Indian juniors beat Germans
New Delhi: Though the seniors were struggling to make an impact in the Champions Trophy, the junior hockey team continued their winning run in the Challenge Open men’s tournament in Gniezno, Poland, with a 3-0 win over Germany.
According to a press release by the Indian Hockey Federation, India, who whipped France 10-0 in their opening encounter, scored all the three goals before the break on Wednesday. The goals came via Sandeep Singh (10th minute, penalty corner), skipper Prabodh Tirkey (11th) and Girish Pimpale (31st).
India take on Malaysia in their next match before meeting hosts Poland, and then clash with Pakistan on Sunday.
In the other matches on Wednesday, Malaysia beat France 3-0, while Pakistan beat Poland 6-3.
Gopichand out in 2nd round
New Delhi: Former All-England champion Pullela Gopichand and Nikhil Kanetkar bowed out of the Singapore Open badminton tournament, losing their second round men’s singles matches Thursday night.
Gopichand lost to seventh-seeded Niels Christian Kaldau of Denmark, 5-15, 15-3, 13-15, according to information received here Thursday.
Kanetkar, who faced Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratana in the second round, stretched his Hong Kong rival before losing the match 7-15, 15-12, 6-15.
Joshna’s run halted
Chennai: Joshna Chinappa’s fine run in the world junior squash championship in Cairo came to a halt when she lost to top seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt in the quarter finals.
According to a Squash Racquets Federation of India press release on Thursday, Joshna lost 3-9, 2-9, 4-9.
Nadia’s 10 the ‘perfect’ moment
Anaheim: Nadia Comaneci’s perfect 10 at the 1976 American Cup in New York has been voted the most memorable moment in American gymnastics history. Comaneci, got the nod in an Internet poll, USA Gymnastics announced on Wednesday.
Comaneci’s perfect 10, garnered 63,692 votes. Runner-up was American Mary Lou Retton’s five medal performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Mumbai: Former India cricket captain G.S. Ramchand, admitted to hospital with heart complications 15 days ago, was discharged on Wednesday.
BCCI secretary Sharad Diwadkar said on Thursday that Ramchand had recovered but was to take a few more days’ bed rest.
Hissar: A 24-member Indian team will participate in the 10th junior world wrestling championships to be held in Istanbul from August 22 to 31.
The women’s challenge will be spearheaded by Asian Games silver medallist Geetika Jhakar. Others in the team are Kamini Yadav, Alka Tomar and Sonika Kaliraman.
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