The London Olympics 2012 .. So far.
The London Olympics .. So far.
Olympics is one of the most awaited event of 2012 and well like every other Indian we felt like every gold medal belongs to us. But the fact that our sports players have done everything on their own without any help from the government whatsoever our players have done quite well.
In 2008 Beijing Olympics India had got three medals, while in the on-going 2012 London Olympics, the country`s medal tally has already bagged 3 medals and still more are expected to come, while we do have Mary Kom who ensured a fourth medal for the country at the 2012 London Olympic Games by making her way to the semi-finals Monday…wow…
“Mary Kom from Manipur in the far east region of India has won her boxing bout against a difficult opponent and is now sure of at least winning a medal for the country,” Amitabh wrote on his blog.
“Mary Kom has had an amazing life and her story is such a fairy tale, it would be difficult to imagine what all she went through to get where she is today. A mother of two, taking up boxing for India and coming out victorious is nothing short of miraculous.
“How she lived in meagre circumstances and without any support from any sporting agencies, either private or state, she emerged through shear will power and love for boxing to be a medal winner in the London 2012 Olympics … salutations and respect “ he added.
Our medals tally though minimal and almost unknown is gradually increasing over the years, and it is wonderful to see India being associated with certain disciplines that were never there on our radar before!” he said.
Several Indian superstars have failed to live up to the top billing and hype at the London Olympics. After Deepika Kumari and Ronjan Sodhi, it was the turn of Indian boxing’s poster-boy, Vijender Singh, to crash out of the quarter-finals on Monday.
The usual swagger and aura was there as the Beijing Olympics bronze medallist entered the arena. Even some British girls were cheering for Vijender. “What should we call him?” they asked. As they struggled to pronounce his name, it became ‘Viju’. So, not only the Indians, but even British girls were shouting “Viju, come one, Viju, come on…”
But Vijender was unable to put on the kind of performance against Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev that could have launched him into the semi-final.
Having seen the same Vijender take on the same Atoev in the 2010 Asian Games final, where the Indian won gold, expectations had been raised. Alas, Vijender was like flat beer, just no fizz. The crowds kept shouting, but on this night, Vijender’s style didn’t work.
But where the guys failed to impress, the women are doing a quite commendable job. Tuesday at the felicitation ceremony organised in her honour. Saina became the first Indian badminton player and second woman from the country to win an Olympic medal when her opponent Wang Xin of China pulled out of the bronze medal play-off due to a knee injury.
The 22-year-old Saina Nehwal said she was lucky to win the bronze but she was optimistic about her chances ever since she won back-to-back titles in Thailand and Indonesia in the run-up to the Olympics. “I beat all the top players during that time and things were working for me. In Indonesia, I beat the player (Li Xuerui) who beat Wang Yihan to win the gold in London. So I was really confident about my chances going into the Olympics,” said the world no. 5.
Recollecting how she felt standing on an Olympic podium, Saina said: “It was an unbelievable feeling. I was thinking of all the years of training and hard work I put for winning an Olympic medal. It has motivated me to be the best in the World and do better in Rio.”
Though it is sad that we haven’t won gold yet we still have our hope at the ultimate woman, Mary Kom. Well only women are capable of handling pressure, and I can’t wait her to prove this.