India at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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India at the Olympic Games

Flag of India
IOC code  IND
NOC Indian Olympic Association
Website www.olympic.ind.in
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 57 in 12 sports
Flag bearer Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (opening)
Vijender Singh[1] (closing)
Medals
Rank: 50
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
2
Total
3
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

India competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China. India was represented by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). A contingent of 56 athletes represented India, and had a support-staff of 42 officials. The athletics contingent was the largest, with 17 athletes.[2]

For the first time since 1928, the men's national field hockey team was unable to take part in the Summer Olympics due to its failure to qualify. A two-year ban imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation after the 2006 Commonwealth Games doping scandal originally resulted in only one Olympic weightlifter, Monika Devi from India being scheduled to compete, but she withdrew from the competition after failing the drug test. On 9 August 2008, IWF declared that she was clean, but the event she was supposed to participate in, had already closed.[3]

On 11 August 2008, Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the men's 10 m air rifle shooting event. In doing so, he won the first ever individual gold medal for India, and the first medal in any event for India at the Beijing Games. The previous highest individual achievements for India were two silver medals won by Norman Pritchard, an Englishman born in India, at the 1900 Paris Olympics and one silver medal won by the 2008 flagbearer Rajyavardhan Rathore at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Sushil Kumar won the second ever wrestling medal for India, the first being the bronze earned by Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Vijender Kumar won a bronze medal in the middleweight boxing category, having lost in the semifinals. This was India's first-ever Olympic medal in boxing.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw the best ever performance by an Indian contingent, in terms of the number of medals. They won three medals in all (one gold and two bronze medals), surpassing the two silvers by Norman Pritchard in 1900 Paris Olympics [4] and the gold and bronze medals won by the Indian field hockey team and Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav respectively, at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Abhinav Bindra Shooting Men's 10 m air rifle August 11
 Bronze Vijender Singh Boxing Middleweight 75 kg August 20
 Bronze Sushil Kumar Wrestling Men's freestyle 66 kg August 21

Competitors[edit]

Sport Men Women Total
Archery 1 3 4
Athletics 3 13 16
Badminton 1 1 2
Boxing 5 0 5
Judo 0 2 2
Rowing 3 0 3
Sailing 1 0 1
Shooting 7 2 9
Swimming 4 0 4
Table tennis 1 1 2
Tennis 2 2 4
Wrestling 3 0 3
Total 31 25 56

Archery[edit]

Athlete Event Ranking round Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Score Seed Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mangal Champia Men's individual 678 2  Hojjatolah (IRI) (63)
W 112–98
 Badenov (RUS) (31)
L 108–109
Did not advance
Dola Banerjee Women's individual 633 31  Beaudet (CAN) (34)
L 108 (8)–108 (10)
Did not advance
Bombayala Devi 637 22  Marcinkiewicz (POL) (43)
L 101–103
Did not advance
Pranitha Vardhineni 627 37  Waller (AUS) (28)
W 106–100
 Kwon U-S (PRK) (5)
L 99–106
Did not advance
Dola Banerjee
Bombayala Devi
Pranitha Vardhineni
Women's team 1897 6 N/A BYE  China (CHN) (3)
L 206–211
Did not advance

Athletics[edit]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Surendra Singh 10000 m 28:13.97 26
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Vikas Gowda Discus throw 60.69 22 Did not advance
Renjith Maheswary Triple jump 15.77 35 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mandeep Kaur 400 m 52.88 6 Did not advance
Preeja Sreedharan 10000 m N/A 32:34.64 25[5]
Sathi Geetha
Mandeep Kaur
Manjeet Kaur
Sini Jose
Chitra Soman
4×400 m relay 3:28.83 7 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Anju Bobby George Long jump NM Did not advance
Harwant Kaur Discus throw 56.42 30 Did not advance
Krishna Poonia 58.23 24 Did not advance
Combined events – Heptathlon
Athlete Event 100H HJ SP 200 m LJ JT 800 m Final Rank
Pramila Aiyappa Result 13.97 1.74 11.66 24.92 6.11 41.27 2:23.46 5771 27*
Points 983 903 639 894 883 692 777
Shobha Javur Result 13.62 1.65 13.07 24.62 5.86 43.50 2:27.50 5749 29*
Points 1033 795 732 922 807 735 725
Susmita Singha Roy Result 14.11 1.71 11.27 24.34 5.98 39.79 2:21.14 5705 32*
Points 963 867 613 948 843 663 808

* The athlete who finished in second place, Lyudmila Blonska of the Ukraine, tested positive for a banned substance.[6] Both the A and the B tests were positive, therefore Blonska was stripped of her silver medal, and all Indian heptathletes moved up a position.

Badminton[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Anup Sridhar Men's singles  Vasconcelos (POR)
W 21–16, 21–14
 Sato (JPN)
L 13–21, 17–21
Did not advance
Saina Nehwal Women's singles  Diehl (RUS)
W 21–9, 21–8
 Griga (UKR)
W 21–18, 21–10
 Wang C (HKG)
W 21–19, 11–21, 21–11
 Yulianti (INA)
L 26–28, 21–14, 21–15
Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Jitender Kumar Flyweight  Memis (TUR)
W WO
 Doniyorov (UZB)
W 13–6
 Balakshin (RUS)
L 11–15
Did not advance
Akhil Kumar Bantamweight  Hallab (FRA)
W 12–5
 Vodopyanov (RUS)
W 9+–9
 Gojan (MDA)
L 3–10
Did not advance
Anthresh Lalit Lakra Featherweight  Sultonov (UZB)
L 5–9
Did not advance
Vijender Singh Middleweight  Jack (GAM)
W 13–2
 Chomphuphuang (THA)
W 13–3
 Góngora (ECU)
W 9–4
 Correa (CUB)
L 5–8
Did not advance 3rd
Dinesh Kumar Light heavyweight  Benchabla (ALG)
L 3–23
Did not advance

Judo[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Khumujam Tombi Devi Women's −48 kg  Hormigo (POR)
L 0000–1011
Did not advance
Divya Tewar Women's −78 kg  Castillo (CUB)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance  Abikeyeva (KAZ)
L 0000–1010
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bajranglal Takhar Single sculls 7:39.91 3 QF N/A 7:19.01 5 SC/D 7:23.00 4 FD 7:09.73 21
Devender Kumar Khandwal
Manjeet Singh
Lightweight double sculls 6:37.13 5 R 7:02.06 5 SC/D N/A 6:40.34 3 FC 6:44.48 18

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Nachhatar Singh Johal Finn 4 24 23 24 11 24 18 24 CAN CAN EL 128 23

M = Medal race; EL = Eliminated – did not advance into the medal race; CAN = Race cancelled;

Shooting[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Abhinav Bindra 10 m air rifle 596 4 700.5 1st
Samaresh Jung 10 m air pistol 570 42 Did not advance
50 m pistol 540 42 Did not advance
Gagan Narang 10 m air rifle 595 9 Did not advance
50 m rifle prone 589 35 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 1167 13 Did not advance
Sanjeev Rajput 50 m rifle prone 591 26 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 1162 26 Did not advance
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Double trap 131 15 Did not advance
Manavjit Singh Sandhu Trap 70 12 Did not advance
Mansher Singh 69 8 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Anjali Bhagwat 10 m air rifle 393 29 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 571 32 Did not advance
Avneet Kaur Sidhu 10 m air rifle 389 39 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 552 42 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Virdhawal Khade 50 m freestyle 22.73 40 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 50.07 42 Did not advance
200 m freestyle 1:51.86 48 Did not advance
Rehan Poncha 200 m butterfly 2:01.89 40 Did not advance
Ankur Poseria 100 m butterfly 54.74 57 Did not advance
Sandeep Sejwal 100 m breaststroke 1:02.19 38 Did not advance
200 m breaststroke 2:15.24 36 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Achanta Sharath Kamal Men's singles BYE  Carneros (ESP)
W 4–2
 Chen Wx (AUT)
L 1–4
Did not advance
Neha Aggarwal Women's singles  Lay (AUS)
L 1–4
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mahesh Bhupathi
Leander Paes
Men's doubles N/A  Monfils /
Simon (FRA)
W 6–3, 6–3
 Melo /
 (BRA)
W 6–4, 6–2
 Federer /
Wawrinka (SUI)
L 2–6, 4–6
Did not advance
Sania Mirza Women's singles  Benešová (CZE)
L 1–6, 1–2r
Did not advance
Sania Mirza
Sunitha Rao
Women's doubles N/A  Golovin /
Parmentier (FRA)
W WO
 Kuznetsova /
Safina (RUS)
L 4–6, 4–6
Did not advance

Wrestling[edit]

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Yogeshwar Dutt −60 kg BYE  Orazgaliyev (KAZ)
W 3–1 PP
 Yumoto (JPN)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 9
Sushil Kumar −66 kg BYE  Stadnik (UKR)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance  Schwab (USA)
W 3–1 PP
 Batyrov (BLR)
W 3–1 PP
 Spiridonov (KAZ)
W 3–1 PP
3rd
Rajiv Tomar −120 kg  Mocco (USA)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 17

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