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‘Hunger for success like never before’

india Updated: Jul 25, 2012 23:28 IST
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Hit by flu on arrival, the Indian archers have got used to the unpredictable weather in London and are now eagerly awaiting the start of the Olympics in which they aim to win their first-ever medal, national coach Limba Ram said.

A three-time Olympian himself, the 40-year-old is travelling to the Games as a coach for the first time.

At the Barcelona Games in 1992, he missed the bronze medal by a whisker, losing to none other than the Korean heavyweights with a heartbreaking one-point margin.

“That is sport. Win is a win and a loss is a loss, no matter by how many points. That loss still rankles me. But I've something to prove -- through my wards this time,” Limba said.

The coach said the six-member Indian team is thinking of nothing else but winning.

“I can just say that they are hungry. In my three years coaching career, I've never seen them so hungry (for success). I'm not saying we will win these many gold medals, but we would return with our heads held high,” Limba, who had predicted three medals from the archery event, added.

“They have adjusted well to the conditions in London. We had a few teething trouble with the unpredictable weather in sharp contrast to what we had in India.

“But now, we are all fit and raring to go for our event Friday (individual and team ranking rounds). At this point, I'm not telling them to do anything special.” The ranking round will be held in Friday at Lord’s.