Indian sports News- August 29thAugust 29, 2019
Bytes: Elavenil wins Gold, Narang 2020, Jemimah half century, Delhi cruises PKL, Aprinder wins Gold, Hero US Pro Tour, US Open-Day3, Sebastian Vettel-Spa, Ligue1-Homophobic chant
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Rio ISSF World Cup- India had a great start to the year’s fourth and final International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup as 20-year-old Elavenil Valarivan won gold in the women’s 10m air rifle for her first senior medal. India has now won three out of the four World Cup gold medals in the women’s 10m air rifle this year. The two-time Junior World Cup gold medallist lead the field for most part finishing with a score of 251.7 in the finals, maintaining a comfortable lead over silver medallist Seonaid Mcintosh of Britain who won silver with an effort of 250.6. Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin won bronze as well as one of the two Tokyo 2020 quota places on offer. The second quota was won by Iran as India already has the maximum of two quota places awarded in each discipline.
Narang- Gagan Narang on Wednesday put down the prospects of a fifth Olympic appearance to a “miracle”, one that he is relentlessly working towards by training on and off the range. For one of India’s finest practitioners of rifle shooting, securing a fifth Olympic berth is not beyond the bounds of possibility, but the 36-year-old was modesty personified when discussions turned to the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Cecil retires- Cecil Wright’s name will not rank alongside West Indies legends Vivian Richards, Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell, but for longevity he outranks them all. The fast bowler known affectionately as ‘Cec’ has announced that he will retire in two weeks’ time – at the ripe old age of 85. Wright, who in his heyday represented Jamaica against Barbados, lining up against Sobers and Wes Hall, moved to England in 1959 and launched a career as a professional in the Central Lancashire League for Crompton. Wright, who also played with Richards and Joel Garner, another of the great West Indies pace attack of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has taken over 7,000 wickets during a career spanning more than 60 years.
WCSL- India’s Jemimah Rodrigues continued her stellar form in the Women’s Cricket Super League (England’s T20 tournament) on Thursday, scoring a 27-ball 60 to help Yorkshire Diamonds defeat table-toppers Western Storm by five runs. The T20 match was reduced to 10 overs-a-side due to rain and the Diamonds were put into bat first. They lost wickets at regular intervals and could manage 104/4 in their 10 overs. And that was possible entirely due to the efforts of Rodrigues. The 18-year-old walked into bat at No 3 and was confident from the get-go. She hit 10 fours and two sixes in her knock and was eventually declared the player of the match. The second-highest run-getter for the Diamonds was Hollie Armitage with 19 runs off 21 balls.
PKL- Naveen Kumar entered the record books as home side Dabang Delhi beat U Mumba 40-24 in a Pro Kabaddi match on Wednesday at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi to extend their lead at the top of the points charts. The 19-year-old picked up his 8th consecutive Super 10 (awarded to players with 10 or more raid points) to equal the record set by Pardeep Narwal for Patna Pirates. The third consecutive victory in the home leg for Dabang Delhi made them the most successful team at home this season.
Vikas Khandola’s early raiding brilliance ensured Haryana Steelers thrashed Season 6 runners-up Gujarat Fortune giants 41-24 in the earlier game on Wednesday. Khandola (8 points), Prashanth Kumar Rai (8 points) and Ravi Kumar with a High 5 (6 tackle points) led an all-round performance from the Steelers that saw the side jump to third place in the Season 7 points table. In-form Haryana Steelers, who had lost only one match in their previous five coming into the match, started on the front foot with their lead raider Khandola once again in the thick of things.
Inter-State Athletics Championship- Asian Games gold medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh won the gold but failed to touch the World Championships qualifying mark on the second day of the 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Lucknow on Wednesday. Arpinder managed the season’s best jump of 16.83m, 12cm short of World Championship qualifying standard of 16.95m under hot and humid conditions at the PAC Stadium in Lucknow. Karnataka’s U Karthik and Tamil Nadu’s Mohammed Salahuddin took the silver and bronze respectively with jumps of 16.0m and 16.79m.
Dope Test- Double world under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams could miss next month’s World Championships after reportedly testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). The Jamaican daily The Gleaner said that the 17-year-old initially failed the doping test after the National Senior Championships between June 20-23 where she placed third in the 100 metres to secure a spot in the national team for the World Championships in Doha.
Hero Pro Tour- Tvesa Malik got off to a flying start in the 13th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour with a four-under 68 that gave her a four-shot lead over Gaurika Bishnoi and Gurjot Badwal, who carded even par 72 each. Playing at Gary Player’s Black Knight course at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Malik started the day with 10 pars in a row, before coming up with three successive birdies. She dropped a shot on Par-5 15th, but quickly regrouped herself to close birdie-birdie for a 68. It was a perfect start for Tvesa’s preparations for next month’s marquee event, the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour at the same course. Last year, Malik finished Tied-13th alongside Gaurika Bishnoi, who is lying second, but overall is leading the WPGT Order of Merit.
US Open- Serena Williams withstood a brave display from 17-year-old American wildcard Caty McNally at the US Open on a rain-hit Wednesday to keep her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title intact. Williams, a six-time champion in New York, recovered from dropping the opening set to prevail 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 and set up a third-round showdown with either 29th seed Hsieh Su-Wei or Karolina Muchova. French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2), saving a set point before dominating the tie-breaker. Ukraine fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Earlier in the day, Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, became the first woman to qualify for the third round after making quick work of Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze.
In mens top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while Roger Federer shook off another slow start to advance. Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero. Next in Federer’s path is either French 25th seed Lucas Pouille or Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans.
Sebastian Vettel- Sebastian Vettel hopes to re-boot his and Ferrari’s season this weekend in pursuit of his first victory in more than a year as Formula One returns to action at the Belgian Grand Prix. The four-time world champion won last year’s race at the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, but has been without a victory since and needs to make the most of Ferrari’s power advantage to add to his career total of 52 triumphs. To win, however, Vettel knows he must not only overcome his fast Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc, but also series-leading defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
Ligue1- Marseille won their first match under new coach Andre Villas-Boas on Wednesday thanks to a 2-1 derby win at Nice in a match that was suspended in the first half following homophobic abuse from the home side’s hardcore supporters. Players from both teams were escorted from the pitch in the 28th minute of the contest following repeated appeals to stop chants of “Marseille are a bunch of q*****” and “Go f*** yourself, Ligue 1”. Fans also unfurled homophobic banners including one which called Marseille and “LGBT club”.