Ace rifleman Gagan Narang made India proud by winning its first medal - a bronze - while champion shuttler Saina Nehwal and both the men's tennis doubles combinations chalked out wins to move up the ladder at the London Olympics here Monday.
In contrast, boxer Sumit Sangwan seemed a victim of an unfair verdict - that television commentators called "daylight robbery", and prompted India to lodge an official complaint with the competition organisers.
Returning to the Games hockey after a hiatus of eight years, erstwhile monarchs India fought valiantly with higher ranked Netherlands before going down 2-3 in a pool match, but men's tennis player Vishnu Vardhan and woman archer Bombayla Devi crashed out in forgettable outings.
Narang, 29, participating in his third Games, aggregated 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final) to finish third in his pet 10 metre air rifle at the Royal Artillery Barracks range, triggering celebrations among the Indian diaspora here and the countrymen back home.
Image:India's Gagan Narang celebrates winning the bronze medal at the end of the men's 10-meter air rifle at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London.