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)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 London Olympics: Maria Sharapova likely to carry Russian flag at opening ceremony

According to RIA Novosti; Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is a leading contender to carry the Russian flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport on Tuesday.

2012 London Olympics: French Open champion Maria Sharapova likely to carry Russian flag at opening ceremony

While Russia's tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev said on Tuesday that Sharapova will be the Russian delegation's flag-bearer at next month's Olympic opening ceremony in London, Russia's tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev said on Tuesday.

'Tennis is a very popular sport and, so as far as I know, Roger Federer has been chosen to carry the Swiss flag and Rafa Nadal will lead the Spanish delegation at the opening ceremony in London," Tarpishchev, a member of the International Olympic Committee, was quoted as saying by local media.

Carrying the flag is considered a great honour in Russia and it is tradionally given to famous athletes, mostly men, such as Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin and swimmer Alexander Popov, who have won numerous Olympic titles. 

The Russians might break the tradition by choosing Sharapova, who won the French Open title last weekend.

The Olympic tennis tournament will be played on the grass courts at Wimbledon where, as a 17-year-old, Sharapova stunned Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final to win her maiden grand slam title.
At the end of the day Vitaly Mutko said the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) would make the final decision on the flag-bearer next month. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Aaron Cook “the only choice” for the British Olympic taekwondo squad in London 2012: Sir Steve Redgrave

LONDON (Tue, May 29) - Sir Steve Redgrave has called for Aaron Cook to be selected for the British Olympic taekwondo squad, describing the world No 1 as “the only choice” for London 2012. 

Aaron Cook “the only choice” for the British Olympic taekwondo squad in London 2012: Sir Steve Redgrave


The endorsement of Britain’s most decorated Olympian comes as Cook awaits the outcome of a British Olympic Association hearing on Tuesday that could decide his participation in the Games.
Cook has been controversially omitted from the four-member squad nominated by GB Taekwondo despite an appeal, and has called on the BOA to overturn that decision.
A BOA panel will meet on Tuesday to examine the reasons for Cook’s omission, and has the power to reject the athlete nominated instead, Lutalo Muhammad.

Cook, who competed in the Beijing Olympics aged just 17, is the European champion and will be officially named as world No 1 on Friday.
Muhammad is also a European Champion but not at -80kg and is 93rd in the Olympic rankings. While he has beaten Cook this season and is promising, he has less experience in the -80kg category.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Watch VIDEO: Niamh Clarke-Willis, 9-year-old schoolgirl, opens Olympics stadium along with Sebastian Coe

London (Sun, May 06) – The Olympic stadium to be used for the 2012 London Olympics Games was formally opened on Saturday by a 9-year-old schoolgirl who lives down the road. The stadium was opened 82 days (2,012 hours) ahead of the scheduled kick off of the event in July 27.

Niamh Clarke-Willis, 9-year-old schoolgirl, opens Olympics stadium along with Sebastian Coe
 Niamh Clarke-Willis from east London stood along Lord Sebastian Coe on stage during a unique event at the venue where she pressed a button, releasing 1,000 white balloons into the sky.

Over 40,000 spectators watched as a flow of white balloons exactly 2,012 hours before the Games begin. Capping off an evening of music, comedy and fun sports events, Paralympic gold medal-winning archer Danielle Brown shot arrows at spinning targets to select the name of a youngster in the audience to open the east London stadium. Niamh Clarke-Willis emerged as the lucky one to join the Lord Coe on the stage.
Coe, himself an Olympic gold medallist, said it felt "barely believable" to be opening the stadium, adding: "I'm just so grateful to everybody who's come here tonight to help us celebrate this moment in history."

"The seven years have just flown by," he said. "Tonight is only the start of the story. We want thousands of young people to be inspired to take up sport. We hope that for a few of them it will be the start of their journey."

Saturday's event, named "2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertainment", allowed organisers to test the Olympic Park's airport-style security checks.

It was also a major test of London's transport system ahead of the Games as the Underground train network's Jubilee line, which serves the stadium, was further crammed with football fans leaving the FA Cup final in north London.

The crowds at the stadium watched as Olympic rowing champion Steve Redgrave and "Downton Abbey" actor Hugh Bonneville joined other celebrities and sport stars in a series of fun contests to test out the running track.

Former Spice Girl Melanie C and comedian Jack Whitehall performed, while the Military Wives, a group of British soldiers' wives whose charity single topped the charts last Christmas, led a rendition of the national anthem.

Earlier, students had tested out the stadium as part of the British Universities and Colleges Sport championships.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hiroshi Hoketsu to compete in 2012 London Olympics at the age of 71: Japanese Equestrian Federation (JEF)

TOKYO, Japan (sat, Mar. 03) – There are no age boundaries for those who keep themselves actively ‘alive’ and world is full of such stories when elderly people set examples for their youngsters in every walk of life.

Hiroshi Hoketsu to compete in 2012 London Olympics at the age of 71
 The recent example is a Japanese rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, who will turn 71 at the end of March. According to the Japanese Equestrian Federation (JEF); Hoketsu has earned a place in 2012 London Olympics by standing number one in the International Equestrian Federation's individual dressage rankings for Asia-Oceania.

 Hoketsu, was also the oldest contestant at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with 67 years and 4 months of age, Hailed as the "hope of old men," He has already participated in two Olympics, 44 years apart.

The Japanese rider, based in Germany, topped the rankings after winning an event at an international dressage meeting in France on Thursday He was not available for comment straightaway. 

Hoketsu finished 40th in show-jumping at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and in 2008 at Beijing he placed ninth in team dressage and 35th in individual dressage. He was also selected as a replacement for the 1984 Los Angeles Games but did not participate, and had to pull out from the 1988 Seoul Olympics when his horse had a quarantine problem.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gold Medallist Dame Kelly Holmes' Charity Trust to Get Support from Pippa Middleton

LONDON, UK (Jan. 08) – Pippa Middleton is set to lend her hand for the charity of the former British Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes in the run up to the 2012 London Olympics, the double gold medallist said in an interview published Saturday.

Gold Medallist Dame Kelly Holmes' Charity Trust to Get Support from Pippa Middleton

Kate Midlleton’s younger sister will help improve the profile of the ‘Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust’, which guides young underprivileged sportsmen, in the months leading up to this year's Olympics scheduled in July.

Dame Kelly talking to Daily Telegraph said, “Pippa is going to be doing something for my own charity leading up to the Games. I'm not really supposed to talk about it yet, so I can't tell you anymore.”

Pippa Middleton, the sporty and active figure, has participated in quite a few events and road races during last few months and is reportedly in the running to join Dame Kelly, while the Duchess of Cambridge, Princes William and Prince Harry as an official ambassador for the Games.

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