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August 15, 2004

India's challenge in TT ends
Achanta Sharath Kamal lost his second round match to 25th ranked Lai Chak Ko of Hong Kong.

Polsak hoists Thailand's first women's gold
The 22-year-old won the 53 kg class and added the Olympic crown to the world championship she captured last year.

Chanu finishes fourth
The Indian strongwoman Chanu joined the list of Indian casualties at the Olympics after managing a total lift of only 190 kg in the 53 kg women's Olympic weightlifting competition.

Manavjit, Mansher bow out
The Indian shooters ended in 19th and 21st place respectively in the men's trap event at the Olympics.

Popat falls by the wayside
The Indian champion was beaten in the round of 16 in the women's singles badminton by Mia Audina.

Reena, Sumangala up; Dola bows out
Reena Kumari and Sumangala Sharma advanced to the second knock-out round, but Dola Banerjee bowed out in the women's individual 70 metres archery event at the Olympic Games.

Jitender Kumar bows out
The Indian suffered a deep gash above his left eye, which forced the referee to stop his 81 kgs bout against Ukraine's Andriy Fedchuck.

Kunjarani finishes fifth
Nurcan Taylan of Turkey with a world record lift of 210 kg won the 48kg class in the women's weightlifting competition..

August 14, 2004

Shirur eighth, Anjali fails
China's Du Li stole the gold in the last round of shooting from Russia's Lioubov Galkina in the women's 10m Air Rifle.

Anju can do it
P T Usha, the 'Golden Girl' of Indian athletics, says Anju George has gained the required confidence to do well when it matters most.

Popat romps into last 16
The Indian ace proved too good for Michelle Edwards in her opening match in the badminton competition.

India at the Games on Sunday
Nikhil Kanetkar and Abhinn Shyam Gupta begin their campaign in the men's badminton tournament.

Manavjit, Mansher fail to qualify
India's ace sharpshooters crashed out of the men's Trap event in the qualification round at the Olympic Games.

Goalkeeping will determine India's progress
Former India captain and coach V Bhaskaran rates Germany as favourites for the men's Olympic hockey gold.

Sharath Kamal advances, Mouma exits
Commonwealth and national champion Sharath Kamal turned in a smart display to defeat Boudjadja Mohamed in the first round of the men's singles table tennis competition.

Judoka Akram Shah outclassed
The Indian lost tamely in only 44 seconds to Khashbaatar Tsagaanbaatar of Mongolia in the second round of the 60 kg Group B category.

India's Paulose finishes last
India's Pandari Kummel Paulose finished last in the third heat of the Men's Single Sculls event.

Rivals go head to head
Athens is sure to produce its own unforgettable clashes.

It's now or never for me
Hockey ace Dhanraj Pillay says the Indian team cannot wait to take on Holland in the first game.

Pillay, Dhillon hold the key
Former Olympian Mervyn Fernandis says the veteran duo will have to break the shackles of man-to-man marking by the Dutch and find the spaces to feed the forwards.

August 13, 2004

Kunjarani to kick-off 'lifting challenge
The 36-year-old weightlifter is up in the 48 kg category on Saturday.

Shooters hoping to be on target
Anjali Bhagwat and Suma Shirur, in the women's 10-metre rifle, and Mansher Singh and Manavjit Singh Sandhu, in the men's trap, will be in action on Saturday.

Pugilists begin medal quest on Saturday
Jitender Kumar faces a superior Andriy Fedchuk of Ukraine in his opening bout in the 81-kg category.

India at the Games
Saturday's events featuring Indians.

Popat draws easy first round
The Indian ace will meet Michelle Edwards of South Africa in the first round of the women's singles badminton on Saturday.

August 12, 2004

Easy draw for Indian paddlers
Achanta Sharath Kamal is pitted against Mohamed Boudjadja of Algeria in the first round of the men's singles while Mouma Das faces Nanthana Komwong of Thailand in the women's singles.

Hockey wide open as holders go for triple
Eight-times champions India the Dutch in their opening pool game on Sunday evening.

Women archers fifth in ranking round
The Indian women's team of Dola Banerjee, Sumangala Sharma and Reena Kumari will take on Great Britain in the knock-out round.

Paes-Bhupathi meet Roddick-Fish in opener
The Indian pair was drawn in a relatively easy bottom half in the men's doubles tennis at the Athens Games.

August 11, 2004

Live telecast of Olympics opening ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of "Olympics-2004" will be telecast Live on the National Network on DD-I on 13th August 2004.

'Hockey team capable of a medal'
Former Olympians say the Indian team needs to translate individual brilliance into teamwork to come put trumps.

Indian tricolour unfurled at Athens
The Indian flag was ceremonially hoisted at the Games village at a simple ceremony on Tuesday night.

India chase elusive individual gold
The country has sent 75 athletes to the Olympics, but few in the cricket-mad country see any surefire gold medal candidate.

August 06, 2004

Punjab to give Rs 10m for Olympic gold winner
The government said it will also give Rs five million to silver medal winners and Rs 2.5 million for bronze.

Shuttlers can surprise: Vimal Kumar
The chief coach of the Indian badminton team said it could be considered a good achievement if Aparna Popat, Nikhil Kanetkar and Abhinn Shyam Gulta make the last eight stage.

Archers in high spirits
Tarundeep Rai said he is confident of winning a medal in the team event at the Olympics.

Anju to carry Indian flag at Athens
The ace long jumper will carry the Indian flag in the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics.

August 04, 2004

Athens-bound boxers confident
Jitender Kumar, Akhil Kumar and Vijender Singh are determined not to get overawed by the strong field at the Athens Games.

August 03, 2004

Shuttlers keen to make a mark
Aparna Popat, Abhinn Shyam Gupta and Nikhil Kanetkar are unfancied in the badminton competition at Athens but hope to make a mark with a spirited showing.


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