Indian sports news wrap, July 22: Annu Rani wins javelin gold at Lebanon national championship

Here are all the major updates and results from Indian sports on July 22.

Published : Jul 22, 2023 12:07 IST - 6 MINS READ

India’s Annu Rani in action.
India’s Annu Rani in action. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

India’s Annu Rani in action. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Get all the major updates, scores and results from Indian sports on July 22.


Diksha tied-19th as La Sella is cut to three rounds

India’s Diksha Dagar was Tied-19th after the completion of the first round as the La Sella Open was reduced to 54 holes due to inclement weather.

Dagar shot 2-under 70 in the first round as the tournament was shortened to three rounds to accommodate the storm delays. Among other Indians, Amandeep Drall (73) was T-54 while Vani Kapoor and Ridhima Dilawari, with 74 each, were T-69, needing solid second rounds to make the third and final round.

The third and final round will take place on Sunday following the cut of the top 60 players and ties.



Sohini wins junior girls title

Sohini Mohanty beat Riya Sachdeva 6-1, 6-2 to win the girls title in the AITA National series junior tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Saturday.

Manish Yadav won the boys title.

Under-18 boys: Manish Yadav bt Rian Sharma 6-2, 6-3.
Under-18 girls: Sohini Mohanty bt Riya Sachdeva 6-1, 6-2.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Indians pick up two more bronze medals at World Junior C’ship

The Indian squad bagged two bronze medals in the 25-metre standard pistol team events in the Junior World Championship in Changwon, Korea, on Saturday.

Individually, the shooters could not fare better than the ninth spot in the men’s event and the 13th place in the women’s competition, which figures in the non-Olympic category.

India remains second on the medal table with four gold, five silver and five bronze. China is first with 12 gold, nine silver, and five bronze medals.

Host Korea is breathing down its neck with three gold, six silver, and six bronze medals.

In the men’s trap, Shapath Bharadwaj (94), Bakhtyaruddin Malek (93), and Shardul Vihan (93) were in a good position after four of the five rounds, staking their claim for a berth in the final.

In the women’s trap, Aashima Ahlawat (88), Preeti Rajak (87), Bhavya Tripathi (87), and Sabeera Haris (86) have a reasonable chance, provided they shoot strong in the fifth and final round of qualification.

25m standard pistol
Junior men: 1. Hong Sukjin (Kor) 578; 2. Nikita Chiryukin (Kaz) 572; 3. Wang Shiwen (Chn) 571; 9. Unish Holinder 563; 15. Randeep Singh 557; 16. Ankait Tomar 557; 21. Akshay Kumar 551.
Team: 1. China 1683, 2. Korea 1679; 3. India (Unish Holinder, Randeep Singh, Akshay Kumar) 1671.
Junior women: 1. Wu Shushan (Chn) 566; 2. Kim Minseo (Kor) 559; 3. Won Chaeeun (Kor) 556; 13. Yashita Shokeen 539; 15. Aditi Sejwal 536; 20. Kritika Sharma 521; 21. Prarthana Khanna 518; 22. Tiyana Phogat 516; 24. Akshita Soni 510.
Team: 1. Korea 1665; 2. China 1649; 3. India 1573.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Lebanon national championship: Kishore Jena, Annu Rani win javelin throw gold

Indian javelin throwers dominated the Lebanon national championship held in Beirut on Friday.

Kishore Jena, who threw 78.96m, won gold in the men’s event and was followed by his compatriot Shivpal, who won silver with a throw of 73.34m.

Annu Rani (55.32m) won gold in the women’s event.

- Team Sportstar


Indian compound archers Sarita and Rakesh Kumar gave a fine performance to claim the country’s first-ever gold medal in the World Archery Para Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic, on Saturday.

The duo claimed the mixed team world title, while 16-year-old armless archer Sheetal Devi bagged the compound women’s individual silver. Sarita bagged a second medal when she took the women’s team bronze with Jyoti.

The country’s previous best showing was two silver medals – by Pooja in recurve individual event and Shyam Sundar Swami and Jyoti in compound mixed team – in Dubai last year.

Sarita and Rakesh defeated Brazil’s Jane Gogel and Reinaldo Ferreira 152-146 in the final. The match began with both sides sharing honours (37-37) in the first end. The Indians showed consistency to take the next three ends 37-36, 39-38, 39-35.

Sheetal, who shoots with her foot, gave a tough fight before losing 138-140 to defending champion Oznur Cure of Turkey. The teenager took a 29-27 lead before Oznur rallied to level the scores in the second end and took a one-point lead in the third.

The fourth end, in which Sheetal scored three 9s against Oznur’s three 10s, proved decisive as it gave the Turkish archer a four-point cushion.

Sheetal won the final end 29-27, but lost the final.

Sarita and Jyoti beat the Iranian pair of Farzaneh Asgari and Maryam Yavarpoor Shahrbabaki 147-142 to win the compound women’s team bronze. But Sarita could not get a third medal as she lost 139-142 to Jane in the individual bronze medal contest.

- YB Sarangi

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