The major developments from the world of sports on August 6 where Indians took part are as follows:
Legends Tour: Jeev Milkha finishes tied 5th at JCB Open
Jeev Milkha Singh followed his superb Top-15 finish at the Senior British Open with a fifth place finish at the JCB Open on the Legends Tour for Seniors (Over 50) in Europe.
Jeev shot 69-72 as the event was reduced to 36 holes after the final round was unfortunately cancelled, with heavy rain from Storm Antoni rendering the course unplayable despite the best efforts of the brilliant greens staff. Jeev totalled 3-under 141.
Former Ryder Cup star, Peter Baker has won his second Legends Tour event of the season by defeating a world class line-up of major winners.
Baker was the 36-hole leader and became champion without hitting another shot after the final round. Baker with rounds of 69-69 was the winner and Vijay Singh finished second with rounds of 71-68.
Steven Alker (71-69) and Ernie Els (69-71) were tied for third at 4-under 140.
The Senior Open winner, Alex Cejka (7k1-71) was tied sixth with Niclas Fasth (73-69).
Aditi still 65th as Diksha exits in Scottish Open
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok carded a second straight 74 to lie tied-65th at the end of the third round of the Women’s Scottish Open.
Aditi, who had 73-74 in the first two rounds, added a 74 with two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in the third round. Weather has been rough this week, but it was much better in the third round than earlier at Dundonald Links.
Another Indian in the fray, Diksha Dagar missed out of weekend action.
Aditi and Diksha will also play in the Women’s Open next week at Walton Heath
Veer Ahlawat finishes tied-11th in Indonesia open
Veer Ahlawat missed out on a top-10 finish as he bogeyed late in the final round of the Indonesia Open 2023 on Sunday.
After being 4-under through 15 holes, he dropped a shot on the 16th and finished with pars on 17th and 18th for a round of 68.
Ahlawat finished tied-11th as Rashid Khan played a brilliant round of 7-under 64 to finish tied-19 with a total of 10-under.
Also, at 10-under was Viraj Madappa (70) while S. Chikkarangappa (70) was tied-33rd and Kartik Sharma (71) was tied-40.
Prarthana Thombare wins ITF women’s title
Prarthana Thombare in partnership with Anastasia Tikhonova beat Estelle Cascino and Diana Marcinkevica 3-6, 6-1, [10-7} in the doubles final of the $60,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain.
It was the 26th career doubles title in the professional circuit for the 29-year-old Prarthana.
In the €145,000 Challenger doubles final in Porto, Portugal, Rithvik Bollipalli and Arjun Kadhe were pipped 6-7(5), 6-3, [10-5] by the Japanese Toshihide Matsui and Kaito Uesugi.
$60,000 ITF women, Barcelona, Spain
Doubles (final): Prarthana Thombare & Anastasia Tikhonova bt Estelle Cascino (Fra) & Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) 3-6, 6-1, [10-7]; Semifinals: Prarthana & Anastasia bt Nahia Berecorechea (Fra & Isabella Kruger (RSA) 6-1, 7-5; Quarterfinals: Prarthana & Anastasia bt Arianne Hartono (Ned) & Daniela Seguel (Chi) 6-2, 6-3; Pre-quarterfinals: Prarthana & Anastasia bt Anastasia Gureva & Ksenia Zaytseva 6-4, 2-6, [10-8].
€145,000 Challenger, Porto, Portugal Doubles (final): Toshihide Matsui & Kaito Uesugi (Jpn) bt Rithvik Bollipalli & Arjun Kadhe 6-7(5), 6-3, [10-5].
- Kamesh Srinivasan
World University Games: Javelin throwers, relay teams disappoint
Javelin thrower Vikrant Malik was 11 metres behind his personal best (last year’s 81.82m) as he finished eighth with 80.81m at the World University Games athletics in Chengdu on Sunday.
Anuj Kalera, the other Indian in the fray, was also more than 12m behind his personal best while finishing 11 th.
The relays marked the conclusion of athletics events at the Universiade on Sunday but there were plenty of disappointment there too. India could not finish the women’s 4x100m relay after a botched handover which saw the third-leg runner lose her balance and fall in the final. And the Indian 4x400m relay women were disqualified in the final for lane infringement.
The men had messed up their relays in similar fashion in Saturday’s heats. The 4x100m men had a DNF (did not finish) while the mile relay team was disqualified for starting outside the takeover zone.
Meanwhile, the Indian women finished fifth in the half marathon’s team event but in the individual event, the country’s best finisher was Reshma Kevate who took the 19 th spot.
The results (gold medallists and Indian performances in finals):
Annu Rani seventh in German meet
National women’s record-holder Annu Rani finished seventh in the Hylo javelin throw meeting in Offenburg, Germany, on Sunday.
Annu, who was seventh and eighth in the last two World Championships and who has a personal best of 63.82m, could manage only a best of 54.76m on Sunday.
Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi, a bronze medallist at the last Worlds, took the title with 61.88m.
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