarn Singh Virk will be participating in Men's Single Sculls & Sandeep Kumar, Manjeet Singh in Men's Lightweight Double Sculls. Sawarn Singh surprised everyone by beating Asian Games gold medalist Bajrang Lal Thakkar to participate in qualifiers and he didn't disappoint the selection committee. Coming to Olympics, Indians don't chance a stand at all compared to European rowers. The coach has openly said that he would be happy if they can qualify for QF(Single Sculls) & SF(Double Sculls).
Men's Single Sculls: 28 Jul - 17:00hrs(Heats); 29 Jul - 14:20hrs(Repechages); 31 Jul - 15:10hrs(QF*); 1 Aug - 14:00hrs(SF*); 3 Aug - 14:00hrs(Final*)
Men's Lightweight Double Sculls: 29 Jul - 15:40hrs(Heats); 31 Jul - 15:00hrs(Repechages); 1 Aug - 14:20hrs(SF*); 4 Aug - 14:10hrs(Final*)
Indian shooting has been on a rise after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won silver in Athens 2004. In Beijing 2008, a silent guy named Abhinav Bindra participating in his 3rd Olympics surprised everyone by winning India's 1st ever individual gold in Olympics. 11 shooters are going to London, the largest ever. Indian shooters struggled in various stages of this year's world cup with all the Olympic bound shooters failing to reach the final. But lately, the shooters are peaking. Coach Sunny Thomas has said that Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang are shooting consistently at 595 in 10m Air Rifle, which should be enough to qualify for final. Ronjan Sodhi, former World number 1 in Double Trap, has set a score in his mind which he feels is enough to qualify for final. Seasoned campaigners Manavjit Singh Sandhu & Vijay Kumar is also capable of performing well. Coming to women's shooters, its difficult to tell how they perform coz of their inconsistency. On their given day, they can cause some upsets. Can expect 2 medals of any color.
Men's 10m Air Rifle - Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang: 30 Jul - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 16:45hrs(Final*)
Men's 50m Rifle Prone - Gagan Narang, Joydeep Karmakar: 3 Aug - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 16:30hrs(Final*)
Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions - Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput: 6 Aug - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 18:15hrs(Final*)
Men's 10m Air Pistol - Vijay Kumar: 28 July - 16:30hrs(Qualification), 20:00hrs(Final*)
Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol - Vijay Kumar: 2 Aug & 3 Aug - 15:00hrs(Qualification), 3 Aug - 19:00hrs(Final*)
Men's Trap - Manavjit Singh Sandhu: 5 Aug & 6 Aug - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 6 Aug - 20:30hrs(Final*)
Men's Double Trap - Ronjan Sodhi: 2 Aug - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 19:30hrs(Final*)
Women's 10m Air Pistol - Annuraj Singh, Heena Sidhu: 29 Jul - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 16:15hrs(Final*)
Women's 25m Pistol - Annuraj Singh, Rahi Sarnobat: 1 Aug - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 20:00hrs(Final*)
Women's Trap - Shagun Chowdhary: 4 Aug - 13:30hrs(Qualification), 19:30hrs(Final*)
Ullalmath Gagan qualified in Men's 1500m Freestyle via Universality quota. Would be happy if he finishes in a respectable position in heats. Don't expect him to qualify from heats.
Men's 1500m Freestyle: 28 Jul - 21:30hrs(Qualification swim-off); 3 Aug - 14:53hrs(Heats*); 5 Aug - 00:06hrs(Final*)
The first name which comes to our mind is Achanta Sharath Kamal. Sadly he failed to qualify. But India will be represented by two vibrant 19 year old from Siliguri- Soumyajith Ghosh in men's & Ankita Das in women's section. Their main aim would be to gain as much experience as possible from this Olympics rather than a medal.
Men's Singles: 28 Jul - 14:15hrs(Prelims), 20:30hrs(R128*); 29 Jul - 15:30hrs(R64*); 30 Jul - 14:30hrs(R32*), 23:30hrs(R16*); 1 Aug - 00:30hrs/14:30hrs(QF*); 2 Aug - 14:30(SF*), 19:00hrs(Bronze medal*), 20:00hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's Singles: 28 Jul - 13:30hrs(Prelims), 15:45hrs(R128*); 29 Jul - 01:00hrs/13:30hrs(R64*), 22:30hrs(R32*); 30 Jul - 20:00hrs(R16*); 31 Jul - 14:30hrs(QF*), 20:30hrs(SF*); 1 Aug - 19:00hrs(Bronze medal*), 20:00hrs(Gold medal*)
There has been back-stabbing & lot of controversies when it came to the selection of tennis team. Let's not discuss about it. Rather, let's speak about their chances. Expect atleast 1 medal.
Even though they are not in goood form, the team of Mahesh Bhupathi & Rohan Bopanna has a good chance to win a medal in Men's Doubles. It's coz most of the doubles team will be made up of singles players rather than doubles specialist. Also they must be really motivated to prove their point about their selection to the entire nation. The American duo of Bryan brothers are the favourites to win. The other Indian pair is made up of the veteran Leander Paes and rising star Vishnu Vardhan. Vishnu hasn't played much in grass. So Leander's experience will hold a big factor.
Mixed Doubles is the area where Indians(Paes/Mirza) are almost assured of a medal. One disadvantage is both Paes & Mirza are deuce court players. But they are expected to sort this out and come out high.
In Men's Singles, Somdev Devvarman got a wildcard thanks to his protected ranking of 87. He got injured in early January ahead of the Chennai Open and still hasn't completely recovered. Olympics will be his 1st tournament after returning from injury. With top stars also in the fray, it will be a big mountain for him to climb.
In Women's Doubles, Sania Mirza will be partnering Rushmi Chakravarthi and they don't have any chance to win a medal.
Men's Singles: 28 Jul & 29 Jul - 16:00hrs(R64); 30 Jul & 31 Jul - 16:00hrs(R32*); 1 Aug - 16:00hrs(R16*); 2 Aug - 16:00hrs(QF*); 3 Aug - 16:30hrs(SF*); 5 Aug - 16:30hrs(Bronze medal*), 18:30hrs(Gold medal*)
Men's Doubles: 28 Jul & 29 Jul - 16:00hrs(R32); 30 Jul - 16:00hrs(R16*); 31 Jul & 1 Aug - 16:00hrs(QF*); 2 Aug - 16:00hrs(SF*); 4 Aug - 16:30hrs(Bronze medal*), 18:30hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's Doubles: 28 Jul & 29 Jul - 16:00hrs(R32); 30 Jul - 16:00hrs(R16*); 31 Jul & 1 Aug - 16:00hrs(QF*); 2 Aug - 16:00hrs(SF*); 5 Aug - 16:30hrs(Bronze medal*), 18:30hrs(Gold medal*)
Mixed Doubles: 1 Aug - 16:00hrs(R16); 2 Aug - 16:00hrs(QF*); 3 Aug - 16:00hrs(SF*); 4 Aug - 16:30hrs(Bronze medal*); 5 Aug - 16:30hrs(Gold medal*)
2 weightlifters have qualified for Olympics - Ravi Kumar in Men's 69kg & Soniya Chanu in Women's 48kg. Both of them are high in confidence but Chinese are expected to dominate.
There had been lot of doping scandals in past in Indian weightlifting. Even IWF had imposed a 2 year ban on Indian weightlifters in 2006. Monika Devi had withdrawn from 2008 Olympics for failing a dope test. I would be happy if our lifters return without failing in dope test.
Men's 69kg: 31 Jul - 14:30hrs(Group B), 23:30hrs(Group A)
Women's 48kg: 28 Jul - 20:00hrs(Group A)
Sushil Kumar was the 3rd athlete who won a medal(bronze) in Beijing 2008 making it India's most successful campaign. He didn't stop there as he went on to win the World Championships in 2010. This time also, he is the one to watch out for in Men's 66kg Freestyle(FS) along with Yogeshwar Dutt who lost in QF in Men's 60kg FS in Beijing. Amit Kumar surprised everyone by winning gold in this year's Asian Championship in Men's 55kg FS, thereby qualifying for Olympics. Other Indian in Men's section is Narsingh Yadav in 74kg FS.
Geeta Phogat became the first woman wrestler to qualify for Olympics. She will be in competing in 55kg FS category.
Expect 2 medals(Sushil & Yogeshwar)
Men's 55kg FS - Amit Kumar: 10 Aug - 17:30hrs(Qualification), 18:00hrs(R16*), 19:00hrs(QF*), 19:30hrs(SF*), 22:15hrs(Repechage* & Bronze medal*), 22:55hrs(Gold medal*)
Men's 60kg FS - Yogeshwar Dutt: 11 Aug - 17:30hrs(Qualification), 18:00hrs(R16*), 19:00hrs(QF*), 19:30hrs(SF*), 22:15hrs(Repechage* & Bronze medal*), 22:55hrs(Gold medal*)
Men's 66kg FS - Sushil Kumar: 12 Aug - 13:00hrs(Qualification), 13:30hrs(R16*), 14:30hrs(QF*), 15:00hrs(SF*), 17:15hrs(Repechage* & Bronze medal*), 17:55hrs(Gold medal*)
Men's 74kg FS - Narsingh Yadav: 10 Aug - 17:30hrs(Qualification), 18:00hrs(R16*), 19:00hrs(QF*), 19:30hrs(SF*), 22:15hrs(Repechage* & Bronze medal*), 22:55hrs(Gold medal*)
Women's 55kg FS - Geeta Phogat: 9 Aug - 17:30hrs(Qualification), 17:55hrs(R16*), 18:55hrs(QF*), 19:30hrs(SF*), 22:15hrs(Repechage* & Bronze medal*), 22:45hrs(Gold medal*)
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