Arpinder Singh mocked the hot and humid conditions as he improved the National record in men’s triple jump with an effort of 17.17 metres on the final day of the 54th National inter-State athletics championship at the PAC Stadium here on Sunday.
The 23-year-old ONGC employee shocked the previous holder Renjith Maheshwary, who set it in 2010, by ten centimetres and added insult to injury by beating him to the gold by 63 centimetres.
Interestingly, Arpinder improved on his personal best of 16.84 metres, with one of his two valid jumps as he had no mark on four of his jumps. In the process, he also went past the Commonwealth Games qualification mark of 16.83 metres with ease. His first good jump on the third attempt measured 16.49 metres.
M.R. Poovamma outclassed a strong field that included Olympian Tintu Luka, in the women’s 400m with a new meet mark of 51.73 seconds that beat Mandeep Kaur’s 51.74 set in 2008.
It was easy to announce Arpinder Singh (1174 points) of Punjab and Poovamma (1141) of Karnataka as the best male and female athletes respectively. The men’s, women’s and overall team honours were bagged by Kerala ahead of Tamil Nadu.
The results: Men: 100m: 1. Krishnakumar Rane 10.32 (NMR, old 10.36); 2. Manikanta Raj 10.52; 3. Anirudh Gujar 10.63. 400m: 1.Arokia Rajiv 46.13; 2. Kunhu Muhammed 46.17; 3. Sachin Roby 46.79. 1,500m: 1. Sajeesh Joseph 3:48.16; 2. Anil Kumar 3:50.41; 3. Chandrakant Manwadkar 3:50.89. 10,000m: 1. Suresh Kumar Patel 30:00.03; 2. Rahul Kumar Pal 30:36.69; 3. Kheta Ram 30:50.95. 110m hurdles: 1. Siddhant Thingalaya 13.84; 2. Surendhar 13.97; 3. Prem Kumar 14.06. Triple jump: 1. Arpinder Singh 17.17 (NR, old 17.07); 2. Renjith Maheshwary 16.54; 3. Karthik 15.91. Hammer throw: 1. Charodaya Narain Singh 69.38 (NMR, old 68.98); 2. Kaushal Singh 65.31; 3. Neeraj Kumar 63.74. 4x400m relay: 1. Kerala 3:10.64; 2. Karnataka 3:11.39; 3. Tamil Nadu 3:16.82.
Women: 100m: 1. Saradha Narayanan 11.39 (NMR, old 11.48); 2. H.M. Jyothi 11.49; 3. Srabani Nanda 11.59. 400m: 1. M.R. Poovamma 51.73; 2. Tintu Luka 53.22; 3. Debashree Majumdar 53.54. 1,500m: 1. O.P. Jaisha 4:16.27; 2. Sini Markose 4:18.94; 3. Jhuma Khatoon 4:20.53. 10,000m: 1. Preeja Sridharan 34:34.98; 2. Suriya 35:26.75; 3. Monika Athare 38:19.93. 100m hurdles: 1. K.V. Sajitha 14.16; 2. Gayathri 14.21; 3. Hemashree 14.51. Discus: 1. Pramila 46.99; 2. Vasumathy 42.12; 3. Ankita Julka 41.03. Hammer throw: 1. Manju Bala 62.74 (NR, old 62.67); 2. Gunjan Singh 61.19; 3. Ritu Dhiman 59.96. Heptathlon: 1. Liksy Joseph 5386; 2. Niksy Joseph 5154; 3. Purnima Hembram 4932. 4x400m relay: 1. Kerala 3:38.40; 2. West Bengal 3:50.84; 3. Uttar Pradesh 3:57.82. 20km walk: 1. Rani Yadav 1:46:49.00; 2. Shanty Kumari 1:58:16.00; 3. Rajani 2:01:29.00.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Kamesh Srinivasan / Lucknow – June 08th, 2014
If Saina and Sindhu performed well, no praise is less for the way Jwala and Ashwini combined to give their best against tougher rivals. By Rakesh Rao.
In the past four years, women badminton players have brought laurels to the country. Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu and the crack doubles combination of G. Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa have given India the much-needed identity and a place among the elite nations.
For long, the success story of Indian badminton was associated with the unprecedented achievements of Prakash Padukone and the lone All-England triumph of P. Gopi Chand. Now, there is not much to talk about our men when compared to the feats of our women players. No wonder, when the prestigious Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals were hosted by India, only our women’s team was expected to win a medal.
In a format where each tie has five matches — three singles and two doubles — India went in with optimism in two singles and a doubles.
For a nation, that had failed to produce true world-beaters in women’s badminton until 2006, the event was a huge opportunity to showcase India’s worth at the global stage.
With Saina and Sindhu among the world’s elite, having won bronze medals in Olympics and World Championship respectively, India had hoped to make initial headway. With the experienced doubles combination of Jwala-Ashwini looking hungry to make up for the lost time, India was hopeful of claiming the decisive third ‘rubber’ in these best of five match format.
The anticipated, dismal performance of Indian men — losing to Malaysia and Korea in the league — was soon pushed into the background as the women’s team produced a series of consistent performances.
Clubbed with Thailand (headed by World champion Ratchanok Intanon), Hong Kong and Canada, the host gained in confidence by winning every tie.
Saina ended her lean trot to beat Intanon, the Thai girl, who has struggled with fitness and form since winning the World title in August last year.
Saina had not beaten a higher-ranked player since the conquest of World No. 2 German Juliane Schenk in the BWF Superseries Finals in December 2012. Therefore, the 22-20, 21-14 triumph over Intanon was more than just another victory.
Like Saina, Sindhu too won all her five singles. Creditably, the 18-year-old has beaten all three leading Chinese girls — World No. 1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui, former World champion and World No, 1 Wang Yihan and the reigning Asian Games and All England champion Wang Shixian.
Among Sindhu’s victories, the ones against Indonesia and Japan stood out. The youngster fought match-points in both these matches.
Sindhu bounced back to stop Indonesia’s Bellaetrix Manuputty 21-16, 10-21, 25-23 and returned the following day to overpower Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi 19-21, 21-18, 26-24. In recent times, Sindhu had lost a few three-game encounters. Therefore, these victories should boost Sindhu’s self-belief.
If Saina and Sindhu performed well, no praise is less for the way Jwala and Ashwini combined to give their best against tougher rivals.
Unlike Saina and Sindhu, whose professional needs are taken care of by the Gopi Chand Academy, life is much tougher for Jwala and Ashwini.
Jwala trains under Mohammad Arif in Hyderabad and Ashwini with Tom John in Bangalore. They had to fend for themselves when they had travel to each others’ city for joint training.
Perhaps, these challenges and the adverse times they had faced together in the days leading to the Indian Badminton League (IBL) auction last year, have toughened them. Jwala even fought a legal battle and won a favourable verdict from Delhi High Court against the Badminton Association of India (BAI). So over all, the coming together of these two doubles specialists, who won the National title in December, has helped the country more.
“I think, Ashwini and I are playing better and enjoying our game more than we did before the 2012 Olympics. We will surely improve ahead of the Commonwealth Games, followed by the Asian Games this year,” assures Jwala.
It was against Japan, in the semifinals, that the World No. 36 doubles pair lost its only match to World No. 4 Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 12-21, 22-20, 21-16. Indeed, it was a gallant performance.
But this loss, after Saina and Sindhu had put India 2-0 up, proved costly. Japan easily won the third singles and the second doubles, where coach Gopi Chand experimented with Saina-Sindhu combination instead of the off-form pair of Pradnya Gadre and Sikki Reddy.
Overall, barring these four players, there is no bench-strength even in women’s badminton as well. India went in with just one plan and lasted as long it worked. All credit to Saina, Sindhu, Jwala and Ashwini for taking India to a historic medal. Will this prove as a catalyst for future medals in team events? Only time will tell.
source: http://www.sportstaronnet.com / Sports Star / Home> Vol.37, No.24 / June 14th, 2014
It was a challenging year for the IPL. From a cricketing point of view, it grew, writes Harsha Bhogle
I am overjoyed by the resurgence of Robin Uthappa; not as much for the talent he possesses but for what he has overcome, for the decisions he took in life and the effort he was willing to commit to his decision. Most times most people know what to do; if they don’t, an informed opinion isn’t too far away. But it is the commitment to doing what it takes that is worthy of admiration. With Uthappa the runs were merely a by-product, a consequence of training and working hard when the result was far away and unknown. That is what produces applause and brings a smile.
I like the new-look Uthappa because his batting is tighter, more stylish than it was (and he was always stylish) and in an almost contrarian way, he has found freedom through going back to technique. By becoming tighter, by playing closer to his body I suspect he is playing shots that give him greater value and greater longevity. With Uthappa, it was never a question of class or timing, it was about being in long enough to cause lasting damage. He has chiseled his game and is looking so much better for it.
But now, the challenges begin. Can he continue to play within the new boundaries he has set for himself? Or will he rebel against his own discipline and seek newer territories for his boundless talent? Just as investors follow certain scrips, cricket watchers must follow Uthappa to see where he goes. I wish him well, he is a fine young man who has endured, and frittered away, much. He has now found peace and stability; those are boundaries for some, pathways for others.
If Uthappa’s was the dramatic resurgence at the IPL, it was a new look Wriddhiman Saha who caught everyone’s eye. You knew Saha was smooth and classy behind the stumps, that in front of them he was more than just capable, also that he was a brilliant fielder when the gloves were worn by someone else. But could he hit the ball with such intensity? Very few, dare I say nobody, could say they saw this coming. We never know, do we, who really resides within a person!
This is excellent news for Indian cricket. And it can be even better if Saha catalyses an Uthappa like resurgence in Dinesh Karthik. I suspect that a year from now, MS Dhoni would be looking at his career through a more critical lens and India will benefit from having a healthy competition between Saha and Karthik for the latter is a possessor of rare gifts too.
And what of Manish Pandey? He has promised much, often scoring big when the occasion was big enough, earning
source: http://www.indianexpress.com / The Indian Express / Home> Cricket> Indian Premier League / by Harsha Bhogle / June 04th, 2014
June 9th, 2014Sports
Test your mettle running through over the hills, through the waterfalls, streams, coffee estates and the thick jungles of Kodagu. Coorg Escapade being held on June 1 will give running enthusiasts a chance to blend with nature and fill fresh mountain air in the lungs.
Conceptualized by Next Level Sport and Entertainment, the run will flag off from Chelavara waterfalls. The trail is a scenic loop, which offers magnificent views of Kodagu. The trail offers different elevations, making the run truly challenging. The lowest point is 950 metres and the highest is 1,250 metres. The Run has three categories – The 10K Run, the 2.5K Fun Run and the 10K Relay for corporates and families.
The run was conceptualized with the mission of encouraging and promoting responsible tourism. As a part of this endeavour, the Coorg Escapade will not be using any plastic in the event, keep noise levels to a minimum and no private vehicles will be allowed past the nearest town Cheyandane. A shuttle service will transport participants and audience to and from the venue.
Participants and their families get to experience the rich cultural heritage of Coorg and interact with other runners during the bonfire dinner the 250-year old Nadikerianda Aine Mane (The Ancestral Home).
The first three winners will be awarded a cash prize up to Rs 1.80 lakh along with gift vouchers. The Race Categories and starting time are as follows: 10K Challenge – Anyone above the age of 15 – Start time – 7.15am; 2.5K Fun Run – Anyone above the age of 12 – Start time – 11.30am; 10K Inter Corporate Relay (2.5K X 4 members) – Start time – 10.45 AM and 10K Inter Family Relay (for Coorg Locals only) – Start time – 10.45am.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Mangalore / by Stanley Pinto, TNN / May 24th, 2014
Robin Uthappa‘s dream run with the bat was rewarded in the 17th CEAT awards gala, where the stylish right-handed batsman walked home with the award for the CEAT Domestic Cricketer of the Year. On the recent IPL victory, he says “it wouldn’t have been sweet if we had not won.”
On the back of a stellar Ranji Trophy campaign for Karnataka, where he averaged a humongous 89 and led his state to a unique hat-trick of domestic titles i.e Ranji Trophy, Deodar Trophy and the Irani Cup. Uthappa was the lynchpin of his side with excellent displays at the top of the order.
Uthappa’s stupendous run did not stop there and helped his Indian Premier League (IPL), where he looked impregnable and took home the top run-getter’s Orange Cap. He had a jaw-dropping nine consecutive 40+ scores to lead his franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their second IPL triumph. Uthappa’s consistent displays with the bat have earned him an India call-up for their upcoming One-Day International (ODI) tour of Bangladesh.
source: http://www.cricketcountry.com / The Cricket Country / Home> News / by Cricket Country Staff / June 02nd, 2014
KKR opener is elated to have capped off a successful domestic season with the IPL trophy
Robin Uthappa has defied the law of averages. In a format that is more fickle than English weather, he strung 10 scores of 40-plus on the bounce, in Pepsi IPL 2014. The Kolkata Knight Riders opener was the single most important reason behind the team’s unbelievable jump from the near bottom of the table in the first phase of the tournament to them surging to the IPL crown.
With his 660 runs in the tournament at an average of 44 and a strike-rate of 137.78, Uthappa overtook the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Dwayne Smith to go home with the Orange Cap. After KKR’s thrilling three-wicket win in the final against KXIP, an elated and excited Uthappa narrated his joy in an interview with IPLT20.com.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
A perfect end to the fairytale?
Oh, absolutely! This is absolutely stunning! The whole feeling is just so surreal. For me, personally, this is the fourth cup in a year and so, wow! It doesn’t get better than this, does it? This has been such an amazing ride. We didn’t start off well, but there was always the belief that we can get our campaign back on track if we just take it one game at a time, and that is exactly what we did. Even today, we knew that on this ground we can chase down any score. We only had to keep up with the run-rate and keep ourselves in the game. Literally, everybody chipped in.
Where would you rate this in your career achievements?
I have set some goals for myself – a to-do list. But this year has been something else. The Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Irani Trophy and now the IPL, all in one year! I never thought I’ll be able to do that. It’s amazing. This is a tick in another box.
10 consecutive 40-plus scores in the T20 format – it’s unreal!
I was very keen on making a meaningful contribution to the team’s cause and I am really happy to be able to do that, and many times, also carrying the team through from difficult situations. To keep pulling off the scores after the sixth or seventh one there was a bit of pressure. I kept reminding myself to forget about the past scores, just stay in the present, and play the ball on its merit. It all fell into place, and here we are!
Going back at the top of the order must have felt like homecoming.
Well, opening the batting is my bread and butter; that’s what I do for a living. It was great that the management showed faith in me and I am glad I lived up to their expectations. I am glad I lived up to my own expectations.
Good to have some runs from the captain as well and batting with him?
Absolutely! Gauti and I have always batted well opening the batting together. We’ve done that for India and have also played a lot of domestic cricket together, for India A. The understanding and the camaraderie between us is really good. We really egg each other on while batting, which is the most important thing when two batsmen are setting up a foundation for the team. Also, it’s very good to bat with a left-hander as that combination will always make things difficult for the opposition.
source: http://www.iplt20.com / Indian Premier League / Home> News> Features & Interviews / by Shirin Sadikot in Belgaum / June 02nd, 2014
June 4th, 2014Sports
Nutrilite Coorg Escapade, India’s first trail run through hills, forests and waterfalls, conceptualised by Next Level Sports and Entertainment will be held on June 1 where running enthusiasts get a chance to test their mettle through hills, waterfalls, streams, coffee estates and the thick jungles of Coorg.
The Coorg Escapade, will be flagged off from Chelavara waterfalls. The trail is a scenic loop, which offers magnificent views of Coorg. The trail offers different elevations, making the run truly challenging. The lowest point is 950 metres and the highest is 1250 metres. The Run has three categories: 10Km Run, 2.5Km Fun Run and 10K Relay for corporates and families.
As part of this endeavour, the Coorg Escapade will not be using any plastic in the event, keep noise levels to a minimum, and no private vehicles will be allowed past the nearest town, Cheyandane. A shuttle service will transport participants and audience to and from the venue.
Participants and their families get to experience the rich cultural heritage of Coorg and interact with other runners during the bonfire dinner at the 250-year old Nadikerianda Aine Mane (The Ancestral Home).
First three winners will be awarded a cash prize of up to Rs. 1,80,000 along with gift vouchers.
The race Categories and starting time are as follows:
1. 10K Challenge – Anyone above the age of 15. – Start time – 7.15 am
2. 2.5 Fun Run –Anyone above the age of 12. – Start time – 11.30 am
3. 10K Inter Corporate Relay (2.5K X 4 members) – Start time –10.45 am
4. 10K Inter Family Relay (For Coorg Locals only) – Start time –10.45 am
Those interested to register for the Run may log on to www.thecoorgescapade.com. Registration fees starts from Rs. 350 onwards. Participants will have to report at the venue at least an hour before their run.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 30th, 2014
Suresh Raina will captain the side in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli
Robin Uthappa was recalled to the Indian team on Wednesday (May 28) for the three-match One-Day International series in Bangladesh, beginning in Mirpur on June 15.
In the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli, both of who have been rested keeping in mind the hectic season ahead, Suresh Raina has been named captain of the side.
The 15-man squad wears a vastly different look from the one that visited the same part of the world for the Asia Cup in February-March. Raina, who was dropped for that tournament, and Uthappa lead those making their comebacks.
Uthappa made a case for himself with ten straight 40-plus scores in IPL 7 for Kolkata Knight Riders, on the back of a stellar domestic season.
Others that have made it in to the side are Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Akshar Patel, Parveez Rasool, Wriddhiman Saha, R Vinay Kumar and Mohit Sharma, all of who have been impressive at various stages of the 2014 season of the IPL.
Rested from the Asia Cup squad, apart from Dhoni and Kohli are Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Ishwar Pandey.
Squad for ODI series in Bangladesh: Suresh Raina (capt), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha, Parveez Rasool, Akshar Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra.
source: http://www.icc-cricket.com / International Cricket Council / Home> News / May 28th, 2014
The very first cricket tournament ‘Tipu Sultan Cricket Cup 2014′ organized by Karnataka Muslim Cultural Association (KMCA) at old Ideal Indian School playground was won by Coorg Charges Cricket team with a thrilling finish.
The colourful closing ceremony which was held on Thursday May 22 was witnessed by a huge enthusiastic crowd. The special guest was Indian athlete and Arjuna Awardee Ashwini Nachappa who came all the way from India.
The function started with the recitation of the verses of the Quran by Ahmad Shakir, followed by the rendition of the Qatar and Indian national anthems. KMCA which focuses more on special needs donated funds to a charity, which was handed over by the guest of honour Ashwini Nachappa to the special needs head of KMCA M Iqbal Manna.
President of KMCA Niyaz Ahmed welcomed the gathering. Chief guest of the finals Azim Abbas addressed the gathering and appreciated KMCA for organizing the first-of-its-kind cricket tournament in Qatar. Ashfaq introduced Ashwini Nachappa, who was then felicitated by KMCA and later jointly by Karnataka Sangha Qatar, Tulu Koota Qatar, Bunts Qatar, MCC, SKMWA and Qatar Billawas. Ravi Shetty, president of Bunts Qatar also spoke on this occasion.
Addressing the gathering the Arjuna Award winner Ashwini Nachappa congratulated KMCA on a well-organized sports event and said it has brought all communities and Karnataka-based organizations on one platform. She thanked KMCA for giving her an opportunity to attend such a remarkable event.
The prizes for runners-up KMCA and champions Coorg Charges were then distributed by chief guest Azim Abbas, guest of honour Ashwini Nachappa, presidents of Karnataka-based forums and KMCA former committee members. M Iqbal Manna proposed the vote of thanks.
The MCs of the event were Munjunath, Saquib Raza Khan and Saeed Assadi. The event was co-ordinated by Milan Arun and Arun Kumar. The commentators Habibul Nabi and Ijaz entertained the crowd with live updates. Match umpires were Dr Sanjay and Imthiyaz, and scorers were Amjad and Anand. The music was managed by Anil and Krish.
The crowd was thrilled to witness the grand procession welcoming the replica of Tipu Sultan along with the guests in an open motorcade to the playing arena in a unique style.
Earlier in the opening ceremony on Tuesday May 20, the blind athlete from Karnataka Shaavad was the guest of honour. M I Farid was the chief guest. President Niyaz Ahmed welcomed the gathering. Saquib Raza Khan and Manjunath were the MCs. KMCA and all Karnataka-based forums felicitated the athlete while Ibraz Khan, the general secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
Imran of Coorg Charges won the man of the match award, Rauf, best batsman of the tournament, while Imran was adjudged best bowler and man of the tournament.
Champions Coorg Charges team: Khader (captain) Anil, Parvez, Rauf, Nasir, Nazeer, Zamir, Imran, Zahir, Shakeel and Jaleel.
Runners-up KMCA team: Shahid (captain) Mubin, Sandeep, Sameer, Mehfooz, Waheed, Farooq, Arif, Nisar, Anis, Irfan.
Coorg Charges scored 130 runs losing 6 wickets in 12 overs while KMCA lost early wickets and ended up with just 69 runs, losing all wickets in 11.3 overs.
source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / Report by Iqbal Manna / Doha (Qatar) – Friday, May 3rd, 2014
New Delhi :
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Tuesday announced a cash reward of Rs. 40 lakh for the women’s team that created history by winning the maiden bronze medal in the just concluded Uber Cup.
It was the first podium finish by India in the prestigious biennial event by qualifying for the semifinals where they lost to silver medallists Japan. China defended their title successfully by clinching the gold Saturday.
“The women’s team has made us proud with the way they played last week. The BAI is providing the best facilities to the players to perform on the international stage and the cash prize is just a part of our commitment towards the players,” BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta said.
The chief architects of India’s performance — captain Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa — will receive cash rewards of Rs.5 lakh each while the remaining amount will be distributed among the other players and staff members.
The BAI also announced a separate Rs.10 lakh reward for chief coach Pullela Gopichand for being honoured with the Padma Bhushan earlier in the year by the Indian government.
Meanwhile, Das Gupta also rubbished reports about the possible appointment of Danish legend Morten Frost as the coach of the Indian team adding that he had full faith in former All-England champion Gopichand.
“Gopichand has been doing a fantastic job as head coach and we have full faith in his abilities to take India ahead on the international scene. The BAI is only looking for a specialised doubles coach which has been a weak link for the country in team events,” said the president.
“However, we haven’t zeroed down on any specific names for the same. Whosoever is appointed, will be working directly under head coach Gopichand.”
source:http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Badminton / IANS / May 27th, 2014
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