August 2, Indian Sports news wrap: India betters Asian record, enters mixed relay final at under-20 Worlds

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports from August 2, 2022.

India clocked an impressive 3:19.62s, erasing its Asian record of 3:20.60 clocked while winning the bronze at last year’s Worlds in Nairobi. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

India clocked an impressive 3:19.62s, erasing its Asian record of 3:20.60 clocked while winning the bronze at last year’s Worlds in Nairobi. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE) | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Here are all the major developments in Indian sports from August 2, 2022.

ATHLETICS

India betters Asian record, enters mixed relay final at under-20 Worlds

Despite landing a day before the meet and after a 28-hour journey, the Indian quartet of Barath Sridhar, Priya H. Mohan, Kapil and Rupal Chaudhary broke the Asian junior record and entered the 4x400m mixed relay final in the World Athletics Under-20 Championships at Cali, Colombia, on Monday.

India clocked an impressive 3:19.62s – the second fastest time in the World Athletics’ all-time outdoor under-20 list – erasing its Asian record of 3:20.60 clocked while winning the bronze at last year’s Worlds in Nairobi. India was second overall, after the three heats, behind the USA (3:18.65s, new championships record).

Meanwhile, Jharkhand’s Ashakiran Barla qualified for the women’s 800m semifinal clocking 2:09.71s and making the cut as one of the fastest losers. Laxita Sandilea, the other Indian in the fray, was seventh in her heat (32

Other Indian results:

Men: 100m: Aman Khokhar (7 th, heats, 10.84s, fails to progress further). Shot put: Sanyam Sanjay (6 th in Group A qual., 18.36m, fails to enter final); Sawan (9 th, Group B qual., 18.31, fails to enter final).

-Stan Ryan

TENNIS

AITA women’s tournament: Shefali Arora beats Divya Bhardwaj

Fifth seed Shefali Arora beat Divya Bhardwaj 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the pre-quarterfinals of Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Tuesday.

The results (pre-quarterfinals):

Poorvi Bhat w.o. Kashish Bhatia; Prathiba Narayan beat Pragathi Narayan 6-2, 6-2; Paavni Paathak beat Harvarshine M 6-2, 6-1; Riya Uboveja beat Anahat Pannu 6-3, 6-2; Shefali Arora beat Divya Bhardwaj 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Sahira Singh beat Kanika Rapria 6-1, 6-0; Chandana Potugari beat Abhisha Raikwar 6-0, 6-0; Sachi Sharmma beat Radhika Yadav 7-5, 1-0 (conceded).

- Kamesh Srinivasan

World Junior Finals: Rira Kosaka beats Sai Janvi

Sai Janvi tried her best to give India a strong start but fifth seed Japan proved a hard nut to crack and won 3-0 in group-C in the World Junior under-14 tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

Sai played for two hours and 20 minutes before being beaten 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 by Rira Kosaka. Thereafter, Japan dropped only seven games in winning the next two matches.

India finds itself clubbed with Egypt and Germany in the group. Germany outplayed Egypt winning 3-0, dropping eight games in all.

The results (league):

Group-C: Japan beat India 3-0 (Rira Kosaka beat Sai Janvi 7-5, 3-6, 7-5; Wakana Sonobe beat Aishwarya Jadhav 6-0, 6-3; Rira & Wakana beat Aishwarya & Sohini Mohanty 6-3, 6-1).

- Kamesh Srinivasan

Nagal reaches pre-quarters in Czech Republic Challenger

Qualifier Sumit Nagal beeat Lorenzo Giustino of Italy 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3) in the first round of the €45,730 Challenger tennis tournament in Czech Republic on Tuesday.

In the Lexington Challenger in the US, Sasikumar Mukund made the pre-quarters by getting past Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark.

In the $100,000 ITF women’s event in Poland, Ankita Raina went down fighting 6-3, 1-6, 6-7(5) in three hours and 31 minutes against Xiaodi You of China, in the round of 64.

The results
$53,120 Challenger, Lexington, US Singles (first round): Sasikumar Mukund bt Mikael Torpegaard (Den) 3-6, 6-0, 4-1 (retired).
€ 45,730 Challenger, Liberec, Czech Republic Singles (first round): Sumit Nagal bt Lorenzo Giustino (Ita) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3).
$100,000 ITF women, Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland Singles (first round): Xiaodi You (Chn) bt Ankita Raina 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5).
$60,000 ITF women, San Bartolome, Spain Singles (first round): Rutuja Bhosale bt Amanda Carreras (GBR) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5.
$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia Singles (first round): Nina Radovanovic (Fra) bt Vineetha Mummadi 7-5, 6-2; Jennifer Lluikham bt Ela Nala Milic (Slo) 6-1, 6-4; Shrivalli Bhamidipaty bt Angella Okutoyi (Ken) 7-6(5), 7-5; Michika Ozeki (Jpn) bt Akanksha Nitture 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Michika Ozeki (Jpn)& Hwiwon Wi (Kor) bt Hanna Vinahradava (Blr) & Jennifer Luikham 6-2, 6-3; Huang Yifei (Chn) & Vineetha Mummadi bt Nicol Benesova (Cze) & Alexa Volkov (Ger) 6-3, 4-6, [10-7].
$25,000 ITF men, Tbilisi, Georgia Singles (first round): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Hong Seong Chan (Kor) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
$15,000 ITF men, Kuching, Malaysia Singles (first round): Takuya Mumasaka (Jpn) bt Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Keisuke Saitoh (Jpn) bt Vishnu Vardhan 6-1, 7-5.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Duckhee Lee & Ji Hoon Son (Kor) bt Alexander Kotzen (US) & Parth Aggarwal 7-6(5), 6-2.
$15,000 ITF men, Kfar Saba, Israel Singles (first round): Rohan Mehra bt Jonathan Baron (Isr) 7-5, 6-3

- Kamesh Srinivasan

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