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Wrestler Sushil Kumar today created history by becoming the first Indian to win back-to-back Olympic medals but the coveted gold medal eluded him as he lost the men’s freestyle 66kg category final to his Japanese opponent rather tamely at the ExCel Arena here today.
The 29-year-old Sushil found the Japanese Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, a tough opponent as he carved out a 3-1 victory to shatter the his hopes of winning a gold medal.
With the addition of Sushil’s silver medal, India completed their engagements in the 30th edition of the Olympics with a record haul of six medals — two silver and four bronze — but the gold medal could not be won by any one.
In Beijing, India had won one gold and two bronze medals.
Sushil, who was cheered by the flag-waving Indian spectators, was down with dehydration when he took the mat for the final and that had a bearing on his performance.
“Í had a stomach problem just after the semi-final, because of the dehydration. I lost weight and was feeling a little weak. But we have got a silver medal and we will try for gold medal in the next Olympics,” Sushil said after the medal ceremony.
“I had said about 15 days ago that we will do well. It was a question of what will be the colour of medals. I am happy that Yogeshwar won a bronze and our performance will keep improving,” he said.
In the final, Sushil found the going tough against the japanese who just did not allow the Indian to grip him at all.
Sushil tried desperately to get a breakthroug but without much luck as the Japanese wrestled intelligently. The Japanse won the first round 1-0 and took the second round 3-1 during which he picked up Sushil on his shoulder and brought him down, effectively ending the Indian’s chance.
“It was bronze in Beijing, and now it’s a silver. So were are gradually going up and may be in the next Olympics, I will be able to win the gold medal,” Sushil said.
Sushil said he dedicated the silver medal to his coach Satpal, parents, friends and the entire support staff.
“When you see us fight, you see us alone. But there are a lot of people who work behind the scenes to keep us fit. They also work equally hard. Besides, it is the blessings of my countrymen which has brought me to this level,” he said.
On how he planned to celebrate the victory, he said,”First I will take some rest. I have been training hard for the last five or six months. So a little rest is needed,” he said.
Team Manager Raj Singh said Sushil was down with dehydration after his semi-final bout and had also hurt his shoulder.
“He was in a bad shape. He vomitted thrice and went to the toilet six times before his bout. He was very weak and was not in a position to give his rival a fight,” he said.
Earlier, Sushil demolished Akhzurek Tanatrov of Kazakistan 9-6 in an engrossing semi-final contest to achieve the memorable feat and provide the late spark to India’s Olympic campaign.
Sushil, a bronze medallist in the Beijing Games and who was the flag bearer of the Indian contingent here, kept his reputation intact with a stunning dislay of skill, stamina and power as he wriggled out of some difficult positions to fashion three victories in a row.
Backed by vociferous Indian spectators, Sushil wrapped up the first round 3-1 in the high-voltage semi-final clash against Tanatrov but lost the second manche by an identical score.
In the crucial third round, the Indian showed his class and strength as he put up a commanding show to win 6-3 and assure himself of a silver medal and make sure that the Indian contingent finished the Games on a high note.
In the dying stages of the contest, Sushil virtually lifted his Kazakh opponent and pinned him to the mat, scoring heavily in the process.
In the pre-quarter final, Sushil disposed of defending champion Ramazan Sahin of Turkey and then prevailed over Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Naruzov 6-3.
The Indian appeared a little rusty in the first round of his bout against Sahin in the pre-quarter finals but found his mojo to tilt the scale in his favour from the second round onwards.
Sushil lost the first manche 0-2 and then took advantage of the click to scape past in the second round with a 1-0 scoreline. He played it safe in the third round and did not take too many risks but managed to get one point to get the better of the Beijing Olympic gold medallist.
In the quarter-final, Sushil showed his aggressive instincts a litte more as he tried to rattle the Uzbek opponent by trying out different grips.
The Indian wrestler bagged the first round quite comfortably with a 3-1 margin but conceded two points late in the second round to lose that round 1-2.
With the round score tied at 1-1, Sushil went for an all out attack and relied on his experience to secure two points and romp into the semi-finals much to the delight of the hordes of flag-waving Indian spectators who cheered him lustily.
Sushil had defeated Leonid Spiridonov of Kazakhstan in the repechage round to win the bronze medal in the Beijing Games four years ago.
Army sharp shooter Vijay Kumar today fought a nerve-wracking battle with five other top marksmen to clinch the silver medal in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the Olympic Games here today.
Kumar beat back the challenge of world champion Alexei Klimov of Russia, Chinese duo of Ding Feng and Zhang Jian and German Christian Reitz in the 40-shot final to finish runner-up in a thrilling finale behind Cuba’s Leuris Pupo who shot his way to the gold with a world record equalling score of 34.
The 26-year-old army subedar from Himachal Pradesh found the target 30 times out of 40 attempts in the series comprising eight rounds of five shots each.
This is India’s second medal in the ongoing quadrennial extravaganza after fellow marksman Gagan Narang’s bronze in the 10m Air Rifle event on July 30. This was also the country’s fourth medal in shooting in Olympic history.
The other medal winners are Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (silver in 2004 Athens) , Abhinav Bindra (gold in 2008 Beijing) besides Narang.
Kumar started with a bang, hitting the target all five times and kept himself in the hunt for a medal by consistently finding the target.
After a perfect five out of five at the start, Kumar, a double gold medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, found the target four times in the second and third series, but missed it twice in the fourth.
He came back strongly by finding the target four times in the next three rounds and assured himself of a silver. In the last round after Pupo shot four to clinch the gold, Kumar seemed to relax a bit and missed three targets.
The bronze medal was won by Feng with a tally of 27.
In the final, Kumar was assured of a medal after the the elimination of the trio of Klimov (23), Jian (17) and Christian (13) leaving himself, Pupo and Feng in the fray.
The silver was in his bag when Feng missed twice in the seventh round and Kumar replied with four.
Kumar had earlier lifted the Indian shooting team’s spirit after the flop show by Narang, who failed to qualify for the final of the 50m Rifle Prone, by entering the finals of his event through the preliminaries.
En route to his total score of 585, Kumar became the second shooter to break the previous Olympic record of 583 to give a hint of his potential during the second stage of qualification.
Placed fourth in the list, Kumar, who had scored 293 in stage 1 of the qualification yesterday, shot a series of 98 97 97 in the second stage to take his total score to 585.
He shot a sequence of 99 96 98 at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
The Army man then successfully competed with five shooters for a medal.
Pre-Games medal favourite Ronjan Sodhi had yesterday failed to qualify for the double trap event.
Klimov had created a new world record by shooting 592 but he could not replicate that in the final.
He scored a total of 592 after Stage 2, breaking the existing world record of 591 and Olympic record of 583, with 294 points in Stage 1 and a staggering 298 out of 300 in Stage 2.
India’s First Medal on Olympics … Gagan Narang gets a Bronze Medal in 10M Air Rifle.
Gagan Narang today won bronze medal in the 10m air rifle event at London Olympics.
Earlier in the day, Beijing Games gold medallist Abhinav Bindra crashed out of 10m air rifle with a dismal display in the qualifying rounds. However, compatriot Gagan Narang had kept alive India’s hopes by advancing to the medal round.
Bindra, who scripted history four years ago by becoming the country’s first-ever individual gold medallist in the Olympics, shot 594 out of 600 to finish a shocking 16th out of 47 competitors and lost the golden chance of becoming the world’s first shooter to win two successive Eagold medals at the mega event.
Despite recent injuries, Dawes is confident world record holder Bolt will be in peak condition as he attempts to retain both individual titles and help Jamaica keep their 4x100m crown.
“He’s back fully,” Dawes said. “He has been training very, very hard and his performance is on track.
“We expect he’ll be fully fit by the time the Olympics come around.”
Dawes believes Bolt and sprint rival Yohan Blake could reach new heights inLondon for the Jamaican team.
“Both of them are at the top of their game.
“If the conditions are ideal, then we are going to see something fantastic. We may see records go.
“They are 100% fit and 100% raring to go. They are mentally fit and they are going to be going all out.”
First up for Bolt will be the men’s 100m’s on 4 Aug in the Olympic Stadium, with his defence of the 200m title starting three days later on 7 Aug. The men’s 4 x 100m Relay starts on 10 Aug.
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