Indian sports news wrap, May 28: Atwal makes cut as Jeev misses out

Catch the major updates and results from Indian sports on May 28.

Published : May 28, 2023 17:07 IST , Chennai - 8 MINS READ

File Photo: Playing only in his second event on the Champions Tour for golfers over the age of 50, Atwal at 1-over 217 was tied 39th.
File Photo: Playing only in his second event on the Champions Tour for golfers over the age of 50, Atwal at 1-over 217 was tied 39th. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

File Photo: Playing only in his second event on the Champions Tour for golfers over the age of 50, Atwal at 1-over 217 was tied 39th. | Photo Credit: Getty Images



Senior PGA Tour Event: Atwal makes cut as Jeev misses out for second consecutive time

Arjun Atwal had consecutive rounds of 72 after 73 in the opening one as he made the cut at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

Playing only in his second event on the Champions Tour for golfers over the age of 50, Atwal at 1-over 217 was tied 39th.

India’s other star Jeev Milkha Singh however missed the cut in his second straight Senior PGA Championships after a poor opening round of 76 followed by an even-par round.

Irishman Padraig Harrington, winner of three Majors with two Opens and one PGA Championships in 2008-09, is now one round away from his second Senior Major title.

He won he US Senior Open in June 2022. Harrington who started the week with a 64 has added 68-68 in his next two rounds is 16-under and one shot clear of Steve Stricker (70-67-64). He is three ahead of Senior PGA Championship debutant Stewart Cink (68-68-67).

Atwal, who was T-11 in his only Champions Tour start last month, was 2-under through 16 holes before he dropped a double bogey his 17th hole, the Par-4 17th.

He started from the 10th and birdied the 14th and 18th. He then parred the next six holes before finding double.

Atwal will play his final round with Jim Furyk, the 2018 Ryder Cup captain, who is also the vice-captain for 2023 and the US Team for 2024 President’s Cup. The third player in the group is David Mackenzie.


Aditi misses knockout berth at Bank of Hope tourney

Olympian Aditi Ashok dropped a double bogey on the closing 18th and lost a chance to get into the play-off for a knockout berth at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play.

Aditi, who lost her opening match to Perrine Delacour, got the better of Caroline Inglis in the next encounter.

In her final round-robin match, Aditi allowed Jennifer Kupcho to tie the match.

A win would have given Aditi a chance to get last 16 Knockout stage via a play-off against Delacour.

That meant Perrine with two wins topped the pool and went into the last 16, while Aditi and Kupcho were tied for second with one win, one tie and one loss and exited, as did Caroline Inglis, who had one win and two losses.

Only seven of the top seeds in the 16 groups advanced. They were Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand, Alison Lee, Ayaka Furue of Japan; Leona Maguire of Ireland; Linn Grant and Maja Stark of Sweden and Carlota Ciganda of Spain.

Aditi’s next start will be at the $ 2.75m Mizuho America’s Open in New Jersey.


Madan makes cut in Florida, Pranavi misses out

Indian golfer Nishtha Madan made the 36-hole cut while Pranavi Urs missed it at the Inova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship here.

The US-based Madan, who shot 2-over 75 in the first round, added 2-under 71 in the second round with two crucial birdies on the 14th and 15th hole after an even-par front nine. She is now even par for two rounds and T-28 in challenging conditions.

Madan, who had a birdie, bogey and a double in the first round, had four birdies and two bogeys in the second.

After missing the first four cuts of the season, Madan has made two of the last three with T-24 at Copper Rock as her best.

Pranavi, who has had a lot of success back home last year, missed the cut with 78-79. Pranavi, who played her first event of the season last week, missed her second cut in a row.

The conditions have been difficult with only 27 players under par as 69 made the cut at the El Campeon course.



India U-17s to play TSV Schwaben Augsburg juniors in last training game in Germany

The India U-17 men’s team will play its last training game in Germany against a mix of U-17 and U-18 boys from TSV Schwaben Augsburg at the Paul Renz Akademie in Augsburg on Monday.

The India U-17s is on an exposure tour currently in a lead up to colts Asia Cup tournament next month.

First, it was in Spain for a month, where it played the junior teams of top La Liga clubs like Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid, Getafe, etc., before shifting base to Germany for two weeks.

The India U-17s have played VfB Stuttgart U-16/U-19s (0-2), SSV Reutlingen U-16s (6-1), and FC Augsburg U-17 (3-1) in their three training matches in Germany.

India head coach Bibiano Fernandes said, “The last two months have been filled with intensive training, and a lot of information has been disbursed to the boys, which will surely help them improve their game.

“We will now approach our last game in Germany with the same mentality as the rest of the matches, and try to finish our time here on a winning note.”

The India U-17s will take part in the AFC U-17 Asian Cup next month in Thailand, after securing qualification for the same last year. It will face Vietnam (June 17), Uzbekistan (June 20), and Japan (June 23) in its three matches in Group D.

The Blue Colts will shift base to Thailand on June 1, where they will train while acclimatising to the local conditions for two weeks, before the start of the AFC U-17 Asian Cup.



India ends fifth at Almaty Shotgun World Cup

Prithviraj Tondaiman and Shreyasi Singh shot a combined total of 136 and missed the bronze by one point in the trap mixed team event in the shotgun World Cup, which concluded in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Sunday.

With one silver and one bronze medal won in women’s skeet through Ganemat Sekhon and Darshna Rathore respectively, India finished fifth on the medal table.

Kazakhstan won the mixed trap gold through Mariya Dmitriyenko and Victor Khassyanov, which helped the team top the medal table with two gold and a silver. Italy was second with two gold and two bronze medals.

Spain and Greece were the other teams that won at least one gold medal. Australia was joint fifth with India, with a silver and a bronze.

The results:

Trap: Mixed team: 1. Kazakhstan (Mariya Dmitriyenko, Victor Khassyanov) 142; 2. Turkey (Rumeysa Kaya, Tolga Tuncer) 140; 3. Iran (Nia Marziyeh, Nia Mohammad Hossein) 137; 5. India (Shreyasi Singh, Prithviraj Tondaiman) 136; 8. India-1 (Preeti Rajak, Zoravar Singh Sandhu) 134.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Men’s ITF: India’s Rishab loses to top seed Lock

Top seed Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe proved too good as he beat Rishab Agarwal 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.

It was the second successive title of the season and tenth of his career for the 30-year-old Benjamin.

It was a hard earned entry into the final for the 27-year-old Rishab who has mostly been busy in the qualifying events of the international circuit.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


NSCI Open: Naresh Shingva edges top seed Adith Achpal

Naresh Shingva fought his way past top seed Adith Achpal 11-9, 8-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-7 in the under-19 boys pre-quarterfinals of the 6th Cello NSCI Open squash championship.

The results (pre-quarterfinals):

Men: Rahul Baitha bt Ajit Sharma 11-8, 11-7, 11-7; Shaan Dalal bt Aran Thawani 12-10, 11-5, 11-9; Sharan Punjabi bt Adarsh Banodha 11-3, 11-4, 11-5; Veer Chotrani bt Harshit Jain 11-5, 11-4, 11-6; Vaibhav Chauhan bt Kunal Singh 11-9, 11-4, 11-3; Jamal Sakib bt Yashwir Singh Hooda 11-5, 11-7, 11-5; Vikas Mehra bt Avinash Sahani 11-6, 11-8, 11-8; Suraj Chand bt Vedansh Kushwaha 11-3, 11-5, 11-7.

Women: Janet Vidhi bt Mona Chauhan 11-7, 11-5, 11-3; Nirupama Dubey bt Khushi Puranik 11-7, 11-2, 11-2; Anjali Semwal bt Reiva Nimbalkar 12-10, 11-6, 11-8; Sunita Patel bt Khushi Jaspal 11-5, 11-2, 11-3; Mehak Gupta bt Mahak Talati 11-9, 12-10, 11-9; Bijali Darvada bt Chazerina Benjamin 11-8, 11-5, 11-5; Anahat Singh bt Nanki Grewal 11-0, 11-2, 11-1.

Under-19 boys: Naresh Shingva bt Adith Achpal 11-9, 8-11, 14-12, 6-11, 11-7; Tavneet Singh Mundra bt Dhairya Shah 11-5, 11-7, 11-7; Hunarpal Kohli bt Narayan Lachka 11-3, 1-5, 11-6; Bhagwan Das bt Rachit Shailya 11-9, 11-8, 11-8; Adhish Kancharia bt Vivaan Bhatia 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9; Yuvraj Wadhwani bt Prakash Aujhi 11-9, 11-4, 11-2; Krish Dembla w.o. Raaed Kotwal.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Tamil Nadu State Meet: Young P David, VK Elakkiyadan breach 8m mark

The third and final day of the Tamil Nadu State Senior Athletics Championships at Anna Stadium here witnessed two long jumpers from the southern state join the coveted 8 metres club.

Young P David, representing the SDAT team, breached the 8m mark first by leaping to 8.05m in his third round to take the lead in this event.

David (21), who earlier this month won the Senior Federation Cup title in Ranchi, held a previous best of 7.80m when he finished second behind Kerala’s Murali Sreeshankar in the Indian Grand Prix at Bengaluru last month.

Representing Southern Railway, VK Elakkiyadan, who won a bronze medal in the Asian indoor 60m dash five years ago responded well to David -- who is seven years younger than him -- with a memorable 8.09 on his sixth and final leap.

It was a good 30 cm better than his recorded personal best of 7.79m from his yet another win at this event in the state meet two years ago in Chennai.

Earlier this year, another Tamil Nadu long jumper Jeswin Aldrin took the national record with a monumental 8.42m in Bellary. His training partner Murali Sreeshankar won a recent international competition in Athens with a season-best 8.18m.

Lokesh Sathyanathan, a Karnataka jumper currently in the United States, also breached the 8m mark earlier this month with a jump of 8.02m to win his event in the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Clovis, California, on May 13.


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