Asian under-20 athletics from Sunday
The 20th Asian under-20 athletics championships begin at Yecheon, South Korea, on Sunday. Nearly 1500 athletes from 45 countries, including 47 from India, will be in action in the four-day meet.
The Indian team had a few hiccups before its departure with the airline, which was scheduled to carry the squad to Korea, reluctant to carry the poles for the pole vault event on its flight from New Delhi to Seoul.
Later, according to the juniors’ chief national coach Kamal Ali Khan, that issue was sorted out.
India’s Rezoana Mallick Heena, the under-18 Asian 400m champion and Asia’s fastest under-20 quartermiler this year, will be among the stars in action on the opening day.
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AITA National series juniors
Second seed Sreenidhi Balaji beat top seed Aakruti Sonkusare 6-2, 7-6(1) in the girls final of the AITA National series junior tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Saturday.
In the 64-draw field, Sreenidhi did not drop a set in five rounds after a bye in the first. In the boys final, third seed Vansh Nandal outplayed second seed Debasis Sahoo 6-0, 6-2.
The results (finals): Under-18 boys: Vansh Nandal bt Debasis Sahoo 6-0, 6-2.
Under-18 girls: Sreenidhi Balaji bt Aakruti Sonkusare 6-2, 7-6(1).
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Junior World Cup: Sainyam finishes top in women’s air pistol
Sainyam gave a golden start for India by finishing on top in women’s air pistol in the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, on Saturday.
After being on par with Kim Minseo of Korea after the first 10 shots in the 24-shot final, Sainyam jumped into the lead and eventually prevailed by two points over the Korean.
The gold put India on top of the medals table along with Italy, as Luca Arrighi won the junior men’s air pistol gold.
Amit Sharma placed fourth , after having qualified in the second place with 577. He missed the chance to progress towards the medals by 0.6 point as he was overtaken to the bronze by qualification topper Mukhammad Kamalov (580) of Uzbekistan.
Manisha finishes on top, Reetika clinches silver, Sarita Mor wins bronze in Bishkek
Manisha Bhanwala won all four matches to claim the women’s 65kg gold medal at the Ranking Series wrestling event in Bishkek on Saturday.
Reetika (72kg) secured a silver, while Sarita Mor (59kg) took bronze to make it a fruitful day for India.
In a field of five wrestlers, Manisha, an Asian bronze medallist, beat Kazakhstan’s Irina Kazyulina 15-4 and Gauhar Mukayat 11-0, Mongolia’s Purevsuren Ulziisaikhan 10-0 and Ukraine’s Yulia Leskovets 6-2 to emerge as the champion.
Reetika defeated Italian Dalma Caneva 7-0 before being beaten by Kazakh Zhamila Bakbergenova 0-4 in a field of only three wrestlers to ensure a silver.
Sarita, a former Worlds bronze medallist, posted a 4-0 win over Turkey’s Ebru Dagbasi and a 7-0 victory over Kazakhstan’s Diana Kayumova but went down fighting 4-5 to Ukraine’s Solomila Vynyk in the semifinals. The Indian got the better of Diana again with an 11-0 margin in the fight for third place.
Punjab University wins 3rd Khelo Indian University Games
The 3rd Khelo Indian University Games were drawn to a close at the Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University campus in Varanasi on Saturday.
Panjab University, Chandigarh (PUC) was declared the overall champion with a tally of 26 gold, 17 silver and 26 bronze medals, thereby regaining the mantle it had lost to Jain University in the second edition.
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (GNDU) finished second (24 gold, 27 silver,17 bronze) and Jain University, Karnataka (16 gold, 10 silver, 6 bronze) ended third.
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