GOLF – Asian Games golf trials
Rashid Khan hit sizzling form at the right time to card a 6-under 66 and join Viraj Madappa (69) and Karandeep Kochhar (67) in the lead at the Asian Games golf trials in Bengaluru.
The golfers have now played four rounds with one more to go. Rashid, Madappa and Kochhar are all at 14-under. Yuvraj Sandhu got back into the reckoning with a 66 on the fourth day. Since only four best scores will be considered for final position, Rashid is two shots ahead of Madappa. Rashid’s rounds have been 68-73-67-66 while Madappa has shot 66-68-71-69.
Yuvraj (68-70-76-66) and Kochhar (69-69-69-67) are also looking to make a run for one of the two berths in men’s section.
Rashid’s three best rounds put him at 15-under (his 73 being discarded) against Madappa’s 13-under (71 being discarded). For three best rounds, Yuvraj is 12-under and third while Kochhar, 11-under for his three best rounds out of four, is fourth.
Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma have already been selected based on their world rankings.
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In the women’s section, Avani Prashanth (74-64-69-70) trails Jahanvi Bakshi (69-69-69-69) by one shot in the four-round aggregate.
However, when only three best rounds are considered, Avani is 13-under and Jahanvi is 9-under. That gives Avani a clear advantage going into the fifth and final round. Aditi Ashok and Tvesa Malik have already been selected on their world rankings.
Rashid, the only player in the field with an Asian Games medal, which he won by being part of the amateur team in 2010, shot six-under 66, his best card of the week. Starting from the 10th, he birdied five holes on the back nine of KGA Golf Course and had one bogey on the second hole. In his second nine, he had two more birdies for his 66.
Kochhar had seven birdies and two bogeys and Madappa had six birdies against three bogeys. Avani had two birdies and no bogeys on front nine and then had one birdie and one bogey on the back nine. Jahanvi was bogey free and her three birdies gave her a fourth straight 69.
Amateur Sneha Singh (76-71-76-68) is 12 shots behind Avani when three best rounds are considered.
National selection trials
Omkar Singh shot 583 in topping the 25-metre centre fire pistol event in the fourth National shooting selection trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Friday.
Omkar, who had shot 584 in the earlier trial, beat Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu by two points.
In the women’s air pistol, Rahi Sarnobat topped the qualifiers with 582 while most of the leading shooters including Olympian Manu Bhaker struggled to reach 570.
The finals of the air pistol will be held on Saturday, as the concluding event of the current series of selection trials.
25m centre fire pistol: 1. Omkar Singh 583; 2. Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu 581; 3. Udit Joshi 580.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Shotgun World Cup
Caitlin Connor and Vincent Hancock of the U.S. won the mixed skeet team event by beating Lucie Anastassiou and Nicolas Lejeune of France 6-1 in the shotgun World Cup in Lonato, Italy.
The two bronze medals went to teams from Britain and Italy.
The Indian pair of Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Ganemat Sekhon did not start the event.
Mixed skeet team: 1. U.S. (Caitlin Connor, Vincent Hancock) 7 (145); 2. France (Lucie Anastassiou, Nicolas Lejeune) 1 (145); 3. Italy (Diana Bacosi, Gabriele Rossetti) 6 (145); 4. Germany (Nadine Messerchmidt, Vincent Haaga) 4 (143); 3. Britain (Emily Jane Hibbs, Karl Frederick Killander) 5 (4); 143 4. Italy-2 (Chiara Di Marziantonio, Luigi Lodde) 5 (3) 143.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
India pick junior archers for Asia Cup Stage 2
India will be sending a junior team for the Archery Asia Cup Stage II, to be held in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq from May 6 to 11.
The men’s recurve team will be spearheaded by 18-year-old Parth Salunkhe, the 2021 senior national champion.
Upcoming Bengal archer Juyel Sarkar, who won a mixed team bronze at the senior Nationals in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this year, was also named in the four-member side.
India will be competing against its rivals from Bangladesh, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and hosts Iraq in the six-day meet.
Recurve boys: Juyel Sarkar, Vinayak Verma, Parth Salunkhe, Mrinal Chauhan; Recurve Girls: Bhajan Kaur, Tisha Sancheti, Laxmi Hembrom, Avani.
Compound boys: Rishabh Yadav, Prathamesh Jawkar, Kushal Dalal, Prathamesh Fuge; Compound Girls: Aditi Swami, Parneet Kaur, Sakshi Chaudhary, Pragati.
Asia-Oceania World Juniors
Ren Matsumura and Ryo Tabata continued to assert their class and considerable potential as they both battled for nearly three hours each to put Japan in the final with a 2-0 victory over Thailand in the Asia-Oceania World Junior Tennis under-14 boys tournament at the DLTA Complex on Friday.
Both Matsumura and Tabata blunted the power game of Kunanan Pantaratorn and Phopthum Sriwong with their court craft and endless enthusiasm to battle it out, fighting for every point. Matsumura won 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-0, while Tabata prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, with both asserting their quickness of feet and the ability to take the sting out of their opponent’s attacking game, by staying strong in the rallies.
In the final, Japan will face Korea which beat Kazakhstan 2-1, with Cho Se Hyuk once again winning both his singles and doubles matches.
Host India did its morale some good by beating Hong Kong 2-1, clinching the contest in a tricky doubles. In the match for the fifth place, India will face Indonesia which came from behind to ambush the mighty Aussies 2-1, winning the decisive doubles through Rafalentino Ali Da Costa and Muhammad Mouressi Urwah against Filip Fantasia and Cruz Hewitt.
Semifinals: Korea bt Kazakhstan 2-1 (Juchan Hwang lost to Damir Zhalgasbay 3-6, 2-6; Cho Se Hyuk bt Zangar Nurlanuly 6-1, 6-1; Cho Se Hyuk & Do Gyeom bt Zangar Nurlanuly & Damir Zhalgasbay 6-4, 6-2).
Japan bt Thailand 2-0 (Ren Matsumura bt Kunanan Pantaratorn 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-0; Ryo Tabata bt Phopthum Sriwong 3-6, 6-3, 6-3).
5-8 placing: India bt Hong Kong 2-1 (Aditya Mor lost to Siu Chi NIcholas Cheng 2-6, 4-6; Arnav Paparkar bt Sin Hang Tam 6-2, 6-2; Tanussh Ghildyal & Arnav Paparkar bt Siu Chi NIcholas Cheng & Ngai Hoi Cheung 7-6(5), 7-5).
Indonesia bt Australia 2-1 (Muhammad Mouressi Urwah bt Filip Fantasia 4-6, 7-5, [10-7]; Rafalentino Ali Da Costa lost to Jake Dembo 3-6, 0-6; Rafalentino Ali Da Costa & Muhammad Mouressi Urwah bt Filip Fantasia & Cruz Hewitt 1-6, 6-4, [10-6]).
– Kamesh Srinivasan
ATP Challenger – Sumit Nagal loses in second round
Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Jack Sock of the U.S. in the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 53,120 Challenger tennis tournament in the U.S.
In the Challenger in Mexico, Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni had made the doubles semifinals.
In the ITF men’s event in Thailand, S. D. Prajwal Dev continued with his good run, and beat the sixth seed Yuta Shimizu of Japan in straight sets.
USD 53,120 Challenger, Savannah, U.S.
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Jack Sock (US) bt Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Tung-Lin Wu (Tpe) & Zhizhen Zhang (Chn) bt Purav Raja & Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 7-6 (5).
USD 53,120 Challenger, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Doubles (quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni bt Skander Mansouri (Tun) & Michail Pervolarakis (Gre) 6-3, 7-6 (5).
USD 15,000 ITF men, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Singles (quarterfinals): S. D. Prajwal Dev bt Yuta Shimizu (Jpn) 7-5, 6-3.
– Kamesh Srinivasan