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Day: August 11, 2008

Saina Nehwal Upsets World No 4 to enter the Quarter Finals at the Olympics


Wow ! What a beginning to the Week!… First Abhinav Bindra wins India it’s first ever Individual Olympic Gold…and this must have inspired our 18 year Old, Saina Nehwal to upset the World No 4, 32 year old Wang Chen from Hong Kong  21/19, 11/21 and 21/11 to enter the last Eight.. The duration of the match was 52 minutes and  stretched to three games with the longest rally being for 35 seconds and for 33 strokes

If you see Wang Chen’s victories you’ll gauge what our Saina Nehwal has really achieved

Wang Chen’s Victories

World Championships
2 Singles 2007 Kuala Lumpur, MAS
3 Singles 1997 Glasgow, GBR
Quarterfinal Singles 2005 Anaheim, CA, USA
Asian Championships
1 Singles 2006 Johor Baharu, MAS
1 Singles 2005 Hyderabad, IND
3 Singles 2008 Johor Baharu, MAS
3 Singles 2007 Johor Baharu, MAS
World Grand Prix
1 Singles 2007 Chinese Taipei Open
1 Singles 2007 Djarum Indonesia Open
1 Singles 2005 Djarum Indonesia Open
2 Singles 2005 Noonnoppi Korea Open
2 Singles 2004 China Open
3 Singles 2008 SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold
3 Singles 2007 Denmark Open
3 Singles 2006 China Open
3 Singles 2006 Yonex Japan Open
3 Singles 2006 Macau Open
3 Singles 2006 Chinese Taipei Open
3 Singles 2006 Proton Eon Malaysia Open
3 Singles 2006 China Masters
3 Singles 2006 German Open
3 Singles 2005 China Open
3 Singles 2005 Hong Kong Open
3 Singles 2005 Yonex Japan Open
3 Singles 2005 Swiss Open

Saina played a superb match…the first game was close with Saina taking it at 21/19… maximum lead was three points in this Game… Wang Chen stormed back to win the second game at 21/11 leading by 10 points at one time…but what a turnaround again ! Saina took the third game and the Match at  21/11 leading by 10 points at one time 

Go for Gold ! Saina !..Over 1.1 billion country compatriots are rooting for you !  

Abhinav Bindra,India and the World Salute you for your and India’s First ever Individual Olympic GOLD

Abhinav Bindra gives India it\'s First Ever Individual Olympic Gold..

We returned late night at 3 am from distant Powai…close friend had hosted a  Dinner in Honour of the ex Head of Allianze Francais in India

…and so I began the Day a little late at 9 am with tears in My Eyes to witness Live our Shooter, ABHINAV BINDRA win India’s first ever Individual OLYMPIC GOLD ever in Beijing… He won in the 10m Rifle Event on the third Day of the Olympics…. Our National Anthem being played and our Tri colour going up was simply overwhelming… I was standing when “Jana Gana Mana” began playing and I was Crying… the Chinese was crying on the Podium… but Bindra was calm and composed and only allowed himself a shy smile… the Moment is indescribable 

And how did Bindra do it !…. he was joint third going into the Final Round of Ten Shots, the  Finn was in the lead by over Two Points… Bindra was never in the lead….. At the Ninth Shot the Chinese and Bindra were tied and then the Chinese shot a very good 10.2…..Every Indian was holding his Breath as Bindra readied to shoot the last shot….. and believe it or not he shot the best of the day… 10.8 to snatch Gold  on the last shot  scoring a Final Score of 700.5 ! with the desolate Chinese taking Silver and the Finn, the Bronze

The Best and Most touching outpourings came from Bindra’s Mother… she was simply over the moon.. she said she messaged him at 4 am in the Morning saying “Mama knows you can do it… you know you can do it…so just go and do it !”

It’s a Proud Moment for all Indians… It’s proud to be an Indian !…. It’s as if each of us has won the Gold !  

Hopefully now Cricket will not dominate sports in India and corner Major Sponsorships and Funds…. India is trying to save the Test Series in Sri Lanka right now….. Other Games will now rightfully come into the limelight and deservingly get their place in the Sun too!

Post win on questions being shot at him by the Indian media, as fast as his rifle shots too, Bindra showed his maturity… his dedication to his family…. his sense of humour… his spirit…. his views were assertive and firm… Snatches of his answers are below

  • Sports is a Gamble. you have to take it
  • On some other day somebody else would have won…Today was my day
  • I Believe in Myself
  • Focus has never been a problem
  • Never Give Up…. I worked hard for Four years for the Athens Olympics (he broke the Olympic Record but yet did not figure among the Medals) and then again had to wait for another Four Years
  • I can’t describe the greatest Moment of My Life !
  • I’ve got a poker face but it was different inside ( On being asked how when all of us were holding our breath but Bindra was Calm amd Composed)
  • Coach told me to be aggressive… I had an Aggresive Frame of Mind.. Just went for it
  • I need to go to the Toilet (when asked what next? !)
  • My performance was better at Athens though I finished Seventh there
  • This Medal is Theirs (referring to his Family when asked how they supported him)
  • If we dont win so what ! we’ll win the next time ! (on Negativism and Critiscism)
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