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February 2018 Sports

  • Christian Coleman breaks world indoor record in 60 meters at US indoor national championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Christian Coleman has set up a world record in 60 metres race. The World silver medallist ran the distance in 6.34 seconds at the US indoor national championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 18th February. 

    Fellow American Maurice Greene had held the record of 6.39 seconds for 20 years. The 21-year-old Coleman, who won the 100-metres silver medal at last year's world championships in London, said after winning the race that he wanted to go get it. 

    Now he will lead the American team to next month's IAAF world indoor championships in Birmingham, England. 

    Coleman clocked 6.37 seconds at a meeting in South Carolina last month but the time was not ratified for technical reasons. 

  • Roger Federer wins Rotterdam Open for 97th career title
    Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the Rotterdam Open on 18th February, his 97th career title. He defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. 

    Federer, the record 20-time Grand Slam winner, will reclaim the number one ranking he last held in October 2012 when the new ATP rankings are published on 19th February. He has played two tournaments this year and won both—the other being January’s Australian Open. 

    He is three years older than American Andre Agassi was when previously holding the record for oldest No.1 back in 2003. This was his third title in Rotterdam following successes in 2005 and 2012 and he now stands 12-0 for the season. 

  • India women's team beat South Africa, win Series 3-1
    Indian women cricket team defeated South African women by 54 runs in the fifth Twenty20 International to clinch the series 3-1, on 24th February. 

  • India win Twenty20 International series against South Africa
    India won the third T20I against South Africa at Newlands on 24th February to clinch the T20I series 2-1. For his brilliant all-around performance, Suresh Raina was awarded as the Player of the Match. Player of the series trophy went to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. 

  • ICC Rankings: Virat Kohli joins South Africa's AB de Villiers to cross 900 points in Tests, ODIs
    India captain Virat Kohli became only the second batsman after South Africa's AB de Villiers, in the history of the game to cross the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and ODIs in the latest ICC ODI player rankings on 20th February. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah grabbed the joint-top position among bowlers. 

    Kohli consolidated his top position with 558 runs in the 5-1 series win over South Africa, during which he slammed three centuries. 

    He, thus, moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timer list. He is now seventh in the ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points. 

    The India captain is now a good 22 points clear of Sachin Tendulkar, whose ODI career high of 887 points came against Zimbabwe in January 1998. Kohli's aggregate is the best since Brian Lara reached 911 points in March 1993. 

    India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who aggregated 323 runs in the South Africa series, is another notable gainer in the latest rankings. 

    In bowling, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has moved up eight slots to 21st position with 16 wickets in the South Africa series while Chinaman bowler Kuleep Yadav 17 scalps have helped him move up 15 positions to take the 47th position. Bumrah eight wickets have lifted him two places to take the joint-first position. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has joined Bumrah at the top. Meanwhile, India continued to top the ODI team rankings, followed by South Africa and England. 

  • Norway's Bjoergen becomes most successful Winter Olympian
    Norway's Marit Bjoergen became the most successful athlete in Winter Olympics history on 21st February as she took bronze in Pyeongchang, South Korea in cross country skiing's women's team sprint free. However, Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins won the gold and the first Olympic cross country title for the United States. 

    Bjoergen's bronze with Maiken Caspersen Falla put her on 14 Olympic medals, outstripping fellow Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen who has 13 in biathlon. 37 year old Bjoergen is also the second most successful woman at either the Summer or Winter Games, trailing only Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who compiled 18 medals. 

  • Kishan Gangolli wins 13th edition of National Chess Championship for blind
    Defending champion Karnataka's Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National 'A' Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai on 11th February. The championship was organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB). 

    At the end of the 13th round, Asian Championship winner, Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points. Gujarat's Ashvin Makwana stood second with 9.5 points, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan of Orissa with 9 points came third. 

  • Rohan More becomes first Asian to swim across Cook Strait
    Pune-based Indian long-distance swimmer, Rohan More, has become the first Asian and the youngest to swim across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand. 

    Despite sudden drop in water temperature, he covered the distance in eight hours and 37 minutes. After waiting for a long time due to bad weather conditions, Rohan finally got a chance to swim across the Cook Strait. With this feat, Rohan also became the ninth person in the world to swim across Cook Strait. 

  • India won series after defeating South Africa in 5th ODI
    India clinched the series after defeating South Africa by 73 runs in the 5th One-Day International at Port Elizabeth. Chasing a victory target of 275 runs, South Africa were bundled out at 201. At present, India lead the six-match series 4-1. It is the series victory for India in South Africa after two decades. 

  • Tamil Nadu wins Senior Women's National Football Championship for first time
    Tamil Nadu has won the Senior Women's National Football Championship for the first time. Tamil Nadu, which was playing its first-ever final, defeated Manipur, 2-1 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on 14th February. Skipper Indumathi and Indrani found the net for Tamil Nadu, while Ratanbala scored Manipur's only goal. 

    Indumathi has also adjudged the player of the final as well as the tournament for her superlative performances. 

  • Yuki Bhambri becomes the first Indian to reach quarter-finals of the Chennai Open Tennis tournament
    In Tennis, Yuki Bhambri has become the first Indian to reach the quarter-finals of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament. 

    Bhambri seeded second, made it to the last-8 after he defeated compatriot Sidharth Rawat. For a place in the semi-finals, Bhambri will meet Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan. 

    Australia's top-seed Jordan Thompson second placed Korean Duckhee Lee and third seed Mohammed Safwat of Egypt were also among who made it to the quarter-finals. 

  • Indian boxers win 10 medals in Asian Games Testing event in Indonesia
    Indian boxers won 10 medals, including 5 gold, at the Asian Games Test event in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta on 15th February. 

    Manish Kaushik, K.Shyam Kumar, Shaikh Salman Anwar and Ashish won a gold each in their respective categories while Pavitra was the lone Indian gold-winner in the 60-kilogram category of women's draw. 

    It was the second successive top finish for Manish Kaushik since claiming the national title last year. Shashi Chopra, also a bronze-medallist at last month's India Open, settled for a silver medal. 

    Signing off with bronze medals were Muhammed Etash Khan , Ritu Grewal , Pawan Kumar and Ashish Kumar in respective categories. 

  • Australian Open: Roger Federer wins Men's Singles title defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia
    In Tennis, World Number Two Roger Federer has retained his Men's Singles title at the Australian Open. In the summit clash in Melbourne on 28th January, he defeated sixth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Khelo India School Games
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that sports should occupy a central place in the lives of the youth of the country as it is an important means of personality development. 

    Launching the first Khelo India School Games in New Delhi on 31st January, Mr Modi said, India does not lack sporting talent and the youthful nation can do even better. 

    Anu Kumar of Uttarakhand grabbed the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games in 1500 metres at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Tamil Nadu athletes won two of the six gold medals on the opening day of the games. 

    The rest were shared between Uttarakhand, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Union Sports Ministry communication said that Anu Kumar is a past 800-metres silver medalist for India at the World School Games in France. He won the 1500-metres final comfortably in 4 minutes and 4 seconds. 

    In the girls category, C Chanthini of Kerala won the gold medal in 1500-metres run. Abhishek Singh of Uttar Pradesh won the Shot Put with an excellent throw of 18.73 metres while Praveen of Tamil Nadu won the triple jump in his sixth attempt with 15.22 metres. Haryana girl Pooja excelled in the Shot Put and won the gold with a best of 13.88 metres. 

  • Mary Kom wins gold at India Open boxing
    In Boxing, five-time world champion M C Mary Kom claimed a gold but the Indian men's juggernaut was denied a complete sweep by traditional powerhouses Cuba and Uzbekistan on an exciting final day of the India Open Boxing Tournament, in New Delhi on 1st February. 

    Mary Kom won against Filipino Josie Gabuco en route to her gold in the 48 kilogram class among women. In 64 kilogram category, Pwilao Basumatary was the first among the women to fetch a gold. 

    In the 60 kilogram category, National Champion Manish Kaushik who stunned world and Asian medalist Shiva Thapa, didn't have to step inside the ring to collect his gold. He was given a walkover by his Mongolian rival Battumur Misheelt, who pulled out owing to an injury during his semifinal bout. 

    Asian Games bronze-medalist Satish Kumar, however, settled for silver in +91 kilogram category, outwitted by Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in a split 4-1 decision. Dinesh Dagar took the welterweight silver after going down to Uzbekistan's Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
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