India’s 81-member contingent is all set to begin its quest for Olympic glory and leading the pack would be the archery team. Boasting of top-ranked performers and sensational form, the six-member archery team is expected to glorify India’s medal haul at the London Olympics.Solid, focused and determined, these archers are among the India’s biggest medal hopes as they would kick off their quest for Olympic glory at the Lord’s on Friday. They would carry the nation’s fortunes in six events.Aiming for gold first would be the men’s team. The trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Bannerjee and Tarundeep Rai would battle in the men’s team ranking event. Ranked No 2 in the World, the Indian men would be expected to return with a medal around their neck.The archers launch India’s quest for medals even before the Olympic flame is lit at the main stadium. Ranking rounds of the team as well as the individuals would start off the proceedings. All eyes would be on young Deepika Kumari.The 18-year-old world No.1 would definitely be expected to hunt nothing less than gold.Deepika would not only be expected to rise above all in the individual event, but she would also shoulder the responsibility of leading the Indian women team comprising of Laishram Bombayala and Chekrovolu Swuro.Team coach Limba Ram believed that the Indian archers have been peaking at the right time and were raring to go.If the Indian archers find their mark, London Olympics could well be golden Olympics for India.advertisement
The StandUp4SEALs Beach Challenge will mark its third year in Ocean City on May 23 with a new name and a broader beneficiary base.A standup paddleboard race is open to individuals or relay teams.The event is now known as the Memorial Beach Challenge and will benefit not just the families of Navy SEALS killed in service but the families of fallen heroes in all branches of the military, according to an event c0-founder, Mike Vaules.Registration is open for the Challenge’s three events: a stand-up paddleboard race, a beach obstacle course race and a fun run for kids.Register and get more information at memorialbeachchallenge.com.In its first two years, the event became a popular part of Ocean City’s Memorial Day Weekend calendar with more than 600 competing in the combined events in each year.Kids climb makeshift sand mounds as part of the fun run in the Memorial Beach Challenge.The Challenge provides a spectacle for visitors watching obstacle-course competitors run through a water-filled pit sprayed by a fire hose, crawl under the Ocean City Music Pier, carry sand-filled sacks, perform calisthenics, traverse balance beams, and climb walls.The stand-up paddleboard race includes a box course that starts and finishes on the beach and takes racers through the surf.This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23, on the beaches surrounding the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. The bulk of the course will be between Fifth and 14th streets.The Memorial Beach Challenge benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation, the 31 Heroes Project (named for the SEALS killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011) and the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a Marine from Doylestown, Pa., who was killed in action in Iraq on April 29, 2007. One of the obstacles in the annual Beach Challenge is a water-filled pit.