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I’ve just been diagnosed with Pedora: my foot is firmly in my mouth. The only consolation is that it is one of those disciplined guys in the opening ceremony:

Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra beat Olympic champion Zhu Qinan to the gold

Abhinav Bindra became India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist when he claimed the men’s 10m air rifle shooting title on Monday.

Athens Games champion Zhu Qinan of China won the silver and Henri Hakkinen of Finland took the bronze medal.

Bindra finished with 700.5 points, to edge out Zhu who had 699.7 points for the silver. Hakkinen got the bronze with 699.4.

Britain’s Jonathan Hammond could only manage a lowly finish of 29th.

“It can’t get better than this, can it?” said Bindra.

“I know India was waiting for this for a long time and so was I.

“I narrowly missed a medal at Athens so I knew I would be in with a chance if I focused on the job.”

India, winners of eight field hockey gold medals, had never won an individual Olympic title before Bindra’s feat.

The previous best was trap shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore’s silver at Athens, while there were bronze medals for wrestler Khasaba Jadhav (1952), tennis star Leander Paes (1996) and woman weightlifter Karnam Malleswari (2000).

Written by kowsik

August 11, 2008 at 11:38

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Just when we start thinking that we know what to expect, we are shown that “No, we don’t!” There are so many things that are wrong with this news item that I don’t even know where to begin:

Slipshod India cuts sorry figure in Olympic opening ceremony

Amlan Chakraborty
Beijing, Aug 8 (PTI) A slipshod India cut a sorry figure in the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony with the female members of the contingent making it a veritable go-as-you-like with their contrasting outfits that made them look completely misfit for the occasion.

With Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore carrying the tri-colour, the contingent looked good from far, as the male members decked out in off-white sherwanis. But as they came closer, things looked hardly impressive.

The tennis duo of Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao, attired in black trousers and practice jackets, looked completely out of sorts and the contrast was even more jarring to the eyes as going side by side was Delhi paddler Neha Aggarwal who chose a greenish saree for the occasion.

Though the generous crowd at the Bird’s Nest stadium roared to greet the Indians, it was a shoddy fashion statement by the Indians.

The moment they entered the Congress President Sonia Gandhi was on her feet and waved at them and the athletes also reciprocated. PTI

I don’t know who is worse, the sports persons, or is it this particular journalist? Neither seems to be aware that the key-word here is: discipline.

Written by kowsik

August 11, 2008 at 04:32

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