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HindustanTimes Tue,30 Sep 2014

London Olympics: Dash of chaos, dollops of warmth

London faces more or less the same problem that so many venues have faced before — throw in enough media at a single place and problems appear to magnify overnight. Sukhwant Basra reports. Quick guide to the action at the Olympics

India, Pakistan hockey teams lack class: Pak manager

India and Pakistan may have won 11 Olympic hockey titles between them and ruled the Games arena for decades, but today both teams have lost their sheen and are struggling even make a mark at the game’s highest level. India won eight gold medals, including a record six in a row, while Pakistan claimed three victories.

Playing on for the flag

Leander Paes lives on a different plane. He tells HT Correspondent Sukhwant Basra about how motivated he is to shut everyone up and play a seventh Games. Leander Says

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

'I don't need it but I want it'

HT brings you what's going on in the head of India's only individual gold-medal winner four days before his 10m air rifle challenge. Abhinav says

Archery chances blur on gloomy day

Medal hope Deepika recovers to end 8th, men ranked last. Sukhwant Basra reports.

Ready to unleash knockout punch

Beijing medallist Vijender to open India boxers’ campaign at London Games. Saurabh Duggal reports.

Boxers get divine assistance from kin

As Indian athletes aim to put their best foot forward at the London Games, their families back home are making sure that they get adequate divine assistance.

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.

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.

Vijay fires shot at Indian Army

Not many, including the media, gave Vijay Kumar much of a chance in the build up to the Games. Not surprisingly, the 26-year-old armyman was shooting from the lip after proving a lot of people wrong. Excerpts:

A midsummer nightmare

India slump to fourth successive loss against Korea, set for worst-ever finish. Sukhwant Basra writes. They say

The fastest & the greatest

Jamaican sprint ‘legend’ breaks myths, landmarks in greatest 100m race of all time. Sukhwant Basra reports.  Meals before the big race | High five | Perfect 10... almost

Against all odds? So be it...

These are women you would not want to meet in the dark. Forget your intentions, what if hers are not gentle?  Sukhwant Basra writes. Mary Kom in semis video-icon | Magnificent Mary video-icon  | Podcast: Mary Kom speaks after victory  | How a medal was assured | Mary says

Point-less India sink to new low

The secret of winning at a team sport is the ability of divergent thought processes to converge into one dominant strategy. This comes from match practise and it comes from selflessness. On both these counts India were found wanting once again as Belgium managed a facile 3-0 victory in their final Pool B encounter at the London Olympics.
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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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