London Olympics Day 12 Report




A day to forget for India as they flopped in every event.

Athletics (Men’s Triple Jump and Men’s Discuss Throw)

Vikas failed to make it big after a good start in finals.

Renjith Maheswary failed to even manage a valid jump at the London Olympics in men’s triple jump event. Renjith faulted in all his three attempts and finished at last (not ranked actually) in the qualification. Prior to event, Renjith looked like the one who lives in realistic present when he said, he aims for top 10 finish instead of medal. But his failure to qualify for finals comes as big disappointment for India.

In men’s Discuss throw final, Vikas Gowda failed to win any medals for India. He started in finals superbly by throwing 64. 79m and making India to jump on the joy of potential medal chance. But thereafter everything curtains for Vikas Gowda. In next five attempts, he failed even better his first throw range. He hit 60.95m, 63.03m, 64.15m, 64.48m and 63.89m in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th attempts respectively. It is very sad that he didn’t even looked threatening for medal after first throw. Vikas Gowda finished at 8th position in the final with Germany Robert Harding winning the gold medal (68.27m). Now, a medal in athletics looks even more blink at the London Olympics.

Hockey (Men’s Preliminary Group B)

Indian hockey team looked clueless on the pitch

India hockey team sorry state continued as they failed to win a single match at London Olympics. In the last match against Belgium, the one which India is tipped to win easily is ended in another bitter defeat 0-3. India had plenty of chances but Belgium keeper stood like an unbeatable wall as he blocked shots one after another. India team kept attacking to get their first goal but in the process gave way for Belgium to pouch on lapses. Belgium scored all their three goals in field play.

This is definitely not what anyone expected from team India. Indian team failure to convert chances and keep out defensive lapses are the constant problem highlighted for poor show. Indian hockey team coach Nobbs blamed players for lack of concentration, poor focus in the penetration area and not sticking to the game plan. India is the only team at London Olympics to get even one point in their group matches.

Indian hockey team will now play for classification 9-12 at the London Olympics. Atleast if they do well in those matches, they can finish at better 9th.

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