Indian sports news wrap, September 8

Here are all the major updates and results from Indian sports on September 8.

Published : Sep 08, 2023 18:51 IST - 3 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: Sumit Nagal in action.
FILE PHOTO: Sumit Nagal in action. | Photo Credit: MURALI KUMAR K

FILE PHOTO: Sumit Nagal in action. | Photo Credit: MURALI KUMAR K


Achinta Sheuli finishes 8th in men’s 73kg Group D of World Championships

Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Achinta Sheuli was far from his best as he finished a disappointing eighth in Group D of the men’s 73kg event at the World Championships here on Friday.

Sheuli had three failed attempts - two in snatch section and one in clean and jerk as he managed a total effort of 285kg (130kg+155kg).

The 21-year-old junior World Championships silver medallist has a personal best of 313kg in total, 143kg in snatch and 173kg in clean and jerk.

The other Indian lifter in the fray in the men’s 73kg event, Narayana Ajith will be in action on Saturday as he has been assigned Group C. Lifters are assigned groups based on their entry. The lifters with the highest entry weights are placed in Group A, followed by B and so on.

The 2023 World Championships is one of the two compulsory qualifying events for the Paris Olympics.



Lakshmi Prabha wins AITA women’s tennis title

Lakshmi Prabha beat Kavya Khirwar 6-4, 6-1 to clinch the title in the Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament on the clay courts of the Joygaon Academy on Friday.

Kavya, however, won the doubles title in partnership with Tanushri Pandey, beating Prathiba Narayan and Arthi Muniyan 10-7 in the super tie-break.

The results (semifinals)
Singles: Lakshmi Prabha bt Kavya Khirwar 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles: Tanushri Pandey & Kavya Khirwar bt Prathiba Narayan & ArthiMuniyan 4-6, 7-5, [10-7].

- Kamesh Srinivasan

Sumit Nagal in quarterfinals

Sumit Nagal beat eighth seed Vitaliy Sachko of Ukraine 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the €118,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Tulln, Austria.

€145,000 Challenger, Seville, Spain Doubles (quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Fernando Romboli (Bra) bt Alex Lawson (USA) & Eero Vasa (Fin) 6-3, 6-2.
€118,000 Challenger, Tulln, Austria Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Sumit Nagal bt Vitaliy Sachko (Ukr) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3.
$80,000 Challenger, Istanbul, Turkey Doubles (quarterfinals): Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) 1-0 (retired).
$25,000 ITF men, Kigali, Turkey Singles (quarterfinals): Oliver Crawford (USA) bt Rishab Agarwal 6-0, 6-2; Damien Wenger (Sui) bt Ishaque Eqbal 6-2, 7-5; Benjamin Lock (Zim) bt Atharva Sharma 6-1, 6-2. Doubles (semifinals): Abraham Asaba (Gha) & Guy Orly Iradukunda (Bdi) bt Siddhant Banthia & Sai Karteek Reddy 7-6(4), 76(5). $15,000 ITF men, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand Singles (quarterfinals): Moerani Bouzige (Aus) bt Sidharth Rawat 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 6-3.
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia Doubles (semifinals): Samir Banerjee (USA) & Chirag Duhan bt Peter Bertran (Dom) & Aleksandr Lobanov 7-6(2), 6-1.
$40,000 ITF women, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, France Doubles (semifinals): Victoria Muntean (Fra) & Vasanti Shinde bt Maria Mateas &Grace Min (USA) 7-5, 4-6, [12-10].
$25,000 ITF women, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand Doubles (semifinals): Punnin Kovapitukted (Tha) & Tang Qianhui (Chn) bt Shrivalli Bhamidipaty & Vaidehi Chaudhari 2-6, 6-3, [10-8].


Asian junior chess: Mayank, Nurgali emerge winners

India’s Mayank Chakraborty and Kazakhstan’s Nazerke Nurgali emerged as the champions in the Tata Steel Asian rapid chess championship at the JRD Tata Complex here on Friday. The host had an excellent day, winning four of the six medals on offer.

In the open section, L. Srihari and Rohith S. Krishna took the silver and bronze, respectively, behind Mayank’s gold. In the girls’ event, L. Jyothsna and Mrudul Dehankar won the silver and bronze medals.

The classical section of the tournament starts on Saturday.

The standings:
(Indians unless specified) Open: 1. Mayank Chakraborty 7; 2-8. L. Srihari, Rohith S. Krishna, L.R. Srihari, G.B. Harshavardhan, Abilmansur Abdilkhair (Kaz), Aleksey Grebnev (FIDE) and Dilshan Liyanage (SL) 6.5; 9-11. Ritvik Krishnan, S. Aswath and Zhangir Bizhigitov (Kaz) 6; 12-15. M. Anees Mohamed, Dhyey Agarwal, Manish Cristiano and Kushagra Mohan 5.5.
Girls:1. Nazerke Nurgali (Kaz) 7.5; 2-4. L. Jyothsna, Mrudul Dehankar and Masanam Divyabharathi 7; 5. Mrittika Mallick 6.5; 6-11. V. Rindhya, Sachi Jain, Zeinep Sultanbek (Kaz), Ayaululm Kaldrovva (Kaz), Bhagyashree Patil and G. Tejaswini 6; 12-16. Anastasia Ivanova, Keerti Reddy, Bristy Mukherjee and Dakshita Kumawat 5.5.

- P. K. Ajith Kumar

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