Irvine: Katie Ledecky stormed to the women’s 400m freestyle world record on Saturday, clocking 3min 58.86sec in winning at the US Swimming Championships.
The 17-year-old American broke the previous record of 3:59.15, set by Italian Federica Pellegrini on July 26, 2009. Ledecky is the first woman since US distance great Janet Evans to hold world records in 400m, 800m and 1500m events at the same time.
Calcutta: Pink Panthers of Jaipur beat Bengal Warriors 39-23 in the inaugural Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League on Sunday.
Tromso: The Indian men’s team defeated Qatar 3-1 while the women’s team humbled Holland 3.5-0.5 in the seventh round of 41st Chess Olympiad, here. The victory took the Indian men to joint sixth spot.
n London: France midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps. He won the Premier League last season with Manchester City but was left out of the France squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
AIFF XI 4th
Calcutta: AIFF’s Under-16 Regional Academy boys finished fourth in their maiden stint at the International Youth Tournament (HSV Odin 59’) in Heemskerk, the Netherlands. Narrow reversals to Under-17 teams of Dutch heavyweights AZ Alkmaar and Israel’s top club Maccabi Tel Aviv for the third place clash and cross final, respectively, saw the AIFF boys settle for a fourth spot.
Death on pitch
Kiev: Andriy Bal, who won four Soviet championships and the 1986 European Cup Winners’ Cup with Dynamo Moscow, died on Saturday while playing soccer. He was 56. Local media reports said his death may have been caused by a blood clot.
Calcutta: Riya Dutta bagged a double at the WBTTA Rankings meet, on Sunday. Riya emerged winner in youth girls’ and women’s sections, beating Sumana Saha 4-1 in both categories. In the men’s section, Snehasish Bhattacharjee defeated Sayantan Dey 4-3.