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September 2019 - Sports



  • Former South Africa Test player Kyle Abbott took 17 wickets in Hampshire's Country Championship win over title-chasing Somerset the best figures in first-class cricket for 63 years. The paceman's match return of 17-86 is the best ever for Hamphire and the best overall since England spinner Jim Laker took 19-90 against Australia in 1956.

    Abbott 32 taken 9-40 in the first innings and replicated his incredible fast bowling with a remarkable 8-46, the Championship's first 17-wicket haul for 80 years. Somerset needed 281 to win, were skittled for just 144 in their second innings. The 136-run defeat, Somerset's third loss of the season. Their aim is to beat their title rivals Essex at Taunton win the Championship for the first time. Essex is on the brink of victory against Surrey.


  • India won a total of 5 medals in the World Wrestling Championships. It is recorded as their best-ever medal haul in an edition of World Wrestling Championships.

    Indian winners:
    Deepak Punia won silver in men's 86kg category
    Ravi Kumar won bronze in men's 57kg category
    Rahul Aware won bronze in men's 61kg category
    Bajrang Punia won bronze in men's 65kg category
    Vinesh Phogat won bronze in the 53kg women's category


  • The Indian duo of Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta has won the IBSF World Snooker Team title at Mandalay, Myanmar on 25 September, 2019. The Indian pair beat Thailand's team comprising C.Pongsakorn and D.Poramin 5-2 in the final. This takes Advani's world title tally to a phenomenal 23 while Aditya claimed his maiden title.

    For Advani, this win has ensured that his name is now there on every IBSF world title on offer. He had also won the world billiards event at Mandalay last week. Earlier in the day, the Advani-Mehta duo defeated the Thai pair of Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon and Kritsanut Lertsattayathor 4-1 in the semi-final.


  • Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod has won the Maldives International Future Series held in the Maldives, in badminton. She defeated Myanmar’s Thet Htar Thuzar by 21- 13, 21-11 to win the Maldives International Future Series. Also, Vaibhav and Prakash Raj claimed the men’s doubles title after beating Thailand’s Pakkapon Teeraratsakul and Panitchaphon Teeraratsakul by 21-16 and 21-15.


  • Koneru Hampi of AndhraPradesh, India clinched Fide World Grand Prix 2019 title with 8 points from 11 rounds in Skolkovo, Russia. In the final round, Hampi just needed a draw with top seed Ju Wenjun of China to win the title. She is the third strongest female player of all time, behind Judit Polgar and Hou. She is ranked fourth in the world at the moment.


  • India won Track Asia Cup 2019. 1Cycling sensation Ronaldo Laitonjam won at the Track Asia Cup 2019. The two gold medal on day one, the junior world champion team member created an Asian record for men’s junior 200m time trial event and later won a gold medal in the junior men’s Sprint event.

    Venkappa Shiv Kengalgutti won the gold medal in the junior men’s 3 km individual. Triyasha Paul and Nikita Nisha gave finish in the junior women’s sprint event and added two more medals to India’s tally. Paul and Nisha won medals on day one was well. India’s Punam Chand captured the silver medal falling short against Malaysia’s Emam Firdaus Mohammad Zamri who won the gold medal. India elite women’s 3 KM individual pursuit race. Elangbam Devi and Irungbam Devi gave India a silver-bronze finish in the event. The bronze medal was won by Irungbam Devi.

    India’s second team is Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy won its first medal when Swasti Singh won the bronze medal in junior women’s 2 km individual pursuit. Kristina Titovskaya of Kazakhstan won the gold while Yanina Kuskova of Uzbekistan captured silver. Harshveer Singh to deal a disappointing end in the elite men’s 15 KM Scratch Race as he failed to finish on the podium. The Indian finished fifth as the gold was captured by Muhammad Shaari of Malaysia.


  • Mayank Vaid becomes first Indian to complete Enduroman triathlon. Mayank Vaid becomes the first Indian to complete the Enduroman. It is a triathlon from England to France which is considered to be one of the toughest endurance competitions in the world. He is the 44th person in the world to have completed this triathlon. He is also the first Asian person to complete this triathlon in solo capacity.

    He also broke the record for the shortest time taken to complete the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon. He completed the triathlon involving running, swimming and cycling. The time duration is around in 50 hours and 24 minutes.bThe previous record for this triathlon was 52 hours and 30 minutes. It is held by Julien Deneyer of Belgium. The triathlon starts with a 140 km run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover on the Kent coast, then a cross-Channel swim (shortest distance 33.8 km) to the French coast, and finishes with a 289.7 km bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

    This is the longest point to point triathlon in the world. Only 44 persons have completed it so far. More people have climbed Mt. Everest. It is truly the toughest and most brutal triathlon in the world. The difficulties he faced in the course of his record run.The swim and bike sections were really hard. Especially going sleepless for more than 50 hours. The most challenging part is when a swimmer starts to see the French coast and that’s when the mind plays games.


  • Pankaj Advani wins his record 22nd world billiards title. Pankaj Advani increased his tally of world titles to twenty-two by winning the fourth final within the 150 at the IBSF World Billiards Championship on 14th Sept 2019 in Mandalay of Myanmar.
    • India's Pankaj Advani defeated England's Mike Russell in 5-2 to enter the final of the IBSF World Billiards Championship.
    • ThwayOo had beaten the Russell in the semifinals last year before losing to Advani within the final.


  • The Haryana Government has appointed cricket legend Kapil Dev as the first Chancellor of Rai Sports University. The minister of Haryana Anil Vij had approved the proposal to upgrade the sports university on Sept 14th in Sonepat.
    Sports University of Haryana:
    • The Sports University of Haryana in Sonepat is conducting the educational and coaching programs in education and sports sciences and as well as in sports technology and medicine. This Course can embrace coaching for sports management, sports infrastructure engineering, sports scientific discipline, sports nutrition, sports journalism, and sports promoting.
    Sports Universities in India:
    • The Sports University of Haryana is the third sports university established by a government within the country where others are Swarnim Gujarat Sports University in Gandhinagar, province education and Sports University in Chennai.
    Kapildev:
    • Kapildev was a baseball player and he is a quick bowler. He is one of the best captains in India. Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He was India's national cricket coach between 1999 and August 2000. He is retired in 1994. He is the sole player within the history of 434 wickets and scored 5000 runs in Tests. Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame On 11th March 2010.


  • Sourabh Verma won Vietnam Open Super 100 title. India's Sourabh Verma won three-game over China's Sun Fei Xiang to claim the men's singles title at the USD 75,000 Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 badminton tournament. He won the Hyderabad Open and Slovenian International recovered from a mid-game slump to beat Sun 21-12 17-21 21-14 in the summit clash which lasted an hour and 12 minutes.


  • Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian wrestler to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. India's star wrestler Vinesh Phogat qualified for the 2020 Olympics after beating fancied American Sarah Hildebrandt in the World Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on 18 September, 2019. She scored an impressive 8-2 win over the world championship silver medalist to secure her place at the Tokyo Games. Vinesh will wrestle in the bronze-medal bout against Maria Prevolaraki of Germany. Earlier, she had stormed to a 5-0 win over Ukraine's Yuliya Khalvadzhy in the first round of repackage in the 53kg category to remain in contention for an Olympic quota and a bronze medal.


  • Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships. He defeated Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir 8-7 to clinch the medal in the 65 kg weight category. The wrestler was trailing to win in the match. The 25-year-old had secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an impressive 8-1 win over North Korea's Jong Son in the tournament. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the upcoming global games. In the 2018 Asian Games, she clinched a gold medal in the 50kg category.


  • Rafael Nadal clinches fourth US Open Tennis Men's single title. Rafael Nadal has won US Open Men's singles beating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. This is his fourth US Open title and 19th Grand Slam trophy. His win did not come easily, even though Nadal took the first two sets and was ahead by a break at 3-2 in the third.

    Medvedev came back by shifting styles and breaking Nadal in the last game of each of the next two sets to force a fifth. The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander chased his 19th career Grand Slam singles title, one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record, in his 27th Slam final.


  • Russian tennis player Oksana Selekhmeteva paired with Latvian player Kamilla Bartone won junior doubles trophy at US Open. The pair won 7-5, 7-6 over the French duo of Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic. The 16-year-old Selekhmeteva is ranked 794 in the Women's Tennis Association ranking.


  • India advance to 2nd round of Men's World Cup qualifying in Doha. In the Men's Football World Cup qualifying round, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu played the match of his life as India held Asian Champions Qatar to a goalless draw to earn their first point in a Group E second round in Doha. Gurpreet led the Indian team who are 41 rungs below Qatar in the FIFA rankings. Qatar are ranked 62nd in the world to India's 103. The Bengaluru FC custodian, who was recently awarded the Arjuna award, made a string of saves to keep the hosts at bay for the entire duration of the match. Qatar had 27 shots on target and yet failed to beat Gurpreet in India's goal as the team under Croatian Coach Igor Stimac celebrated the draw like a victory at the final whistle.


  • India finished at the top of the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol Championship in Rio De Janeiro with 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Indian pair of Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary of India defeated their compatriot rivals Yashaswini Deswai and Abhishek Verma in the summit clash of 10-Metre Air Pistol mixed team event.

    India has now finished as the leading nation in the ISSF Senior World Cup events in 2019 with 16 gold, 4 silver and 2 Bronze medals. Earlier, World number one Apurvi Chandela, partnered with Deepak Kumar to win India their fourth gold medal in 10-Metre mixed team air rifle event. The result ensured an unprecedented top finish for the country across all four ISSF World Cup stages this year including the lone ISSF junior world cup.


  • Mithali Raj announces retirement from T20Is. Indian women's cricket great and ODI captain Mithali Raj announced her retirement from T20 Internationals on 03 September, 2019. She wants to focus on her ODI career, keeping in mind the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand.


  • India finished at the top of the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol Championship in Rio De Janeiro with 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.  Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary won gold in the summit clash of 10-Metre Air Pistol mixed team event. India has now finished as the leading nation in the event in 2019 with 16 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.


  • Qatar unveiled the logo for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by the Gulf emirate,displaying it in public spaces in Doha and cities around the world on 2 September 2019. The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning, which is displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022.


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