Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo from Fiba.comWith Terrence Romeo missing Gilas Pilipinas duty due to a knee injury, coach Chot Reyes is hard-pressed to find someone to fill the hole left by the high-scoring guard, putting much of the burden on the shoulders of Jayson Castro.Fortunately, Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas are raring to contribute for the national team as it opens its 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers campaign against Japan on Friday at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The NLEX guards are included in Reyes’ 12-man lineup for the Japan game with Philippine side dealing with a depleted guard rotation.“It’s a big advantage for me to play with some of the best players in the league,” said Ravena. “Being around them twice a day helps me a lot when it comes to learning the nuances of the game. We’re locked in these next two weeks which will be important for our campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRavena has had numerous stints with the national team, last seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.Alas, meanwhile, had to wait for three long years before getting this chance again, with his last tour coming in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup in China. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ “I’m just excited to play for the national team again. I’m really looking forward playing against Japan,” said Alas, who has grown into one of the the Road Warriors’ top guys the past season.The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Go, Nieto power Eagles to Finals View comments
Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers moves the ball upcourt against Tyler Ulis #8 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers will be without Darren Collison for two to three weeks after he arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.Coach Nate McMillan made the announcement before the start of Monday night’s game against Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES McMillan said Collison suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over Philadelphia. A subsequent MRI showed he needed surgery, and McMillan says the Pace hope to get Collison back shortly after the All-Star break.Collison is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 43.2 percent on 3-pointers. Cory Joseph will replace Collison in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAn illness also will keep All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out of Monday’s game. He will be replaced by Lance Stephenson. Eagles get hero’s welcome after winning 1st Super Bowl title Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “He’s like a saint,” Duhamel said.READ: South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for OlympicsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s been a different life for Moo-tae. Like roughly 2 million dogs each year, he was supposed to be raised on a Korean dog meat farm, where conditions are often poor. Moo-tae may have been locked in a cage, beaten or left without food or water. Certainly, he would have been sold and slaughtered, then probably served in soup at one of many restaurants still popular among Korea’s elderly population.Koreans have been eating dog for thousands of years, though the practice has waned recently. Many older Koreans believe dog meat aids virility, though younger citizens are largely either against the practice or indifferent to it. The country has begun shifting away from dog consumption as pet ownership has increased, with one in five households owning either a dog or a cat as of 2016. Some major dog meat shops — like the Moran Market in Seongnam — have been shuttered, and President Moon Jae-in even made a campaign promise to adopt a shelter dog if he won last year’s presidential election. He welcomed a 4-year-old mixed breed named Tory in July. In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel poses with her dog Moo-tae, right, in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea— Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month — though no prize could be more life-changing than her previous Pyeongchang souvenir.Not after last year, when the two-time world champion pairs skater brought home Moo-tae — an affable miniature dachshund mix with big ears, bowed legs and the bad luck of being born into the Korean dog meat trade. Duhamel, a vegan and animal lover, helped rescue Moo-tae by accompanying him on his flight from South Korea to Canada last February. The 2-year-old pup has been living with her and husband/coach Bruno Marcotte in Montreal since, spending his days doing yoga with Duhamel and making friends at the local dog park.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Park Young-ae, owner of Young Hoon Restaurant, arranges dog meats at her restaurant in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. Duhamel and her husband brought home Moo-tae last February, and his big ears, bowed legs and affable personality have made him a favorite at the local dog park. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Buddhists in the southern part of the country helped rescue Moo-tae from a farm as a puppy, and Park found him living on a monastery.“He loved to sit with the Buddhas during meditation and yoga,” said Duhamel, who meditates daily. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, maybe this dog has some special spiritual energy.’ That was really why I chose him.”Park picked up Moo-tae last year and drove eight hours north to meet Duhamel in Pyeongchang, where she and partner Eric Radford were competing at Four Continents in a test run for the Olympic rink. Moo-tae met his new parents in a parking lot outside the venue, calmly curling up in Duhamel’s arms shortly after being introduced.“Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody’s arms,” Duhamel said. “He doesn’t even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held.”Park, Moo-tae and a second dog, Sara, met Duhamel at the airport in Seoul days later so that Duhamel could fly the dogs back to Toronto. Moo-tae went home with Duhamel and Marcotte, while Sara was united with another eager family waiting for her in Canada. Duhamel’s parents, Heidi and Daniel, adopted their own pup through Park’s organization a few months later.Duhamel and Park hoped that other athletes might serve as flight volunteers coming back from the Olympics, but Air Canada was too tight on space for that many dogs. Free Korean Dogs handles most everything related to adoptions, including paperwork, vaccinations and crates for transportation, but the organization can’t afford the thousands of dollars necessary to ship each dog without those travelers.“We have to really rely on flight volunteers flying from Korea to Canada,” Park said. “That’s like 90 percent of what we do.”Korean rescues routinely have a hard time adjusting to their new homes, and Free Korean Dogs monitors adopted dogs after they’ve been paired with families.Moo-tae, though, took right to life in Canada. He’s inseparable from his new brother, a 4-year-old rescued beagle named Theo. The family also has a rescued cat, Zara, living in its small Montreal condo.“He brings a very special energy,” Duhamel said. “I meditate every day, and he sits beside me patiently while I meditate. I don’t know if he was trained to do that.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, figure skating coach Bruno Marcotte and his wife, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, pet their dog Moo-tae, right, and another dog in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)Still, the industry persists, and despite pressure from animal rights groups — particularly from Western countries — Pyeongchang won’t completely shelter Olympic visitors from the trade this month. Area restaurants were offered government aid if they stopped selling dog meat, but some declined to change their menus, fearing they’d spurn regular patrons and be left without customers once the tourists left town.“I have been selling dog meat for decades. It is really difficult for me to change my menu just because of the Olympics,” said Park Young-ae, 60, whose Young Hoon Restaurant is nearly in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.A Gangwon province official told The Associated Press there were no plans to relocate dog farms situated near Olympic areas. There is one farm near Pyeongchang; six near Jeongseon, where the downhill skiing course is located; and 10 in Gangnueng, the coastal town that will host events like figure skating and hockey. Gangwon has 196 registered dog farms, though most are closer to Seoul.Groups like Humane Society International want South Korea to ban the slaughter of dogs entirely, while smaller groups have established volunteer systems to rescue dogs and close farms.Moo-tae’s adoption was organized through one such group: Free Korean Dogs. Founder EK Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Toronto, and she oversees adoptions that bring dogs to Canada and the United States. She worked on Moo-tae’s adoption personally.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:58US defense chief meets South Korean counterpart01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder The only remaining mark from Moo-tae’s past is physical — his front legs are a bit misshapen, possibly from abuse as a puppy.Otherwise, he’s happy as could be.“Moo-tae was so strong and calm,” Duhamel said. “That’s a funny way to describe a dog, but that’s exactly how I’d describe him. He’s so content.“We have a lady that walks our dogs every day while we’re training, and she says Moo-tae is the most popular dog in the dog park.”Duhamel, a Sochi silver medalist in the team event, is planning to do more to undercut the dog meat industry on this trip to Korea with Humane Society International. She, American skier Gus Kenworthy and American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis have appeared in a public service announcement about the dog meat trade, and Duhamel is also hoping to assist in shuttering a farm or two once she’s done competing in South Korea.She’s also arranged with Park to fly home another rescued dog when she returns to Canada. This one, though, won’t be coming all the way home with her.“I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,” she said. “As much as I would love to.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Turkey seeks arrest of NBA star Kanter – report BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Beermen bounced back from a 107-99 loss to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Sunday and they did it with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Aces, 31-18.Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross added 19 and 18 points, respectively, while Arwind Santos nearly posted a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds for San Miguel, which tied Ginebra in second place with a 7-2 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Aces, who missed the services of Calvin Abueva and JVee Casio, have now lost six consecutive games after going 4-0 to start the conference. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PBA IMAGESAlex Cabagnot led five San Miguel players in double-figures and the Beermen dominated the Alaska Aces, 109-97, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Cabagnot, the veteran point guard, fired a game-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals while import Charles Rhodes also notched a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT
LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Balse enjoys playing with young stars, vows to play better next game The Filipino senator hasn’t knocked out an opponent since 2009 and against an oft-rigid, forward-charging foe, Pacquiao might finally have his chance.“I have my punch back,” Pacquiao told trainer Freddie Roach. It could also be the fight that pulls an underdog into the limelight.Pacquiao has fought 67 times, emerging the victor 59 times, losing six times and drawing twice, with 38 of his victims, including superstars like Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton left sprawled in the ring.The Queenslander Horn, on the other hand, is unscathed in 17 pro fights, knocking out 11 opponents.But he is installed a heavy underdog and very few give the former school teacher a chance against the eight-division champion.The bigger Horn intends to bring the war to Pacquiao from the opening bell of the 12-round tussle that will be beamed to over 30 countries, including the Philippines.Pacquiao would eat up the chance to engage Horn toe-to-toe. After all, this might be the fight that brings a highly lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather to the table.Roach, is prodding Pacquiao to go for an early stoppage, win impressively, make boxing fans happy, and lure promoters to offer him more juicy bouts—and none is juicier out there than “Money” Mayweather.Like Roach, Glenn Rushton is convinced the fight won’t go the full route. The self-made millionaire trainer is convinced Horn, if he sticks to his 10-point plan, will be able to stop Pacquiao in the later rounds. For the first time since 2005, Pacquiao will be fighting in a card that won’t be limited to pay-per-view in revenue-rich United States. Instead, ESPN will air the show on free TV in primetime.And Pacquiao said this was his idea.“This is the time that I give back to the fans,” said Pacquiao, who told promoter Bob Arum “let’s do free TV for the fans.”It will also be the first time in a long while he’ll be facing a crowd that is neither cheering for him or split down the middle between the two fighters. Horn will get a majority of love from the crowd, which is expected to surpass the Australian record 38,000 attendance set when Jeff Fenech bowed to Azumah Nelson in 1992 in Melbourne.It could also be a fight that would return Pacquiao to relevance.ADVERTISEMENT Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP FILE PHOTO into battle with a hungry young lion before over 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators.They’re calling it the “Battle of Brisbane.” In truth, it is a fight searching for an identity.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ It is a championship bout, for sure. Manny Pacquiao stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium here Sunday. But belts hardly make for sure-fire classics nowadays.It is a fight for legacy, perhaps. Turning 39 in December, Pacquiao is arguably the most accomplished boxer of his generation. An eight-division, 11-time world champion, he’s a sure Hall-of-Famer when he retires.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut hanging up his gloves is far from Pacquiao’s mind. Instead, he wants to prove that he can still fight at the elite level, especially against the new breed of ring stars like Horn, who’s nearly a decade younger.It is a fight for the fans, apparently. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Badminton ace and hot favourite Saina Nehwal will take on Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff in women’s singles semifinals match on Tuesday at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.Top sees Saina cruised into the semifinals after two impressive wins on Monday. She defeated Caroline Black from North Ireland 21-0, 21-2; after which she thrashed Anna Rice of Canada.Saina will take on Egelstaff aiming to book a spot for herself in the CWG badminton finals. The women’s singles semifinals will take place at Siri Fort Sports Complex at 5 pm on Tuesday.
Leh and Kargil districts in the frontier region of Ladakh continued to be the coldest places in Jammu and Kashmir, even as night temperature showed steady improvement in most parts of the Valley for the third day on Sunday.Both Leh and Kargil towns recorded a minimum of minus 13.0 degrees Celsius each, compared to 13.6 and 10.4 deg C the previous night, respectively, a MET department official said.Srinagar witnessed a slight increase with the minimum temperature settling at minus 0.1 deg C as against minus 0.4 deg C on Saturday, the official said.The night temperature is almost two degrees above normal for this time of the year.Meanwhile, the Jammu-Srinagar National highway, the only road link between Kashmir Valley and rest of the country, was on Sunday thrown open to one-way traffic after remaining closed overnight due to fresh snowfall.The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley, recording a low of minus 9.0 deg C, while Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.7 deg C, the official said.The high altitude areas of the Valley including Pahalgam and Gulmarg received light snowfall over the past two days, much to the delight of winter sports lovers.The night temperature at Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, fell further to settle at minus 2.0 deg C.Kokernag town in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district recorded minus 3.2 deg C.Kupwara town in north Kashmir, also recorded a night temperature of minus 0.1 degrees Celsius – the same as recorded in Srinagar.advertisementThe Kashmir Valley is in the grip of an intense cold wave as it witnesses forty days of harsh winter, locally called ‘Chillai Kalaan’.While Kashmir witnessed early snowfall of winter in October, there was a two-month dry spell which ended with another snowfall on New Year’s eve.With PTI inputs
England are confident that captain Andrew Strauss and spinner Graeme Swann will recover in time for Thursday’s must-win World Cup Group B game against the West Indies in Chennai.Top-order batsman Jonathan Trott on Tuesday said both players were expected to recover and would be ” hopefully training tomorrow” after missing a morning practice due to stomach upsets. Opener Strauss and offspinner Swann are crucial players for England, which is fighting for a place in the quarter- finals following upset losses to Ireland and Bangladesh.England have five points from five matches with wins over South Africa and the Netherlands and a high- scoring tie against India, but will be eliminated in the first round if it loses to the West Indies.”They will be all right. Hopefully training tomorrow, sure they will be,” Trott said. ” They are feeling a little bit better. They should be ready for the game.” Trott said the illnesses could have something to do with players being in and out of air conditioning in the hot and humid conditions in Chennai.”When you go from humid places into air- conditioned change rooms … ( perhaps) just a little bit about not looking after ourselves,” he added.Trott said England’s only concern was the West Indies, because all other quarter- final permutations were out of its control.”Yes. Not much we can do. All our attention is on this game and it would be foolish if we take our eyes off this game,” he said.It is four knock- out games for us and three for others.” Trott was of the view that England had struggled because they haven’t been consistent with bat and ball in the one match. ” We do have a good one day team.advertisementPerhaps we need to get a bit more consistent in our discipline in fielding, running and batting and everything. Meanwhile, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard thinks some inside information from coach Ottis Gibson will help his team plot England’s defeat.The hard- hitting Pollard on Tuesday said “it will be of great help” to have the services of former England bowling coach Gibson in the West Indies camp as ” he can pass on a lot of information about the players.” Pollard said it would be dangerous to underestimate England despite an inconsistent performance in the tournament. ” They were in a similar position in the Twenty20 World Cup last year and they went on to win,” Pollard said. “They cannot be underestimated.” England won the Twenty20 title in the Caribbean in 2010 after qualifying last for the knock- out round.”We have to play each bowler on merit. They will have plans to counter my style of batting and I have to concentrate on my game. If the wicket isn’t helpful for strokeplay, then it will be better to go for percentage play,” he added.Agencies
India’s rifle shooter Gagan Narang clinched the bronze medal in the men’s 10-metre air rifle event while his illustrious compatriot and defending champion Abhinav Bindra failed to qualify for the final round in the 2012 London Olympics at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Monday.The gold went to Romanian Alin George Moldoveanu with a total score of 702.1 (599 qualifying, 103.1 final) and Italian Niccolo Campriani bagged the silver with 701.5 (599 qualifying, 102.5 final).Narang, who is participating in his third Games, had a total score of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). Going into the final round, Narang was third. In the final round, Narang had a series of 10.7, 9.7, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3 and 10.7 to give India its first medal from the London Games. It was the third time in row that Indian shooters had won medals at the Olympics. Double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the silver in 2004, Bindra gave India a historic gold in Beijing, and now Narang has bagged a bronze in London.Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, failed to qualify as he shot 594 to finish 16th out of 47 contestants.In the qualifying round, Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. The 29-year-old Hyderabadi shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.Bindra had just two series of perfect 100 in the third and the fourth round. He shot 99s in the first, second and fifth and faltered in the sixth, when he shot 97. The top eight shooters qualified for the final round. Former Olympic champion and Beijing Games silver medallist Zhu Qinan of China also failed to qualify for the final round.advertisementBindra said luck deserted him during the qualification round of the 10 metres air rifle event at the 2012 London Games here Monday.”Time was running out and I had to take some risks. Needed a little luck for some shots and I didn’t get it. I am disappointed, but love the sport, love shooting so am sure I’ll continue. I think I did a reasonable job. I could have retired on a high after the Bejing gold but that would have been the easy way out,” Bindra told reporters at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.”I am glad I had the courage to come back and try again even though I have failed. I will still go away from London Olympics having learnt a lot,” said the former World Champion.Bindra hoped his compatriot Narang will bag an Olympic medal. Narang fell two short of his world record score of 600. In fact, Narang is the only shooter to have shot a possible 600 twice.”I would like to wish Gagan the very best. He shot an excellent qualifying round, think he will do very well in the final,” Bindra said. Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. The 29-year-old Hyderabadi shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.Meanwhile, Bindra had just two series of perfect 100 in the third and the fourth round. He shot 99s in the first, second and fifth and faltered in the sixth, when he shot 97. The 29-year-old Narang – who shot four golds in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and was always considered a big hope alongside Bindra in the event – made up for his compatriot’s luckless show by earning India it’s third Olympic medal from the sport.Narang had given enough indications of his class in a pre-Olympics event in Germany’s Hannover by scoring 704.3 – that was higher than the world record of 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the 2006 World Cup.The Indian shooter, participating in his third Games, however, was a shade below his Hannover high, managing an aggregate of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). Narang’s success has added to India’s less than impressive medal count – which now stands at 21 comprising nine golds, four silvers and eight bronzes – in Olympics history.Hockey alone has provided 11 metals (8 gold, 1 silver and two bronze medals). Apart from the three in shooting, the Indians have got two each in athletics and wrestling and one apiece from weightlifting, tennis and boxing.