In yet another jolt to the Indian contingent at Athens 2004, the star tennis duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, much to the dismay of millions of fans home, including me, have crashed out in the play offs for bronze. They lost out to to Croatia's Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic 6-7; 4-6; 14-16.
That was India's last hope to win a gold this time with the hockey stars failing to wield their sticks to put up a competent show.
With this, I get the feeling that India's share of this spectacle in the year 2004 is more or less over. But Indians do have a reason to rejoice! After all we've won a Bronze.