Indian sports news wrap: March 24

Here are all the major updates, scores, and results of Indians in the world of sports on Sunday, March 24.

Published : Mar 24, 2024 14:19 IST , CHENNAI - 9 MINS READ

Boxers in action at the 3rd sub juniors nationals in Greater Noida.
Boxers in action at the 3rd sub juniors nationals in Greater Noida. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Boxers in action at the 3rd sub juniors nationals in Greater Noida. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement


Haryana boxers confirm 19 medals at 3rd Sub Junior National Championship

Continuing its dominant show in the tournament, 19 Haryana boxers entered semifinals and confirmed their medals at the 3rd Sub Junior National Championship at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.

The girls from Haryana managed to secure 10 medals while the boys sealed the semifinals berth in nine categories to assure themselves of at least bronze medals.

Bhoomi (35kg) and Nischal Sharma (37kg) started the day for Haryana in girls with contrasting victories. Bhoomi thrashed Delhi’s Apeksha in a bout that ended with the referee stopping the contest in round three whereas Nischal had to work hard against S Sarah of Tamil Nadu during her thrilling 3-2 win.

Diksha (40kg), Diya (61kg), Sukhreet (64kg) and Manshi Malik (67+kg) clinched identical wins with a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Rakhi (43kg) and Navya (55kg) won their respective bouts with RSC decisions. Rakhi faced Mizoram’s Malsawmdawngkimi while Navya was up against Andhra Pradesh’s Naga Navya.

Khushika (49kg) and Naitik (52kg) were the other Haryana boxers to progress into the semifinals.

Extending his winning form in the boys category Uday Singh (37kg) grabbed an easy 5-0 win over Mizoram’s Jerry Varte.

Nitin (40kg), Ravi Sihag (49kg), Naman (58kg), Siddhant (61kg), and Kartik Dagar (70kg) also won their respective quarterfinals bout with a similar 5-0 decision.

Sanchit Jayani (46kg), Lakshay (52kg) and Anmol Dahiya (64kg) from Haryana also made their way into the semifinals with a win.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand’s six pugilists entered the boys semifinals and eight girls from Delhi confirmed medals after winning their quarterfinals bout.



Barboza’s twin strikes give Delhi FC 2-0 win against Gokulam

Twin strikes in the second half by substitute Brazilian striker Sergio Barboza helped Delhi FC register a 2-0 win over a 10-man Gokulam Kerala FC in an I-League match here.

The home side was reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute when a rough tackle from Mashoor Shereef on Balwant at the edge of the box earned the defender a red card late on Saturday.

Following the win, Delhi FC is now seventh on the table with 26 points from 21 games. Gokulam Kerala is in fifth spot with 36 points from 22 matches.

Gokulam wingers were guilty of wasting several opportunities in the first half following which Delhi FC slowly grew into the game and even threatened the rival citadel through a solo effort from former India international Balwant Singh.

Having fallen out of the title race too seemed to have dampened the spirits of Gokulam forwards as they lacked the killer touch.

The man advantage after the 40th minute red card gave Delhi the impetus in the second half with Barboza, who was introduced in the 55th minute, showing his Brazilian flair to torment the Gokulam defence.

After having been played through by a fellow substitute Tondomba Naorem, Barboza outpaced his markers and slotted his shot into the bottom corner to give Delhi the lead.

Barboza scored the second goal with three minutes of regulation time left, latching on to Hudson Dias’ through ball before blasting it in.



ITF men’s tournament: Khumoyun Sultanov beats second seed Ramkumar Ramanathan

Top seed Khumoyun Sultanov of Uzbekistan beat second seed Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the HPCL-Mittal $15,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Sunday.

It was the sixth singles title in the professional circuit for the 25-year-old Sultanov, who converted three of five break points in the match.

The 29-year-old Ramkumar had won the title in the $25,000 event in Delhi last week, but could not convert any of the seven break points that he forced this day. Ramkumar served 11 aces in the match that spanned an hour and 33 minutes.

The defeat apart, it was a commendable effort from Ramkumar, as he had competed in four Challengers earlier after having played the Davis Cup in Islamabad against Pakistan. In between, he had also competed in the PSPB inter-unit tournament.

After eight weeks of continuous tennis, Ramkumar had done well to play five matches of singles on a wild card, as he had not originally entered the event.

The results (final): Khumoyun Sultanov (Uzb) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-2.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

Arjun and Jeevan lose final

Arjun Kadhe and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan were beaten 7-5, 6-1 by the top seeds Theo Arribage and Victor Cornea in the doubles final of the €74,825 Challenger tennis tournament in Murcia, Spain.

The champion team collected $4,250 and 75 ATP points. The Indian pair won $2,450 and 50 points.

The results:

€74,825 Challenger, Murcia, Spain

Doubles (final): Theo Arribage (Fra) & Victor Cornea (Rou) bt Arjun Kadhe & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-1.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Neergaard-Petersen wins title

Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen held his nerve on the final day to win the Kolkata Challenge at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course here on Sunday.

The Dane, who had a four-stroke lead overnight, scored one-under 71 in the final round to total 272 and win his maiden Challenge Tour title by two shots.

Home challenger Rahil Gangjee and David Horsey were joint second.

The scores (fourth round; Indians unless specified):

272-Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (Den) (68, 65, 68, 71); 274-David Horsey (Eng) (69, 71, 67, 67), Rahil Gangjee (70, 68, 67, 69); 277-Alexander Levy (Fra) (70, 69, 68, 70); 278-Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) (70, 72, 67, 69), Veer Ahlawat (67, 70, 70, 71), Mikael Lindberg (Swe) (70, 69, 66, 73); 279-Wil Besseling (Ned) (68, 69, 72, 70), Om Prakash Chouhan (72, 69, 68, 70), Angad Cheema (70, 70, 67, 72).

-Y.B Sarangi

Shubankar Sharma finishes tied 7th at Singapore Classic

Shubhankar Sharma briefly shared the lead on the back nine of the final day, but the Indian dropped two crucial shots and finished tied-seventh at the Porsche Singapore Classic here on Sunday.

Sharma, who has two wins on the DP World Tour, the second of which came in 2018, shot rounds of 68-669-68-71 for a 12-under total and ended five behind the eventual winner, Jesper Svensson, who beat Kiradech Aphibarnrat on the third play-off hole.

Svensson and Kiradech were tied at 17-under as the former birdied his two closing holes and the latter eagled the 18th after running up three birdies in a row from 14th to the 16th.

For Sharma, who now travels to his home event, the Hero Indian Open next week, it was his first top-10 of 2024.

Sharma, starting the day 11-under, was going great guns and got to 14-under with birdies on the third, seventh and eighth.

A dropped shot on the ninth took away some momentum and then he had bogeys on the 12th and the 17th with one birdie in between on the 13th.

Svensson matched the course record with a closing 63 at Laguna National Golf Resort Club to get to 17 under but needed extra holes to edge out Kiradech, who had a stunning finish for a 64.

Both men made birdie on the first trip up the last and then exchanged a pair of pars before Aphibarnrat went over the back and made a bogey, leaving Svensson two putts for par and his maiden DPWT victory.

The 28-year-old made his breakthrough last year with his victory at the B-NL Challenge Trophy on the European Challenge Tour before securing playing privileges via the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

He has already finished runner-up twice on the 2024 Race to Dubai – at the Investec South African Open Championship and the Bahrain Championship – and has now entered the winner’s circle on only his 14th appearance.


Zara Anand finishes tied 12th at Queen Sirikit Cup

Zara Anand, who made her debut here, finished as the top Indian in tied 12th place after a final round of even par 72 in the Queen Sirikit Cup on Sunday.

The 16-year-old had rounds of 73-77-74-72 for a total of 8-over at the Clearwater Golf Club.

The other Indians Vidhatri Urs (79-77-73-79) was tied 24th and Heena Kang (85-76-74-78) was 32nd.

In the team competition, India finished tied ninth.

Korea continued its dominance here with a fine performance on the final day. Tied at the top with Australia at the start of the last round, the Koreans steered clear on the back of brilliant bogey-free rounds of 65 and 68 from Oh Soo-min and Kim Shi-hyun.

Lee Hyo-song posted a 70 that was highlighted by a hole-in-one at the third, but her score was not required in the event in which the best two daily returns in each three-strong team are counted.

With a fourth-round total of 133, the Koreans ended with a 72-hole aggregate of nine-under 567.

That was seven shots clear of the Japanese trio of Mamika Shinchi, Aina Fujimoto and Saori Iijima who pipped the Australians by one stroke to claim second place.

For Korea, it was their 23rd triumph in the Amateur Ladies Asia-Pacific Invitational Golf Team Championship that was launched in 1979.

It was their 14th win out of the last 16, having missed out only in 2013 and 2022.


Diksha Dagar finishes 26th on Epson Tour

Diksha Dagar rounded off the week at the Atlantic Beach Classic with an eagle-birdie closing to finish tied-26 at the Atlantic Beach Country Club here on the Epson Tour event.

Rookie Briana Chacon hung around all week before she finally made a splash and came down the stretch.

Chacon had never held a share of the lead all week until the last three holes of the event, as she finished her tournament birdie-par-birdie to finally grab the solo lead, which she had been chasing all week.

Jessica Porvasnik (69) and Kim Kaufman (71) were tied for the second.

Diksha, who was tied-15 last week at the IOA Golf Classic in Florida, bogeyed the third and the eighth and then finished with an eagle two on par-4 17th and birdied the par-5 18th, for a 1-under 71 and a total of 1-over.

She will now take a break and play on the Ladies European Tour next month.



Elite athletes excel at National Open Relay Carnival

The National Camp ‘A’ team which won the women’s title in the National Open Relay Carnival in Chandigarh on Sunday.
The National Camp ‘A’ team which won the women’s title in the National Open Relay Carnival in Chandigarh on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

The National Camp ‘A’ team which won the women’s title in the National Open Relay Carnival in Chandigarh on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Kerala’s international quarter-miler Noah Nirmal Tom anchored National Camp A team to victory in the men’s 4x400m relay event at the inaugural edition of the National Open Relay Carnival on Sunday.

National Camp A team consisting of Arokia Rajiv, Muhammed Ajmal, Muhammed Yahiya and Noah Nirmal Tom clocked 3:05.71 seconds to win gold.

Noah Nirmal Tom was also a member of the National Camp A Mixed 4x400m relay team that won gold with a time of 3:17.37 seconds.

Other members of the gold medal winning team were Poovamma MR, Muhammed Yahiya and R Vithya Ramraj.

The women’s 4x400m title went to National Camp A team of R Vithya Ramraj, Poovamma MR, Dandi Sri and Rupal Chaudhary. The female athletes gave a good account of themselves and clocked 3:28.64 seconds to win gold.

Apart from senior the relay competition was also conducted in U20 group.


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