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Indian sports news wrap, October 22


Asian Games silver medallist Ramkumar Ramanathan warded off a tough challenge from third seed Digvijay Pratap Singh in an all-Indian final to emerge champion in the ITF Dharwad Men’s World Tennis Tour here on Sunday.

The fourth seed Ramanathan beat Digvijay 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) to pocket the winner’s cheque of USD 3600 and 20 ATP points.

Digvijay returned with USD 2120 and 12 ATP points from the Dharwad District Lawn Tennis Association courts.

This was the first time these two players were meeting each other, and the contest remained intense as there was no service break during the entire duration of the match.

“I had been struggling with my game since the last few weeks. Capping off with a win gives me the much-needed confidence heading into my future tournaments,” said Ramanathan after the final.


BRICS Games 2023: India tennis team bags silver 

Dhruv Hirpara and Ajay Malik won their respective singles matches to help India beat host South Africa 2-1 in the last league match of men’s tennis in the BRICS Games in Durban.

Having won its matches against China earlier after losing to Russia, the Indian men’s team clinched the silver medal. The Indian women had earlier won the bronze.

League results (Men):

India bt South Africa 2-1 (Dhruv Hirpara bt Daniel Johannes Van Wyk 6-3, 6-2

Ajay Malik bt Guy Vorwerk 7-5, 6-2 

Ajay Kundu & Ritabrata Sarkat lost to Guy Vorwerk & Simphiwe Nagwenya 2-6, 3-6)

Kamesh Srinivasan

Yuki Bhambri loses €750,950 ATP doubles final in Stockholm

Yuki Bhambri in partnership with Julian Cash of Britain was beaten 7-6(8), 6-2 by Andrey Golubev and Denys Molchanov in the doubles final of the €750,950 ATP tennis tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sunday.

The champion team won 250 ATP points and €35,600. The runner-up team collected 150 points and €19,040.

In the ITF women’s event in Hua Hin, Thailand, national champion Shrivalli Bhamidipaty was beaten 6-2, 6-1 by Ayumi Koshiishi of Japan in the final.

In the women’s event in Monastir, Tunisia, Zeel Desai in partnership with Anastasia Sukhotina won the doubles title.

The results:

€750,950 ATP, Stockholm, Sweden – Doubles final: Andrey Golubev (Kaz) & Denys Molchanov (Ukr) bt Yuki Bhambri & Julian Cash (GBR) 7-6(8), 6-2 

$15,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand – Singles final: Ayumi Koshiishi (Jpn) bt Shrivalli Bhamidipaty 6-2, 6-1

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia – Doubles final: Zeel Desai & Anastasia Sukhotina bt Arabella Koller (Aut) & Camilla Zanolini (Ita) 6-4, 6-7(11), [10-7]

Kamesh Srinivasan


Bornil Aakash Changmai extended his remarkable form to win the second-ever gold medal for India in the U15 boys’ singles division on Sunday at the Badminton Asia U17 and U15 Junior Championships in Chengdu, China. 

Bornil won the final 2-19, 21-13 against the 14-year-old Chinese Fan Hong Xuan in 34 minutes in the boys’ singles final.

The 13-year-old became the second junior badminton player after Siril Verma in 2013 to bag the top podium finish in the prestigious tournament.

The shuttler maintained a consistent performance all through the tournament and defeated compatriot Jagsher Singh Khangurra in the semifinal on Saturday.

– Team Sportstar


Madhya Pradesh Academy wins 40th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament

Madhya Pradesh Academy, Bhopal, champion of the 40th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament.

Madhya Pradesh Academy, Bhopal, champion of the 40th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament.
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Madhya Pradesh Academy, Bhopal, champion of the 40th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament.
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Madhya Pradesh Academy, Bhopal, had a strong start and a sound finish to beat Round Glass Academy, Punjab, 5-2 in the final of the Steelbird 40th Nehru sub-junior hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.

A goal each by Ram Babu Yadav and Karan Gautam in the first 10 minutes, gave a rousing start for the Madhya Pradesh team. Amandeep Singh scored one in the first quarter to keep Round Glass in contention.

However, in the second half, the Bhopal team scored three more goals to gain a stranglehold over the proceedings. Amandeep scored one more to bridge the gap for Round Glass.

The champion team was presented Rs.1,60,000, and its coach, Lokendra Sharma was awarded Rs.15,000. The runner-up team was presented Rs.96,000 and the coach Bittu Shigroha was given Rs.10,000.

Aashiraadil Khan was adjudged the ‘best player’ of the final, and presented Rs.21,000 and a Flash hockey stick.

The KG Kakar fairplay trophy was presented to Young Pioneer English School, Manipur.

The Chairman of Steelbird, Subhash Kapur, was the chief guest.

RESULT (Final)

MPHA, Bhopal, 5 (Aashiraadil Khan 2, Ram Babu Yadav, Tauheed Ahmed, Karan Gautam) bt Round Glass Academy, Punjab, 2 (Amandeep Singh 2).

– Team Sportstar


Rajiv Sethu crowned champion in Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open category at the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2023

Rajiv Sethu, the 25-year-old from Chennai, was crowned champion of the premier Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open category.

Rajiv Sethu, the 25-year-old from Chennai, was crowned champion of the premier Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open category.
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Rajiv Sethu, the 25-year-old from Chennai, was crowned champion of the premier Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open category.
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Rajiv Sethu, the 25-year-old from Chennai, was crowned champion of the premier Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open category on debut as the fifth and final round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2023 concluded at the Madras International Circuit here on Sunday.

Sethu was nursing an injured left shoulder, and delivered a third-straight rider championship to his team, RACR Castrol Power1 Ultimate, in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open category. 

However, it was young Sarthak Chavan, the 16-year-old from Pune from the Petronas TVS Racing stable who denied Sethu a ninth-straight win by scripting a stirring win after starting from P17. He passed a flagging Sethu on the last lap for the biggest victory of his blossoming National championship career. 

Finishing second was his team-mate, the 16-year-old Bengalurean Chiranth Vishwanath, after a good move on Sethu who settled for third place. The P3 did not matter for Sethu as he had already taken an unbeatable lead in the points table going into the race.

Later, Sethu finished the season by winning the Pro-Stock 165cc Open race in style despite starting from P10, with Sarthak and Chiranth coming in second and third, respectively. The race was reduced to five laps following a crash (rider okay) leading to a red flag and re-start.

Also clinching the National titles were Hyderabad’s Vignesh Goud of Race’ists Motorcycle Club (Novice – Stock 165cc) and Puducherry’s Lani Zena Fernandez of RACR Castrol Power1 Ultimate (Girls – Stock 165cc). The championship standings in the Pro-Stock 165cc Open category were not declared pending the settlement of a disputed result in Round 4.

Lani Zena Fernandez also finished the season on a victorious note, winning the Girls (Stock 165cc) race with ease. The race was reduced to three laps from the scheduled five following a stoppage due to pile-up (riders okay) in the very first lap and was re-started. It was her fourth win in nine starts.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru’s Savion Sabu gave a rousing finish to his season by achieving a double in the Novice (Stock 165cc) race, but his winning burst did not stop Vignesh Goud from clinching the championship in this category.

Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup: Kavin Quintal, the Chennai teenager, stamped his authority in the NSF 250R Open category with his seventh win in nine starts to confirm his championship title in this class.

Petronas TVS One-Make Championship: Bengaluru’s Chiranth Vishwanath notched up his sixth win today in nine starts today to bag the championship in the Open (RR 310) category, holding off Romario John and G Balaji.

TVS E Motorcycle Time Attack: Sarthak Chavan (Pune) clocked the fastest lap in the Time Attack, posting a time of 01min, 47.304secs with a top speed of 186 kmph. Chiranth Vishwanath (Bengaluru) was second quickest in 01:48.066 (179.8 Kmph) while former Moto3 rider from Japan, Hiroki Ono was third best in 01:49.116 (196.8 Kmph).

National Championship Provisional results (all 8 laps unless mentioned):

Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open (Race-2): 1. Sarthak Chavan (Pune, Petronas TVS Racing) (14mins, 59.041sec); 2. Rahil PIllarisetty (Hyderabad, KTM Gusto Racing) (14:59.566); 3. Rajiv Sethu (Chennai, RACR Castrol Power1 Ultimate) (14:59.656).

Pro-Stock 165cc Open (Race-2, 5 laps): 1. Rajiv Sethu (Chennai, RACR Castrol Power 1 Ultimate) (09:55.075); 2. Sarthak Chavan (Pune, Petronas TVS Racing) (09:56.286); 3. Chiranth Vishwanath (Bengaluru, Petronas TVS Racing) (09:57.533). Rider champion: Not declared pending enquiry. Team champions: Not declared pending enquiry.

Novice (Stock 165cc, Race-2, 6 laps): 1. Savion Sabu (Bengaluru, Axor Sparks Racing) (12:56.237); 2. Kaushik Subbiah Ganesan (Chennai, AS Motorsports) (12:56.400); 3. Aadit Shah (Vadodara, Axor Sparks Racing) (12:56.667).

Girls (Stock 165cc) 3 laps: 1. Lani Zena Fernandez (Pucucherry, RACR Castrol Power1 Ultimate) (06:40.083); 2. Nadine Faith Balaji (Chennai, Alpha Racing) (06:54.558); 3. Adlin Seles (Chennai, Alpha Racing) (07:00.642).

Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup – NSF 250R Open (Race-2): 1. Kavin Quintal (Chennai)(15:09.312); 2. Johann Reeves Emmanuel (Chennai) (15:14.912); 3. Mohsin P (Mallapuram) (15:14.974).

Petronas TVS One-Make Championship: Open (301-400cc, RR 310) Race-2 (6 laps): 1. Chiranth Vishwanath (Bengaluru) (11:39.641); 2. Romario John (Chennai) (11:40.117); 3. G Balaji (Chennai) (11:40.157).

Media (Apache RTR) Race-1 (5 laps): 1. Joel Kolathoor Raju (Thane) (11:19.208); 2. Alshin K Thomas (Pune) (11:19.312); 3. Ananya Awasthi (Pune) (11:19.646). Race-2 (5 laps): 1. Alshin K Thomas (Pune) (11:15.520); 2. Joel Kolathoor Raju (Thane) (11:15.642); 3. Punya Prasun Sharma (11:21.399).

– Team Sportstar


Army Service Corps wins Quarter Master General Polo championship2023

Army Service Corps (ASC) outplayed Artillery 10-1 in the final of the Quarter Master General (QMG) polo championship at the Jaipur Polo ground here on Sunday.

Mukesh Gujjar top scored with four goals for ASC, while Yatinder Kumar, Ravinder Mang and Prithvi Singh Rathore, scored two goals each. Aish Samantaray scored the only goal for Artillery. 

Lt. Gen. Rajinder Dewan and Lt. Gen. Arun Kumar Sahni presented the trophies.

Kamesh Srinivasan


Animesh betters own 200m record

Odisha’s Animesh Kujur, who clocked a personal best 20.74s at the recent National Open in Bengaluru which was the sixth-best time in the Indian all-time list maintained by World Athletics, broke his own 200m meet record at the third National Open under-23 athletics championships here on Sunday. The 20-year-old clocked 20.87s.

Tamil Nadu’s Tamil Arasu and Mariya Nivetha emerged as the fastest man and woman respectively by winning the 100m on Saturday. And Gujarat’s 20-year-old Sunil Joliya Jinabhai bettered his personal best by more than 10s while winning the men’s 3000m steeple chase in 8:39.98s.

The results (winners only):

Men: 200m: Animesh Kujur (Odi) 20.87s MR, OR own 21.12. 1500m: Shivam Sharma (HP) 3:43.85s. 5000m: Shadab Pathan (Mah) 14:06.10s MR, OR 14:13.92. 400m hurdles: Keshav Tanwar (Del) 51.79s. Long jump: Asadullah Mujahith (TN) 7.67m. High jump: Md Ashraf Ali (WB) 2.15m MR, OR 2.13. Javelin throw: Yashvir Singh (Raj) 78.12m MR, OR 76.79. Hammer throw: Nitesh Poonia (Raj) 64.38m.

Women: 200m: Chelimi (A)) 24.15s. 1500M: Nikita Sharma (HP) 4:27.50s. 5000m: Neha Panwar (UP) 16:50.03s. 400M hurdles: Ramandeep Kaur (Pun) 1:00.90s. Long jump: Kusuma Ravada (AP) 6.09m. Javelin throw: Jyoti (Har) 52.77m MR, OR 51.07. Heptathlon: Sonu Kumari (Har) 5008 pts MR, OR 4910.

Saturday’s events:

Men: 100m: S. Tamil Arasu ((TN) 10.54s. 400M: Rince Joseph (Ker) 46.91s. 800m: Satyajeet Suresh Pujari (Mah) 1:51.94s. 110m hurdles: Tejas Shirse (Mah) 13.71s MR, OR own 14.12. 3000M steeple chase: Sunil Joliya Jinabhai (Guj) 8:39.98s MR, 8:49.13. OR 20,000m race walk: Sanjay Kumar (Raj) 1:28:53.92s. Discus throw: Dinesh Kumar 53.66m MR, OR 53.27. Shot put: Dhanvir Singh (Pun) 19.56m MR, OR 17.79. Decathlon: Kushal Kumar (Mah) 6809 pts.

Women: 100m: Mariya Nivetha (TN) 11.79s. 400M: Simarjeet Kaur (Pun) 54.41s. 800m: Urvashi (Har) 2:08.80s. 100m hurdles: Moumita Mondal (WB) 13.65s MR, OR 13.72. 3000m steeple chase: Bhagwati Deora (Raj) 10:48.40s. 20,000m race walk: Sejal Anil Singh (Mah) 1:37:53.71s. High jump: Payal Jamod (Guj) 1,72m. Pole vault: G. Sindhushree (Kar) 3.75m. Discus throw: Anisha (Del) 47.60m.

-Stan Ryan


Rohit Yadav helps Aravalli Arrows to Yuva Kabaddi Series Monsoon Edition 2023 crown

An outstanding performance by Rohit Yadav ensured Aravalli Arrows defeat Murthal Magnets from Haryana 48-30 to emerge champion in the Yuva Kabaddi Series Monsoon Edition 2023 played at the Fatima College Indoor Stadium in Madurai on Sunday.

The young left raider from the Aravalli outfit, who was recently snapped up at the Pro Kabaddi auction too, scored 11 raid points from 17 raids attempted in the opposition’s court at an impressive strike rate of 64%. Raider Sahil Sharma, also chipped in with 8 raid points, claiming 4 points in one single raid when Murthal Magnets had got the entire Aravalli side almost wiped out with only Sahil as the last man standing on the mat.

Sonu Rathee, the Murthal Magnets’ defender from Haryana who was also adjudged as the tournament’s Best Defender, missed out on 100 tackle points finishing with 97 at an impressive 60% success rate.

Meanwhile, Arjun Rathee of Chola Veerans walked away with ₹50,000 after being named the Best Raider of the tournament.

Aravalli Arrows not only upgraded its runner-up trophy it had won in the 2022 Monsoon Edition but also bagged the winner’s purse of ₹20 lakhs.

The event commenced on September 24 with 16 teams participating from across the country competing for the coveted trophy and a total prize money purse of ₹58.5 lakhs.

-Team Sportstar

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