So we have come to the half way in London, some disappoint, some glory for India and some still vying to add in the medal count. All in all it hasn’t been that disappointing and not that glorious that we had hoped for.
Surely Deepika’s exit in first round was a set back but Vijay Kumar’s silver medal was out of no where. (specially for me). We surely have hatched some talents in this Olympic, some went little further while some faltered in initial stage but none the less they caught 120 crore people’s eyes. Kashyap went till Quarters after bowing to No 1 Malaysian Lee Chong Wei while Joydeep finished fourth in 50m Rifle prone and lost the bronze just by a whisker. Had it not been world no 1 Yihang Wang we surely had another medal in badminton but Saina is still in pretty much contention for bronze later today.
While Abhinav Bindra and Ronjan Sodhi disappointed us we managed our only medals in shooting only so it is still better that other sport so far. Gagan and Vijay rose to the occasion and performed their skin out.
Had Vishnu Paes won the tie break in the first set against Frenchmen Tsonga Llodra story would have been different now but what a game they played against world no5 Tsonga. But surely Vishnu is a good prospect after Paes and Mahesh. Paes Sania is playing their mixed double unfinished match against top seeded Mirnyi Azarenka of Belarus. India pair is trailing 2-3 in 2nd set after losing the first one by 7-5.
Hockey was big disappointment, losing 3 games in a trot against the Dutch, New Zealand and yesterday against the Germany when they were hammered by 5-2. India’s problem is the finishing touch; they create the opportunity but most of times fail to capitalize on them.
There are few athletes who are in contention and one medal hopes Mery Kom is still to start her campaign on Sunday. And then there are Vijendra Singh, Poonia, Devendro Singh and of course Saina Nehwal.
I am still hoping that India will finish with 5 medals. How many you are hoping for?