FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ridhima fails to qualify for the women's 100m backstroke semifinal
Indian swimmer Ridhima Veerendrakumar failed to qualify for the women's 100m backstroke semifinals at the FINA World Championships at Budapest on Sunday.
Ridhima clocked 1:05.41 in heat 2.
The top 16 swimmers have qualified and Ridhima sits at the 35th spot. Colombia's Jimena Leguizamon topped the table with a timing of 1:03.16.
GOLF - Aramco Team Series
Tvesa Malik shot a second straight 5-over 78 to finished tied-56th in the individual category at the Aramco Team Series on Sunday.
After having sneaked into the final round on the cut-line, Tvesa was hoping to turn things around a little in the final round to get a respectable finish. Despite the difficult conditions, Tvesa got off to a positive start - registering a birdie - but dropped a shot soon after, on the third. She made up with a birdie on the fourth.
REPORT - THIRD ROUND
On a day when pars seemed good, Tvesa rolled in four and with others dropping shots, she moved close enough to sniff a place in the 30s. It was not to be.
Tvesa had a triple bogey on the ninth. She turned in 2-over 39 and the back nine offered little relief with bogeys on 10, 11, 14 and 16. A consolation on 18th, which yielded her a birdie for the third day running, was little compensation. She carded 78 for a 11-under total.
Diksha Dagar had earlier missed the cut.
Tvesa, who has decided to take the next week off, said, “I just want to take a week off and get my game together. A lot of the season is still left. I am happy I showed a fight - especially on the back nine of the second day - but am disappointed that I left too much out there otherwise. I need to work to get my act together for the remainder of the season.”
Bronte Law, who earlier in the week called for more women’s events alongside the men, holed a monster putt from around 55 feet. Her back nine was rocky and included a double bogey on par-5 13th. She fell back but then a crucial par on 14th was followed by two great birdies on 15th and 16th, bringing her to 7-under with two holes to go.
By then Linn Grant (69) finished sensationally. She had six birdies in the last seven holes and finished at 7-under only to be overtaken by Georgia Hall. Playing one group ahead of Bronte Law, Georgia, started the day at 6-under, and was 1-under through the front nine. Then from the 10th to 17th she without a either a birdie or bogey.
A closing birdie took Georgia to 8-under and past last week’s winner Grant. Georgia then waited for Bronte, who need a birdie to force a play-off or an eagle to win outright. On the 18th Bronte, then 7-under, just landed on the green with her second shot on the short Par-5 18th. She faced a massive 55-foot putt an eagle. Bronte stared down the putt and rolled it right into the middle of the cup for a stunning win and held her hands aloft as the crowd went ecstatic.
Georgia (71) ended second one shot behind, while Grant, who turns 23 on Monday, was denied a second win in two weeks and ended third. Charley Hull (69) was fourth.
In the playoff for the Team competition, Team Nicole Garcia beat Team Ursula Wikstrom. Diksha’s team, which was led by Ana Pelaez, was sixth and Tvesa Malik’s team was tied-26th.
SQUASH - Anahat Singh wins Asian Junior title
Promising Indian player Anahat Singh won the gold medal in the girls Under-15 category at the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.
The tournament, which started in the picturesque beach town on Wednesday, concluded on Sunday.
The 14-year-old Anahat defeated Kwong Ena of Hong Kong 3-0 in the final to claim the top prize. She reached the finals without dropping a single game in the tournament.
Anahat had defeated Malaysian top seed Whitney Isabelle Wilson 3-0 in the semifinals.
So far, Anahat has won 46 national circuit titles, two national championships and eight international titles. She is the only Indian girl to win the US Junior Open in any category and the British Junior Open.
At 14, Anahat will be the youngest player to represent India at the World Juniors Squash Championships in Nancy, France, later this year.
CHESS - Barua elected SBDS president
Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua was unanimously elected the president of Sara Bangla Daba Sangstha (SBDS), the apex body for chess in West Bengal, in the elections held in Kolkata on Saturday.
Shyamol Dutta was elected the secretary and Asit Baran Choudhury was elected the treasurer for a four-year term. GM Saptarshi Roychowdhury became one of the six vice-presidents of the State body.
- Y. B. Sarangi
TABLE TENNIS - Nithyashree, Taneesha win titles
Nithyashree Mani (TTTA) and Taneesha Kotecha (Maharashtra) won the under-19 and under-17 girls titles respectively in the 83rd National Junior and Youth Table Tennis championships at the YMCA Arena in Alappuzha on Sunday.
In the under-19 final, the third ranked Nithyashree dropped the first set 8-11 to Risha Mirchandani (Maharashtra) But Nithyashree improved her defensive game in the second set to force errors from her rival to draw level. However, the turnaround came in the close third set which Nithyashree won 14-12 after trailing her opponent for the major part of the set. The Tamil Nadu girl then unleashed her scorching forehands in the fourth and fifth sets as Risha faded away to lose the match 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-3, 11-8.
Giant killer Subhankrita Datta (NCOE toppled two big seeds, Kavyashree Baskar in the quarterfinals and Pritha Vartikar in the semifinals, on the way to the under-17 final. But the Bengal girl couldn't replicate the same form against the experienced Taneesha Kotecha. Taneesha never allowed her opponent to settle down, playing aggressively from the start. Subhankrita struggled to keep the rallies going and made lot of errors to lose the match rather tamely 11-6, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4.
- M. R. Praveen Chandran
SHOOTING: Manu Bhaker and Shiva Narwal win mixed team pistol title
Shiva Narwal and Manu Bhaker combined strongly for Haryana to beat Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) pair of Amanpreet Singh Shweta Singh 16-8 for the mixed air pistol gold in the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Madhya Pradesh Academy in Bhopal on Sunday.
The two bronze medals were won by Railways and Telengana.
In the junior section, Haryana extended its domination through Naveen and Kanishka Dagar as the duo beat Punjab’s Amanpreet Singh and Arshdeep Kaur 17-11 for the gold. Telengana and Rajasthan bagged the two bronze medals.
In the youth section, it was Madhya Pradesh that captured the gold through Nancy Solanki and Yugpratap Singh as they won a thriller 17-15 against Rajasthan’s Amit Sharma and Bhoomi Choudhary who had topped the qualification phase.
At the Dr. Karni Singh Range in Tughlakabad, former national champion Meena Kumar won the women’s 50-metre rifle prone gold, as she pipped Mahit Sandhu by 0.3 point in a strong field. Mahit did well to win the junior gold with a 3.8 point margin over Surabhi Bharadwaj.
Mixed air pistol: 1. Haryana (Shiva Narwal, Manu Bhaker) 16 (580); 2. ONGC (Amanpreet Singh, Shweta Singh) 8 (576); 3. Railways (Sumedh Kumar, Ruchita Vinerkar) 16 (570); 4. Rajasthan (Omprakash Mitharwal, Kaushambika Chhillar) 14 (571); 3. Telengana (Esha Singh, Kaushik Gopu) 17 (569); 4. Tamil Nadu (S Ezhilarasi, Meshaak Ponnudurai) 5 (571).
Juniors: 1. Haryana (Naveen, Kanishka Dagar) 17 (574); 2. Punjab (Amanpreet Singh, Arshdeep Kaur) 11 (571); 3. Rajasthan (Sandeep Bishnoi, Anjali Shekhawat) 16 (570); 4. Madhya Pradesh (Hariom, Ankita Prasad) 12 (563); 3. Telengana (Kaushik Gopu, Esha Singh) 16 (566); 4. Tamil Nadu (Meshaak Ponnudurai, S Ezhilarasi) 4 (569).
Youth: 1. Madhya Pradesh (Nancy Solanki, Yugpratap Singh) 17 (566); 2. Rajasthan (Amit Sharma, Bhoomi Choudhary) 15 (568); 3. Gujarat (Prince Makwana, Arpita Tiwari) 16 (552); 4. Punjab (Jashanpreet Singh, Harnavdeep Kaur) 10 (562); 3. Tamil Nadu (Meshaak Ponnudurai, S Ezhilarasi) 17 (568); 4. Karnataka (Jonathan Antony, Trishna Dhamnekar) 5 (560).
50m rifle prone:
Women: 1. Meena Kumari 620.2; 2. Mahit Sandhu 619.9; 3. Yashika Shinde 619.1.
Junior women: 1. Mahit Sandhu 619.9; 2. Surabhi Bharadwaj 616.1; 3. Nupur Kumrawat 612.0.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
CYCLING: India continue fine run, bag 8 medals
Pooja Danole wont he bronze in the women’s individual pursuit by breaking her own national record with a time of 2 minutes 31.277 seconds in the Asian Cycling Championship at the Indira Gandhi Velodrome on Sunday. Here earlier record was 2:37.410.
Mizuki Ikeda of Japan won the gold by beating Yunyeong Cheon of Korea.
In the junior men’s section, Niraj Kumar was beaten by Kazakhstan rider Maxim Traskin for the gold.
In the para cycling event, Jyoti Gaderaya won the gold by beating compatriot Geeta Rao with a time of 5:24.990.
India was fifth in the medals table with three sivler and nine bronze medals. In the para events, India was on par with Thailand at the top among four countries, with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
TENNIS: Easy win for Farhat Aleen Qamar in W25 Gurugram qualifying
Top seed Farhat Aleen Qamar cruised past Arthi Muniyan 6-0, 6-2 in the first qualifying round of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Tennis Project in Baliawas on Sunday.
On a day of high humidity, following drizzle which delayed the start in the morning, Mansi Vadyala edged out Mirudhula Palanivel 5-7, 6-1, [12-10].
Qualifying singles (first round): Farhat Aleen Qamar bt Arthi Muniyan 6-0, 6-2; Sahira Singh bt Ritu Rai 6-3, 6-2; Vineetha Mummadi bt Suhitha Maruri 6-2, 6-2; Sudipta Kumar bt Tanushri Pandey 3-6, 7-5, [10-8]; Elena Pridankina (Rus) bt Abhilasha Bista (Nep) 6-1, 6-1; Anusha Kondaveeti bt Gauri Mangaonkar 6-4, 6-1; Suhani Gaur bt Maria Antoniuk (Ukr) 6-2, 6-2; Avishka Gupta bt Hitakamya Singh Narwal 6-3, 6-4; Shreya Tatavarthy bt Kavya Khirwar 6-1, 2-0 (retired); Chandana
Potugari bt Shefali Arora 6-2, 6-4; Kundali Majgaine bt Ritu Ohlyan 6-4, 6-3; Bela Tamhankar bt Siri Patil 6-2, 7-5; Nidhi Chilumula bt Yashika Venu 6-0, 6-1; Apurva Vemuri bt Abhaya Vemuri 6-4, 6-4; Riya Uboveja bt Mushrath Anjum Shaik 6-4, 6-0; Anjali Rathi bt Kriti Tomar 6-1, 6-1; Jagmeet Kaur Grewal bt Bala Gayathri 6-1, 6-1; Nandini Dixit bt Ayushi Singh 6-3, 4-6, [10-5]; Mansi Vadyala bt Mirudhula Palanivel
5-7, 6-1, [12-10]; Paavani Paathak bt Ishwari Matere 7-6(2), 6-2; Shria Atturu (US) bt Kashish Bhatia 6-4, 6-0; Himadri Kashyap bt Ananya Yadav 6-2, 5-7, [10-6]; Himaanshika Singh bt Sanya Yadav 6-0, 6-1; Ikumi Yamazaki (Jpn) bt Tamanna Takoria 6-2, 6-3.
- Kamesh Srinivasan