London: Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze on the penultimate day of London Olympics 2012 set it up nicely for a Sushil Kumar finale on a Super Sunday, and though the Indian grappler failed at the final hurdle, a second individual medal in consecutive Olympics perched him on top of the ladder as India's best Olympian.
Yogeshwar, a veteran of three Olympics, and Sushil, the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, were a few of India's best bets for a medal in London. But after archery, shooter Ronjan Sodhi and men's boxing drew a blank, everybody thought the hype has jinxed India's aspirations - until the duo came up with two medals in two days to end the Games on a memorable note.
Sports lovers woke up with withdrawal symptoms on a Sunday morning after Yogeshwar's bronze helped India sleep tight. Messages on Indian athletes were scarce on the social media but warming up as the clock approached 1:30 p.m. IST - the time of Sushil's Round-of-16 match against Turkey's Ramazan Sahin, the Beijing gold medallist.
That was clearly Sushil's biggest hurdle on the road to final but he stunned the Turk to move into the quarter-finals, where he was lined up against Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan. Sushil beat Navruzov 6-3 to make his way into the semis....more
09:27 PM, Aug 12, 2012