Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship final

Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship final

Mary Kom in World Boxing Championship finals is representing India. She is a  five time world champion  who beat North Korean Kim Hyang Mi in 48 Kg category.

Mary Kom is a five time world Amateur Boxing champion and only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.  The 35 year old Mary beat her counterpart in semifinals with a score of 5-0 unanimously.

The finals will be on 24th November 2018.  Mary Kom will fight against Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota.  The 22 year from Komsomolsk defeated Madoka Wada of Japan 5-0 in the Semi-finals to enter finals. Earlier this year in a tournament in Poland Mary had defeated Hanna.

On reaching semifinals on 20th November, Mary Kom became the most successful woman boxer in the boxing history.  If Mary wins a gold, she will match Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer in the world championship.

North Korea’s Kim Hyand started off rapidly in the 1st round with a lot of punches against Mary Kom.  Kim was defeated by Mary in the Asian Championship last year in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mary Kom found the fight harder but managed to get a hold from the 2nd round and rebounded in her unique way.  It was a tough battle but Mary made it.

She has won a lot of awards and medals for her contribution to the world of Boxing.

Mary Kom’s awards and Recognition:

  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for “promising boxing career.
  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA)  announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
  • Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
  • Arjun Award (Boxing), 2003
  • Padma Shri (Sports), 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries Real Heroes Award.
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award.

Mary Kom is also the first amateur athlete to win the Padma Bhushan.

 

Hima Das  – UNICEF-India ‘s first youth ambassador

Hima Das  – UNICEF-India ‘s first youth ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.

Unicef India works with Central Government.  It ensures that each child born in India gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.

This was announced on the official Twitter handle of UNICEF India.  Hima Das felt honored to be India’s Youth Ambassador after her appointment. “I’m honored to be chosen as @UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” she said.

In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima would work towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children.  She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.

The name of the woman athlete from Assam was announced by the world organization in a tweet on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day.  The day being celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday.

The 18-year-old sprinter hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 meter relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event.  The 18-year-old sprinter from Assam is fondly called ‘Dhing Express’ after her village.

Achievements

Earlier this year in September, Das was honored with the Arjuna Award. And soon after receiving the prestigious award, she was named the ambassador of the State of Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had made the announcement.

Hima had scripted history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July 2018.  The young sprinter  became a part of an exclusive club of Indian track and field athletes who have won a medal in the World U20 Championships

She registered a timing of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Retina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.

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Bajrang Punia becomes number one in world in 65 kg

Bajrang Punia becomes number one in world in 65 kg

The 24-year-old Haryana’s Bajrang Punia, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, has become the world No. 1 in the 65 kg category of men’s freestyle wrestling. Punia topped the United World Wrestling (UWW) rankings.

Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on 10.11.2018  touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65 kg category.

Punia was born in a  Jat family in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.    Currently, he works in Indian Railways on the post of TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner).

Bajrang is comfortably leading the table and Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place and the new world champion Takuto Otoguro (56) is at number 4 followed by Turkey’s Selachattin Kilicsallyan (50).  Bajrang had won a close semifinal against Tobier in the Budapest Worlds.

Interestingly, Bajrang is the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 but the country has five female wrestlers who are in top-10 bracket in their respective categories.

Punia credits his Georgian coach Shako Benitidis and mentor Dutt with his success.

 

Indian Men’s Hockey team wins Bronze medal at Asian games

Indian Men’s Hockey team wins Bronze medal at Asian games

India’s men’s hockey team beat rivals Pakistan 2-1 in the bronze medal playoff at the Asian games. Akashdeep Singh (3rd minute) and Harman Preet Singh (50th)  scored for 2014 edition champions India, while Muhammad Atiq (52nd minute) scored for Pakistan, who had finished runners-up in the previous edition.  India shook off the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-finals as they got off to a flying start, with Akashdeep giving them an early lead.  Lalit Upadhyay ran to the left byline before cutting it back to an unmarked Akashdep, who put the ball in the net with a quick slap.

India dominated the match from the onset. However, in the second and third quarter, Pakistan looked the better side creating chance one after the another but failing to make it count. Experienced campaigners Umar Bhutta and Atiq Muhammad, in particular, did well for Pakistan but Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas did well to hold the Indian defense. India, on the other hand, played through counter attacks but gave away possession through too many sloppy passes. The final quarter looked evenly poised as both teams played end-to-end hockey creating chance after chance and subsequently giving away penalty corners.

Congratulations to the Team.

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Indian women’s squash team settles for silver at Asian games

Indian women’s squash team settles for silver at Asian games

India settled for silver in women’s squash team after going down to Hong Kong 2-0 in the final on Saturday on the penultimate day of the Asian Games 2018. There were no surprises as Hong Kong defeated India 2-0 and won the women’s team gold.  Shortly after Ho Tze Lok defeated the young Sunanya Kuruvilla 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-3, Annie beat Joshua 11-3, 11-9, 11-5 to complete the formalities.

Indian team consisted of Joshna Chinappa, Sunanya Kuruvilla, Dipika Pallikal and Tanvi Khanna.

Joshna Chinappa and Sunanya Kuruvilla lost their respective matches and Dipika Pallikal never got the chance to play and turn the tide in India’s favor.

Silver was a creditable performance nonetheless, having surprised defending champions Malaysia in the semifinals on Friday.

With a runners-up finish, India equaled their best ever performance at the Games.

Congratulations to the team for winning Silver.

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Amit Panghal, win gold medal in Boxing at Asian games

Amit Panghal, win gold medal in Boxing at Asian games

Amit Panghal (born 16 October 1995) is an Indian amateur boxer.   Panghal was in Mayna village of Rohtak district, Haryana. His father Vijender Singh is a farmer in his village, while his elder brother, Ajay, who works in the Indian Army,  inspired him to take up boxing in 2009.

As of March 2018, Panghal works for the Indian Army as a Junior Commissioned Officer.

Boxer Amit Panghal got past the Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov to win a gold medal in Boxing in Men’s 49kg category.  Panchal took revenge from Dusmatov after later defeated him in world championships in Germany’s Hamburg 2017. Earlier this year, Panghal won gold at Strand memorial in Bulgaria and inaugural Indian open

Congratulations to Amit Pangal on his victory.

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India gets gold in Bridge at Jakarta

India gets gold in Bridge at Jakarta

Pranab Bardhan became the oldest man in Indian contingent to win a medal at the 18th Asian Games as he joined forces with Shibhnath Sarkar to clinch gold in men’s pair event of the bridge competition.

The 60-year-old Bardhan and his 56-year old partner finished the men’s pair event with a score of 384 as they edged out China’s Lixin Yang and Gang Chen, who finished with 378 points after five round of competition.

Bridge made its debut at the Asian Games, this year.

Indonesia’s Henky Last and Freddy Eddy Manoppo finished third with 374 points to claim one of the two places on the podium along with Hong Kong’s Mak Kwok Fai and Lai Wai Kit, who had 373 points.

Bardhan, who had a construction business, said, “Bridge is more challenging than chess. It’s the most competitive indoor game.”

Congratulations to the duo.

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India men’s squash team clinch bronze at Jakarta

India men’s squash team clinch bronze at Jakarta

Indian men’s squash team comprising Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Ramit Tandon, and Mahesh Mangaonkar was no match for Hong Kong, who had won bronze in the last edition at Incheon, South Korea.

The Indian men, who also entered the mega-event as defending champions, settled for bronze after a 0-2 loss to Hong Kong in the semifinals. Saurav Ghosal, who was not fully fit, and Harinder Pal Sandhu, lost to Max Lee and Leo Au, 0-3 and 1-3 respectively.

Congratulations to the team.

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Men’s kabadi gets Bronze Medal at Jakarta

Men’s kabadi gets Bronze Medal at Jakarta

India’s nearly unchallenged domination of the Asian Games kabaddi competition ended on Thursday with the men’s team failing to make the final for the first time, left shell-shocked and battered by an ever-improving Iran in the semifinals in Jakarta.

For the first time in its history, India ended with a bronze medal in its indigenous sport. The 18-27 loss, which left some in the Indian camp in tears, and others stone-faced, ended a reign of domination dates back to the 1990 Asiad.  It was a nightmare that unfolded for India at Theatre Garuda where the Iranians played like champions and India seemed completely out of sorts.

The two teams were neck and neck at the end of the first half. But the Iranians sped away to a mini lead in the second half and that set the pulse racing in the Indian camp.

Thereafter, the Indians imploded as they looked desperate for points both in attack and defence. Iran made full use of India’s desperation for points and took a massive lead to take a vice-like grip on the match.

Iran scored a total of 18 points in the second half to make it through to the finals of the Asian Games for the third straight time. They had settled for the silver medal on the last two occasions after losing to India in the final.

 
Manjit-singh got a gold medal in the mens 800m at jakarta

Vikas Krishnan won Bronze medal in Boxing (75kg.)

Vikas Krishnan won Bronze medal in Boxing (75kg.)

Vikas Krishan Yadav (born 10 February 1992) is an Indian male boxer from Bhiwani district in Haryana, who won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category and a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Yadav was born in Singhwa Khas village in Hisar district.  His father Krishan Kumar Yadav is an employee in the Electricity Department. In 1994 he came to Bhiwani along with his father, who was transferred to this city. In 2003, at the age of 10, Yadav joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club.   Later, he received training in the Army Sports Institute at Pune.  Presently, Yadav is DSP in Haryana Police.

Vikas Krishan was declared medically unfit to compete in the semifinal match against Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan and had to settle for Bronze medal.   Krishan was declared unfit due to a cut on his left eyelid which he suffered during one of his previous matches in the tournament. The 26-year-old was subsequently ruled out to compete due to the injury.  Krishan sustained the injury during the pre-quarterfinal match, and it was aggravated during his intense quarterfinal bout against China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan. During the fight, the Indian had to overcome bleeding to win the match and assure himself of a medal.

The Haryana-boxer created history by becoming the first India boxer to clinch a medal in three successive Asian Games.

Congratulations to Vilaks and wish him a speedy recovery.

Varun Thakkar and Ganapathy Chengappa gets Bronze in 49er Men’s sailing

Varun Thakkar and Ganapathy Chengappa gets Bronze in 49er Men’s sailing

Once fierce rivals, Thakkar and Ganapthy on Friday joined forces to clinch a bronze medal in 49er event after finishing third with 43 net points.

They were disqualified in the penultimate race (14th) but held their nerves to win the final race.

Varun and Ganapathy endured a roller coaster ride to finish with bronze in the men’s 48er sailing event.  Both Varun and Ganapathy were hopeful of Gold medal,  their chances got brighter as sailor legend Jonas Warrer started coaching them.

The gold was won by Japan’s Furuya Shingen and Hachiyama Shinji while chae Bonjin and Kim Dongwook of Korea clinched the Silver.  Ganapathy felt his camaraderie with Varun was one of the key factors behind them doing well.  The duo dedicated this medal to their friendship.

Congratulations to the duo for winning the medal

Women’s Hockey clinches Silver medal in Asian games at Indonesia

Women’s Hockey clinches Silver medal in Asian games at Indonesia

The Indian women hockey team’s dream of reclaiming the gold at the 18th Asian games at Jakarta after 36 years remained unfulfilled as it lost 1-2 to Japan to settle for the silver medal.   It was yet another heartbreak for Indian hockey, a day after the fancied men’s team lost to Malaysia via penalty shoot-out in the semifinals. Coming into the match, the Indians were favorites to the title as they have ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings. But the Japanese matched India stick for stick and took the lead in the 11th minute when Minami Shimizu converted their first penalty corner.

Valiant India went down fighting and won the silver medal as they lost 1-2 to Japan in the women’s hockey semi-final of the 2018 Asian Games. Kawamura Motomi scored the decisive and eventual winning goal in the 43rd minute as Japan clinched the gold medal. India kept pushing for an equalizer in the fourth quarter and even came close in the closing stages but failed to score.

India, however, did not give up and pressed hard for the equalizer which came in the 25th minute when Neha Goyal deflected in a Navneet Kaur reverse hit pass, as both the teams went into the breather locked at 1-1. The Japanese, however, came out rejuvenated after the change of ends and restored their lead through another penalty corner conversion, by skipper Motomi Kawamura in the 44th minute.  In the final quarter, the Indians pressed hard in search of the equalizer but Japan defended in numbers to win the match and claim the gold medal.

Japan kept the pressure on India and reaped the benefits after a deflected and well-taken penalty corner strike gave the former the lead. The Japanese side played an attacking game, especially in the first quarter. The second quarter saw India up their ante and their offensive play orchestrated by Navneet in the 25th minute helped Neha equalize for India. A confident India women’s hockey team will be vying to win the gold medal after a long wait of 36 years. India won the gold medal in 1982, the year women’s hockey was first included in the Asian Games program. They reached the final for the second time in 1998 when they lost 1-2 to South Korea. They bagged bronze medals in 2006 and 2014.

Congratulations to Women’s hockey team for winning the medal.

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Harshita Tomar bags bronze at Jakarta in open laser 4.7 sailing

Harshita Tomar bags bronze at Jakarta in open laser 4.7 sailing

Harshita Tomar, a sailor from Madhya Pradesh Sports department made the State proud by winning the best sailor award in the country in 2017.

Harshita has been a consistent performer for a past couple of years.  Hailing from Hoshangabad, she has won a gold medal in the 4.7 events of an International Sailing championship in Dubai.

India’s young sailor Harshita Tomar who is 16 years old is a former swimmer. She claimed a bronze in the open laser 4.7 at the Asian games.  She totaled 62 after race 12 to finish 3rd.

Harishita said ‘it was a great feeling to win a medal for the country.  It has been a great learning experience’.

Congratulations Harshita. We are proud of you adding a medal to the Indian medal tally.

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Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegam get silver medal in sailing at Jakarta

Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegam get silver medal in sailing at Jakarta

Varsha Gautham is an Indian sailor. She won the bronze medal at 2014 Asian Games in women’s 29er event, along with Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyam.

Sweta Shervegam is an Indian Sailor.

The 20 years Varsha and 27 years old Sweta combined to produce a total score of 40 after 15 faces to finish 2nd  in 49er FX Women’s sailing event at the Indonesia National Sailing center.

They have been called as ‘the Silver duo’.   In a super team effort, Varsha and Sweta ensured India’s smooth sail to a silver in the  49er FX Sailing.

Congratulations to the duo.

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P.U.Chitra gets bronze medal in Women’s 1000 m. at Jakarta

P.U.Chitra gets bronze medal in Women’s 1000 m. at Jakarta

Palakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chithra (born 9 June 1995) is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala. She has won numerous State, National and International school meet gold medals in middle and long distance track events.

Chitra rose to prominence after the Gold Medal wins in 1500m at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a time of 4.17.92 seconds to seal a World Championships place and earning the tag “Queen of Asia in the mile”.

India’s Asian champion P U Chitra won a bronze in the women’s 1500m race in the Asian Games.

Chitra entered into the race as Asian leader this season but had to settle for bronze with a timing of 4 minute and 12.56 seconds. Bahrain claimed 1-2 through Kalkidan Befkadu (4:07.88) and Tigist Belay (4:09.12).

Congratulations to Chitra.

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Seema Punia bags Bronze medal in Discus throw at Asian Games

Seema Punia bags Bronze medal in Discus throw at Asian Games

Seema Punia (born 27 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower.  She was born in Khewda village of Sonipat district in Haryana.  Her sporting career began at the age of 11 years as a hurdler and a long-jumper but later took to discus throw.   She is known for her determination and skill.

Defending champion Seema Punia settled for a bronze in the women’s discus throw. The 35-year-old managed a best distance of 62.26 m, her best in six years, but that was just enough for a bronze medal. Asian champion Chen Yang of China hurled the disc to a gold-winning distance of 65.12 in her last attempt at the spacious GBK Main stadium.

Asia number one Chen, 27, was always the top contender in this event with a personal and season-best throw of 67.03 m. She kept improving with her throws and was closely followed by compatriot Feng Bin, who grabbed the silver with 64.25 m, which also came in her last attempt.

Seema’s best throw came in her third attempt, which was better than her gold-winning effort at the 2014 Incheon Games, where she had managed 61.03 m. Chen was in the lead from her first attempt of 59.61m after Seema began with a 58.51m and looked unhappy with her effort.

Congratulations to Seema Punia.

Seema has donated her entire Asian games per diem of $700 to Kerala Flood Relief.  The amount may not be a huge sum, but for an athlete who is not in excess of funds, it is significant.  Seema Punia you are a true leader on and off the field.  We are proud of you and salute you for your good thoughts for the needed cause.

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Silver medal to India in Men’s 400x4m. relay at  Asian games

Silver medal to India in Men’s 400x4m. relay at Asian games

The men’s 4×400 m team ran their hearts out to bag a silver (3:01.85s) with Japan (3:01.94s) finishing close on their heels. Qatar, who were the clear favorites to left everyone chasing their shadows with a sublime 3:00.56 secs. on the clock.

For the Indians, Kunhu Muhammed began proceedings with the first lap before the baton was passed to 2018 Asiad 400 m hurdles silver medallist Dharun Ayyasamay. Bu the time the baton reached Anas, Qatar was pulling away. The Indian team was placed fourth at that time. India seemed out of medal contention just when their fastest runner Mohammed Anas took over. The Indian team was placed fourth at that time but the Kerala runner maintained a steady pace to pass two runners and in his final stretch, took off to put India just behind the race leaders. It was up to Arokiya Rajiv, who was part of the 2014 squad that finished fourth, to keep Japan at bay. Rajiv did not give up despite a stiff challenge from Shota Iizuka and ensured the silver meal was sealed for the Indian team.

Congratulations team for winning the medal.

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Jinson Johnson bags Gold in Men’s 1500m at Jakarta

Jinson Johnson bags Gold in Men’s 1500m at Jakarta

The Indian athletics contingent ended its Asian games campaign with a best-ever show since 1978 with Jinson Johnson bagging gold at Jakarta.

Jinson Johnson (born 15 March 1991) is an Indian middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 and 1500 meters event. He participated in the 800 m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2018 Commonwealth Games he finished fifth setting a new national record in the 1500 mts. by breaking the 23-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad.

Jinson Johnson clocked 3:44.72 sec to claim the top honors ahead of Iran’s Amir Moradi, who turned in a timing of 3:45.62 sec., his season’s best effort.  Johnson earlier won a silver in the 800m event. Bahrain’s Mohammed Tiouali clocked 3:45.88 sec. ending with a bronze. Johnson was among the front-runners right from the start while Tiouali took the early lead. However, Johnson powered away towards the end and the Bahrain athlete was not able to match the Indian’s explosive speed.

Congratulations to Jinson Johnson for getting gold.

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Dutee Chand Bags Silver at Women’s 200 mts.

Dutee Chand Bags Silver at Women’s 200 mts.

Dutee Chand (born 3 February 1996) is an Indian professional sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100 meters event.  She is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 meters event at the Summer Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old clinched a silver medal each in the women’s 100 mts. And 200 pts. In her first Asian Games as she was not allowed to participate in 2014 while serving a ban under the hyperandrogenism policy of the IAAF.

She joined her illustrious compatriots such as P.T.Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at Asian Games.

Congratulations Dutee Chand on your achievement.

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Table Tennis Men’s team wins Bronze at Jakarta

Table Tennis Men’s team wins Bronze at Jakarta

Indian Table Tennis men’s team settled for a historic bronze medal after losing 0-3 to South Korea in semifinals at the 18th Asian games.

The team comprising of G.Sathyyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A.Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj couldn’t fight against the mighty Koreans.  G.Sathiyan suffered an 11-9,3-11,9-11,3-11 loss to Lee Sangsu in the opening game.  Experienced Sharath Kamal, then entrusted the responsibility of bringing back India and he fought before going down 9-11,9-11,11-6,11-7,8-11 to young Sik Jedug.  In the 3rd game, Amalraj was beaten  5-11,7-11,11-4,7-11 by Woojin Jang of South Korea.

Congratulations to the team.

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Joshna Chinappa gets Bronze medal in Squash Singles at Jakarta

Joshna Chinappa gets Bronze medal in Squash Singles at Jakarta

Joshna Chinappa (born 15 September 1986 in Kodagu, Karnataka) is an Indian professional Squash player.  She reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 in July 2016. Joshna was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003 in the under 19 categories and was also the youngest Indian women’s national champion.  Joshna Chinappa is the first beneficiary of Mittal Champions Trust.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Chinappa along with Dipika Pallikal Karthik won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport. The pair won a Silver medal at the event’s 2018 Gold Coast edition losing to team New Zealand, Joelle King, and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Joshna Chinappa won a bronze for India after losing to Malaysias Subramaniam Sivasangari 1-3 in the semi-finals.

She is an Arjun award Winner for Squash.  Congratulations to Joshna Chinappa.

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Saina Nehwal bags Bronze Medal in Badminton

Saina Nehwal bags Bronze Medal in Badminton

Saina Nehwal   (born 17 March 1990) is an Indian professional badminton singles player. A former world no. 1, she has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Super-series titles. Although she reached the world’s 2nd in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone  – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics winning a bronze medal in her second appearance.

Saina Nehwal clinched bronze after losing to reigning World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the Asian Games 2018 women’s singles badminton semifinal.  The Indian shuttler went down fighting against her higher-ranked opponent as the match ended 17-21, 14-21 in 36 minutes. This is the first time that an Indian woman shuttler has claimed a singles medal at the Asian Games and it was also the first singles medals in badminton after the 1982 Asiad when Syed Modi won the bronze.

Congratulations to Saina Nehwal.

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Saurav Ghoshal bags squash bronze medal in Jakarta

Saurav Ghoshal bags squash bronze medal in Jakarta

Saurav Ghoshal born 10 August 1986  in Kolkata, West Bengal is a professional squash player from India and reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 14 in February 2018. He completed his schooling at Lakshmipat Singhania Academy in Kolkata.  Saurav started playing squash in his hometown of Kolkata, at the Kolkata Racquet Club.

Saurav moved to Chennai after completing his school and was based at the ICL squash academy in Chennai and coached by Major (Rtd) Maniam and Cyrus Poncha in Chennai.

India’s top-ranked squash player had come close to winning it in the previous 3 editions of the quadrennial event but had to eventually settle for bronze at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou games while he won a silver at the 2014 Incheon games.

An injured Saurabh settled for a bronze when he went down 12-10, 13-11, 6-11, 5-11, 6-11 to lower seed Leo Au of Hong Kong China in the semifinals.

Congratulations to Saurav Ghoshal.

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Pincky Balhara gets Silver in Kurash

Pincky Balhara gets Silver in Kurash

India’s Kurash contingent, which did not have money to even pay for its kits, has beaten all odds to land medals at the Asian Games through teenager Pincky Balhara.

How Balhara got to the Asian Games is a fascinating story. The team had to go to Uzbekistan for a 20-day training camp ahead of the Games and help came from her village.  “People in my village pooled in Rs 1.75 lakh to send me to training camp. They all have supported me a lot. I am forever indebted to them,” said a teary-eyed Balhara

Balhara hails from Neb Sarai village in Delhi, made history by winning the silver in the 52kg category. The sport is making its debut at the Asian Games.

It is a remarkable effort from Pincky in a sport that is almost unheard of in India. Questions were raised about the team’s participation at the Games and the Indian Olympic Association had said the athletes would have to pay for their kits as they come from a non-recognized Kurash Association of India (KAI).  KAI is not even recognized by the Sports Ministry but after Tuesday’s outcome, that could soon be a reality.

Kurash, a sport popular in Central Asia, is played while standing while one can also push the opponent to the ground in judo. Balhara has won judo medals in international competitions and was instant medal prospect at the Asian Games.

Kurash is a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan that resembles wrestling. The 19-year-old Pinky Balhara went down to Uzbekistan’s Sulaymanova Gulnor 0-10 in the summit clash to win the silver.

Congratulations to Pincky Balhara.  We are proud of her and best wishes to her future endeavors.

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Jinson Johnson gets Silver in 800m at Jakarta

Jinson Johnson gets Silver in 800m at Jakarta

Jinson Johnson (born 15 March 1991) is an Indian middle distance runner who specializes in the 800 and 1500 meters event. He participated in the 800 m. the event at the 2016 summer Olympics. In 2018 Commonwealth Games he finished fifth setting a new national record in the 1500 m. race by breaking the 23-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad.

Johnson was born on 15 March 1991 in the town of Chakkittapara in Kozhikode district, Kerala.  He did his schooling at the St. George’s High School in Kulathuvayal and graduation at the Baselius College in Kottayam.  He trained at the Kerala Sports Council’s sports hostel in Kottayam, before joining the Indian Army in 2009.

Jinson Johnson clocked 1:46.35 minutes. Qatar’s Abdalla Abubaker came third with a time of 1:46.38 minutes.  Manjit Singh of India won Gold.   Johnson kept the pace throughout the race and eventually finished second.

Congratulations to Jinson Johnson for bagging the silver medal in the Men’s 800m. final.  His success is inspiring and remarkable.  India is proud.

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Women’s Compound Team Archery wins Silver Medal for India at Jakarta

Women’s Compound Team Archery wins Silver Medal for India at Jakarta

India won silver in the women’s compound team archery event at the 2018 Asian Games.  India wins first set 59-57 against Korea in Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match but lose second set 56-58 against Korea in Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match.  But in the end, India lost 228-231 to Korea in the summit clash at GBK Archery Field.

 

To enter finals the Indian team comprising Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam defeated Taiwan’s Liju Chen, Yihsuan Chen and Mingching Lin 225-222 in the semis.  It needed a sharp focus, exceptional technique and a mammoth desire to succeed and the yield is a great result.

Congratulations to our Women’s Compound Archery team of Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam for winning the silver medal in Archery team event.

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