April 19: Indian sports news wrap of the day

April 19 Daily Sports Wrap: The AFI has announced its entry standards for the 61st National inter-State athletics championships.


The National Anti-Doping Agency will conduct dope tests at the championships. (Representative Image)   -  M. Srinath


AFI announces entry standards for 61st National inter-State athletics championships

The Athletics Federation of India has announced its entry standards for the 61st National inter-State athletics championships which will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, from June 10 to 14.

Only athletes who meet the entry standards will be allowed and an athlete can take part in two individual events and relays (4x100m, 4x400m men/women and 4x400m mixed). Each State unit can send a maximum of three entries in each event.

The National Anti-Doping Agency will conduct dope tests at the championships.

Entry standards:

Men: 100m (10.75s), 200m (21.75s), 400m (47.70s), 800m (1:52.50s), 1500m (3:52.00s), 5000m (14:20.00s), 10,000m (30:30.00s); 110m hurdles (14.40s), 400m hurdles (52.00s); 3000m steeple chase (9:10.00s); High jump (2.05m), Pole vault (4.50m), Long jump (7.35m), Triple jump (15.50m); Shot put (17.00m), Discus throw (52.00m), Hammer throw (60.00m), Javelin throw (73.00m); Decathlon (6000pts).

Women: 100m (12.10s); 200m (24.50s), 400m (57.00s); 800m (2:08.00s), 1500m (4:30.00s), 5000m (16:50.00s); 10000m (36:00.00s); 100m hurdles (14.50s), 400m hurdles (1:05.00s); 3000m steeple chase (11:00.00s); High jump (1.70m), Pole vault (3.50m), Long jump (5.80m), Triple jump (12.50m); Shot put (13.50m), Discus throw (45.00m), Hammer throw (52.00m), Javelin throw (45.50m); Heptathlon (4500 pts).

- Stan Rayan

Indian Open javelin throw meet postponed

The AFI has postponed the fourth Indian Open javelin throw meet at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, from April 23 and 24 to May 8 and 9. The last date for entries has also been extended to April 30.

- Stan Rayan


Bopanna loses in first round of Serbia Open

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands was beaten 6-3, 6-7(2), [10-6] by the Sabanov twins, Ivan and Matej, in the doubles first-round of the  ATP250 tennis tournament in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday.

In the Challenger in Tallahassee, Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-3, 6-3 in the first round by Christian Harrison.

In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in Switzerland, Prarthana Thombare in partnership with Conny Perrin reached the doubles quarterfinals.

The results:

ATP250 Belgrade, Serbia
Doubles (First round): Ivan Sabanov & Matej Sabanov (Srb) bt Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) & Rohan Bopanna 6-3, 6-7(2), [10-6].

ATP Challenger Tallahassee, US
Singles (first round): Christian Harrison (US) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Dominik Palan (Cze) & Adil Kalyanpur bt Palaphoom Kovapitukted & Worovin Kumthonkittikul (Tha) 6-4, 6-4; S D Prajwal Dev & Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Seong Chan Hong (Kor) & Takuto Niki
(Jpn) 7-5, 4-6, [10-4].

$60,000 ITF women, Chiasso, Switzerland

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Conny Perrin (Sui) & Prarthana Thombare bt Leonie Kung (Sui) & Emily Webley Smith (GBR) 7-6(5), 4-6, [10-5].

$15,000 ITF women, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Singles (first round): Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Mao Mushika (Jpn) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Patcharin Cheapchandej & Punnin Kovapitukted (Tha) bt Jennifer Luikham & Sathwika Sama 6-0, 6-2; Honoka Kobayashi & Michika Ozeki (Jpn) bt Yarden Akler (Isr) & Saumya Vig 6-3, 6-2.

- Kamesh Srinivasan

Asia-Oceania World Junior Tennis under-14 boys c'ship: India beats Hong Kong 3-0

The Indian team continued to strike good rhythm as it beat Hong Kong 3-0 without dropping a set in the second league match of group-C in the Asia-Oceania World Junior Tennis under-14 boys championship at the
DLTA Complex on Tuesday.

Captain Namita Bal shuffled the players around, making Aishwarya Jadhav play both singles and doubles, while bringing Sai Janvi for the first singles in place of Sohini Mohanty.

Sai managed to lend a good foundation for the team after a shaky first set against Tak Sum Fung.


Sai Janvi gave India a good start against Hong Kong in the Asia-Oceania World Junior tennis championship in Delhi on Tuesday.   -  KAMESH SRINIVASAN


Aishwarya showed a lot of grit in beating Hau Chng Rosalyn Chan in the second singles, 6-4, 6-4. In the doubles, Aishwarya and Sohini asserted India’s dominance.

In the last league match on Wednesday, India will challenge the fourth seed Korea, which eased past Singapore dropping eight games in all.

In group-A, Australia outplayed Lebanon and qualified for the knock-out stage along with Sri Lanka. The two teams will face each other to decide the group topper.

In group-B, Japan opened with a 3-0 win over Thailand. It will play Malaysia on Wednesday.

In group-D, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan secured their second win and will play each other to decide the group topper.

The results (league):

Group-A: Australia bt Lebanon 3-0.

Group-B: Japan bt Thailand 3-0.

Group-C: Korea bt Singapore 3-0; India bt Hong Kong 3-0 (Sai Janvi bt Tak Sum Fung 7-5, 6-3; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Hau Ching Rosalyn Chan 6-4, 6-4; Aishwarya & Sohini Mohanty bt Tak Sum Fung & Celeste Juan Ying Yeh 6-0, 6-4).

Group-D: Uzbekistan bt Nepal 2-1; Kazakhstan bt Iran 3-0.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


Saurabh impresses

Saurabh Chaudhary was in fine form with the 50-metre free pistol as he topped both the men’s and junior events with a score of 562 in the fourth National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Tuesday.

The score was 10 points more than what Saurabh had shot in the third trials, when he had finished third behind Gaurav Rana and Om Prakash Mitharval. In the process, he was 20 points better than the World Championship silver medallist and Asian Games gold medallist Jitu Rai.

Saurabh beat Kunal Rana by seven points in topping the men’s field, and he was 15 points better than Arjun Singh Cheema in topping the junior section. Khushi Kapoor topped the junior women’s event with 541.

The results

50m free pistol: Men: 1. Saurabh Chaudhary 562; 2. Kunal Rana 555; 3. Om Prakash Mitharval 551.

Juniors: 1. Saurabh Chaudhary 562; 2. Arjun Singh Cheema 547; 3. Kamaljeet 547.

Junior women: 1. Khushi Kapoor 541; 2. Varsha Singh 538; 3. Tanu Rawal 537.

- Kamesh Srinivasan


TNTTA women stun Haryana; TTTA subdues Gujarat

Tamil Nadu Table Tennis Association (TNTTA) created the biggest upset on the second day of the Senior National and Inter-State table tennis championships in Shillong on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Haryana, bronze medallist of the 2019 Hyderabad Nationals, in the women’s pre-quarterfinals.

Another TN team, Tamizhaga Table Tennis Association (TTTA), too, entered the last-eight stage with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Gujarat. TNTTA and TTTA will face each other in the quarterfinals with a medal for Tamil Nadu assured. The last time a women’s team from the State won a medal was in the 2017 Ranchi Nationals where it finished third.

N. Vidya, the senior-most member of the team, S. Yashini and Vedhalakshmi Devi were instrumental in TNTTA getting the better of Haryana. In 2019, Haryana had Sutirtha Mukherjee, now representing RSPB, who was the No. 1 player and won both her matches to help Haryana end up with a bronze then.

“It’s a good win. We were aware that Suhana Saini was Haryana’s best player and once I beat her, it became easy. Of course, Yashini and Vedhalakshmi did their part well,” said Vidya.

The results (pre-quarterfinals):

Women: RSPB bt Maharshtra-B 3-0 (Sutirtha Mukherjee bt Jennifer Varghese 12-10, 11-8, 11-4, Prapti Sen bt Senhora D’Souza 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4, Sagarika Mukherjee bt Manasi Chiplunkar 11-9, 11-4, 11-8)

Maharashtra-A bt Karnataka 3-0 (Diya Chitale bt Mariya Rony 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, Swastika Ghosh bt Kushi Viswanath 14-12, 11-5, 11-2, Anannya Basak bt A Samyuktha 11-7, 11-5, 11-4)

TTTA bt Gujarat 3-1 (Selenadeepthi bt Kausha Bhairapure 12-10, 11-9, 11-6, V. Kowshika lost to Chipia Frenaz 11-5, 8-11, 13-15, 9-11, M. Nithyashree bt Fatema Kadri 11-9, 13-11, 11-9, Selenadeepthi bt Chipia Frenaz 4-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6)

TNTTA bt Haryana 3-0 (S. Yashini bt Riti Shankar 13-11, 11-4, 11-6, N. Vidya bt Suhana Saini 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, Vedhalakshmi Devi bt Sanya Sehgal 11-2, 11-4, 11-4)

PSPB bt Madhya Pradesh 3-0; Bengal-B bt Delhi 3-1; UP bt Telangana 3-1; Bengal-A bt Kerala 3-0

- K. Keerthivasan


Amardeep and Manu take joint first round lead at Delhi-NCR Open 2022

Amardeep Malik and Manu Gandas shot similar seven-under 65s to take joint lead in round one of the Delhi-NCR Open 2022 on Tuesday.

Bangladesh's Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Chandigarh-based Abhijit Singh Chadha and Shivendra Singh Sisodia of Gurugram were tied third with matching scores of 66.


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