Indian sports news wrap: March 18

Here are all the major updates, scores and results of Indians from the world of sports on Monday, March 18.

Published : Mar 18, 2024 15:20 IST , Chennai - 5 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: Anish Bhanwala of India shoots during the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final at the Belmont Shooting Centre during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
FILE PHOTO: Anish Bhanwala of India shoots during the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final at the Belmont Shooting Centre during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. | Photo Credit: TERTIUS PICKARD/ AP

FILE PHOTO: Anish Bhanwala of India shoots during the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final at the Belmont Shooting Centre during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. | Photo Credit: TERTIUS PICKARD/ AP


Akhil, Anish win gold; India bag six medals at Polish Grand Prix

Paris Olympics quota winners Akhil Sheoran and Anish Bhanwala won a gold medal each as Indian shooters ended their Polish Grand Prix campaign with six medals.

Sheoran won gold in the men’s 50m rifle 3-positions Match 2 with a record score of 468.4.

Patrik Jany of the Czech Republic was 2.2 points behind at second spot at the Grand Prix Wroclawia & Dolnego Slaska.

Both the scores were higher than the existing world record of 466.1, held by Jany’s countryman Jiri Privratsky.

Bhanwala won gold in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol at the Jozef Zapedzki Grand Prix held simultaneously.

Some members of India’s 50m rifle and 25m rapid-fire pistol squad are currently on an exposure tour to Europe to compete in various established international events in the build-up to the Paris Olympics.

Navy shooter Niraj Kumar was also impressive, finishing with two bronze in both the men’s rifle 3P matches, becoming the only Indian to finish with two medals.



Ramanathan second seed in Chandigarh ITF tournament

Ramkumar Ramanathan has been seeded second and will open against a qualifier in the $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex from Tuesday.

It has been a commendable exercise by the former World No. 111, as the 29-year-old Ramkumar has been focusing hard to boost his singles ranking. He has played 15 tournaments to be the second best Indian on the ATP computer at 410, behind the 97th-ranked Sumit Nagal.

The returns from the entry level tournaments are not very attractive, and the effort is always to go to the higher events for better rewards. Ramkumar did show that he has the game and fitness to excel at the Challenger level in singles in recent weeks. It is just a matter of getting more matches at this level to step up into the big league.

So is the case for a few others like Mukund Sasikumar, Siddharth Vishwakarma, SD Prajwal Dev, Sidharth Rawat and the 20-year-old Karan Singh who made the final last week in Delhi, beating the top seed Evgeny Donskoy along the way.

The top seed Khumoyun Sultanov gets a return match against Manish Sureshkumar who beat him in three sets last week. A bunch of players like Madhwin Kamath, Chirag Duhan, Shivank Bhatnagar, Vishnu Vardhan, Dev Javia and Ajay Malik are trying to make the cut from the qualifying event and capitalise on the chance at home.

Only Manas Dhamne is missing as he is busy appearing for his Board exam.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Results, ITF Junior Tournament - Dehradun

Qualifier Harithashree Venkatesh overcame a hard start to beat fifth-seeded Prisha Shinde 0-6, 6-2, 7-6(3) in the girls first round of the ITF junior tennis tournament at the Shanti Academy on Monday.

In the boys section, wild card Shaurya Swarup recovered in time to beat Kether Gonzalez of Mexico 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Boys: Aarjun Pandit bt Arnav Yadav 6-4, 6-3; Vishal Prakash bt Aditya Mor 6-3, 1-6, 6-1; Prakaash Sarran bt Daksh Kukreti 3-6, 6-0, 3-0 (retired); Praneel Sharma bt Dev Kanbargimath (Rou) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4; Oswaldo Tirado (Mex) bt Hrisheek Vavilapally 6-1, 6-1; Varchasva Sidh bt Jevin Kanani 6-3, 1-6, 6-3; Ojas Mehlawat bt Pranav Saravanakumar 6-3, 6-2; Rian Sharma bt Vraj Gohil 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Pratyaksh bt Vishnu Balachandar (US) 6-2, 6-1; Tavish Pahwa bt Mohd. Shees 6-3, 6-1; Aarav Chawla bt Gurbaaz Narang 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0; Samarth Sahita bt Rurik Rajini 6-1, 6-1; Shaurya Swarup bt Kather Gonzalez (Mex) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4; Aashravya Mehra bt Jason David 7-5, 6-4; Hyu Kawanishi (Jpn) bt Tejas Ahuja 6-3, 6-0.
Girls: Maelys James (Fra) bt Ishi Maheshwari 6-0, 6-4; Harithashree Venkatesh bt Prisha Shinde 0-6, 6-2, 7-6(3); Viktoriia Sedova (Rus) bt Hirva Rangani 6-2, 6-0;Yi-Ching Huang (Tpe) bt Devanshi Gohil 5-7, 6-0, 6-2; Anvi Punaganti bt Tamanna Walia 6-1, 6-3; Diya Ramesh bt Raja Sarvagnya Kilaru 6-2, 6-0.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Asia Road Racing Championship: India’s Kavin Quintal finishes race 2 of round 1 in top 15

India’s Kavin Quintal and Mohsin Paramban finished 13th and 16th respectively in race 2 to fetch valuable points for the team in round 1 of the Asia Road Racing Championship here on Monday.

Quintal made a significant mark and finished race 2 of the Asia Production 250cc (AP250cc) class of ARRC in the top 15.

Starting 19th on the grid in the 10-lap race, Quintal started moving up from the first lap and remained consistent with his strong performance.

“Yesterday was disappointing for me as I couldn’t make a mark, especially in the first race of the season. Today, I focussed to utilise my skills and machine efficiently to score points for the team,” Quintal said.

“Today was a bit tough for me as I started from the 21st position. My goal was to stay steady and climb up the ranks without any errors on the track,” Mohsin said.


Promotional event for Indian Racing Festival 2024 to be held in Srinagar

The Indian Racing Festival 2024, comprising three competitions of five rounds each, will commence later this year with Racing Promotions Private Limited (RPPL) organising a promotional road show here in collaboration with the J&K Tourism department.

The Indian Racing Festival this year will comprise three competitions -- Indian Racing League (IRL), FIA-backed Indian F4 Championship, and JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship (JKNRC) -- with five rounds for each class spread across the country.

RPPL chairman Akhilesh Reddy said, “This exhibition will encourage the youth of J&K to invest their time watching and learning about motorsport and will also give them hope for a future in the industry.”



IOA Golf Classic: Superb 67 earns Diksha T-15 finish

India’s Diksha Dagar turned in one of the best rounds of the final day, a superb 4-under 67, to sign off at Tied-15 at the IOA Golf Classic at the Alaqua Country Club here.

The two-time Ladies European Tour champion and third on the Merit list in 2023, Diksha had eight birdies, a double bogey and another late bogey as she made a massive jump up the leaderboard on the Epson Tour event.

Diksha has been in fine form with two Top-10s on the LET so far and she will play another week on the Epson Tour, as she tees up at Atlantic Beach next week.

Jessica Peng, who was sitting four shots behind second-round leader Lindsey McCurdy, shot a superb 67 with five birdies against one bogey to win the title.



BFI to conduct 3rd Sub Junior National Championship in Greater Noida from March 18 to 25

The Boxing Federation of India will be conducting the 3rd Sub Junior Boys and Girls National Boxing Championship 2024 at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh from March 18 to 25.

The competition will see the participation of junior pugilists who will compete across 14 weight categories. The tournament will be organised in collaboration with the U.P Boxing Association as the draw ceremony will be held on March 18 while bouts will be played from March 19.

In the last edition of the competition Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and Haryana were crowned champions in the boy’s and girl’s categories respectively.

- Team Sportstar

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