The major developments from the world of sports on August 5 where Indians took part are as follows:
Aditi makes cut narrowly as Diksha misses out at Women’s Scottish Open
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok survived the cut line narrowly while Diksha Dagar missed out by a big margin at the end of the second round of the FREED GROUP Women’s Scottish Open golf tournament.
Aditi totalled three-over 147 and was lying T-65th while Diksha, with 9-over 153, missed the cut.
Aditi survived the cut despite two late bogeys on the front nine, which was her second nine as she started from the 10th.
She began her round on the 10th and dropped shots on the 12th and 14th, but birdies on the second and the fifth brought her back to par for the day.
Bogeys on the seventh and eighth put her in a danger zone. At 3-over for 36 holes, she just scraped through to the weekend rounds.
Diksha, after her 7-over 79, needed a low under par round, but she carded 74 with one birdie and two bogeys and exited early for the second time in as many weeks.
Indonesia Open: India’s Veer Ahlawat surges to tied 15th place
India’s Veer Ahlawat made a sharp upward move as he carded a fine 5-under 67 and rose to tied 15th with one more round remaining in the Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Saturday.
Ahlawat, who was even par for the front nine, had five birdies and no bogeys on the back nine for a superb 5-under 31 on the second stretch.
Among other Indians who made the cut, Viraj Madappa (69) was tied 22nd, up from overnight tied 25th, while Kartik Sharma (71) and S Chikkarangappa (71) were tied 34 and Rashid Khan (73) was placed tied 55th.
Nine other Indians missed the cut.
Thailand’s Nitithorn Thippong made a strong claim on the winner’s trophy, posting a score of five-under 67 to secure a five-shot lead going into the final round.
Nitithorn started the day in second place after rediscovering his form with a bogey-free round of 65 on Friday.
He dropped two shots during the third round on this day, but seven birdies were enough to consolidate his lead over Chang Wei-lun (69) of Chinese Taipei who holds a solo second place in the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
In the third place, a strong group threatened to make inroads on the lead.
Lee Chieh-po of Chinese Taipei and England’s Steve Lewton were in a position to overtake the course record of 64.
Richard Lee of Canada, who shares third place with Chieh-po, Scott Hend of Australia and South Africa’s MJ Viljoen, who struggled with some nasal issues following a recent surgery, also managed to get back on track to stay in contention.
World University Games: Women race walkers win team bronze
India, comprising Pooja Kumawat, Nikita Lamba, Mansi Negi, and Priyanka Goswami took the women’s 20km race walk team bronze medal at the World University Games in Chengdu on Saturday.
National record holder Priyanka, who was seventh, had the best finish in the team.
Meanwhile, Poorva Sawant finished 12th in the women’s triple jump while Shalini Choudhary and Kumari Mukesh took the 13th and 14th spots in the women’s discus throw.
WOMEN’S 4X100M RELAY TEAM IN FINAL
The women’s 4x100m relay team, which finished third in its heat in 44.88s, qualified for the final but the 4x400m relay side was fourth in its heat and crashed out.
There was disappointment in the men’s long jump where S. Lokesh could not register a single legal jump (no mark) and the men’s 4x100m relay team had a DNF (did not finish) while the 4x400m relay team was disqualified in the heats.
The results (gold medallists and Indian performances in finals):
- Stan Rayan
Rithvik and Arjun in Challenger final in Portugal
Rithvik Bollipalli and Arjun Kadhe beat Joao Domingues and Frederico Silva 5-7, 6-3, [10-6] in the doubles semifinals of the €145,000 Challlenger tennis tournament in Porto, Portugal.
In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Foxhills, Britain, Rutuja Bhosale in partnership with Destanee Aiava of Australia beat the top seeds Talia Gibson and Petra Hule of Australia in the doubles final. It was the 22nd career doubles title for the 27-year-old Rutuja.
In the $25,000 ITF men’s event in Astana, Kazakhstan, Siddhant Banthia and Sai Karteek Reddy beat Daniil Glinka and Karl Saar of Estonia 7-5, 6-7(13), [10-4] for the doubles title. The Indian pair missed a dozen match points in the second set after leading 7-5, 5-0, but pulled through with authority in the match tie-break.
In the $15,000 ITF women’s event in Monastir, Tunisia, Zeel Desai went down fighting in two hours and 47 minutes to the top seed Caroline Romeo of France 5-7, 6-7(5) in the semifinals.
€145,000 Challenger, Porto, Portugal
$25,000 ITF men, Astana, Kazakhstan
$25,000 ITF women, Foxhills, Britain
$25,000 ITF women, Astana, Kazakhstan
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia
- Kamesh Srinivasan
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