Indian sports wrap, February 24

Here are all the updates, results and developments from the world of Indian sports on February 24.

Published : Feb 24, 2024 16:44 IST , CHENNAI - 4 MINS READ

Diksha, third on the LET Order of Merit in 2023, shot 2-under 73 and moved to 4-under 142 total.
Diksha, third on the LET Order of Merit in 2023, shot 2-under 73 and moved to 4-under 142 total. | Photo Credit: Andrew Redington

Diksha, third on the LET Order of Merit in 2023, shot 2-under 73 and moved to 4-under 142 total. | Photo Credit: Andrew Redington


Diksha 4th, Pranavi 13th in Morocco after second round

Diksha Dagar placed herself for a good finish as she moved into the tied fourth spot at the end of the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup on the Ladies European Tour here on Saturday.

Diksha, third on the LET Order of Merit in 2023, shot 2-under 73 and moved to 4-under 142 total.

Fellow Indian Pranavi Urs, playing her first full season on the LET, seemed set for a high position after the second hole as she was 3-under through the front nine and 5-under for the event at that stage.

Pranavi then dropped a double bogey on the 14th and a bogey on the 17th to drop back to even par 73. At 2-under total, she was tied 13th at the Par-73 Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course.

Mexico’s Maria Fassi continued to dominate the event after producing a strong second round of 69 (-4).

Fassi has held the lead since the start of the tournament carding a round of 65 (-8) on day one.

Diksha, who shot 2-under 71 in the first round, opened the second round with five pars before finding a birdie on the sixth. She gave that shot back on the ninth, but birdies on the 10th and the 18th saw her finish at 2-under.

Pranavi, who had six birdies against two bogeys and a double bogey, birdied second, fourth and seventh. She dropped a double bogey on the 14th, and it was her second double, as she had one on the first day, too. She also had a bogey on the 17th on the second day.

Despite a shaky start, a double bogey on hole two, Fassi, an LPGA player, dusted off her nerves to roll in three birdies on the front nine on holes five, six and eight.

At the turn, Fassi continued her fine form by rolling in a further four birdies with only a bogey on the 17th to blemish her back nine scorecard.

Home favourite Ines Laklalech sits in solo third after a round of 73 (par). The Moroccan got off to a strong start, carding two birdies in her first four holes before dropping shots on holes nine and fifteen.

Six players are tied for fourth on four-under-par; Czech Republic’s Sara Kouskova and Klara Davidson Spilkova, England’s Bronte Law, Diksha, Norway’s Madelene Stavnar and Spain’s Fatima Fernandez Cano.



Asia Cup Stage-1: Indian compound archers bag two gold medals

Indian compound archers bagged two of the three team gold medals in the Asia Cup Stage-1 in Baghdad on Saturday.

While India claimed men and mixed team event gold medals, it suffered a shock defeat to Iran in the women’s team final.

The results
Compound: Team: Finals: Men: India (Priyansh, Kushal Dalal, Prathamesh Jawkar) bt Iran (Arash Ghaseimpour, Amin Pakzad, Behnia Radrezvan) 232-229; Women: Iran (Bita Asheghzaldeh, Fatemeh Hemmati, Haleh Izadkhah) bt India (Priya Gurjar, Parneet Kaur, Aditi Swami) 229-223; Mixed: India (Aditi Swami, Prathamesh Jawkar) bt Iran (Fatemeh Hemmati, Amin Pakzad) 159-157; Individual: Bronze medal match: Women: Aditi Swami bt Priya Gurjar 148-145.



Karnataka holds Mizoram 2-2 to snatch a point

Defending champion Karnataka held former champion Mizoram to a 2-2 draw in a Group B league encounter of the 77th National Football Championship for Santosh Trophy, at the Golden Jubilee Stadium in Yupia, Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

Mizoram went in the lead early off a strike from M.S. Dawngliana in the 13th minute before Malsawmzuala doubled the score right after the break in the 47th minute. Karnataka fought back well in the final quarter of the action and restored parity as Prabin Tigga (67th minute) and R. Vishal (69th) found the Mizoram net once each in a span of two minutes.

Having drawn its first round match against Delhi (1-1), Karnataka netted two points from two outings while Mizoram, which lost its first round match against Maharashtra (1-3), picked up its first point after the draw.

Manipur beat Maharashtra 2-1 in another Group B match. Maharashtra went in the lead in the 14th minute off Azfar Noorani but Manipur restored parity in the 40th minute when Rojen Wahengbam found the target. Kabiraj Singh fetched the winner late in the 88th minute to give Manipur the full quota of points. Manipur tallied four points from a win and draw while Maharashtra remained on three points.

The results:
Karnataka 2 (Prabin Tigga 67, R. Vishal 69) drew with Mizoram 2 (Dawngliana 13, Malsawmzuala 47).
Manipur 2 (Rojen Wahengbam 40, Kabiraj Singh 88) bt Maharashtra 1 (Azfar Noorani 14).
Delhi 4 (Vivek Kumar 34, Jaideep Singh 50, 76, Milind Negi 68) bt Railways 0.

- Amitabha Das Sharma


Gen. Sparrow Cup semifinal results

Santiago Marambio scored six goals in helping Delta Polo to a 7-4 victory over Army Service Corps (ASC) in the semifinals of the Gen. Sparrow Cup polo tournament at the Jaipur Polo ground on Saturday.

In the final to be played on Sunday, Delta Polo will face Mayfair Polo which beat 61st Cavalry-Royal Enfield 7-6.

The results (semifinals):
Delta Polo 7 (Santiago Marambio 6, Hurr Ali) bt ASC 4 (Yatinder Kumar 2, Abhimanyu Pathak, Ravinder Mang).
Mayfair Polo 7 (Naveen Singh 5, Salim Azmi, Angad Singh Sandhu) bt 61st Cavalry-Royal Enfield 6 (Dhruvpal Godara 6).

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Rian Sharma and Prachi Malik win in the U-18 AITA National series

Rian Sharma and Prachi Malik won the boys and girls titles respectively in the AITA National series under-18 tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy.

It was a double crown for Rian, as he won the doubles title as well, in partnership with Arnav Bishnoi.

The results (finals):
Under-18 boys:Rian Sharma bt Akshat Dhull 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: Rian Sharma & Arnav Bishnoi bt Parth Deorukhakar & Omkar Shinde 6-4, 6-3.
Under-18 girls: Prachi Malik bt Samiksha Dabas 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles: Navy DAbas & Apara Khandare bt Dhanvi Kale & Mahi Trivedi 6-2, 6-3.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

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