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India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« on: October 03, 2010, 07:10:20 AM »

Commonwealth Games: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
Bobilli Vijay Kumar, TNN, Oct 3, 2010, 01.26am IST

NEW DELHI: Calm descended on the Capital on Saturday as anxiety finally gave way to anticipation, if not palpable excitement, on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.

Eerily, the roads were empty; metro trains rattled through deserted stations and bazaars were quiet. The teeming millions conjured up by the word 'India' was missing. Delhi was a ghost town on Saturday.

On Sunday, however, when Prince Charles declares the Games open, in the presence of President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries, the world will once again see India's many colours. It will hear the country's mellifluous and varied sounds and experience its rich culture, heritage and tradition.

The spectacular three-hour opening ceremony promises to erase all memory of the pain and ignominy India endured as preparations for the Games overcame tight deadlines, inefficient officials and corrupt politicians.

India is hoping to march into a new dawn. The 619-strong contingent, including 409 competitors, has already declared its target: the Number two position and 100 medals. It may just be two levels up from its fourth-place finish in Melbourne in 2006, but it will still be a great leap forward, at least in the world of sport.

After all, it would mean getting past buoyant Canada and a much more formidable England even as Australia stays comfortably out of reach. If nothing else, the extravaganza is thought likely to usher in a new sporting culture and sporting excellence. Led by world class shooters, including Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, spirited wrestlers and ambitious weightlifters, it may not be mission impossible.

India's greater challenge, though, would be to erase from the world's memory the anger and negativism that have dotted the run-up to the Rs 70,000-crore Games. The Capital is already a fortress, with machine gun-toting cops and speeding police jeeps.

Delhi is gearing up for the big challenge and the city is looking like a war zone. The state has cleverly closed down virtually the entire city: schools, colleges and most offices have already been given holidays, blowing away any danger of road jams or, worse, anger on the streets. The more optimistic ones in the ranks are even hoping that at least a part of this traffic would find its way into the stadiums.

That would have been a strong possibility if the Commonwealth's best athletes had not chosen to miss the Games. Sadly, sprint gods Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, who could have brought out even the most stoic fan, will be missing. South Africa's controversial runner, Caster Semenya, England's world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis and Australia's pinup girl Stephanie Rice too will add to the frustration of the star-stricken.

There will be many high points though: India's silver star Vijender Singh, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and the breathtaking pair of Lee-Hesh will surely energize the adrenaline rush. The die-hards will yet again look at the hockey wizards to pull off something special even as their women counterparts aim for another medal.

The rugby 7s may well turn out to be the surprise winner of the Games, though, with Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa and Samoa eager to strike gold here. Pole vaulter Steve Hooker, swimmer Leisel Jones, squash mandarin Nicole David, among others, will offer a whiff of world-class flavour.

Just a few days back, ironically, disorder and pandemonium reigned: venues were not ready; bridges were falling; even the Village was uninhabitable. But as sports minister M S Gill had quipped everything is ready for the big, fat Indian wedding. Yes, miraculously, almost everything has fallen into place, including wide grins on the faces of Suresh Kalmadi and Sheila Dik*.


INDIAN STARS TO WATCH

Badminton: Saina Nehwal, Chetan Anand, V Diju-Jwala Gutta
Boxing: Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar
Weightlifting: K Ravi Kumar, Sonia Chanu, Renu Bala, Monika Devi
Tennis: Leander-Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna
Shooting: Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Ronjon Sodhi, Samaresh Jung, Gagan Narang, Tejaswini Sawant, Asher Noria

Athletics: R Maheshwary, Tintu Luka, Mayookha Johny, K Poonia, Seema Antil
TT: Sharath Kamal
Archery: Dola Bannerjee, Deepika Kumari
Wrestling: Sushil Kumar
Swimming: Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal
Squash: Sourabh Ghosal, Deepika Pallikal, Joshna Chinnappa
PLUS Men's Hockey Team

WORLD STARS TO WATCH

Swimming: Leisel Jones (Aus) Olympic champion (breaststroke), Brenton Rickard (Aus) World champ (breaststroke), Rebecca Adlington (Eng) Olympic medal winner, Annamay Pierse (Canada) World record holder in 200m breaststroke, Tom Daley (Eng) youngest world champion in Diving

Track & Field: Steve Hooker (Aus) world pole vault champ, Fabrice Lapierre (Aus) world indoor long jump champ, Valerie Vili (NZ) world champ in shot put, Nancy Jebet Lagat ( Kenya) Olympic champ 1500m, Ezeliel Kemboi (Kenya) world steeplechase champ, Brimin Kipruto (Kenya) Olympic steeplechase champ
Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) world women's 5000m champ
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cwgarticleshow/6674548.cms
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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 05:51:14 PM »

India's CWG medal chase begins, lifters win 4

NEW DELHI: Nigerian schoolgirl Augustina Nwaokolo stunned India's Soniya Chanu  to win the women's weightlifting 48kg title on Monday, shattering home hopes of taking the first gold of the Commonwealth Games.

India's good show continued as Sukhen Dey took silver with compatriot Srinivasa Rao claiming bronze in the men's 56kg weightlifting.

Dey lifted a total of 252 kg (snatch 112, clean and jerk 140) while Srinivasa Rao had an overall lift of 248 kg (snatch 107, clean and jerk 141).

Malaysian Ibrahim Amirul Hamizan won the gold with a lift of 257 kg (snatch 116, clean and jerk 141). He created a new Games record in snatch beating his own 115 kg at Manchester 2002.

The 17-year-old teenager Nwaokolo set a new Commonwealth record of 175kg after a snatch lift of 77kg and clean and jerk attempt of 98kg.

Chanu took silver with compatriot Sandhya Rani winning bronze as India's grip on the division ended after Kunjarani Devi had won 48kg gold in Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne four years ago.

After gliding through the opening stage with three confident lifts in the snatch, high school student Nwaokolo then succeeded with 94kg and 98kg in the clean and jerk before failing with 100kg.

But that still left Chanu, the Commonwealth champion, needing to lift 103kg to make up an overall deficit of nine kilos.

However, the pressure of home hopes proved too much for the 30-year-old from Manipur who failed on both of her attempts and despite coming into the Games with a personal best of 175kg, she had to settle for silver with a 167kg total.

Rani had a personal best of 167kg, but she finished on 165kg after failing on a final attempt of 97kg in the clean and jerk.

"There was no pressure on me and I was so happy for what I got," said Chanu.

"It wasn't our day. We practiced well, but today we couldn't do it."

The gold medal was Nigeria's seventh in a women's event in Commonwealth Games history, but the first in a sport other than athletics.

"I lifted more weight than this during practice, but today I couldn't," said Rani.

The result was a devastating blow to Indian hopes in a sport in which they have traditionally excelled at Commonwealth Games level.

At the 2006 Melbourne Games, Indian lifters won nine medals, including three golds while in Manchester, four years earlier, they had bagged 27 medals in total, 12 of them gold.

Australia's Erika Yamasaki, the bronze medallist in Melbourne four years ago, crashed out after failing three times attempting 88kg in the clean and jerk.

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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2010, 03:21:31 PM »

CWG Update as on 9th October


NEW DELHI: Second seed Sania Mirza  failed to increase India's gold haul as she went down fighting against Australia's Anastasia Rodionova in the women's singles final at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Anastasia defeated Sania 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) to win the singles gold.

India's gold tally swelled to 24 when wrestler Narsingh Yadav won gold in 74kg freestyle event.

Narsingh beat South African Richard Addinall in the final while Evan MacDonald of Canada won the bronze.

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt also won gold in 60kg freestyle. Yogeshwar defeated Canada's James Mancini in the 60kg freestyle final.

India's medal winners on Saturday

Gold (4)
   
Silver (1)
   
Bronze (3)
Harpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar (25m centre fire pistol pairs)
   
Sania Mirza (Women's singles, Tennis)
   
Harminder Singh (Men's 20 km walk )
Gagan Narang (50m rifle 3 position)
   
   
Men's Table Tennis team
Yogeshwar Dutt (60kg freestyle wrestling)
   
   
Suma Shirur and Kavita Yadav (Women's 10m air rifle pairs)
Narsingh Yadav (74kg freestyle wrestling)
   
   

   
   
India's total tally so far: 24 (G)-17 (S)-15 (B) = 56
   

The 27-year-old Dutt went for broke from the start with an aggression and verve for which an intimidated Mancini had no answer, shoving the Canadian to the floor twice and then pushing him out to close out the first session 3-1.

It was the same story in the second, with Dutt picking up another single then adding three more points to his tally after getting behind Mancini's knee and then shoving him out before rolling his opponent on the ground.

Earlier, shooter Gagan Narang picked up his fourth gold by winning the men's 50m rifle 3 position event.

Shooters Harpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar also won gold in 25-metre centre fire pistol pairs event to open the gold account on Day 6 of the Games.

India scored 1159 in the final to clinch gold.

Harminder Singh won a surprise bronze medal in men's 20 km walk event to give the country its second medal in athletics in the Games.

Harminder clocked 1:23.27s, better than his personal best of 1:24.23s, to finish third behind Australians Jared Talent (1:22.18s), who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Luke Adams (1:22.31s) who was the silver medallist in 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

The 26-year-old, who recently shifted to 20km walk from 50km walk race, missed Babu Bhai Panucha's national record of 1:23.06s by a few seconds.

Harminder became the first Indian to win a medal in walk race competition in Commonwealth Games. He is also the only fifth Indian to win CWG medal in athletics after Milkha Singh (gold in men's 440yard race in 1958), Praveen Kumar (silver in men's hammer throw in 1966), Mohinder Singh Gill (bronze in men's triple jump in 1970; silver in men's triple jump in 1974) and Suresh Babu (bronze in men's long jump in 1978).

Tallent clinched the gold medal after he was trailing Adams till the last two kilometers in a new Games record of 1:22:18.

Meanwhile, Indian men's table tennis team won bronze medal after beating Nigeria 3-0 at Yamuna sports complex.

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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010, 09:25:12 AM »

Don't know about you guys, but most of India is glued on the CWG......
Currently the men's road-race-cycling is going on the streets of Delhi and the aerial views are stunning. I am recording it from TV.

Unfortunately, the much fancied boxer Akhil Kumar lost to an unknown Mauritian.............guess, he is getting on in age.
Others are doing well though and India remains at no.2 on medals-tally.
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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010, 10:28:41 AM »

cant be arsed except for sports that i actually want to watch. i have no interest in watching the hammerthrow, not indians nor others
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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2010, 10:43:33 AM »

It is not about the hammer-throws alone...............there are some very interesting boxing and wrestling bouts, where India is doing great! ::cheers::
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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2010, 04:01:13 PM »

India won its 29th gold at the Commonwealth Games when Somdev Devvarman beat Australia's Greg Jones in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in the singles final.
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Re: India aim for 100 medals and second spot finish
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2010, 05:11:44 PM »

I am impressed to see Indians especially women do relatively well in Athletics. It was great to see the Indian woman win the bronze in 10,000 meters a domain usually reserved for Africans. And then there may be a medal tomorrow in 800 meters. Good to see an Indian winning Silver in Discus throw. It was great to see three Indian women in the last 8 of Heptathletes. Also great was the Bronze Medal in Gymanstics which is not known to most Indians.

After all, the most important part of any Games like Olympics are the Athletic events where Indians have been the worst sofar. Hope these games will lift them up, provided there is support from the government.
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