Indian sports wrap, April 8: India retains men’s individual and team gold in Asia-Oceania 24-hr ultra-running c’ships

Here are all the major updates, scores, and results of Indians in the world of sports on Monday, April 8.

Published : Apr 08, 2024 19:21 IST , Chennai - 3 MINS READ


India retains men’s individual and team gold in Asia-Oceania 24-hr ultra-running c’ships

Amar Singh Devanda smashed his own national record en route retaining the individual gold medal and helping the men’s team to finish on top of the podium for the second consecutive edition of the IAU 24-hr Asia-Oceania Ultrarunning Championships in Canberra, Australia.

Devanda completed a distance of 272.537 km in the 24-hour run to win the gold in the competition which ended on Sunday.

He had also won a gold in the previous edition held in Bengaluru in 2022 by completing a distance of 257.618 km.

Devanda rewrote his national record by nearly 15 km, according to information provided by the Athletics Federation of India.

Among other Indians in the fray, Ullas Narayana finished third by completing a distance of 245.574 km while Saurav Ranjan was fourth with 240.137 km.

The Indian men’s team also retained the gold medal with a combined total distance of 758.248 km.

The results of the best three competitors from a country are added to the team rankings.

The Australian team was second with 719.560 km while New Zealand was third with 636.679 km.

India had won the men’s team gold medal in 2022 in Bengaluru with a total distance of 738.359 km.

In the women’s section, Shashi Mehta was the best-placed Indian at eighth in the individual competition with a total distance of 190.772 km.

The Indian women’s team of Mehta, Meenal Kotak and Preeti Lala finished fourth by completing a total distance of 527.354 km.

Australia (666.580 km) won the women’s team gold, while New Zealand (568.401 km) and Chinese Taipei (551.686 km) took silver and bronze respectively.

Indian women’s team had won silver in the 2022 edition.



PCI signs three-year-deal with Shrachi Group

The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has signed a three-year deal with city-based Shrachi Group.

“This partnership will go a long way to helping us do our best in Paris. I am confident the Paris Paralympics will be a watershed in the history of Indian sport,” said PCI president Devendra Jhajharia.

-Team Sportstar


Ahlawat, Chawrasia to headline Delhi-NCR Open Golf Championship

Veer Ahlawat, SSP Chawrasia and Ajeetesh Sandhu will headline a strong field in the sixth edition of the Delhi-NCR Open Golf Championship to be held at the Noida Golf Course from April 10 to 13.

The Pro-Am event will be staged on April 9. The tournament carries a prize purse of INR 1 crore, the TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and Nissan Motor India announced on Monday.

The tournament will feature some of the top Indian professionals such as 2024 Indian Open runner-up Ahlawat, Chawrasia, Sandhu, former champion Manu Gandas, Rashid Khan, Aman Raj and defending champion Gaurav Pratap Singh, as well as other former champions Udayan Mane and Honey Baisoya.

The prominent foreign names in the field include Sri Lankans N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Bangladeshis Jamal Hossain and Badal Hossain, Andorra’s Kevin Esteve Rigaill as well as rookies such as PGTI Qualifying School winner Matias Dominguez of Chile, Nepal’s Subash Tamang, Italy’s Michele Ortolani and Czechia’s Stepan Danek.

The three amateurs in the field – Simarjeet Singh, Vinamra Anand and Raj Singh – are from the Noida Golf Course.

Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “The Delhi-NCR Open has over the years emerged as an important stop on the PGTI as the Delhi-NCR region is one of the major golfing centres in the country with a thriving golfing community.

“With a deep field and outstanding course conditions, we can expect a nail-biting finish like the last edition of the event which was decided in a playoff.”


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