WEMBLEY ARENA, July 30: After losing their first match, this was truly a do-or-die situation for the Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa who were facing 10th ranked Chinese Taipei pair of Wen Cheng and Yu Chin Chien at the Wembley Arena.
Leading the first game from the start the Indian pair was put under a lot of pressure by the Taipei player as they fought back from being down at 19-16 to extend the game to 23-23. But it was the Gutta and Ponnappa who took the initiative to win the game 25-23.
The Chinese Taipei lady started the second game from where they left the first game, playing their natural game which meant always on the front foot and by doing so easily won the second game by 16-21.
With Chinese pair needing only a win to book their place in the QF while the India pair were fighting to continue their Olympics journey, it was finally onto the final game to decide the fate of both the team. After a well fought 20 minutes, it was Gutta and Ponnappa who were able to keep their nerves to win the final game 21-18.
Now the equation stands like this: If Gutta and Ponnappa win their next game tomorrow against the Singapore pair of Shinta Sari and Lei Yao then they will easily be through to the Quarter Final irrespective of the other results.
WEMBLEY ARENA, July 28: After last night’ exuberant Opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, Indian pair of Valiyaveetil Diju (V. Diju) and Jwala Gutta started off India’ campaign in the XXX Olympics at the historical Wembley Arena. The Indian pair were up against the Indonesian pair of Ahmad and Natsir. As it turned out the Indonesian pair turned out to be a tough competitior for Diju/Gutta.
Gutta and Diju during the Indian Open 2012. [Getty Image]
Gutta and Diju lost the match in mere 27 minutes and were only able to win 28 points against the Indonesian pair. Not able to hold their service was the biggest fault for the Indian pair as they managed to win only ten points in their own service. V Diju and Gutta really need to pull up their socks as they next face Laybourn / Juhl of Denmark tomorrow.
LORD’S CRICKET GROUND, July 28: After a below par performance during the ranking round of men’ archery, the Indian contingent really needed to pull them self up. Their match against the 5th ranked Japanese team turned out to be a close encounter and it remained the same as they ended the match at a score tied at 214. Throughout the match, the Indian team led against the Japanese and that was also the case at the end of 21 arrows.
Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee [AP]
The Indian team consisting of Tarundeep Rai, Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar needed 27 points from their last three arrows to win the tie, but all they could manage was 28 points to take the game into shoot-off. It was in the shoot-off that Japan ended India’ hope of reaching the quarterfinal as they came up with a score of 29 in comparison to India’ 27 points.