Vijender wins bronze medal
New Delhi: Beijing Olympics bronze winner Vijender Singh had to be content with a bronze medal in the European Grand Prix boxing event in Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic, after going down 0-2 in the 75kg semi-final to European Championship silver medallist Victor Totiujanstsi of Moldova on Friday.
Another Indian, Suranjoy Singh advanced to the final of the 51 kg category with a 11-4 victory over Ireland’s Declan Geraghdy. Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Jai Bhagwan (60kg) have also reached the semi-finals, thereby assuring three more medals for India.
Shiv tied third
Baltray (Ireland): Delhi pro Shiv Kapur blasted a bogey-free six-under 66 to lie tied third but compatriots Jyoti Randhawa and SSP Chowrasia stared at early exit after poor opening rounds in The 3 Irish Open golf tournament here.
Playing his back nine first, Shiv parred the first six holes before reeling off back-to-back birdies and completing the stretch with a par shot. On his front nine, Shiv birdied the third, fifth, seventh and ninth to round off a highly satisfying day.
Chowrasia returned a two-over 74 after dropping four bogeys against a pair of birdies. The case was worse with Randhawa who went five-over 77 with three birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey to boot.
Johl misses cut
Seoul: The Indian challenge at the Asian Tour’s GS Caltex Maekyung Open golf tournament ended after Amandeep Johl missed the cut and Gaganjeet Bhullar retired midway through the second round here on Friday. Johl followed up his disastrous opening round of 77 with a three-over 74 to end the tournament with a total of seven-over 151. Bhullar, meanwhile, didn't even complete his round after Thursday’s 76.
Mahesh on top
Mumbai: Arjuna awardee Cdr. R Mahesh won all his races and moved to the top of the chart in the match racing championship of the Ocean Blue Multi Classes Regatta, organised by the Yachting Association of India, here on Friday.
Good day for Indians
New Delhi: Prakash Amritraj’s singles campaign in the Izmir Cup in Turkey came to an end but the Indian continued to progress in doubles and reached the semi-finals along with Rajeev Ram.
Prakash lost 2-6, 4-6 to Czech Pavel Snobel in the singles . Prakash and Rajeev defeated Fredrerik Nielsen and Ken Skupski 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter finals to set up a clash with third seeds Russians Michall Elgin and Alexandra Kudryavtsev.
Meanwhile, Harsh Mankad and his partner Kaes Van’t Hof cruised into the semi-finals of the Sarasota Open after edging past qualifiers Ty Bracewell and Derek Myers 6-3, 7-6 (3) in Longboat Key, US.
Madrid: The WTA Tour board has rejected the Dubai Tennis Championships organisers’ appeal of a record $300,000 fine and other penalties stemming from the United Arab Emirates’ decision to deny a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer. The UAE turned down Peer’s visa request a day before she was to arrive for the meet in February.
Rooster to race
Calcutta: Red Rooster Racing, India’s first integrated racing company, has confirmed participation for all the races in the Petronas FIM Asian GP. Red Rooster Racing is the first ever Indian team to participate in this prestigious event, the first round of which was held at the Sepang circuit in April.
Innsbruck: Lance Armstrong and other riders of the Astana team protested the Kazakhstan squad’s lack of salary payments by fading out the sponsors on their jerseys in the Giro d’Italia on Friday.
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