Rachit clinches Karting SuperSeries title
Rachit Singhal emerged champion of the ‘Karting SuperSeries’ finale, featuring the four-stroke and the participating drivers (aged 14 and above), held here with Ojas Surve and Rishi Parekh finishing second and third respectively.
Mr. Akhil Reddy, CMD of Racing Promotions Pvt Ltd, said they were proud that the Super Series provided a perfect platform for the young talent and dream big.
“RPPL is committed to nurturing the next generation of racing stars in India, and Mr. Rachit’s victory is a testament to the potential and talent that exists in our country,” he said.
For his part, Armaan Ebrahim, co-founder of RPPL, said the Karting Super Series has been an incredible journey, offering young drivers an invaluable chance to showcase their skills and make a mark in the world of motorsport.
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Piyush, Akriti win titles at Indian Open Crossminton Championship
Piyush Kumar Singh and Akriti won the men’s and women’s titles in the 5th Indian Open Crossminton championship which concluded at the Gaurs International School in Greater Noida on Sunday.
Piyush beat Aditya Singh 19-17, 16-7 in the final. Akriti beat Zoya Sikander Jamal 16-2, 16-4. Akriti also won the doubles title with Rajkumari.
Drab day for Indian wrestlers in Kyrgyzstan
Indian freestyle wrestlers had a lacklustre day at the Ranking series wrestling event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday.
In the 61kg weight class featuring three Indians, Olympic 57kg silver medallist Ravi Kumar Dahiya, who was all set to make a comeback following an injury layoff, pulled out after he injured his knee while warming up.
Pankaj beat Georgia’s Giorgi Goniashvili 8-2 and fellow compatriot and 57kg Asian champion Aman Sehrawat 8-1 in the quarterfinals before losing 0-7 to local favourite and Asian champion Taiyrbek Zhumashbek Uulu in the semifinal. Pankaj suffered a 1-6 defeat at the hands of Turkey’s Ermah Ormanoglu in the bronze medal contest.
Mulaym Yadav (70kg) got past Kazakhstan’s Doszhan Assetov 9-4 and Georgia’s Davit Patsinashvili 6-2 before being defeated 1-7 by Kyrgyzstan’s Asian bronze medallist Orozobek Toktomambetov in the semifinals. The Indian was beaten 6-6 via criteria by Turkey’s Servet Coskun in the bronze medal match.
Former Worlds silver medallist Deepak Punia exited in the quarterfinals following his 3-5 reversal to Georgia’s Tariel Gaphrindashvili.
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Aditi Ashok shoots 68, sits second in Americas Open on LPGA
Indian golfer, Aditi Ashok stayed in contention for the title as she carded 4-under 68 on the third day of the Mizuho Americas Open on the LPGA Tour in Jersey City.
Despite a late bogey on a chilly and cloudy day, the 25-year-old was tied second behind the 20-year-old Rose Zhang, who is making her debut as a pro at the Liberty National Golf Club.
For the third time this season and for her third tournament in a row, Aditi is within five of the lead entering the final round.
In the two previous instances, she was tied for second, losing in the play-off at the JM Eagle LA Championship and was tied for fifth at the Cognizant Founders Cup.
This year, Aditi has won once on the Ladies European Tour, where she has also been second once and third on another occasion and leads the Order of Merit.
After a bogey-free 67 on the first day, she carded an even par 72 on the second with two birdies against two bogeys. In the third round, she had five birdies in the first 10 holes.
The highlight was a hole out from the bunker for a birdie on Par-3 fourth hole. She looked set for another 67 before a bogey on Par-4 15th pulled her one back to 4-under for the day. Aditi had 25 putts.
At 9-under, Aditi is tied with Thailand’s incredible Atthaya Thitikul (68-71-68) and American Cheyenne Knight (69-68-70). The leader Rose Zhang shot 66 after 70-69 on the first two days and is at 11-under.
Still seeking her first LPGA win, Aditi is known for her short game. Now she is reaping the benefits of working on her long game ahead of her seventh season on the LPGA.
“This golf course makes you think a lot. If you get the right angles and if you play it smart, I think it’s easier to not drop shots. At least that’s what I felt when I played the first round, so that’s what I tried to stick to. I think three bogeys so far is not too bad and hopefully I can keep that going,” she said.
With four birdies on the front nine, Zhang moved up to the top of the leaderboard by the turn. She continued with two more birdies on the 14th and 15th.
Diksha finishes eighth in Sweden for second Top-10 in as many starts
India’s Diksha Dagar on Sunday’s fought back with two birdies in the last five holes of the Helsingborg Ladies Open here to finish in the Top 10 for the second straight week.
Diksha shot an even-par 72 and finished at 5-under 211 in tied eighth place at the Allerum Golf Club.
Diksha, starting the day in tied sixth place after being tied second at one point, opened with a birdie. However, she went on to drop shots on the third, fourth and 11th holes to fall to 2-over but birdies on the 14th and 18th ensured an even par round.
Sweden’s Lisa Pettersson produced a sensational finish with birdies on the 15th and 16th and an eagle on the 18th and soared to the top with a 5-under 67 and a total of 11-under. That left Spaniard Ana Pelaez Trivino (69) at 10-under and in second place. Smila Tarning Soenderby (68) finished third.
Vani Kapoor, who was tied 16th after the second round, slipped to tied 31st after a round of 74, while Tvesa Malik, who was tied 55th ended tied 68th with a final round of 78. Amandeep Drall and Seher Atwal missed the cut.
Diksha, who was tied for sixth a week earlier in the Belgian Ladies Open, will enter the Top 40 of the Race to Costa Del Sol, which is the Order of Merit.
Lisa Pettersson, who was tied third overnight, showed no signs of challenging for the title at the start despite a birdie on the fifth hole. She bogeyed the 10th and was behind the leader, Ana Pelaez.
The Swede birdied 12th and then when she birdied 15th and 16th she was in contention. She eagled the 18th and set a clubhouse target at 11 under.
Ana Pelaez turned in even par 36 and was still 7-under. Birdies on the 10th, 12th 16th took her to 10-under. She parred the 17th and needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff. She failed to get that final birdie and stayed as 10-under, giving Pettersson the title.
It was the first LET win for the 28-year-old Pettersson, whose best finishes thus far were second place last year at the Skafto Open and Aland Open.
Ruturaj Bhosale wins tite in Tunisia
NEW DELHI: Rutuja Bhosale overcame an intimidating start to outwit top seed Anastasia Gasanova 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in La Marsa, Tunisia, on Sunday.
In a battle of wits that lasted just over two hours, Rutuja, who had won only nine points in the first set, led 5-2 in the decider, before converting her fifth match point in the tenth game.
It was the fifth singles title of her professional career for the 27-year-old Rutuja, and the first at the $25,000 level. She has 19 doubles titles and many at the $25,000 level
Indian Athletics wrap
SILVER FOR SANJIVANI
Sanjivani Jadhav won the women’s 10,000m silver medal at the Portland Track Festival in Oregon, USA, in a personal best 32:46.88s on Saturday.
Meanwhile Shankar Lal Swami finished 11th (8:45.48s) in the men’s 3000m steeple chase in the same meet, a World Athletics Continental Tour-Silver event.
National record-holder Jyothi Yarraji (personal best 12.82s) finished fourth in the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.03s at the Orlen Janusz Kusocinski memorial meet at Chorzow, Poland, on Sunday.American Alaysha Johnson won the gold in 12.42s in the event, a World Athletics Continental Tour-Silver event.
AMLAN FASTEST IN FLANDERS CUP
In Belgium, Amlan Borgohain emerged as the fastest man at the Flanders Cup in Antwerp on Saturday.Three finals were held in the 100m and the 25-year-old Indian was fastest overall while winning the final-3 in 10.70s. He was also the fastest overall in the 200m, clocking 20.96s.Meanwhile, Muhammed Afsal had a DNF (did not finish) in the 800m.
Aravindh holds Arjun to win Dubai Open
Leading from the start to the finish, ninth seed Aravindh Chithambaram topped a four-way tie to win the prestigious Dubai Open chess title in Dubai on Sunday.
In the ninth and final round, Aravindh drew with compatriot and joint overnight leader Arjun Erigaisi to deservedly claim the honours.
Draws on the top seven boards meant the four overnight leaders - Aravindh, Javokhir Sindarov (Uzbekistan), Arjun and Maxim Matlakov (Russia) - tallied 6.5 points each and finished in that order.
Out of the 86 players from 34 countries, 83 titled players included 49 Grandmasters and 19 International Masters.
Final standings (involving Indians)
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