Here are all the major developments in Indian sport on December 10.
Belihu to vie for top honours in 25K Kolkata run
Two-time Delhi Half Marathon winner Andamlak Belihu of Ethiopia will be the star attraction in the seventh edition of the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K on December 18.
Belihu, who won the Delhi Half Marathon in 2018 and 2019 and finished runner-up in 2020 with a timing of 58 minutes and 54 seconds, is fresh from achieving his personal best timing of 2:06.40s at the Berlin Marathon.
He managed to keep up with two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge but fell short against the Kenyan, who smashed his own world record to win the Berlin race with 2:01:09s.
Other international elite men runners include Djibouti’s national half marathon recorder holder Ibrahim Hassan, Turkey’s multiple European cross country champion Aras Kaya and Eritrea’s Berhane Tesfay, who finished third at this year’s Munich Marathonwith an impressive timing of 2:08:10s.
The women’s elite line-up include 2022 Tokyo Marathon runner-up Ashete Bekere of Ethiopia and the 2019 TSK 25K runner-up Desi Jisa of Bahrain.
The elite men’s and women’s winners will take home USD 7,500 each. The runner-ups will get richer by an Event Record bonus of USD 3,000.
Indian sailor Anandi wins gold medal at King’s Cup Regatta
Indian sailor Anandi Nandan Chandavarkar claimed the gold medal at the 34th King’s Cup Regatta in the Overall Open Skiff category.
Hailing from Mumbai, the 13-year-old has been sailing in the Open Skiff category for the past three years. Recently, she participated in the French Open Skiff National event and finished fifth in the U-15 category. Anandi also participated in this year’s Japanese Open Skiff Nationals 2022.
“Sailing is my passion and the King’s Cup Regatta is on the bucket-list of every sailor. I feel proud that I won the gold for India and hope it will inspire other teenagers to discover their dreams with passion,” Anandi said in a release.
Three participants represented India at the Kings Cup in Phuket.
While Anandi bagged the gold, Luv Sakpal was ranked fifth overall, and Armaan Malhotra was ranked 12th.
Anandi has trained under coach Dipesh Nerpagare and was mentored by Amish Ved.
TN men, Kerala women keep winning
Tamil Nadu men defeated Telangana 96-48 for their second win in the National junior championship’s South Zone qualifiers at the V.K. Menon indoor stadium here on Saturday.
Meanwhile in the women’s section, host Kerala breezed past Telangana 83-27.
The results (league):
Men: Karnataka 84 (S. Sanketh 30, N.M. Vishnu 14, Amarthya 12) bt Puducherry 71 (Devanand 21, Logesh 17); Karnataka 66 (Sanketh 21, Nihal 11) bt Andhra Pradesh 55 (Sathya Prakash 17, Guru Charan 13); Tamil Nadu 96 (Swarna Kumar 16) bt Telangana 48 (Subunel 10). Tamil Nadu 81 (V. Saran 20, Prahalathan 15) bt Karnataka 70 (Nihal 25 ,Shasank Gowda 12).
Women: Karnataka 74 (Niharika Reddy 21, Meghla Gowda 19) bt Puducherry 42 (Vaishnavi 21);
Kerala 83 (Irine Elsa John 16, Ashlin Shiju 15, Eldina Ann Joseph 11) bt Telangana 27; Tamil Nadu 104 (Sathya 30, Nittika 15, Sadana Veronica 14) bt Telangana 39 (Sahasra 10).
Beighton Cup from today
Altogether 12 teams will compete in the 124th Beighton Cup hockey tournament starting at the SAI astro-turf ground on Sunday.
Indian Oil, Punjab National Bank, Railway Sports Promotion Board, Central Secretariat and Cultural Sports Promotion Board (CSCSPB), Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Odisha XI, Punjab and Sind Bank, Indian Navy, Canara Bank, Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Eastern Railway and BNR Club will participate in the tournament.
CSCSPB will take on Naval Tata Academy in the opening match.
Nehru women’s hockey tournament
A goal each from Karishma Yadav and Gagandeep Kaur paved the way for a 2-1 victory for Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) over Pritam Siwach Academy in the final of the Nehru women’s hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Saturday.
Tamanna Yadav equalised for Pritam Academy in the 41st minute, but the consistent Gagandeep sealed it for the Railway team with a penalty corner conversion in the fourth quarter.
The champion team was presented Rs.100,000 and the runner-up, Rs.50,000.
Karishma was declared the ‘best player of the match’ award and a hockey kit.
Bharti Saroha of the Sonipat team was adjudged the ‘best player of the tournament’, and presented Rs.25,000.
The CRPF team bagged the Fair Play trophy.
The Sports Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Yashodhara Raje Scindia presented the prizes.
The result (final): Railway Sports Promotion Board (Karishma Yadav, Gagandeep Kaur) bt Pritam Siwach Academy, Sonipat (Tamanna Yadav) 2-1.