Sunday, July 29, 2012

Medal Tally (Day 2, July 29): China, USA and Italy on Top, Hosts Still Gold-less

London 2012: USA on Second Spot with Dana Vollmer and Kimberly Rhode's Gold on Day 2

London (Monday, July 30) - China maintained their top position on medals table after day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games followed by USA and Italy.

China is on top with total 12 medals, Gold 6     Silver 4    Bronze 2. China's six Gold medals came in Diving, Shooting and Swimming, two in each. China's Zi He, Minxia Wu won Gold in Diving, Wenjun Guo, Siling Yi won Gold in Shooting and Yang Sun, Shiwen Ye won Gold medals in Swimming.

won Gold with 219 points while Elisa Di Francisca won Gold in Fencing, Women's Foil Individual.
USA is on second spot with total 11 medals, Gold 3     Silver 5    Bronze 3. America's two Gold medals came in Swimming and one came in Shooting. America's Ryan Lochte and Dana Vollmer won Gold in Swimming, while Kimberly Rhode won Gold in Shooting.

Italy is currenly spotted on number three in terms of medals won with their 7 medals, Gold 2     Silver 3    Bronze 2. Italy's two Gold medals came in Archery and Fencing, one each in both events. Italy's Archery Team - Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo, Mauro Nespoli -

The hosts, Great Britain, are still in the hunt of their first Gold; but they have won one Silver and One Bronze already.

The medal tally of top 15 countries are given below, as on Day 2 (July 29):

Medal Tally (Day 2, July 29): China, USA and Italy on Top, Hosts Still Gold-less (Click to enlarge for better view)

Bill Gates Hailed American Ariel Hsing, 16, Who Gave Tough Time to Li Xiaoxia

London (Sunday, Jul 29) - The 16-year-old Table Tennis player Ariel Hsing from U.S. showed her guts in the third round match against Chinese veteran Li Xiaoxia.

Ariel Hsing was heavily supported by the crowd - including Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates and American billionaire Warren Buffett.
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No one would have ver think that the battle between Ariel Hsing, ranked 114th, and the World No. 2 Li Xiaoxia would be that interesting and nerve-wrecking in the end.

Hsing, an American from the Bay Area, was heavily supported by the crowd - including Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates and American billionaire Warren Buffett - eventually fell to a valiant 4-2 defeat after giving Xiaoxia a very tough time through out the best-of-seven match.

Xiaoxia and Hsing split the first four sets. Despite a great comeback attempt late in the fifth set, Xiaoxia battled back to win and go up 3-2. She then won the sixth set to clinch a victory.

Gates said "Ever since we (he and Buffett) first played with her we have supported her ever since."

Speaking directly to Hsing, he added: 'You were so amazing.'

It was a tough loss for Hsing, but she has an incredibly bright future in table tennis. Look for her to come back better than ever when the 2016 Olympics begin.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Medal Tally: Ryan Lochte win first Gold for USA, but China on top at Day 1

London (Sunday, Jul 29) - Yesterday (Saturday, July 28), the first official day of London 2012 Olympics Games) was a full day of excitement and action. Top class athletes from all over the world fought their hearts out to win the honor for their respective countries.

Medal Tally: Ryan Lochte win first Gold for USA, but China on top at Day 1

 Day 1 of the London Olympics clearly belongs to China, leading the medal tally with six medals, four gold and two bronze, followed by Italy with two gold, two silver and one bronze. Team USA has collected one gold, two silver and two bronze and positioned thrid on the medal tally.

China started and finished the day on top of the medal table after taking the first gold of the London 2012 Olympics.

Ye Siling took the honour of being the Games' first gold medallist with a nerveless display in the final of the women's 10 metre air rifle.

The 2008 host nation went on to claim three further golds, with 16-year-old swimmer Ye Shiwen taking top billing following a world record in the women's 400m Individual Medley.

China's domination in Swimming earned 2 Gold and a Bronze medal, while one Gold each in Shooting and weight lifting with one more Bronze in Shooting.

The only Gold for USA came in Men's 400m Individual Medley event, when Ryan Lochte's performance and speed beat  his country-man and rival Michael Phelps.

Phelps finished fourth, failing to win a medal in an event for the first time since the 2000 Sydney games. It breaks a streak of 16 medals in 16 events, 14 gold and two bronze. Phelps will have a chance to redeem himself when the two men face off again in the 200m Individual Medley.

The US Men's Archery team came incredibly close to winning Team USA's second gold, losing to Italy in the Gold Medal match by a single point. Jacob Wukie, Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski had to settle for the Silver Medal.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Olympics security concerns doubled after alleged visa scam in Pakistan

Pakistan have reacted strongly after a UK tabloid has unfolded a major visa scam, involving a gang of dishonest officials and politicians, which could ease the entry of ‘potential terrorists’ in UK with Pakistan’s Olympic squad as support officials. 

Olympics security concerns doubled after alleged visa scam in Pakistan

Twelve (12) employees of the National Database and Regulatory Authority (NADRA) have been suspended, including General Manager Lahore region, reportedly for an alleged involvement in the UK visa scam for London 2012 Olympic games. 

Taking a serious notice on the issue Rehman Malik, Senior Adviser to the PM on Interior, has also formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), headed by Director General FIA, to probe the case and register an FIR against those responsible.

According to details; ‘The Sun’ reported on Monday that they have infiltrated a crime ring offering false passports, visas and access to London 2012 as bogus support staff. They have also exposed a ring of crooked Pakistani officials and travel staff plotting the fraud with the help of a well-known politician to get around strict security.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

London 2012: Security Concerns Heightened after G4S Fails to Provide Sufficient Staff

LONDON, UK (Wed, Jul 18) – With just less than 10 days before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, security concerns have outshone the preparations for one of the biggest sporting event in the world, leaving the British government majorly humiliated.

London 2012: Security Concerns Heightened after G4S Fails to Provide Sufficient Staff
G4S, a private security firm, was awarded a $442m contract to provide much of the security for the event. Thousands of team officials and athletes from all over the world will arrive this week, and masses of visitors are expected to follow. But should they be worried?

The failure of G4S to deliver enough security staff to cover Olympic venues has raised the debate once again about the role of the private sector in delivering public services. Contrast to the contract G4S said it has only about 4,000 guards trained and ready, although it claims to have 7,000 fully qualified security staff by the time the Games kick off on July 27.

G4S failure to recruit, train and scrutinize enough staff on timely basis forced the British government to declare last week that it was arranging an extra 3,500 troops on a very short notice to cover the difference.

Now the 17,000 British military personnel deployed for the Games - about 7,500 more British soldiers than there are currently in Afghanistan - are to help out with the security checks and stewarding at venues, as well as specialist tasks such as bomb disposal and sniffer dog searches.

According to Al Jazeera; the British home secretary Theresa May came under further pressure as it was unfolded that the Home Office had been informed about this concern as early as 10 months ago.

While the recruitment failure by G4S is highly embarrassing for the company -- and led its share price to drop sharply -- the Games' organizers insist that their contingency planning will keep everyone safe, CNN reported.

The blunder is likely to cost G4S nearly $78m as the company will have to reimburse the government for the extra military deployment.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

London 2012 Olympic Games: Medal Count Table

The following table will be updated twice a day and will display the full medal standings once the London 2012 Olympic Games begin, revealing which athletes and countries are leading the way in the pursuit of glory at London Olympics 2012.

London 2012 Olympic Games: Medal Count Table

To know today's the medal count, please click HERE.

In the meantime, please go through the medal count at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Medal Count Table

Complete/Full Schedule of London 2012 Olympic Games (Day wise and Category wise)

London 2012 Olympic Games are scheduled to start officially on July 27 (Friday) and will last for 17 days ending on August 12, 2012.

Opening and closing ceremonies will be held on July 27 and August 12 respectively. Athletes from all over the world will compete to establish their excellence in 36 different categories. 

Complete schedule of London 2012 Olympic Games is given below. Here you can find day-wise and category-wise schedule. For the schedule of any day, please click HERE.  

Complete Schedule of London 2012 Olympic Games (Click to enlarge for a better view)

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