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.
ROYAL ARTILLERY BARRACKS, July 30:Gagan Narang wins India’ first medal in London 2012 Olympics and also fulfills his long awaited dream for which he has worked whole of his life. Narang finished third in 10m air rifle and by doing so won India a bronze medal.
Narang before leaving for London said, “
One can never predict how a shooting event will go, but I am confident of doing well in London.
LORD’S CRICKET GROUND, July 30: India’ Bombayla Devi after losing the first set in Round of 32 of Women’ individual event against Evangelia Psarra of Greece came back strongly to win the next two set and taking 4-2 lead at Lord’s Cricket Ground. After which she drew the next two set to win her match and book her place into the Round of 16 by a score of 6-4.
Her next match, that is her Round of 16 match was against Aida Roman of Mexico and that too 6 minutes after finishing her Round of 32 match. Roman started the game strongly hitting three consecutive Xs to build up a perfect 30 start and by doing so winning the first set. Devi held her nerve and came back to win the second set to level the score at 2-2. But it was the miss in her first arrow in the first set which cost her the game. Bombayla Devi’ talent cannot be questioned as after facing that terrible miss she came back to hit two consecutive perfect 10s to her tally at 20. Bombayla Devi has surely made some new fans at this year’ Olympics but sadly her journey has to come to an end.
Chekrovolu Swuro will face Jennifer Nichols of USA tomorrow. And Deepika Kumari will face Amy Oliver from Great Britain on August 1.