India continued their stranglehold in women’s 4x400m relay event in the Asian Games as its quartet ran a brilliant race to win the gold for the fourth time on the trot in Games record time in the 17th edition in Incheon on Thursday.
The quartet of Priyanka Panwar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and M.R. Poovamma won an easy race in 3:28.68 to improve upon the earlier Games record of 3:29.02 which was also in the name of the gold-winning Indian team in 2010. This was the second gold for India from athletics after Seema Punia bagged the yellow metal in women’s discus throw.
Japan won the silver in 3:30.80 while China bagged the bronze in 3:32.02. The first lapper, Panwar was, however, lagging behind her Japanese counterpart but Luka, who won a silver in 800m race, ran a brilliant race to recover the loss ground for India.
India took a small lead after two laps before Mandeep widened the gap in the third lap after holding out a strong challenge from her Japanese counterpart. Poovamma, who won a bronze in 400m race, then anchored India to gold by blasting her way to the finishing line.
This was the fourth time India has bagged gold in women’s 4x400m relay in Asian Games as the country has been winning the event since the 2002 Busan Games.
Mandeep Kaur, who ran an impressive third leg was part of that gold-winning quartet in the 2010 Guangzhou Games.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / PTI / Incheon – October 02nd, 2014
September 30th, 2014Sports
Athletics: Tamil Nadu and Kerala win the overall men’s and women’s team championships
Siddhant Thingalaya equalled his National record of 13.65 as he won the men’s 110 metres hurdles in the 18th Federation Cup athletics championships at the NIS Complex here on Tuesday.
Siddhant Thingalaya and M.R. Poovamma were adjudged the ‘best athletes’ of the championships. Tamil Nadu won the overall team championships ahead of Kerala. The teams won the men’s and women’s titles respectively.
In men’s triple jump, national record holder and Commonwealth Games medallist Arpinder Singh had no difficulty winning with his third jump of 16.70 in the final. Renjith Maheshwary could not fight, as he had a best of 16.43 on the last attempt, after efforts of 16.40 and 16.41.
Krishna Poonia risked an injured left knee to clinch the women’s discus gold with her last throw of 56.84 metres, more than three and a half metres ahead of World junior bronze medallist Navjeet Kaur Dhillon. After throws of 54.83, 55.38 and 55.49, the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist stepped it up in the last throw.
In women’s 400m, M.R. Poovamma clocked 52.42, beating Priyanka Panwar for the gold.
In men’s hammer throw, Chandrodaya Narayan Singh of Uttar Pradesh won with his second throw of 67.84, to better his own mark of 67.78. Kamalpreet Singh, who holds the national record of 70.37, settled for the silver with his third throw of 66.78.
Sushmita Singha Roy won the heptathlon two points ahead of Bengal teammate Swapna Barman, with a score of 5402 points.
In the morning, Rahul Kumar Pal of Maharashtra sprinted past Laxmanan of Tamil Nadu for the gold in the 10,000 metres. He had focused on the event and thus enjoyed an advantage over the exhausted 5000m runners, including gold medallist Kheta Ram, who grabbed the bronze after having led for the most part.
In the women’s 10,000 metres, Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan was a class apart, finishing at 34:27.94 beating Swati Gadhave by more than two minutes. Meanwhile, the jury reinstated the original results in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, after having disqualified Naveen of Haryana and Ashish of Assam for “pacing”.
The IAAF rules clearly state that any athlete “giving or receiving assistance” from within the area during an event should be warned by the referee and advised that he would be disqualified from that event if it was repeated. It further clarifies about “assistance” being from a “lapped” or “about to be lapped” athlete.
Arguing that that they were from different States, and that one would not assist the other, Naveen was conveniently reinstated champion, and Ashish labelled “DNF” (did not finish), having finished a lap short.
The results: Men: 200m: 1. Manikanda Arumugam 21.21; 2. Velayutham 21.83; 3. M.G. Joseph 21.87. 400m: 1. Kunhu Muhammed 46.40; 2. Arokia Rajiv 46.41; 3. Jibin Sebastian 47.28. 1500m: 1. Jinson Johnson 3:52.60; 2. Ravindra Rautela 3:53.09; 3. Sajeesh Joseph 3:53.38. 10000m: 1. Rahul Kumar Pal 30:04.77; 2. Laxmanan 30:05.20; 3. Kheta Ram 30:08.98. 3000m steeplechase: 1. Naveen 8:46.18; 2. Jaiveer 8:53.36; 3. Manju 8:54.43. 110m hurdles: 1. Siddhant Thingalaya 13.65 (ENR); 2. K. Prem Kumar 13.96; 3. Surrender 14.24. Triple jump: 1. Arpinder Singh 16.70; 2. Renjith Maheshwary 16.43; 3. Rakesh Babu 16.15. Hammer: 1. Chandrodaya Narayan Singh 67.84 (NMR, old 67.78); 2. Kamalpreet Singh 66.78; 3. Neeraj Kumar 66.71. 4x100m relay: 1. Tamil Nadu 40.96; 2. Kerala 41.08; 3. Maharashtra 41.18. 4x400m relay: 1. Navy 3:11.44; 2. Kerala 3:11.62; 3. Punjab 3:13.07.
Women: 200m: 1. Asha Roy 23.89; 2. Srabani Nanda 24.02; 3. Archana 24.94. 400m: 1. M.R. Poovamma 52.42; 2. Priyanka Panwar 53.40; 3. Debashree Majumdar 53.79. 1500m: 1. O.P. Jaisha 4:09.14; 2. Sini Markose 4:18.18; 3. Sushma Devi 4:20.43. 10000m: 1. Preeja Sreedharan 34:27.94; 2. Swati Gadhave 36:28.46; 3. Monika Athare 36:44.15. 100m hurdles: 1. M.M. Anchu 13.80; 2. Deepika 13.81; 3. K.V. Sajitha 13.86. Discus: 1. Krishna Poonia 56.84; 2. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon 53.26; 3. Praveen Kumari 46.65. Heptathlon: 1. Sushmita Singha Roy 5402; 2. Swapna Barman 5400; 3. Liksy Joseph 5351. 4x100m relay: 1. Kerala 46.47; 2. West Bengal 46.56; 3. Punjab 47.27. 4x400m relay: 1. ONGC 3:42.26 (NMR, old 3:42.70); 2. Kerala 3:45.96; 3. Haryana 3:48.50.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Kamesh Srinivasan / Patiala – August 19th, 2014
M R Poovamma bagged a bronze in women’s 400m race as India swelled their medal count from athletics competition to three at the Asian Games here on Sunday.
Poovamma clocked 52.36secs in the final race behind pre-match favourite Oluwakemi Adekoya (51.59secs) of Bahrain and Vietnam’s Thi Lan Quach (52.06secs) at the Inchon Asiad Main Stadium here.
24-year-old Poovamma, who was the second fastest off the block in the final today, could not touch her personal and season’s best of 51.73secs which she clocked at the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow in June.
Thi Lan, the second worst off the block, overtook Poovamma to take the second place behind the Nigerian-born Bahrain runner, who is also the Asian season leader. The other Indian in the fray Mandeep Kaur finished sixth in the eight competitor field with a timing of 53.38 secs.
source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Sports> Other Sports / PTI / September 28th, 2014
Gold proved elusive but it was nonetheless a historic silver for the Indian women’s squash team after it went down to Malaysia in the final of the 17th Asian Games here on Saturday.
The team lost 0-2 to Malaysia to settle for the silver after Deepika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony lost their matches in a contest which lasted a little over an hour. Alankamony opened the proceedings for India and did up some fight before going down 9-11 10-12 2-11 to Odette Arnold Delia in 43 minutes.
Next up was Dipika Pallikal, who once again came face to face against world number one Nicol David after losing the singles semifinal to her earlier this week.
The face off, however, did not yield a different result as Pallikal went down 7-11 6-11 3-11 in 29 minutes. Joshna Chinappa’s inconsequential final rubber did not take place after her rival Wee Wern Low withdrew from the contest.
The defeat notwithstanding, this will still be india’s best performance in the Asian Games squash competition as the men are also assured of at least a silver after reaching the final of the team competition.
Top singles player Saurav Ghosal has already added a historic silver to the medal list – a first in the Asian Games squash. Pallikal, on the other hand, had won a bronze medal in the women’s singles, also a first for Indian squash.
source: http://news.oneindia.in/ OneIndia.in / Home> News> Sports / PTI / Saturday – September 27th, 2014
Olympian BP Govinda was on Friday named chairman of Hockey India’s nine-member selection committee, which will start working from July 1.
The panel, which will be in office for a one-year tenure, was picked in the Hockey India Executive Board meeting held here. The selection committee will work jointly with the HI’s High Performance and Development Committee to identify fresh talent in the country.
Govinda represented the country twice in Olympics (1972 & 1976), two World Cups (1973 & 1975) and three Asian Games (1970, 1974 & 1978).
“The other members in the Selection Committee are Olympian Mr. Syed Ali (1964 Olympics), former international player Dr. R P Singh (World Cup in1986 & 1990), former Captain Mr. Gagan Ajit Singh (Olympics in 2000 & 2004), former Captain Mr. Arjun Halappa (Olympics in 2004 & Commonwealth Games in 2010), former Captain Ms. Savitri Purty (Asian Games in 1986), former Captain Ms. Mamta Kharab (Commonwealth Games in 2002 & 2006, Asia Cup in 2004), former Captain Ms. Surinder Kaur (Asia Cup in 2004) and former Captain Ms. Saba Anjum (Commonwealth Games 2002 & 2006, Asia Cup 2004 and Asian Games in 2002),” the HI said in a statement.
The newly-appointed Selection Committee will come into effect from July 1.
source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com / IBN Live / Home> Sports> Hockey / Press Trust of India / May 31st, 2013
September 25th, 2014Sports
India’s doubles exponent in women’s badminton, Ashwini Ponnappa was left without a partner here after Jwala Gutta pulled out and Tarun Kona’s name was not cleared by the Sports Ministry. Though she has resigned to this quirk of fate, after the Asian Games, she is set to try out a new partner to win medals in mixed doubles on the international circuit.
Ashwini is looking abroad for a partner in mixed doubles. She has decided to team up with Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and the two would be playing from next month’s Denmark Super Series. However, the arrangement will be evaluated and future course sorted out after three more tournaments.
Ivanov has not played with the Indian but is a European champion in doubles. He plays for the Mumbai team in the Indian Badminton League, where they chalked out the plan to forge a partnership.
Ashwini was confident this would boost her chances of winning more medals in international events. With the aim of putting her mixed doubles career on track, she has the backing of the Badminton Association of India. “I’m pretty excited and hoping that the combination works out for us. I have been doing well in India but want to win bigger tournament like the All England and world championships.”
Ashwini has been partnering Tarun in the mixed and the combination’s ranking isNo 40 in the world. Their performances, however, have been under the scanner after they failed to do much on the biggest stage. Tarun’s name was not cleared for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before this one.
Indian women lost 1-3 to South Korea in the team semifinals to settle for their maiden bronze medal. This was India’s first badminton medal since the men’s team bronze in 1986. Saina Nehwal beat World No 4 Sung Jihyun before PV Sindhu lost to No 6 Bae Yeonju. Pradnya Gadre-N Sikki Reddy and PC Thulasi were no match thereafter.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Sport / by Indraneel Das / September 22nd, 2014
September 14th, 2014Sports
She may be a Commonwealth gold medalist, but Ashwini Ponnappa is a humble girl, who attributes her success to parental support and good coaching, observes Hema Anand
Looking very pretty in a casual, blue, sleeveless dress, she warmly welcomed me into her apartment, with an even prettier smile. The moment I entered, the first thing that caught my attention was the hoard of trophies and medals displayed in the shelves of her living room.
Ashwini Ponnappa, the 25-year-old Bangalore girl has once again done the country proud by winning the silver medal, along with her partner Jwala Gutta, in the women’s doubles badminton event in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Glasgow; it is just another feather in her cap.
She has already won several medals for the country at international events, including the gold medal at the 2010 Common Wealth Games held in Delhi. She also holds the record for the hardest hitter of the shuttle in the world in women’s badminton; her overhead smash touched the speed of 260 kmph at the Paris World Championship in 2010!
Ask her how it all began and she reminisces, “As a three-year-old, I was a very restless and hyperactive kid. Once my mom gave me an old badminton racquet, made small paper balls, and flung them at me. I contacted them really well.”
Of course, at that time her mother had not thought that her little girl would grow up to become an ace badminton player and win laurels for the country.
Ashwini says, “As I grew a little older, I started playing badminton outside my house with family and friends. Seeing my love and passion for the sport, my parents sent me to summer camps at YMCA, at the tender age of eight and then to coaching classes at the State Youth Centre. There, I trained under a wonderful coach, Umapathi, who helped me get the basics of the game right. Unfortunately, he passed away, and so, I joined the Prakash Padukone Academy, where I continued my coaching for six-seven years under three coaches – Prakash Padukone, U Vimal Kumar and VR Beedu.’’ Ashwini is a born athlete and has sports in her genes.
Both her parents have a sporting background. Her father, MA Ponnappa has been a state-level hockey player for 15 years and her mother, Kaveri Ponnappa, is passionate about mountaineering and trekking.
When in school, Ashwini won several awards and medals in athletic events like long jump and running. In fact, spotting this talent in her, athletics coach VR Beedu told her parents, “If Ashwini leaves badminton, I will make her a national-level athlete.’’ But as destiny would have it, Ashwini remained loyal to badminton, and today, her parents and all her coaches are more than happy for that. Her family then shifted to Hyderabad, where she continued her training.
And now that she is back in Bangalore, she is training under Tom John. Talking about the most cherished moment in her career so far, Ashwini comments, “Winning the gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games was a really proud moment for me. Playing in my own country, with a packed stadium cheering me, and then going on to win the gold was an exhilarating experience!’’
As for the success, she attributes it to the specialised training she and her partner, Jwala, received under Indonesian coaches (who specialise in the badminton doubles game).
“We attended the special coaching camp prior to the 2010 Commonwealth Game. I truly believe that such kinds of camps need to be carried out on a regular basis, rather than just before a major event. Our country has a lot of potential; it only needs tapping, for us to make a better mark in the international arena,” she says.
It was not easy for Ashwini to strike a balance between academics and badminton coaching. But thanks to her very supportive parents, teachers and principals, who always stood by her, she managed to achieve everything she has aspired for.
Ashwini loves animals, and reckons that if she weren’t a badminton player, she may have considered becoming a veterinary doctor! But for now, her aim is to ace the Rio De Janeiro Olympics, and also become the number one player in women’s badminton in the near future.
Ashwini feels that her parents have had a big hand in her career – not simply because they, too, are sportspersons – because they let her choose her own path.
She maintains, “There is always the need for parental support when it comes to making a champion out of a good sportsperson. Indian parents should be more open to the idea of their kids opting for sports as a career, rather than pushing their kids to do well in academics alone.”
source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> She / by Hema Anand / September 12th, 2014
Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna will be presented the Davis Cup Commitment Award during the World Group play-off tie against Serbia which begins here tomorrow. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) will present the Awards through its national associations during the Davis Cup World Group and Zone Group matches on Saturday.
Former Grand Slam champions Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil will also be awarded after their respective games. ”The Davis Cup Commitment Award reflects the dedication by players for more than a century to represent their country in this prestigious competition. These players have continued to rise to the unique challenge of competing in a team environment in front of their home fans, and we believe that it is fitting to recognise their efforts,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti.
List of players to be awarded: Australia: Lleyton Hewitt, Brazil: Carlos Kirmayr, Gustavo Kuerten, Luiz Mattar, Cassio Motta, Jaime Oncins, Canada: Frank Dancevic, Chinese Taipei: Ti Chen, France: Pierre Darmon, India: Rohan Bopanna Romania: Victor Hanescu, Russia: Andrei Chesnokov, Andrei Olhovskiy, Thailand: Sanchai Ratiwatana, Sonchat Ratiwatana, Danai Udomchoke, Ukraine: Sergiy Stakhovsky.
source:http://www.india.com / India.com / Home> Sports / by Press Trust of India / September 11th, 2014
Apart from concentrating on her game, Ashwini Ponappa is busy supporting various causes. Currently, she is lending her voice to the Voice of Stray Dogs, and also advocates the importance of teachers with Aksara Foundation with the same commitment and affection that she cares for stray dogs. “I have gained popularity and that helps me give some mileage to such organisations. I’m doing nothing, all the credit goes to them for their special work. I only throw my weight behind them,” says Ashwini, former world class shutler.
Ashwini says she cannot be more grateful to teachers, as she refers to Aksara Foundation’s social campaign for teachers. “Throughout my life, whoever has been my teacher in various aspects of my life has played a vast role in shaping the person I am today. Teachers are very underappreciated in the society and more needs to be done to recognise their importance.” An animal lover herself, Ashwini’s admits that her hectic schedule had her miss out on adopting a pet.
“But a couple of dogs made my parents’ house their home. So for all intents and purposes, they’re our dogs,” she says. A friend was following the Voice of Stray Dogs page on Facebook and she appreciated their work, so she too ‘liked’ the page. “They (Voice of Stray Dogs — VoSD) do amazing work here in Bengaluru and I want to do my bit to support them. They take care of the dogs until they’re completely healthy. I would love to go visit them in Bengaluru but I haven’t had the time yet.”
source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Sports> Other Sports / DC / Vijay Anand / September 08th, 2014
Indian doubles ace Rohan Bopanna, who last played Davis Cup tennis with veteran star Leander Paes two years ago, said it would be a pleasure to compete alongside the veteran again.
“It gives me great pride to play for India at the Davis Cup, as always. It would be my pleasure to play with Leander. We have been in discussion for the past few months and were looking for the opportunity to play together for the country,” said Bopanna.
The duo, which defeated Uzbekistan’s Murad Inoyatov and Denis Istomin in the Asia-Oceania group semifinal in Namangan the last time they were a pairing in April 2012, will be expected to down the Serbian combine of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac next weekend.
“Leander brings a tremendous amount of experience to any partnership,” he said.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Tennis / TNN / September 08th, 2014
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