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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

No half measures for Mary Kom

As India’s most successful female athlete sets sight on the Olympic Games, Indraneel Das looks at the stuff the pint-sized five-time world boxing champion is made of…

Somdev is excited and ready for London Olympics

Jumping straight into the world's biggest sporting event after an eight-month long forced sabbatical is not how an athlete would have planned his comeback, but Somdev Devvarman says he is ready for the tough battle ahead in the London Olympics.

Golden eye

Beijing Games gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra is geared up for an encore and a slice of history, says Saurabh Duggal.

The Contender

Success does strange things to people. It alienates them from their near-and-dear ones, meeting friends no longer evokes the same camaraderie and they lose touch with reality. But Vijender, the man whose punches wreaked havoc in Beijing four summers ago, is not the one to lose his connect with terra firma.

Sumit, a junior in a senior’s mould

It was a giant leap of faith, which put Sumit Sangwan in the elite league. Saurabh Duggal reports.

Achilles’ zeal

Mind matters for the male archers who are discovering newer methods to master nerve and nous. Nilankur Das takes a peep.

The powerpuff girls

India’s traditional sport, archery, now has the exuberance of Deepika Kumari and the experience of Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro to make a statement in London, writes Nilankur Das.

Lull before the storm

Insulated from the pressure of expectations, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal is leaving nothing to chance, writes Anamika Nandedkar.

If lucky, I can win an Olympic medal: Om Prakash

India's top shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana is fully aware that he is not exactly among the favourites to win a medal in London Olympics but he considers himself a dark horse who can be on the podium with a bit of luck.

For Lee, tomorrow never dies

Goals keep Leander hungry and focussed on a record sixth Olympic appearance. Since his debut at Barcelona in 1992 as a 19-year-old, Paes has shown no signs of slowing down. After four failed Olympic medal attempts with Bhupathi, and Rohan Bopanna refusing to partner Paes, the All India Tennis Association has sent Vishnu Vardhan’s name as his London partner. Sharmistha Chaudhuri writes. Paes notes

Pinning 'em down

Despite the bronze at Beijing, Sushil Kumar isn't yet done with Olympic medals. Saurabh Duggal discovers a focused wrestler ready with a plan. Know Sushil | Sushil's target 

Yes, they can

India’s Olympic record is nothing to write home about. These men and women are hoping to change all that this summer.

 

Leander and Sania friends on the court

They hadn't spoken for months. Their only form of communication - if you want to call it that - had been airing their thoughts through the press. Sukhwant Basra reports. When Sania met Lee

Vijender just a step away

Experience counts as much as class does. When you are performing at the world's biggest sporting arena, you can't make the mistake of taking anybody lightly. Saurabh Duggal reports.
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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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