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April 2018 Sports

  • India wins 8th South Asian Judo Championship
    India has won 8th South Asian Judo Championship. On the concluding day of the championship, Indian women and men won team events in Lalitpur, Nepal on 23rd April

    Keeping the unbeaten streak, Indian women whitewashed the championship by beating host Nepal by 5-0 in the final of team events. 

    Indian men also won the team championship. They defeated Pakistan by 3-2 in the final. Earlier Indian women grabbed all 7 gold medals in the individual category while men bagged 3 gold and 3 bronze medals. 

    India topped the medal tally winning 10 Gold and 3 Bronze medals in the individual category. Host Nepal remained second and Pakistan got third place. 

    A total 102 players from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated in the 3-day championship. 

  • Shahzar Rizvi won silver in the 10 meter air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup 
    World record holder Shahzar Rizvi on 24th April claimed India's first medal at the ongoing World Cup organised by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) at Changwon, South Korea. 

    He won the silver in the 10 meter air pistol event on day three of the year's second World Cup. Shahzar Rizvi missed the gold by 0.2 points to Russia's Artem Chernousov. Samuil Donkov of Bulgaria won the Bronze. 

  • Tennis Player Siddhant Banthia won the Indian leg of the junior French Open wild card tournament in New Delhi
    Country's top singles Tennis player Siddhant Banthia on 27th April won the Indian leg of the junior French Open wild card tournament in New Delhi. 

    Siddhant Banthia from Pune beat reigning Under-16 national champion Mann Maulik Shah. The girls event was won by Rashmikaa S Bhamidipaty, who defeated Tanisha Kashyap. 

    Siddhant Banthia will now compete with winners from China and Brazil in the final Qualifier to get an entry into the main draw of the junior French Open. 

  • India ends campaign in third spot with 26 Gold Medals
    The curtains were drawn on the 21st commonwealth games at Gold Coast, Australia on 15th April following a colourful ceremony with legendary Boxer MC Mery Kom leading Indian delegation carrying tri colour. Indian competitors ended their campaign in the eleven day event on the third place, with 66 medals including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze medals. 

    Australia stood first in the medal tally with 198 medals including 80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze followed by England 136 medals. 

    On the final day i.e. on April 15th, India won seven medals which include one Gold, Four Silver and two Bronze. The lone Gold came in women's singles Badminton, in which star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehal were pitted against each other in the final. 

    However, in men's singles final, recently crowned world No.1 Kidambi Srikanth let slip a strong start to lose in three games to Malaysian icon Lee Chong Wei, who claimed his third individual gold in Commonwealth Games. Srikanth settled for the Silver. 

    In Men's doubles also, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty claimed a Silver losing to English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. 

    Another Silver came in squash, when the duo of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa lost to Joelle King and Landers-Murphy of New Zealand in women's doubles final. 

    The two Bronze medals were won in Table Tennis. In an all-India affair, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das in three games in the mixed doubles match. In Men's singles, Achanta Sharat Kamal defeated Samuel Walker of England for the second Bronze. 

  • Tennis rankings: Yuki Bhambri back in top-100
    Tennis star Yuki Bhambri on 16th April broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016. As per the latest rankings, he leapfrogged 22 places to a career-best rank of 83. 

    This follows his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger. This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011. 

  • Bengaluru FC wins Super Cup Football tournament
    Bengaluru FC has won the inaugural edition of Super Cup Football tournament. In the final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, they defeated Kolkata football team East Bengal by score 4-1. 

  • Birmingham Organising Committee of CWG decides to exclude shooting from 2022 Games
    The Birmingham Organising Committee of CWG has decided to exclude shooting from the 2022 Games, citing logistical issues. The Commonwealth Games Federation has awarded the 2022 CWG to Birmingham. South Africa (Durban) was to originally host the 2022 CWG but it later expressed its inability to host the Games due to financial problems. The Commonwealth Games Federation later awarded the 2022 CWG to Birmingham. 

  • Indian Women's Table Tennis team wins Gold Medal at Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast
    India has bagged three more Gold, one Silver and two bronze medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on the fourth day on 9th April. Indian women's Table Tennis team won their first ever Gold Medal defeating Singapore 3-1 on 9th April. India now stands on fourth position in the medals tally, having claimed seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals so far. 

    From weightlifting to boxing to table tennis to hockey, women formed the core of India's stupendous day four at the 21st Commonwealth Games. Manika Batra led Table tennis team's victory was historic as Singapore had never lost since 2002. 

    Earlier in the day, India had bagged two Gold, one Silver and two bronze medals. The weightlifters continued the medal rush with Punam Yadav winning gold in the 69 kg category with a personal best lift of 222 kg. Vikas Thakur added a bronze to weightlifters' golden run in the men's 94 kg category. 

    Youngster Manu Bhaker struck gold in 10 meter Air Pistol Finals and Heena Sidhu added a Silver in the same category. Later, Ravi Kumar won a bronze in men's 10 metre air rifle event. MC Mary Kom advanced to the semi-final of the women's 48kg boxing event. Star boxer Vikas Kishan entered the quarter-finals in men's 75 kg with a 5-nil verdict against his Australian rival. 

    In Women's Hockey, India rallied from a goal down to script a stunning 2-1 triumph over Olympic champions England in their third Pool A match. In Men's Hockey, India defeated Wells 4-3 in a group B match. 

  • M C Mary Kom assured of medal on Commonwealth Games debut
    Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has assured herself of a medal on debut at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist entered the semi-finals in Gold Coast with a 5-0 win over Scotland's Megan Gordon. 

  • Jitu Rai won gold in the 10-metre pistol event at 21st Commonwealth Games
    At the 21st Commonwealth Games, Day 5 was a splendid day for India as Its competitors won three Gold, two Silver and as many Bronze medals. Jitu Rai won gold on 9th April in the 10-metre air pistol event shattering the Games record with a score of 235.1 in the final. 

    The 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh grabbed silver in the 10-metre air rifle, finishing ahead of experienced teammate Apurvi Chandela who won the bronze. 

    Mehuli also shot a Games record score of 247.2. The weightlifters wrapped up their remarkable campaign with a final-day silver medal through Pardeep Singh in 105kg. The weightlifters signed off with five gold, two silver and two bronze medals, topping the charts in the sport. 

  • Ankita Raina becomes only third Indian woman to be in top-200 of WTA ranking
    Ankita Raina on 9th April became only the third Indian woman tennis player to breach the top-200 rankings in singles. 

    She jumped 15 places to reach a career-best 197 in the WTA chart. The 25-year-old Ankita is the first player to achieve the feat since Sania Mirza put India on the singles map with her remarkable achievements over the years. In the singles ranking, Karman Kaur Thandi was the next best Indian at number 267. 

    In the ATP rankings, Yuki Bhambri was the top singles player from India at 105, followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan at the 133rd spot. 

    In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna was highest-ranked at number 19 and was followed by Divij Sharan in 42nd place. Leander Paes holds the 45th position. 

  • Shooter Shreyasi Singh won gold in the Women's Double Trap at Commonwealth Games
    Indian shooter Shreyasi Singh gave India its 12th Gold medal of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on 11th April. She bagged gold in the Women's Double Trap event, after beating Aussie Emma Cox in the shootout. 

    In the Men's Double Trap, Ankur Mittal bagged a Bronze after finishing third. Ashab Mohammed ended fourth. Earlier in the day, in the Men's 50-metre Pistol event, Om Mitharwal finished third to claim his second Bronze of the Games. He had, earlier, won a Bronze in the 10-metre Air Pistol event. Jitu Rai, who had clinched Gold in that event, was eliminated. He finished 8th. 

    In Boxing, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom assured herself of a Silver medal, in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance. She defeated Sri Lanka's Anusha Koddithuwak, 5-0 to book a place in the 48 kg Final. Sarita Devi, however, lost her 60 kg quarter-final bout. Male pugilists Vikas Krishan and Gaurav Solanki made it to their respective semi-finals, assuring at least two more Bronze medals for India. 

  • Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth becomes World No 1
    Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on 12th April became World number 1 in men’s singles category after Badminton World Federation updated its weekly rankings. He overtook World Champion Viktor Axelsen at the top of rankings with 76,895 points. 

    Srikanth has now become the first Indian male shuttler to achieve the feat in modern ranking system. He joins Saina Nehwal to become only the second Indian to achieve the feat. 

    Twenty-five year old Srikanth had missed out on the chance to become No. 1 in the world last year after suffering an injury. 

  • Indian wrestlers bagged 2 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze medal in Commonwealth Games
    In the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Indian wrestlers bagged 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal on the opening day of their competitions on 12th April. 

    The Gold medals were won by Sushil Kumar in the 74 kg category and Rahul Aware in 57 kgs. While Sushil brushed aside South African Johannes Botha, 10-0, Rahul defeated Steven Takahashi of Canada, 15-7. 

    In the Women's 53 kg category, Babita Kumari claimed the Silver after she lost to Canada's Diana Weicker, 2-5 in the Final. Kiran clinched the Bronze in the 76 kg division following a stunning 10-0 win over Katouskia Pariadhaven of Mauritius. 

    In Shooting, India's Tejaswini Sawant bagged a Silver in the Women's 50-metre Rifle Prone event. She finished second with a score of 618.9 points, behind Singapore's Martina Veloso who created a Games record with a score of 621. It was India's 12th medal in Shooting. 

    In Stage 1 of the Qualification of the Men's 25-metre Rapid Fire Pistol event, Neeraj Kumar finished at the top, while Anish was third. Stage 2 is yet to begin. 

    In Badminton, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth secured a quarterfinal berth after winning their respective Round-of-16 matches. 

    In Table Tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, Mouma Das and Harmeet Desai have made it to the quarterfinals. The pairs of Achanta and Mouma, Manika and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Sanil Shetty and Madhurika Patkar also booked a place in the Mixed Doubles last-8. 

    In Men's Triple Jump, Arpinder Singh and AV Rakesh Babu qualified to the Finals. 

    India is currently third in the medals tally, with 14 Gold, 6 Silver and 9 Bronze. Australia continues to be at the top, with England second. 

  • India bags 11 medals including 3 gold on Day 9 of 21st Commonwealth Games
    Indian contingent enjoyed its best day so far at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on 12th April winning Three Gold, Four Silver and Four Bronze medals. Their gold medal tally also surpassed the previous edition's haul as they had bagged 15 medals in the 2014 Glasgow Games. 

    The day belongs to 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala, the Haryana wonder kid, who shot down a Games record for his gold in the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event. 

    The shooting ranges provided a second gold on the same day for the first time in these Games. Tejaswini Sawant was the other gold-winner to emerge at the Belmont Shooting Centre in the 50-metre rifle 3 position event. 

    Anjum Moudgil settled for a silver in the same event. The wrestlers dominated the mat at the Carrara Sports and Leisure center, picking up five medals on 12th April. Bajrang Punia (65kg) stood on top of the podium in the 65 kg division. 

    Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pooja Dhanda (57kg) picked up silver medals while Divya Kakran (68kg) notched a bronze. In the boxing ring, Vikas Krishan (75kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg) and the fast-rising trio of Amit Panghal (49kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) entered the finals. 

  • John Isner lifts Men's Singles Tennis trophy of Miami Open
    In Tennis, John Isner has lifted the Men's Singles trophy of the Miami Open. In the title clash, the 14th seeded American defeated fourth-placed German Alexander Zverev, to win his first ever Masters 1,000 title. 

  • Kerala have lifted their sixth Santosh Trophy Football title
    Kerala have lifted their sixth Santosh Trophy Football title. In a thrilling final at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on 1st April, they held their nerves to beat defending champions and 32-time winners Bengal via penalty shootout. 

  • India’s Ankita Raina, Ramkumar Ramanathan have achieved their career-best tennis rankings in Singles
    India's Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan have achieved their career-best tennis rankings in Singles. In the Womens Tennis Association (WTA) chart, Ankita leapfrogged 43 places to reach the 212th spot, while in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings Ramkumar Ramanathan became world No. 132, after climbing four places. 

    Ankita Raina moved up on the back of her first singles title in more than three years when she beat Amandine Hesse in straight sets in the final of the 25,000 US Dollar International Tennis Federation (ITF) women's event in Gwalior. 

    In the ATP rankings, the country's top singles player Yuki Bhambri jumped two places and is now ranked 105. He is followed by Ramanathan at the 132nd spot and Sumit Nagal at the 213 position. Prajnesh Gunseswaran is ranked 263 and Arjun Khade is at 394th spot. 

    In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan have gained one spot each. Bopanna is ranked 19th and Divij Sharan is ranked 43rd. Leander Paes remained unchanged at 45. He was followed by Purav Raja in the 62nd position. 

    In the WTA rankings, Karman Kaur Thandi was the next best player singles after Ankita Raina. She remains unchanged at 273, after Ankita Raina. In women's doubles, out of action Sania Mirza moved down seven places to number 23, her lowest rank in seven years. 

  • Commonwealth Games 2018: The quadrennial sporting festival begins at Gold coast in Australia
    Commonwealth games begins at Gold coast in Australia on 4th April; India sends a strong contingent of 225 member for the games; Nation hopes of a record medal haul from the second largest contingent till date. 

    The games will officially start from the 5th of April and will go on for the next ten days. This year's games will also mark the 5th time that Australia has hosted the games. 

    India has won a total of 438 medals. At the 2010 edition in New Delhi -- the country's most successful campaign -- India finished second with a staggering 101 medals. 

  • Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has become the first medalist of the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG)
    Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has become the first medallist of the 21st Commonwealth Games without even stepping into the ring. She got a bye straight into the 51 kilogram category women's semifinals scheduled for April 13. 

    The 19-year-old Robertson got what is called the lucky Bronze medal due to the small size of her draw. India have not fielded any boxer in the 51 kilogram category for women boxers. 

  • India skipper Virat Kohli in second position in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings
    India skipper Virat Kohli holds on to his second position in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings released on 4th April. Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara remains at seventh position. India Test spinner Ravichandran Ashwin slipped one place in the bowlers ranking to take the fifth position while Ravindra Jadeja holds on to his second spot in the all-rounders ranking. 

    Australia's Steve Smith is comfortably placed at the top of the Test player ranking. South Africa opener Aiden Markram, sustained his surge towards the top during an amazing first year in Test cricket, making his way to ninth position among the batsmen ranking. 

    The swapping of places has resulted in a clear gain of 100,000 US Dollars for New Zealand as they will now receive 200,000 US Dollars from ICC for taking the third spot on the cut-off date of 3rd April. 

  • World champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu gave India its first Gold Medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast
    World champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu gave India its first Gold Medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on 5th April. Earlier, India opened its medal account in the quadrennial extravaganza, when weightlifter P Gururaja claimed a silver medal in the men's 56kg category. 

    Competing in the women's 48 kg division, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu went on a record-smashing spree, claiming three of them in a power-packed performance. The Indian ended with a total lift of 196 kg, earning a massive applause from the fans at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. 

    Earlier in the day, 25-year old Gururaja, making his Commonwealth Games debut, equalled his personal best and finished second in the men's 56kg for the Silver. Malaysia's Muhammad Zhar Ahmed won the Gold, while Sri Lanka's Lakmal Chaturanga took the Bronze in the event. 

  • Indian weightlifters Sanjita Chanu, Deepak Lather won gold and bronze
    On the second day of the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on 6th April, Weightlifters Sanjita Chanu and Deepak Lather added a gold and bronze to the team's tally. This raised India's total medal tally to four and earned them fifth place. India's total tally now comprises two gold, one silver and a bronze. 

    Sanjita Chanu claimed a gold and a Games' snatch record in the 53 kg category, lifting a total of 192 kg. In men's section, Deepak Lather became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a CWG medal with his bronze in the 69 kg category. 

    Australia with a haul of 36 medals, tops the tally followed by England, Canada and Scotland. 

  • Weightlifter Venkat Rahul Ragala wins India’s fourth Gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast
    Weightlifter Venkat Rahul Ragala claimed India's fourth Gold medal in 85-kg category at 21st Commonwealth Games with a total lift of 338 Kg in Gold Coast on 7th April

    Earlier, Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won India's third gold medal. In the process, the 25-year-old also retained the title he won in the event at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland with a total lift of 317 kg. 

    In Men's Hockey match against arch-rivals Pakistan, all the excitement came down to the last seven seconds as the Indian team's perennial problem of conceding late goals left them with a disappointing 2-2 draw in their opening group fixture after leading 2-nil at half-time. 

    In Badminton, India outplayed Mauritius 3-nil to advance to the semifinals of mixed team event. 

    In Table-Tennis, Indian paddlers entered the semifinals in both men's and women' team events. The teams defeated Malaysia 3-0 in their quarterfinals. 

    In Men's boxing, Mohammad Hussamuddin in 56 kg and Manoj Kumar in 69 Kg category have won in the 16 round events. In Gymnastics, Yogeshwar Singh finished 14th among 18 competitors in the men's individual all-round event final. 

    India have so far won 4 Gold, One Silver and one bronze, and all the medals have come from the weightlifting arena. They were in the fourth place in the overall medal standings, as per latest reports.
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