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July 2019 - Sports



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 21 July, 2019 hailed the medal haul by athlete Hima Das, saying India is proud of her feat. The sprinter continued her sensational sprint form as she clinched her fifth gold of the month by claiming the top honours in a 400 m race in Czech Republic on 20 July, 2019. India is very proud of Hima Das's phenomenal achievements over the last few days.


  • World number five PV Sindhu won her first silver medal of the year after finishing second at the Indonesia Open. The 24-year-old lost her first final of the year to world number four Akane Yamaguchi 15-21, 16-21 in 51 minutes on July 21. Sindhu will next play the Japan Open, which is scheduled to begin on July 23.


  • In Table Tennis, hosts India completed a clean sweep, claiming all the seven gold medals at the 21st Commonwealth Championships in Cuttack. Harmeet Desai and Ayhika Mukherjee won the men's and women's singles titles. Harmeet defeated favourite G. Sathiyan 4-3 in a hard-fought final to claim the men's singles title. Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar claimed the men's doubles gold by stunning top seeds Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal 3-1.

    In women singles, Ayhika won her maiden gold in the championships, thrashing former national champion Madurika Patkar 4-0. Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Krittwika Sinha Roy defeated compatriots Sreeja Akula and Mousumi Paul 3-1 to claim the women's doubles crown. Indian paddlers topped the medals tally with seven gold, five silver and three bronze. England won two silver and three bronze medals. Singapore got 6 bronze medals while Malaysia and Nigeria got 1 bronze each.


  • Abhay Singh of Tamil Nadu and Asian Games medallist Tanvi Khanna clinched the men's and women's titles respectively in the sixth Bengal Open squash tournament in Kolkatta on 22 July, 2019. Second seed Singh defeated top seed Abhishek Pradhan 11-6 11-6 11-4, while Tanvi fought her way past Tamil Nadu's Aparajitha Balamurukan 11-7 11-6 5-11 13-11.

    Earlier, the under-15 category witnessed a thrilling battle with fifth-seeded Tamil Nadu girl Shameena Riaz upsetting top seed Soniya Bajaj from Maharashtra 9-11 11-7 11-5 7-11 11-8. Daughter of former India hockey captain Mohammed Riaz, Shameena recently won the U-15 title at the Goregaon Sports Club All India Squash Open in Mumbai.


  • Britain swimmer Adam Peaty breaks the world record in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. He compensated the previous record of 57.10 seconds. This record was made by at last year’s European Championships

    He won the semi-finals in 56.88 seconds. Adam Peaty won the event 1.4 seconds faster in history. He is the first man to break the 57-second barrier in the event. Peaty finished with the gap of two seconds ahead of China’s Yan Zibei. 


  • Irishman Shane Lowry claimed the British Open 2019 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland. It is his first major golfing title. He defeated Tommy Fleetwood and won the title. He is the second player from the country to claim the title. Earlier, the title was claimed by Padraig Harrington in 2007 and 2008. He won USD 1,935,000 which takes him to No.1 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.


  • Shiva Thapa Becomes Indias First Gold Medallist in Kazakhstan Presidents Cup. Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan .The newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg.


  • Nigeria set to host 2020 FIFA women U-20 World cup. India and South Korea presented their bids for the 2020 U20 Women’s World Cup but India named the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup host.

    It is an international association football tournament. It is organized by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years. It was first conducted in 2002 in Canada. France hosted the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (9th edition) and Japan emerged as a champion.


  • Hungarian swimmer Kristof Milak created a new world record in the 200 metres butterfly at the FINA world championship 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. He clocked 1:50.73. He broke the record set by Michael Phelps who clocked 1:51.51 in an event in Rome 2009.

    Milák is a swimmer from Hungary. He won the world championships gold in South Korea. He is is currently holding the world record in 200m butterfly. He won the silver medal, and set a new junior world record and a new national record a timing of 50.62 at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships. He won three gold medals and one silver medal at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.


  • Manny Pacquiao (40) won the WBA (World Boxing Association) welterweight championship 2019. He defeated Keith Thurman of US at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, United States. He is currently serving as a senator of the Philippines won 12 major world titles as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. He won the “Best Fighter ESPY Award". He currently ranks No. 4 in Boxer's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.


  • The third edition of Khelo India Youth Games will be held in Guwahati in 2020 year. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced the decision on his official Twitter handle on 28 July, 2019. The Games to be held from 18th January 2020, will see participation of more than 10,000 athletes and officials. It will be conducted in partnership with Indian Olympic Association, School Games Federation of India & Assam as host State. The inaugural edition was held in New Delhi, while Pune hosted the second one this year.


  • England lifts ICC Cricket World Cup. England lifted their maiden ICC World Cup cricket trophy beating New Zealand in a nerve-wracking final that was decided via a dramatic Super Over in London last night. Opting to bat, New Zealand put up a modest 241 for eight. England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator at the Lord's.


  • Lewis Hamilton wins sixth British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton made a thrilling victory in the Silverstone circuit to win his sixth British Grand Prix, his seventh victory in ten races in 2019. Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas looked all set for victory, but a safety car intervention helped Hamilton to seal the victory. Bottas had an early lead from pole position and he fought off Hamilton's challenge in the starting laps. Hamilton somehow managed to edge ahead in the race later and from there he controlled the race.


  • India bags 2 Gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany. India bagged two Gold and one Silver medal in the Women's 10-metre Air Rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. In the Individual section of the category, Elavenil Valarivan claimed the top honours with a total score of 251.6, while another Indian Mehuli Ghosh settled for a Silver with 250.2 points.

    India also clinched a Gold in the team section by creating a junior world record. The effort ensured that India remain at the top of the medals tally with 14 medals, six Gold, six Silver and two Bronze. China is second with two Gold and a total of six medals.


  • India House would be set in Tokyo with all facilities for the Indian players as a part of preparations of Tokyo Olympics 2020. The nutritional food as per the advice of the coach and nutritionist would also be made available at proposed India house. The government is now also creating a system to help those players who had won medals but were not in good financial condition.


  • In Tennis, Serbian Novak Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title after defeating Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12. The match had to be decided in the fifth set, as both of them won two sets each in the longest ever final to be played so far. This is Djokovic's 16th Grand Slam and 5th Wimbledon title. He is now level with Bjorn Borg as a five-time Wimbledon winner.


  • India is to host the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020. The events will be held in New Delhi, India. ISSF finalised and approved the final dates of the events. The ISSF Combined World Cup includes events in rifle, pistol and shotgun. In 2020’s event of shooting, the World Cup provides golden platform to hit in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. India has hosted a World Cup in February 2019, which offered Olympic quota places for Tokyo.

    The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) was founded on 1907. It is headquartered at Munich, Germany. The President of ISSF is Vladimir Lisinis. It governs the Olympic Shooting events in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events.


  • Indian team secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship 2019 held at Samoa, a country in Oceania. 37 Indian players participated in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia, Samoa. It won 35 medals including 22 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronze medals in the youth, junior, and senior categories. India also broke a total of 22 records in all 3 age groups in World, Asian, Commonwealth and National level as well as set a new junior record at Commonwealth and National level.


  • PT Usha nominated for IAAF veteran pin. Former Olympic track and field athlete P T Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federations Veteran Pin for her ‘long and meritorious service to the cause of World Athletics’She will receive the pin during the opening ceremony of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Doha. Usha is often called the 'queen of track and field'.


  • International Cricket Council has inducted Sachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald and Cathryn Fitzpatrick into the ICC’s Hall of Fame. Other Indians on the list are Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid. Sachin Tendulkar has 34,357 runs across formats and is the only batsman to have 100 internationals hundreds under his belt.


  • India has topped the championship by securing top the medals tally in the ISSF Junior World Cup. Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar won gold in the men's rifle in the ISSF Junior World Cup 2019 in Suhl, Germany. His win has made India to top the medals tally in the ISSF Junior World Cup. India has topped the championship by securing 10 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze with a total of 24 medals.


  • Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan won the gold medal in 10m women's air rifle event of the season's first junior ISSF World Cup 2019 on 4 July. She defeated Chinese Taipei's Lin Ying-Shin to win the title. She shot 249.8 in the women's final. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record.

    China's Wang Zeru managed to win the bronze medal with a score of 228.4 in her first World Cup appearance. Elavenil Valarivan is a sport shooter from Cuddalore, Tamilnadu. She had also won a bronze medal at the FISU World Shooting Sport Championship 2019.


  • P Kashyap gets silver medal. In Badminton, India's Parupalli Kashyap lost to Li Shi Feng of China in the men's singles title clash of the Canada Open. He got silver medal in the tournament. Kashyap entered the final, defeating Taiwan's Wang Tzu-wei in a semi-final encounter at Calgary.


  • U.S. womens national soccer team won the FIFA Womens World Cup 2019. The U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for a record-extending fourth time on July 7 in Lyon, France. The team defeated the Netherlands and secured 2-0 to win the women’s World Cup. This win is a record-extending fourth time for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

    The dignitaries which included FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, and France’s president, Emmanuel Macron presented the winners' medal and trophy. The Head coach of USWNT is Jill Ellis. The captains of the team are Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. USWNT won its first World Cup in 1991 in China.


  • Brazil won its first Copa America 2019 title since 2007. It defeated Peru and secured 3-1. The team already owns the fifth and ninth Copa América trophy. The event was hosted by Brazil. Everton was named player of the final and also finished as one of the tournament's top scorers with three goals. Dani Alves, Brazil's right-back, was awarded the player of the tournament.


  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) removed the ban on the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) and permitted to compete in the 2020 Olympics. Kuwait suspended in October 2015 following under government interference with the basic principles that govern the Olympic Movement. FIFA suspended the Kuwait Football Association for the same reason in October 2015. KOC successfully implemented a roadmap agreed between all parties.


  • Commonwealth Weightlifting championship I. India won 13 medals on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia, Samoa. The medals comprised 8 Gold, 3 silver and 2 Bronze. Former world champion Mirabai Chanu led the Indian medal rush in the senior women's 49 kg event to win the gold medal in the Olympic qualifying event.


  • Commonwealth Weightlifting championship II. Jhilli Dalabehra also clinched the first place on the podium with a lift of 154 kg in the senior women's 45 kg event which is not an Olympic weight category. In the senior women's 55 kg, Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi won the gold while silver went to Matsa Santoshi. In the senior men's 55kg category, Rishikanta Singh grabbed the gold with a total lift of 235 kg.


  • Dutee Chand clinched a gold medal in the World Universiade in 100 m dash event at Napoli in Italy. With this, she became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to win Gold. She took 11.32 seconds to finish the race. Dutee has now become the second Indian sprinter to win a gold in a global event after Hima Das.


  • Rakhi Halder and Davinder Kaur won a gold medal each in the senior women’s section in Commonwealth Weightlifting championship 2019. Kaur lifted a total of 184 kg (80+104) to win the women’s 59 kg gold while Halder clinched the yellow metal with a combined effort of 214 kg (94+120) in the 64 kg category. India also won five other gold medals in the junior and youth sections.


  • Girish A. Koushik from Mysuru became India’s 63rd Grandmaster at the 37th Balaton International Chess Festival in Hungary. Girish had completed his second GM norm in Mallorca late in May, and the third in Budapest the following week. He became Karnataka’s third GM after MS Thej Kumar and GA Stany.


  • Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for a second straight year. He defeated Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton, winner of the previous four races, finished fifth and behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.


  • 15 year old Cori Gauff beats five time champion Venus Williams in first round at Court 1 of the All England Club. By doing so she became the youngest player to win a match at the premier tournament. Gauff became the youngest player since 1991 to register a win in the first round of women's singles at Wimbledon.


  • Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women's 200m gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. National record holder shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor bagged a bronze. Asian champion Toor won the men's shot put bronze with a best effort of 19.62 metre. KS Jeevan won the men's 400-metre bronze in 47.25 seconds.



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