London, Aug 13 (IBNS): India within its standard put up a comparatively better show at the London Olympics which concluded at the Olympic Park stadium here Sunday night.
India sent its largest contingent consisting of 83 sportspersons from 13 disciplines and ended up collecting six medals including two silvers and four bronzes which is the highest number of medals earned from a single Olympic games so far.
However, if one takes gold medal as the measurement for achievement, then this performance is yet to surpass Beijing feat where India got a gold in shooting through Abhinav Bindra and a couple of bronzes by Vijender Singh in Boxing and Sushil Kumar in wrestling.
In London 2012 after Gagan Narang started the medal hunt wining a bronze in 10 m Air Rifle for men his compatriot Vijay Kumar buttressed the number winning a silver in 50 m rapid fire pistol.
Thereafter shuttler Saina Nehwa, boxer Mary Kom and grappler Yuogeswar Dutt collected a bronze each while Beijing bronze medalist Sushil Kumar achieved a rare feat among the Indians by winning silver in 66 kg category wrestling on the concluding day.
Sushil Kumar thus emerged as the lone Indian to earn a medal in individual event in two Olympics and that too back to back.
Indian hockey team gave its worst performance in Olympics so far losing all their matches and finished 12th out of the 12 teams who took part in this meet.
Only in the first match they could put up some fight before losing 2-3. While their defence looked shaky always and crumbled whenever there was any pressure, their front liners failed to combine beside failing to cash in on the chances which came in their way.
Much was expected from Archery and Tennis. Both the events failed to live up to the expectation and displayed a poor show. Most of the archers failed to qualify for the final round while a couple of others made their exit from the second round only.
Deepika Kumari who became champion in one of the world series Archery meet, before this Olympic was totally off colour and put up a dismal show failing to adjust with the local condition. In individual recurve, Deepika after qualifying could not proceed beyond first round.
Similarly in tennis, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna pair in men's doubles, Leander Paes- Sania Mirza in mixed doubles and Somdev Devvarman and Vishnu Vardhan, who were given wild cards here bit the dust in the first round itself. Only Leander and Vardhan could move up to 2nd round .
In comparison shooting and wrestling did well. Maintaining the tradition set up by Rajya Vardhan Singh Rathore who first won a shooting medal for India, a silver in Athens Olympics, and then a gold by Avinav Bindra at Beijing, Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang rose to the occasion to get a silver and a bronze for the country respectively. These apart shooter Jaydeep Karmakar missed a bronze narrowly finishing 4th in 50 m prone position rifle for men.
In wrestling also Indian grapplers, who got a bronze in Beijing through Sushil Kumar produced a better show this time. While Sushil Kumar lived up to the expectation and enhanced one more step and finishing with a silver, Yogeswar Dutt begged a bronze. Sushil Kumra said the country would get a gold next time.
Both in Badminton and boxing true to the prediction Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom gave a boost to the women sports bagging a bronze each. In men boxing another Indian medal hope Vijender Singh fought valiantly before bowing out from the quarter final narrowly.
Though India participated in eight other events including athletics, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, judo and rowing, the Indian challengers here except, Krishna Pooniah and Vikash Shive Gowda in women and men discuss respectively, bowed out of the competition losing in earlier rounds. Krishna and Vikash could reach the finals, but finished near the bottom.
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