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|August 30, 2004|
The Great Indian Excuses resurface
There seems to be no end to the excuses given by Indian athletes for their shoddy performances at yet another Olympiad.
Sad end to my Olympics
Hockey ace Dhanraj Pillay says his farewell match in the Olympics ended on a bitter note, thanks to the team management.
|August 28, 2004|
Big names at IOA's Athens bash
IOA president Suresh Kalmadi arranged a high-profile party to tell foreign delegates about the Half Marathon Championships, which Delhi will host in October.
At last, some cheer for the team
The thumping victory over South Korea in India's concluding match of the Olympic men's hockey tournament was a fitting tribute to Dhanraj Pillay and Baljit Dhillon, who most likely played their last Olympics, says V Bhaskaran.
Indian wrestlers bow out
Indian grapplers Sushil Kumar and Sujit Mann crashed out of competition without putting even a semblance of a fight.
Sujit Mann loses first bout
India's Sujit Mann lost his first elimination round pool A bout 0-8 to Kunihiko Obata of Japan in the 74 kg freestyle category of the men's wrestling competition.
|August 27, 2004|
4x400 team breaks nat. mark
The quartet of K M Beenamol, Manjeet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur and Chitra K Soman clocked 3 minutes 26.89 seconds to qualify to the final in the event.
Anju breaks Nat. record, finishes 6th
The Indian long jump ace cleared 6.83 metres in her first jump at the Olympics in Athens.
Ramesh Kumar wins but fails to advance
The Indian wrestler beat Zhirayr Hovehannisyan of Armenia 3-1 in the 66kg elimination round but his opening bout loss proved costly.
Pakistan take fifth place, Egypt last
Sohail Abbas scored thrice from penalty-corners as Pakistan beat New Zealand 4-1 in their concluding match in the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
Olympics is different ball game, says Paes
The Indian tennis ace says the Olympics is about playing for the prestige of flag and nation.
Indian hockey needs foreign coaches: Zafar
The former captain and Olympic gold medallist said Indian hockey had reached its nadir and Indian coaches had failed to revive it.
Dhanraj not ready to quit
The veteran forward regretted not being able to win a medal at the Olympics.
Nothing wrong with Rach's tactics: Gill
The IHF chief said the Indian team could have fared better at the Olympics but for certain things that he did not want to discuss.
Pillay, Dhillon opt out of Pakistan tour
Gagan Ajit Singh and Deepak Thakur will also miss the first leg of the series, in Pakistan, because of injuries.
India rout Korea, finish seventh
Gagan Ajit Singh scored twice in 5-2 victory in India's concluding match in the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
Wrestler Anuj finishes 16th in 84kg
The Indian grappler lost both his bouts in the freestyle wrestling competition.
Hockey: India beat South Korea 5-2
Gagan Ajit Singh scored four goals.
We messed up everything from day one
India's poor showing at the Olympics, says Dhanraj Pillay, had nothing to do with the strategy of the team.
Sounds impossible, but Anju can do it
To win a medal, Anju needs to jump at least .20m more than the 6.69 she cleared in qualifying for the women's long jump final, says P T Usha.
|August 24, 2004|
All eyes on Anju
The long jump ace will carry the hopes of a second medal for India when she takes the field on Wednesday.
Anju drawn in tough group
In addition to Marion Jones, French world champion Eunice Barber, Fiona May of Italy and Irina Simgina of Russia are in her group.
YAI fears losing govt. patronage
The performance of the sailing duo of Malav Shroff and Sumeet Patel at the Athens Olympics could invite the government's wrath.
No rift in the team, says Pillay
The four-time Olympian dismissed reports about differences between him and coach Gehrad Rach and fellow-forward Gagan Ajit Singh.
Indian sailors still 'at sea'
Malav Shroff and Sumeet Patel remained anchored in last place after the 15th and penultimate race in the 49er Olympic regatta.
Bronze medal loss still hurts: Paes
The tennis ace said the close defeat in the men's doubles bronze medal match will haunt him for a long time to come.
Forward line has been non-existent
The trio of Baljit Singh Dhillon, Prabhjot Singh and Adam Sinclair were clueless in the match against Argentina.
India sack weightlifting coaches
Pal Singh Sandhu and Belarussian Leonid Taranenko were sacked in the wake of the doping incidents.
Adrian saved us the blushes
There should not be any excuse for not being able to finish among the top six at the Athens Olympics, says Vasudevan Bhaskaran.
Coach Rach hits back
Prabhjot has not performed up to expectations and is trying to hide his failures, said India's German hockey coach.
Mukesh Khatri loses first bout
He lost his first bout of group B elimination round in the men's 55 kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition.
Gagan disappointed, hopes for better results ahead
Shooter Gagan Narang, who failed to qualify for the Olympics final, will aim for a better show in the days ahead.
Pillay to retire after Athens Games
Mercurial striker and four-time Olympian Dhanraj Pillay would retire after the Athens Games.
Kerala villages pray for Anju's victory
"It is a season of prayer for my daughter these days," K T Markose, the ace athlete's father, said. "People love our daughter. All of us want her to win the gold."
Holmes ends Mutola's dream in the 800m
The Briton deposed friend and training partner Maria Mutola as women's 800 metres Olympic champion in one of the biggest upsets of the Athens Games.
Shobha made us all proud
She proved that she was there to fight it out, not as a passenger like some of her better known teammates, says P T Usha.
Argentina hold India with late goal
The draw gave India the fourth position in Group B in the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
|August 23, 2004|
Prabhjot slams coach for poor show
The ace forward accused German coach Gerhard Rach of trying to change the team's style of play.
Saraswati Saha bows out
The 25-year-old Kolkata-based athlete finished a poor fifth in a sub-par time of 23.43 seconds in the first round heat.
|August 20, 2004|
Dutt learns of 34 year-old link with Rathore
The sports minister's day, however, ended on a sour note when he learnt that weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu too had failed a dope test.
Athens hero Rathore returns on Saturday
Government and sports officials, army officers, and Arjuna Award-winners will join members of his family and Sports Minister Sunil Dutt in welcoming India's first ever individual Olympic silver medallist home.
Indian sailors continue to disappoint
Malav Shroff and Sumeet Patel came up with another dismal show in the 49er (double-handed dinghy open) in the sixth race at the Olympic Games regatta.
India's strategy was flawed
Former India captain and coach V Bhaskaran on India's men's Olympic hockey match against Australia.
Indians choked at the crunch
Mervyn Fernandis says sloppy defending cost India the Olympic men's hockey match against Australia.
Govt to take tough action: Dutt
Sports Minister Sunil Dutt said the government would take strong action against dope offenders.
Tandon finishes 40th in 50m freestyle
Shikha Tandon's odyssey at the 28th Olympic Games came to a tame end on Friday.
Indian women archers lose to France in quarters
The trio of Dola Banerjee, Reena Kumari and Sumangala Sharma suffered a solitary point defeat in the team event.
India name Chanu as second dope offender
Sanamacha Chanu has been named as the second Indian woman weightlifter to be caught for doping at the Athens Olympics, a top Indian official said on Friday.
It's conspiracy, says Pratima
Disgraced woman weightlifter Pratima Kumari, who tested positive for testosterone, pleaded innocence and accused coaches Pal Singh Sandhu and Leonid Taranenko of hatching a conspiracy against her.
India at the Games on Friday
Indian sportspersons will be in action in the following events at 28th Olympic Games in Athens.
Late goal sinks India
A goal 30 seconds from the hooter gave Australia a 4-3 victory in a tightly contested Group B match in the men's Olympic hockey tournament.
|August 18, 2004|
Kitajima wins breaststroke double
The Japanese student won the 200 metres breaststroke gold to add to the 100m win.
'Rathore can win the gold in 2008'
But before that, says former Olympic Russell Mark, his coach since the last three months, he'll be World champion.
Shroff-Patel in 18th place
The Indian sailors are placed 18th at the end of the fourth race in the 49er (double-handed Dinghy Open) at the Olympic Games regatta.
'Just the beginning of a great shooting career'
Dr Gayatri Rathore, wife of Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, on his success.
India's frontline yet to perform to potential
Former India captain and coach V Bhaskaran says forwards Deepak Thakur, Gagan Ajit Singh and Prabhjot Singh did not do anything worthwhile in the match against South Africa.
Pillay's goal was the turning point
Mervyn Fernandis says the Indian think-tank made the right decision of using the experienced players for longer spells in the second session.
'I asked my son to come back with a medal'
'His next target is to win the Gold medal in Olympics,' says Manju Rathore, mother of Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Atal Bihari Vajpayee greets Rathore
The former PM said that the first ever individual Olympic silver medal was a result of Rathore's dedication, commitment and "quest for perfection".
Shikha fails to qualify for final
Shikha Tandon finished seventh in women's 100 metre women's freestyle heat of swimming event.
Bahadur Singh's "no throw" show him the door
Bahadur Singh fouled on all the three attempts to see his challenge wind off.
Archer Reena Kumari bows out
Reena lost to Chi Shu Yuan of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarter final of the women's individual archery comeptition.
Rs 21 lakh and a house for Rathore
The Rajasthan Govt. announced a cash prize of Rs 11 lakh and a house while Samsung will award Rs 10 lakh to the ace shooter.
Quarters will be tough: Paes
Leander Paes said he and partner Mahesh Bhupathi are expecting a tough match in the next round from Zimbabwean doubles specialists Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett.
India at the Games on Wednesday
Indian sportspersons will be in action in the following events at 28th Olympic Games in Athens.
Lee-Hesh romp into quarters
The ace Indian pair beat Switzerland's Roger Federer and Yves Allegro in the men's doubles second round at the Olympic Games.
'I could see nothing else but the target'
'I am happy I could struggle and come up, because there was a time when I thought I had lost it,' said India's first Olympic individual silver medallist Rajyavardhan S Rathore.
Prasad wins, Akhil loses
Diwarkar Prasad beat Morocco's Hamid Ait Bighrade in the 54 kg bantamweight round of 32.