June 22: Indian sports news wrap

June 22 sports wrap: Here are all the major developments in Indian sports today.

Published : Jun 22, 2022 13:07 IST

File Photo of Kenisha Gupta.
File Photo of Kenisha Gupta.

File Photo of Kenisha Gupta.


FINA World Championship: Kenisha Gupta finishes 32nd in 100m freestyle heats, fails to qualify for semis

India's Kenisha Gupta ranked 32nd overall in the 100m freestyle heats at the FINA World Championships in Budapest on Wednesday. The 19-year-old swimmer finished with a timing of 57.99s and failed to qualify for the semifinals, with only the top 16 placed swimmers making it through.

Mollie O'Callaghan of Australia was placed first overall in the heats with a timing of 53.49s.



Shubhankar Sharma tests positive for Covid, pulls out of BMW International Open

Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19.

He took to twitter to announce that he will miss out the BMW International Open golf tournament that commences on June 23rd 2022.

He wrote: "I am disappointed to pull out from #BMWInternationalOpen, due to #Covid. I waited till the very last moment, but all in vane (SIC). We had a good shot at @TheOpen, this week,too.Well,that's how the life is."

Shubhankar hopes to be fully recovered before the Irish Open golf tournament that is scheduled to start on June 30. "I will be ready for the @IrishOpen_ next week. Doing my bit to be match fit" he added.



Rohit emerges champion at the Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship

Rohit Kumar Singh emerged the men’s champion in air rifle as he beat Mohit Gowda 17-13 in the gold contest of the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Wednesday.

Men's air rifle medallists, Mohit Gowda, champion Rohit KumarSingh and Hriday Hazarika in the Kumar Surendra Singh shootingchampionship in Delhi.

Hriday Hazarika finished 0.1 point ahead of the qualification topper Kiran Jadhav (633.5) in grabbing the bronze.

In the junior section, former world No.1, Olympian Divyansh Singh Panwar outclassed Hriday Hazarika 17-1 for the gold.

In the youth event, Abhinav Shaw beat Vejendla Praneeth 17-11 for the gold. Pranav JIndal won the youth bronze, and the sub-youth gold.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


ITF Women's tennis

Vaidehi Chaudhari played a robust attacking game, serving strong, moving briskly and hitting strokes fluently on both the flanks, to outwit the country’s No. 1 player and the third seed, Ankita Raina 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the first round of the USD 25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Tennis Project, Baliawas, Gurugram, on Wednesday.


The 29-year-old Ankita did play very well, but the 22-year-old Vaidehi survived the set points to take the first set and that turned the tide in her favour. It was the first meeting between the two in the professional circuit, and proved unforgettable for Vaidehi.

Qualifier Vineetha Mummadi, recovered after losing the first set to be on level terms with second seed Peangtarn Plipuech, when the Thai retired owing to exhaustion, unable to tackle the heat and humidity.

Vineetha will challenge Punnin Kovapitukted of Thailand who recovered from being down 1-4 in the decider to beat Zeel Desai 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in a gripping battle that lasted three hours and 35 minutes.

Sowjanya Bavisetti overcame a slow start to beat qualifier Elena Pridankina 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3. She will challenge Karman Thandi in the second round.

Shrivalli Bhamidipaty beat fellow trainee from Hyderabad and qualifier Kundali Majgaine after a hesitant start to set up a second round against seventh seed Misaki Matsuda of Japan.

Fifth seed Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand also retired early in the third
set against Momoko Kobori of Japan.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Khelendrajit upsets Ankur in 83rd National Junior and Youth Table Tennis Championships

Qualifier Yengkhom Khelendrajit (Manipur) upset top seed Ankur Bhattacharjee (Bengal) to enter the quarterfinals in Youth Boys (under-17) category in the 83rd National Junior and Youth Table Tennis Championships at the N.C. John memorial YMCA TT Arena here on Wednesday.

Khelendrajit's defensive game put him in good stead against Ankur who struggled to find any sort of rhythm in his game. After losing a close first set 10-12 Ankur bounced back to take the second set 11-7.

But in the seesaw third set the Manipur lad kept his nerves to crawl back win 13-11. Khelendajit held the aces in the fourth set and mixed his shots well to pocket the match 12-10, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9.

Tamil Nadu's Suresh Raj Preyesh entered the quarterfinals with a 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 win over Ayan Ghosh. In the quarterfinals, Suresh will meet Jash Modi who beat Sujal Banik (TTFI)15-13, 11-3, 11-6 in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the under-19 category, it was business as usual for top seed Payas jain who breezed into the pre-quarterfinals with 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 win over Jayabrata Bhattacharjee (Bengal).

However, K.J. Akash (Karnataka) upset sixth seed H.Jeho (Manipur) 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 in the second round.

-M. R. Praveen Chandran


Ronaldo clinches silver in sprint event for his 3rd medal, India finish fifth in medals tally

Ronaldo Singh won the silver medal in the men’s sprint event on the concluding day of the Asian Cycling championship at the Indira Gandhi Velodrome on Wednesday.

It was the third medal for Ronaldo who had earlier won the bronze in one-kilometre time trial and the team sprint.

Birjit Yumnam won the bronze in the 15-kilometre points race in the junior section, and missed the silver by one point.

In the 10-kilometre women’s scratch race, Chayanika Gogoi won the bronze. India was seventh in the seniors section, with four silver and 13 bronze medals. Japan topped with 15 gold, seven silver and two bronze medals.

In the junior section, India was fifth with two gold, six silver and 15 bronze medals.

In the para events, India was third behind Thailand and Japan with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

-Kamesh Srinivasan


Paris World Cup: Indian archers go down in compound team events

Tarundeep Rai and Ankita Bhakat emerged as the best Indian archers in the individual recurve rankings at the Archery World Cup Stage-3 in Paris on Wednesday.

Tarundeep gathered 670 points to place 27 among men. Comeback man Pravin Jadhav (668), Jayanta Talukdar (667) and Neeraj Chauhan (649) took 30, 32 and 73 slots respectively.

Ankita collected 644 points to be 31 among women.

Deepika Kumari, who returned to the Indian side, lacked consistency as she had a 4 and a missed shot before securing 638 points to be 37.

Simranjeet Kaur (638) was 38, while Ridhi Phor (626) was 54.

The Indian men’s team (2005) was eighth and the women’s team (1920) was 13. The mixed team (1314) was also 13.

In compound, the fourth-seeded Indian men's team – which won two gold medals this year – got a first round bye and defeated South Africa 234-232. The trio of Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Mohan Bhardwaj was ousted by Turkey 235-234 in the quarterfinals.

The third-ranked women's team, which also had a bye, got the better of Brazil 230-227 before losing to second-placed Great Britain 231-228 in the semifinals.

India, comprising V.Jyothi Surekha, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar, was beaten by France 233-231 in the bronze medal match.

-Y. B. Sarangi


Indian women's hockey team beats Ukraine 3-0 in U-23 five-nation tournament

Dublin, Jun 22 (PTI) The Indian women's hockey team continued its unbeaten run in the U-23 five-nation tournament with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Ukraine here on Wednesday.

Nikita Toppo (33rd), Manju Chorsiya (44th) and Beauty Dungdung (55th) scored a goal each as India outclassed their opponents in the match.

Ukraine got their first penalty corner inside five minutes but the Indian defence thwarted the danger. India gradually took control of the match, earning back-to-back PCs but could not utilise them.

India earned another PC in the second quarter but again wasted the opportunity as the two teams went into half time goal-less.

Finally, India were rewarded three minutes into the third quarter with Nikita Toppo scoring a field goal. India doubled the lead one minute before the end of the third quarter through Manju Chorsiya.

In the fourth quarter, Ukraine tried to counter-attack in pursuit of their first goal, but the Indian defence stood tall to deny them any opportunity while continuing their attack.

In the 54th minute, India earned a PC but could not convert it. But, one minute later, vice-captain Dungdung scored the team's the third goal, taking the game away from Ukraine.

India will play against USA in their fourth and final league stage match of the tournament on Thursday.



Indian freestyle wrestlers claim Asian team title in U-17 category

Indian freestyle wrestlers won the team title at the under-17 Asian Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan by finishing with eight medals, including four gold.

Apart from the four gold, the Indians also bagged two silver and two bronze medals.

The Indians clinched three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in freestyle on Wednesday.

The Indian freestyle team won the Asian Championships trophy with 188 points, while Kazakhstan finished runner-up with 150 points. Uzbekistan took the third spot with 145 points.

The Indian gold winners on Wednesday were Ningappa (45kg), Shubham (48kg) and Vaibhav Patil (55kg), while Pratik Deshmukh (110kg) bagged the silver and Narsingh Patil (51kg) and Sourabh (60kg) clinched a bronze each.

The competition in Under-23 category will start on Thursday with Greco Roman style events.


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