Saina, Vijender keep it up, India at Olympics eyes more medals

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India Olympics News:

In the thrilling contest of skill and strategy, Vijender won with a 16-15 verdict. Vijender, a former world number one, will now take on Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals.

Boxer Vijender Singh , Saina Nehwal created history on Thursday by becoming the first Indian to reach the semi-finals in the Olympics badminton.

In a pulsating quarterfinal clash at the London Olympics, Saina exhibited excellent court craft and unflinching attitude to defeat senior rival and two-time All England champion Tine Baun of Denmark in straight games 21-15, 22-20.

Saina meets world number one Wang Yihan of China in the semi-finals today.

In the Men’s singles, Parupalli Kashyap crashed out after putting up a brave fight in the quarterfinals. He went down against top-seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 19-21, 11-21.

In Tennis, the mixed doubles pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza is one step closer to clinching a medal in the 16-strong draw by winning their opening encounter.

The duo defeated the Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. The duo will today face top-seeded Belarusian pair of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the last eight stage.

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh also moved into the quarterfinals of the men’s 75-kg category. At the Excel Arena, he recorded a nail-biting one-point victory over his American opponent Terrell Gausha.

In the thrilling contest of skill and strategy, Vijender won with a 16-15 verdict. Vijender, a former world number one, will now take on Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals.

Another Indian pugilist Jai Bhagwan, who figured on Thursday, bowed out by losing in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s light weight category.

Pistol shooter Vijay Kumar also stayed in the medal hunt in the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event by standing fifth in the first stage of the competition. However, India’s big shooting medal hope Ronjan Sodhi flopped miserably.

In the men’s double trap, the Asian Games gold medalist even failed to enter the final by finishing a distant 11th out of 24 competitors.

Source: Newsonair

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