From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.30 :: Jul. 26, 2012
Star Poster: ABHINAV BINDRA
China stunned the world with its performance at the last Olympics in Beijing. And now, with the stage set for the 2012 Games, the question on everyone’s lips is: will there be a Chinese encore in London? By A. Vinod.
Cuba’s tradition in boxing forms an illuminating chapter in the Olympic Games. Prominent in this list is the Jamaican-born Teofilo Stevenson Lorenzo who died recently at the age of 60.
Acknowledged as the finest amateur pugilist of ...
Coe vs Ovett - Race of the Titans
It was a date which most fans had pencilled in their diaries. The prospect of watching two of the greatest middle distance runners in a combat for the 800m gold, after a gap of almost two years, was exciting.
The two champions ...
Naim Suleymanoglu - Pocket Hercules
He defied the laws of gravity and his amazing achievements in weightlifting were beyond the realms of imagination.
He was the first to win three Olympic weightlifting gold medals. Measuring 4-ft and 10-inches, he earned the nickname ...
Carl Lewis - Best Athlete of the century
Competitive athletics is unlikely to come across another phenomenon called Carlton Frederick Lewis. The saga of achievements by this wonderful human specimen constitutes the finest part of history in the Olympics.
Nine golds and one ...
Florence Griffith-Joyner - Successful & glamourous
Florence Griffith-Joyner was an athlete who was as glamorous as she was successful on the track. She has often been dubbed the fastest woman sprinter of all time because her world records in the 100 metres and the 200 metres, ...
Michael Johnson - 200-400 Specialist
Italian Pietro Mennea’s world record in the 200 metres, of 19.72s, set at the altitude of Mexico City in 1979 in the World Student Games, seemed to last forever till Michael Johnson shattered it with a 19.66s effort at the U.S. Olympic ...
Cathy Freeman - A champion in many ways
As she jogged up the flight of stairs, walked in the pool of water and lit the submerged cauldron at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, a lot of things must have been running in Cathy Freeman’s head.
But one feeling rose above ...
Michael Phelps - History beckons
Michael Phelps is already a legend with a record 14 Olympic gold medals and two bronze medals.
Having won eight golds in the 2008 Beijing Games to go with his haul of six gold and two bronze medals four years ago in Athens, this ...
Usain Bolt - Lighting speed
History is a great teacher, schooling us repeatedly in the deeds and triumphs of those men and women which last forever. Indeed, what the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt achieved in Beijing four years ago is already part of Olympic ...
Gigantism: A bane or a blessing?
Indisputably, the cost of hosting an Olympics today is mind-boggling. There is even a filament of inhibition among the bidding countries not knowing what lay in store for them once the financial commitment is agreed upon. Over to S. Thyagarajan.
Strong and courageous helmsmen
It was not easy for his successors to fulfil the dreams of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. But they have done so, without marring the image of the unrivalled sporting extravaganza, the Olympics, for over a century. A handful of them, however, have done remarkably well and continue to do so against seemingly insurmountable odds, writes S. Thyagarajan.
Facts, strange & bizarre
Pietro Minnea, former World Record holder in 200 metres and winner of the Olympic Gold in Moscow 1980 worked in the PR Department at FIAT motors and received his doctorate in political science weeks before the Games. A political activist for ...
Do not look at short term gains
Duncan Fletcher cannot be faulted for the failures in England and Australia but he definitely needs to shape the future of Indian cricket. He did remarkably well to take England to the pinnacle and it is only fair to expect him to repeat the feat.
Giving batsmen no leeway
Scorching pace excited Brett Lee and ducking batsmen encouraged him to bowl even faster. With his exit from international cricket, fast bowling has lost one of its finest exponents, writes Vijay Lokapally.
No fairytale ending
It isn’t the loss of form or the lack of fitness or even the capriciousness of the selectors that worry a sportsperson as much as the thought of ending his career due to an injury.
While Aman Balgu breezed through in the men’s singles final, Anindita Chakraborty had to encounter a serious challenge from Shreya Ghosh on the distaff side.
Anand's gift of cab
Fresh from his World title triumph in Moscow, Viswanathan Anand was a major attraction at the ‘Return on Analytics’ conference conducted by Accenture, whose client list includes 96 of the Fortune Global 100 companies. Anand ...
Feeling At home in kolkata
Carlos Hernandez believes that his success here will inspire a lot of his compatriots to come to India. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
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