Meher, Sneha share lead with amateur Mannat in 11th leg of WPGT
Seher Atwal produced two late birdies to card two-over 69 and get into a share of the first-round lead with Sneha Singh and amateur Mannat Brar in the 11th leg of the Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
Flying in straight from Singapore where she played in Singapore Ladies Masters, Seher seemed to struggle with a string of six pars and a double bogey on the Par-4 seventh. She then dropped shots on the 10th and 11th and was four-over through 11 holes. Three more pars followed before she birdied 15tth and the 18th.
Sneha also had a tough start with bogeys on second and third. She had two more bogeys, but also birdied sixth and ninth at the Par-67 Bangalore Golf Club.
With amateurs doing extremely well in recent weeks on the Hero WPG Tour, Mannat ensured the trend continued. She began bogey-birdie-bogey and added a bogey on seventh to turn in two-over. A bogey on 11th and a birdie on 18th meant she shot 69 at the Par-67 course.
Tvesa Malik dropped three birdies in a row in the middle of the round between the 10th and 12th, but managed to hang in with three-over 70 and a share of the fourth place alongside Durga Nittur and Ananya Datar.
Gaurika Bishnoi, making a return after missing the last two legs, had just one birdie in her round of four-over 71 to lie tied seventh with Gauri Karhade.
Six players - Oviya Reddi, Jasmine Shekar, Hitaashee Bakshi, Saaniya Sharma, Shweta Mansingh and amateur Prakruthi Sastry - shot five-over 72 and were tied ninth.
Last week’s winner, Neha Tripathi had a rough start with six-over 73, which included double bogeys and two other bogeys. She was tied 15th.
12 SSCB boxers stormed into the quarterfinals at 5th Junior Boys National Boxing Championships
12 young boxers from the services sports control board progressed into the quarterfinals on the third day of the 5th Junior Boys National Boxing Championships in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
SSCB’s Aakash Badhwar began the day’s proceedings in the 46kg category. Continuing his top notch form, he delivered another 5-0 win, this time against Rishi Singh of Manipur.
In the 66kg category, SSCB’s Prashant exhibited a dominant display of speed and sharpness as he comfortably defeated Delhi’s Ronit Tokas in an unanimous decision win. Jasandeep (57kg) on the other hand got the better of Chhattisgarh’s Ansh Kumar Yadav in a hard fought 4-1 win.
As many as six SSCB boxers won their matches with an referee stopping the contest (RSC) decision. They include Hemant Sangwan (80+kg), Sahil Baord (52kg), M Kabiraj Singh (63kg), Rahul Kundu (70kg), Sahil (75kg), Hardik Panwar (80kg).
Two pugilists from Chandigarh, Nikhil Nandal (50kg) and Arman (57kg) also made their way into the quarterfinals. While Nikhil scored a convincing 5-0 win over Samad Shaikh of Maharashtra , Arman hardly had to break a sweat as he defeated Nagaland’s Bishal Singh by referee stopping the contest (RSC) verdict in round 1.
Sikander (48kg) of Haryana reigned supreme on day 3 as the result of the referee stopping the contest (RSC) in round 2 against M Manikanda Vishal of Tamilnadu.
- Team Sportstar
Chennai to host HCL Cyclothon on October 8
HCL and the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) formally announced the Chennai leg of the cycle racing event HCL Cyclothon on Wednesday.
The Chennai leg will be held on October 8 for which the registration is open from July 12 to September 20.
Four races will be held in three categories - professional, amateur, and the general public.
There will be a 55km road race for professional Cycling Federation of India (CFI)-licensed cyclists (18-35 years age group), a 55km road race and a 24km MTB (Mountain Bike) race for amateurs (18-30, 30-45, and 45+ age groups), and a 15km race for the general public and cycling enthusiasts (14+ age group).
The Noida leg of the event in March had 1300 registering and 1000 participating.
Speaking on the occasion, Tamil Nadu minister for youth welfare and sports development Udhayanidhi Stalin said: “For the first time in the (sports) history of the State, the youth welfare and sports development department is organising the event in Chennai. Certainly, Chennai is earning the distinction of being the second host of HCL Cyclothon because of the government’s productive measures and commitment to promote sports.
“I invite each and everyone of you to take part in the event which will amplify your mental and physical strength besides raising awareness on reducing carbon footprint. We expect more than 5000 people to participate in the event.”
The races will have a total prize money of ₹30 lakh - ₹15 lakh each for the professional and the amateur categories.
The race course (route) is: from Mayajaal Multiplex, to East Coast Road (ECR), to Kovalam.
Ultraman and Ironman triathlete, motivational speaker, and author Abhishek Mishra is the event director.
Sundar Mahalingam, President of Strategy - HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation, Atulya Misra, Additional Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Tamil Nadu - youth welfare and sports development, Meghanatha Reddy, SDAT Member Secretary were also present at the announcement.
The dignitaries unveiled the event jersey too.
- S. Prasanna Venkatesan
Shotgun World Cup
A perfect fifth round of 25 proved inadequate as Ganemat Sekhon missed the final by one point after shooting 120 in women’s skeet in the shotgun World Cup in Lonato, Italy, on Wednesday.
A silver medallist in the World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this year, the 22-year-old Ganemat had a series of 25, 23, 24, 23 and 25, as she placed ninth.
Two of the best scores had come through Kimberly Rhode (124) and Simona Scoochetti (123) who were competing in the ranking points only (RPO) section. The six finalists had scores of 122 and 121.
Maheshwari Chauhan (114) and Darshna Rathore (104) placed 36th and 65th respectively.
In men’s skeet, Anantjeet Singh Naruka (119), Gurjoat Khangura ;(116) and Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 55th, 82nd and 116th respectively.
Olympian Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Sheeraz Sheikh, competing in the RPO section, had identical score of 117.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
Rithvik and Arjun in quarterfinals
Rithvik Choudary and Arjun Kadhe beat Oriol Batalla and Timo Stodder 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the €145,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Braunschweig, Germany.
In another Challenger in Iasi, Romania, top seeds Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan were beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Juan Paz and Dan Tomescu in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.
€145,000 Challenger, Braunschweig, Germany
€145,000 Challenger, Salzburg, Austria
€118,000 Challenger, Iasi, Romania
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia
$15,000 ITF men, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
$60,000 ITF women, Rome, Italy
$60,000 ITF women, Saskatoon, Canada
$25,000 ITF women, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
$25,000 ITF women, Don Benito, Spain
$15,000 ITF women, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia
- Kamesh Srinivasan
Indian Shuttlers Shine at Badminton Asia Junior Championships
The Badminton Asia Junior Championships witnessed an outstanding display of skill and determination as Indian young guns made their mark in the round of 64 stage at the tournament held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.
Six singles players and one doubles pair won their matches and reached the round of 32.
In the boys’ singles category, Lakshay Sharma demonstrated an exceptional level of dominance, securing a resounding victory of 21-9, 21-9 against M Joy of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Ayush Shetty emerged triumphant in a thrilling three-game match against Al Fajri of Indonesia with a final score of 21-14, 18-21, 21-19. Samarveer also exhibited his remarkable skills, securing a hard-fought victory of 21-19, 21-19 against Awan Usman of Hong Kong. However, Dhruv faced a tough challenge against Yudai Okimoto of Japan and unfortunately succumbed to a 13-21, 13-21 defeat.
In the girls’ singles category, Anmol Kharb displayed her class and stroke play as she called the shots during her match against Akansha Raj of the UAE, clinching victory with an impressive score of 21-7, 21-8. Rakshitha Sree triumphed over Phuong Bui of Vietnam with a score of 21-17, 21-15 whereas Shriyanshi Valishetty also came out on top by securing a convincing win of 21-11, 21-14 against Nayonika Rajesh of the UAE.
In the mixed doubles category, Arul Murugan and Srinidhi showcased steller coordination and outplayed Deng Chi and Hoi Liu of Hong Kong with a score of 21-17, 21-8.
The duo of Samarveer and Radhika Sharma will play their round of 64 mixed doubles match later tonight.
As the Badminton Asia Junior Championships continue, the winners of today will play in the round of 32 next tomorrow.
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