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Lucky entry for Alok

New Delhi: Arjuna Awardee Alok Kumar on Thursday got a lucky entry into the world snooker championship and India will now have hree players in the event to be held in China in October.

National champion Pankaj Advani and former Asian champion Yasin Merchant had qualified by virtue of being the winner and runner up in a selection tournament recently.

Alok Kumar made it after the organisers made a draw to pick some additional players, Indian Billiards and Snooker Federation vice-president R.K. Tandon said. Alok Kumar had defeated Manan Chandra in the third-fourth play off in the selection meet held here last month.

Ritwick in quarters

Jaipur: Top seeds Ritwick Bhattacharya and Mekhla Subedar trounced their hapless opponents on their way to the quarter finals of the all-India Harish Chandra Golecha memorial squash tournament at the Jaipur Club on Thursday.

Ritwick outclassed his opponents winning two matches in just 23 minutes. After getting a bye in first round, he blanked Sanjay Bhansali 9-0, 9-0, 9-0 in 10 minutes and later thrashed Sharvendra Singh 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 in 13 minutes. In the womenís section, Mekhla blanked local girl Purna Shah 9-0, 9-0.

Lifting world marks

Beijing: Chinese weightlifter Ouyang Xiaofang broke the snatch world record in the womenís 63kg class on Thursday, the fifth world record to fall at Chinaís national weightlifting championships, state press reported.

Ouyang lifted 117.5kg, beating the old mark of 112.5 kg, Xinhua news agency reported. She lifted a total of 252.5kg in her two lift performances, it said.

On Wednesday, in the 58kg, Wang Li snatched 112.5kg to eclipse the old mark of 106kg, the report said. Wangís two lift total of 240kg also eclipsed the eventís world total mark of 237.5kg.

On Tuesday, Li Zhuo broke two world records in the clean-and-jerk in the womenís 48kg category, by hoisting 117.5kg and 120kg. Her total of 212.5kg beat the existing mark of 207.5kg, while her individual lift of 120kg smashed the previous world mark of 115.5kg, Xinhua said.

Iím done, says Rhodes

London: Jonty Rhodes has confirmed that he will be retiring from first-class cricket at the end of the English County season.

ďIím done, Iíve been playing for 14 years and Iíve enjoyed every day at the office, and have no regrets whatsoever," he told the BBC on Thursday.

ďCricket has been such a major part of my life so it will be nice to have a break and see where the future takes me.Ē

Rhodes, currently playing for Gloucestershire, is expected to make use of his business degree, having received five job offers.

Diouf fined £5000

Glasgow: Senegalís El-Hadji Diouf was fined £5,000 on Thursday for spitting at a fan during a Uefa Cup quarter final between his club Liverpool and Celtic. Diouf pleaded guilty to assault under provocation for spitting at supporter Dominic Shiavone at Celticís Parkhead Stadium on March 13.

The incident took place when Diouf got tangled up with some Celtic supporters while going to retrieve the ball . After being slapped on the head by one of the fans, the player retaliated by spitting as he pulled away.

Indians bow out

New Delhi: Indian men and women, including best bets Chetan Anand and Aparna Popat exited from the Malaysian Open badminton tournament Thursday.

Anand was the only Indian to have made it as far as the third round, according to information reaching here.

Abhinn Shyam Gupta, the reigning national champion, lost in the second round to another home challenge Sairul Amar Ayob 9-15, 9-15.

Among the women, Aparna Popat rallied to beat Germanyís Nicole Grether 11-5, 8-11, 11-0 in the first round, but went down to Ruina of China in the next match 5-11, 3-11.


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