Nazneen to be India's captain for Margaret Court Cup
Nazneen Rahman will be the captain of the four-member Indian team that will compete in the ITF Seniors Margaret Court Cup World Championship tennis to be staged in Portugal from July 31 to August 5. A total of 23 teams are scheduled to participate in the over-45 women’s event.
India will also be fielding men’s teams in the over-35, 40 and 45 sections.
Karan loses in the pre-quarterfinals of ITF Tunisia
Karan Singh went down fighting to the second seed Skander Mansouri 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Tunisia on Thursday.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
Abhijeet Gupta (4.5 points) lost his sixth round game and the half-point overnight lead following a 61-move surrender to Romania’s Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the Sharjah Masters chess tournament in Sharjah on Thursday.
Deac shared the lead at five points with UAE’s Salem Saleh and Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Adbusattorov, the reigning world rapid champion.
Prominent among the victorious Indians of the day, it was a third victory for D. Gukesh, second for Arjun Erigaisi and first for Nihal Sarin.
- Rakesh Rao
Jyothi Yarraji breaks National record again
Jyothi Yarraji broke the women’s 100m hurdles national record for the third time this month, clocking 13.04s while topping the second heat in the Harry Schulting Games at Vught, the Netherlands, on Thursday.
However Jyothi, who had clocked 13.23 in Cyprus on May 10 and improved her national record to 13.11 in Britain on May 22, did not start the final.
The host’s Marijke Esselink won the gold in 13.61s.
Meanwhile Siddhanth Thingalaya, the national record holder with 13.48s, finished third in the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.09s. Mark Heiden of the Netherlands took the gold in 13.89s.
Jeswin Aldrin fifth in Spain
A couple of hours after M. Sreeshankar won the international jumps meet gold in Greece, Tamil Nadu’s Federation Cup long jump champion Jeswin Aldrin finished fifth, with 7.69m, in the Iberoamericano athletics meet at Huelva, Spain, on Wednesday.
Aldrin’s biggest jumps – a personal best 8.26m and a wind-assisted 8.37m – came at the Federation Cup in Malappuram early last month.
Croatia’s Filip Pravdica won the event in Huelva with 7.91m.
- Stan Rayan
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