A day after celebrating its first medal from the Games, India's campaign here stuttered Tuesday despite shuttler Parupalli Kashyap pulling off a remarkable upset while boxer Laishram Devendro Singh knocked out his rival to advance to the pre-quarter finals at the 2012 London Olympics.
The country's medal quest suffered a serious setback with the fancied tennis doubles combination of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna biting the dust, while archers continued to disappoint, rowers faded without a ripple and the sole judoka and the only remaining weightlifter bid adieu after a forgettable outing.
Indians, who partied a day back after ace shooter Gagan Narang scooped up a bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event, saw the day begin on the right note as Kashyap progressed to the last eight in men's singles. The 25-year-old displayed sublime skills to defeat tenth seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam 21-9, 21-14 in 39 minutes at the Wembley Arena to top Group D in style.
Image: India's Kashyap Parupalli plays against Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh, unseen, at a men's singles badminton match of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London.