Devendra Singh earns a spot in the finals of the IAAF World Championship

Davinder Singh Kang made India proud after earning a spot in the finals of the men’s javelin throw at the World IAAF championship. He is also the only Indian to have achieved this feat. His compatriot, Neeraj Chopra failed to deliver and could not make it to the finals of the event.
Kang achieved the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m.Finally, he was placed in the 7th position among the qualifiers of the final round.
“Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” said Kang after finishing his race.
Chopra’s throw of 82.26m fell short of the qualifying mark by a slight margin.
“I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimeters. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” said Chopra.

Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko retires

Wladimir Klitschko, former heavyweight World Champion has announced his retirement from boxing. Klitschoke has dominated the heavyweight scene for more than a decade. The 41-year-old Ukrainian in his statement said, “As an amateur and a professional boxer, I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports.”

In April Klitschko lost to Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua in round 11 after a technical knockout. He was scheduled to face Joshua in November in a rematch. Klitschoke career began after he won the Olympic Gold in Atlanta. His win-loss status stands at 64-5.

His notable wins have come against David Haye and Ruslan Chagave. He lost his tiles in 2015 to Britain’s Tyson Fury and failed to reclaim the WBA and IBF belts against Anthony Joshua. In his statement, he was also said that he deliberately took a few weeks to reach a decision. He said he wanted to make sure that he had enough distance from the first fight against Joshua at Wembley Stadium.

Wladamir took inspiration from his older brother Vitali Klitschoke and entered boxing, His brother Vitali retired in 2013 after a successful career. In both their careers, they never faced each other, saying that do so would have broken the promise they gave to their mother. Wladimir Klitschko had made a cameo appearance in romantic comedy movie back in 2007.

 

News Sources- The New York Post, BBC Sports

India wins Galle test against Sri Lanka, take 1-0 lead in series

The first test match in the ongoing India-Sri Lanka series ended swiftly for the hosts as the visitors razed the lower order in the final session, registering a massive 304-run win on Day 4 of the Galle Test. India has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Shikhar Dhawan was given the Man of the Match award.

This is India’s biggest away win and Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat at home. Skipper Virat Kohli registered extra pleasure at having won the match particularly because the pitch lacked venom and did not offer much to the bowlers. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, two of their key players were injured – Asela Gunaratne and skipper Rangana Herath. Though their bowling attack looked weak, missing the skipper, Nuwan Pradeep was the pick, registering his best figures in Test cricket.

With 550 runs needed to win, Sri Lanka’s batting order collapsed with two batsmen absent-hurt. On Day 4 of the test, they were at 192/4 at lunch and would have been hoping to continue to the next day, but Ravichandran Ashwin (3/65) pulled out all stops and took his first wicket of the second innings, going to on to take India to the brink of a win. Ravindra Jadeja (3/71) finished off what Ashwin had started, taking India to the victory.

The match was always in India’s pocket, thanks to their massive first innings total. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara notched up tons, taking India to their mammoth total. Sri Lanka fell behind by 309 runs while chasing this total, brought on by a Ravindra Jadeja-led Indian attack. India, however, decided not to enforce a follow on, instead of taking to bat again and declaring at 240/3, giving themselves a 550 run lead. Kohli, who had fallen early in the first innings, made up for his failure by bringing up his 17th to in tests.

This win for India is an avenging of sorts for the loss at the same venue in 2015, although Sri Lanka looked meek throughout, with only Dimuth Karunaratne putting up a fight. Sri Lanka needs to improve their game if they are to balance out the series. The second test will begin on August 3, 2017, at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo.

 

News Sources- Economic Times, Times of India 

BCCI awards Rs.50 Lakhs to Women cricketers

The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) declared a money prize of Rs 50 lakh for every women cricketer for their performance in the ICC World Cup in England. The support staff of the group will get Rs 25 lakh each. India defeated six-time champions Australia to get into the World Cup and will play England in the last at Lord’s tomorrow.
Vinod Rai, director of Committee Of Administrators (CoA)  said,”I would like to congratulate the Indian Women’s Cricket Team for their exemplary show in the ICC Women’s World Cup”. BCCI acting president CK Khanna also acknowledged the performance of the women in Blue. He appreciated the captaincy of  Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary wished them for the finals.
All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur smashed 20 fours and seven sixes in her unbeaten knock of 171 runs as India posted a daunting score of 281/4 in 42 overs.
India will now aim to clinch their maiden Women’s World Cup title when they take on hosts England at The Lord’s on Sunday.
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Alvaro Morata joins the Blues

Chelsea Football Club has confirmed the signing of 24-year-old Spanish striker Alvaro Morata on a 5-year deal from Real Madrid. The deal is estimated to be worth an initial £58 million, with add-ons that could increase the figure to a sum of £70 million.

Chelsea announced on Wednesday that a deal with Real Madrid had been successfully negotiated, thus ending their month-long quest for a striker. Morata was just one of several names, including the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gonzalo Higuain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andrea Belotti, touted to replace Diego Costa at Chelsea.

Known for his pace finishing, and intelligence, Morata has become the third high-profile signing of the summer for a Chelsea side who have also acquired the services of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger from Monaco and Roma respectively. Morata will meet up with his Chelsea team mates on the Singapore leg of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia. The striker will also be reunited with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who he briefly played under during his time at Juventus in the Serie A.

Morata has a sizeable trophy cabinet in spite of his relatively young age, and has won two Serie A titles with Juventus, two Champions League and La Liga titles apiece with Real Madrid. His experience in Europe’s top competition will be an added bonus as Chelsea return to the Champions League after a season of absence.

 

News Sources- Chelseafc.comThe Guardian

Amit Kumar Saroha bags silver at World Paralympics Championship

Amit Kumar Saroha has won a Silver medal in men’s club throw F51 division on June 17, 2017. The 32-year old, in his third attempt, achieved a throw of 30.25 metres to clinch the second position. First position was claimed by Serbian Zeljko Dimitrijevic, a world-record holder, with a throw of 31.99 metres, 1.74 metres ahead of Saroha. Third position, too, was earned by Serbian Milos Mitic, who accomplished a throw of 29.06 metres.

Saroha is a winner of the Arjuna Award, one of India’s highest civilian awards for distinguished performance in sports. He is also the country’s first quadriplegic to represent the nation at the London 2012 Paralympic games. The athlete has also performed and won a silver at the Asia Para Games in China, 2010, a gold and silver in Korea in 2014 and a silver in Doha, 2015

In the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the silver medal winner missed out on a medal by just 0.19 metres, finishing fourth on the table, while both Dimitrijevic and Mitic secured first and second position respectively.

Another Indian athlete, Dharambhir, secured 10th position, with a final throw of 22.34 metres.

 

Sources: NDTV, Scroll, New Indian Express

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He bel19ved, He conquered

A year ago, Roger Federer would never have imagined to win another Wimbledon, a Grand Slam which made him one of the greatest in the history of tennis. With already 7 titles under his belt, Roger Federer came to Wimbledon 2017 with confidence and a well-rested body. He voluntarily skipped clay season to relax his body after winning his 18th Grand Slam at Australia. Sensing early the terrific form of Nadal and his own chances on clay, Federer withdrew himself from Roland Garros; the decision that proved to be wise when on Sunday evening as he went on to win his record eighth Wimbledon, making him the first man to do so. With 19 Grand Slams, he now leads the men’s tennis with the most number slams, followed by Nadal with 15.
The final score line read 6-3,6-1,6-4 against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Was it a milestone for both the players? Yes. Was it a memorable and a fitting Grand Slam final? Absolutely not. Cilic was brought down to his knees by a majestic Federer. There were tears on either side of the Centre Court—one of victory and the other of agony. Cilic’s suffering reached its acme when he broke down during the medical break, and then it was just a matter of time. But it wasn’t just Cilic’s breakdown but, it was the exits of Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka which helped Federer conquer London without dropping a set.
Federer was as buoyant as he was in 2003 when he won his first Wimbledon title beating Australian Mark Philipoussis. Federer in the post-match ceremony acknowledged that it was tough losing to Novak Djokovic in 2014 and 2015 but kept believing in himself. He said, “I kept on believing and dreaming and its fantastic. It is such a special court, so many legends marked this court. I hope it’s not my last match and hope I can come back next year and defend my title.”
Based on Sunday’s evening performance it is hard to believe that Federer had been without a Grand Slam for five years between 2013 and 2017. With US Open to go and dwindling form of Djokovic and Murray, the race to the top looks locked only between the emperors of clay and grass; Nadal and Federer. It truly looks like a #ThrowbackThrursday memory in tennis.