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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Sep 2014

When the city struck gold

Mumbai boasts three Olympic gold medallists, all for hockey. One of them, MM Somaya, who grew up in Byculla, part of the winning team in the 1980 Moscow games, says India may yet pull off a medal in London. Ayaz Memon writes.

London in the Sky with Diamonds

Wth 3D glasses on sections of the event became a vivid swathe of colour. Those times this was a ceremony on LSD. Sukhwant Basra writes. Highlights | Numbers don't lie

First round of applause

Boxers Vijender and Jai Bhagwan keep India’s hopes alive after Thapa’s ouster. With seven boxers having qualified, India can take a lot of pride that they are among the leading nations in the sport. Saurabh Duggal writes.

Paes gives Vishnu the perfect birthday gift

A call from Leander Paes late on Saturday night was the best birthday present Vishnu Vardhan could have hoped for, reports Sukhwant Basra.

The multiplier effect

Somewhere deep down, no matter how cool one appears to be on the surface, there is a mental calculator that starts ticking the moment one is spending in foreign currency. Sukhwant Basra writes.

When you need it, it becomes a matter of life and death

First of all, my heartiest congratulations to Gagan Narang for winning bronze in the 10m air rifle event. The way he shot in the qualifications, being in the top three, and then fighting it out in the finals was simply great. Abhinav Bindra writes. Abhinav says

'Competitors are obstacles, just like hurdles'

Michael Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold medallist and currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 m. The American legend is writing exclusively for HT.

Off his best, but Bolt tough to bet against

The two questions I have been asked most since I arrived in London are who will light the cauldron and who will win the men’s 100 metres final. Michael Johnson writes. The contenders

Vijay loves to sleep it off before any competition

The first time I met Vijay in 2003, he was a lean and thin guy who had come to compete in the Young Bullet Competition where three shooters from each regiment get a chance to show their skills and get selected in the Army team. Pemba Tamang writes. Where every shot counts

Too fast and too furious

After Friday’s heartbreaking episode of Vikas Krishan, young Devendro Singh brought some happiness back to the Indian boxing camp. Saurabh Duggal writes.

Gopi Chand has achieved his dream through Saina

Could you have dreamt of a day when Saina Nehwal would be fitter than a Chinese player? It happened today! From Beijing to London, Saina has come a long way, and the years of hard work and dedication have paid off. Aparna Popat writes.

Attack, stamina crucial in new format

Yes, ostensibly the new points system seems to be flawed, but if you delve into details then I think it is fine. Another thing is that amateur boxing is always fraught with controversies. Akhil Kumar writes.

Mary is an attacker and will never hold back

The Mary Kom I know is one who is aggressive inside the ring. She has always been like this. If she doesn’t land punches she used to get frustrated. I met her even before she learnt to box, when she was in Class VI (around 12-years-old). Ibomcha Singh writes.

Thanks to SAI apathy, Irfan walks the tough path

If the 20km walk wasn't tough enough, here is a man who had to endure the grind of training everyday to make his dream of competing in the Olympic Games come true and also resolutely fight the system for what he felt was his due.

Great race answers many questions

The men's 100 metres final lived up to all the hype. It was the best 100m I have seen, and not only because it was the fastest collective 100m race ever. Every man finished under ten seconds, except Asafa Powell, who pulled up with injury. Michael Johnson writes.
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Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
Scotland 19 15 19 53
India 15 30 19 64
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
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