Indian Sports Wrap, September 26

Here is everything that has happened in Indian Sports so far in September 26, 2022.

Tasnim Mir won the women’s  singles title at the India Chhattisgarh International Challenge badminton tournament in Raipur.

Tasnim Mir won the women’s  singles title at the India Chhattisgarh International Challenge badminton tournament in Raipur. | Photo Credit:

Here is everything that has happened in Indian Sports so far in September 26, 2022.

MOTORSPORT

Maini equals career best fourth in DTM

Indian racer Arjun Maini overcame tricky conditions to equal his best finish of fourth place in the penultimate round of the DTM Championship in Spielberg.

Arjun had qualified seventh but had to start 10th due to a penalty from the previous race.

The Sunday’s race, which was completely wet, went much better and Arjun was able to bring the car across the finish line in fourth spot.

Arjun pitted at the very end of the Pit Window to take a chance on the drying conditions and went out on slick tyres with 15 minutes left on the clock.

While he came out in P3, he fell back to P12 as the tyres were taking time to get heat into them. Towards the last few laps, he was able to recover several positions to equal his personal best result in DTM which was achieved in the second round earlier this year. In the standings, Arjun is placed 18th with 24 points.

The last weekend of the DTM championship will be held at Hockenheimring between October 7-9.

- PTI

GOLF

Vani finishes steady 29th, Tvesa 49th in Irish Women’s Open

Dromoland: Vani Kapoor came up with a steady two-under 70 for the third straight day to finish Tied 29th while fellow Indian Tvesa Malik signed off tied 49th at the KPMG Women's Irish Open on the Ladies European Tour.

Vani, who shot 72 on the first day, recorded 70 on each of the next three days to finish with a total of six-under 282.

Tvesa, on the other hand, shot 72 in the final round to finish with a total of one-under 287.

Diksha Dagar and Amandeep Drall missed the cut after the second round.

Czech golfer Klara Spilkova secured her second victory on the Ladies European Tour (LET) with a playoff win.

She fired a final round of 67 (-5) to end the tournament on 14-under-par alongside Finland's Ursula Wikstrom and Denmark's Nicole Broch Estrup.

The trio headed back down to 18 and it was Spilkova who rolled in her birdie putt to emerge as the champion at Dromoland Castle.

Vani, who returns to her home course, the DLF Golf and Country Club for the Hero Women's Indian Open next month, bogeyed second and fourth but picked up shots on fifth and seventh to turn in even par.

On the back nine, she picked three birdies on 11th, 15th and 18th but dropped a shot on 14th for a round of 70.

Tvesa had a rough start with a bogey and a double bogey early in the round.

A birdie on fifth was followed by a bogey on ninth as she turned in 3-over 38. Three birdies and no bogeys on the back nine salvaged the final day with a 72 and a total of 1-under.

Spilkova, 27, came into the day having recorded rounds of 66 (-6), 68 (-4) and 73 (+1) on her opening three days. Spilkova had a tough start with two bogeys in her first five holes, but she also made three birdies to make the turn in 34 (-1).

Back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 saw the Czech player put herself right in the mix before another birdie on 16.

A miraculous par-save from the edge of the water at 17 gave Spilkova the momentum and she finished her day with a birdie on 18 which at the time put her in the lead in the clubhouse.

Finland's Wikstom and Denmark's Broch Estrup secured a spot in the playoff after producing a final round each of four-under 68.

Four players finished in a tie for fourth place with Denmark's Smilla Tarning Soenderby, Austria's Christine Wolf, Ireland’s Leona Maguire and England’s Annabel Dimmock.

It was a solid end to the week for Solheim Cup star Maguire after a round of 68 (-4), while there were also 10,000 spectators at Dromoland Castle on Sunday.

Scotland’s Laura Beveridge, England’s Gabriella Cowley and Spain’s Carmen Alonso rounded out the top 10 finishing in T8 on 12-under-par.

-PTI

Bhullar, Randhawa among golfers set to tee off at Kapil Dev-Grant Thornton Invitational

Leading Indian golfers, including Jyoti Randhawa and Gaganjeet Bhullar, will vie for honours at the inaugural Kapil Dev–Grant Thornton Invitational beginning here on Tuesday.

As many as 126 professional golfers will compete in the Rs 1 crore tournament, which was announced by cricket legend and PGTI Board Member Kapil Dev and Grant Thornton Bharat last week.

It will be the first ever full-field PGTI event to be played at the Gary Player Course of the DLF Golf and Country Club.

“It’s great to be back on the PGTI where I started my pro career. I’m also excited about returning to the magnificent DLF Golf & Country Club, a venue where I have won in the past,” Bhullar, a winner on the Asian Tour this year, said.

The prominent foreign names in the field are those of Sri Lankans Mithun Perera (7 PGTI Wins), Anura Rohana (6 PGTI Wins), N Thangaraja (3 PGTI Wins), Bangladeshi Jamal Hossain (3 PGTI Wins) and Australian Kunal Bhasin (3 PGTI Wins).

“The course is very demanding from tee to green. You have to be straight off the tees, be accurate with your second shots and need to negotiate the undulating greens,” Randhawa, who has had multiple wins at the DLF Golf & Country Club, said.

The tournament will give amateur teams, consisting of golfers, celebrities and corporate leaders, a chance to partner with the pros in Rounds 3 and 4 to compete for separate team prizes.

-PTI

HOCKEY

MEG Centre wins Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament

New Delhi: Chhitu Bara scored the match-winner in the 58th minute to help Army Boys Sports Company, MEG Centre, Bangalore, to a 1-0 victory over Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow, in the final of the Steelbird 39th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Monday.

The champion team was presented Rs.1,60,000 and the runner-up Rs.96,000. Nitesh Sharma of Army Boys team was adjudged the “best player” of the tournament and presented Rs.25,000 The coach of the champion team KB Thammaiah was awarded Rs.15,000 and the coach of the runner-up team Dharmendra Sonkar was given Rs.10,000.

The fair play trophy in memory of KG Kakar was presented to the Bhopal team.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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