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Gulveer Singh breaks his coach’s 16-year-old 10,000m national record at The Ten 2024 athletics meet in California | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian athlete Gulveer Singh shattered the longstanding national record in the men's 10,000m at The Ten 2024 athletics meet held in California, USA on Sunday.Gulveer clinched the second position, completing the race in an impressive time of 27 minutes and 41.81 seconds. He was narrowly edged out by America's Drew Hunter, who secured the top spot with a timing of 27 minutes and 38.87 seconds.The previous national record, held by Gulveer's coach Surendra Singh since 2008, had stood unbroken for 16 years with a timing of 28 minutes and 2.89 seconds.Also See: DC vs RCB Live ScoreGulveer's exceptional performance also ranks him as the 37th best Asian athlete in this category. Remarkably, among Indian athletes, Gulveer stands alone in the top 100 list for this discipline base...
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Drama at wrestling trials: Vinesh wins 50kg bout after holding up proceedings in the morning | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Determined to secure her spot for the Paris Games, star wrestler Vinesh Phogat took a proactive approach by delaying the commencement of the selection trials in the women's 50kg and 53kg categories. She insisted on receiving written assurance from the authorities guaranteeing a final trial in the 53kg weight class before the Olympics.Upon the ad-hoc committee for wrestling conceding to her request, Vinesh, the gold medalist from the Jakarta Asian Games, triumphed over Shivani with an 11-6 score in the 50kg weight category, earning her place in the Paris Olympics Qualification tournament in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan next month.However, in the 53kg bout, she faced a setback, losing to Anju by technical superiority with a score of 0-10.Vinesh, who had previously accused former W...
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Anju Bobby George says Parul Chaudhary among ones to watch out for at Paris Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Anju Bobby George, the vice-president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), highlighted the potential of steeplechase runner Parul Chaudhary as one to watch out for at the upcoming Paris Olympics.Anju expressed her expectations for more than one medal in javelin throw at the event. As of now, nine Indian track-and-field athletes have qualified for the Olympics scheduled for July-August.Among them are the defending gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena, both making the cut in javelin throw.Parul gained prominence with a gold in the 5000m and a silver in the 3000m steeplechase events at the Hangzhou Asian Games last year. Notably, she became the first Indian woman to complete the 3000m steeplechase in less than nine minutes, marking a significant achievement...
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UP’s sports culture changed in 10 years, got 25% of India’s Asiad medals: Yogi Adityanath | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] CM hails Times Group for bringing TOISA to UPLUCKNOW: Hailing the Times Group for bringing The Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that sports culture and performance of sportspersons in the state have undergone a major transformation in the past 10 years."I just returned from Varanasi but when I came to know about TOISA where prominent sports persons are being honoured, I immediately agreed to come here.People associated with sports are attending this event being organised in the state's capital and, directly or indirectly, I would be standing in their welcome," the CM said.‘Earlier the population of UP was more, medals were less. Now it is the other way round’: CM Adityanath at TOISAAddressing the event as ...
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TOISA 2023: Neeraj Chopra, Mohammed Shami, Sheetal Devi headline the list of winners | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] LUCKNOW: In a glittering ceremony held in Lucknow on Friday, the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) 2023 celebrated the stellar performances and achievements of Indian athletes across various disciplines. From historic victories to emerging talents, the event showcased the nation's rich sporting tapestry.Neeraj Chopra, the reigning world champion in men's javelin throw, emerged as the night's big winner, clinching both the 'Sportsperson of the Year' and 'Athlete of the Year' awards for his remarkable triumphs at the Budapest World Athletics Championships and the Asian Games.TOISA 2023:As it happenedIn the para-sports category, Sumit Antil and Sheetal Devi were jointly honored as the 'Para Sportsperson of the Year' for their exceptional feats in javelin throw and para-archery res...
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Watch: Akash Deep’s three-wicket burst on debut against England | – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pacer Akash Deep almost had a dream start to his Test career when he clean bowled Zak Crawley in the fourth over on the first day of the fourth Test against England in Ranchi on Friday.It was a lovely delivery that nipped back from a length around off and burst past Crawley's inside edge, sending the off-stump cart-wheeling. But as luck would have it, the siren went off and the replays showed that it was a front-foot no-ball.But an undeterred Akash Deep continued to bowl full tilt and indeed made it a memorable debut nonetheless by getting his maiden Test wicket in the 10th over by inducing an edge off the bat of Ben Duckett off a delivery that nipped back in from a good length and then straightened onto the left-hander, made Duckett play and the ball took the edge for ...
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TOISA: How Yogi Adityanath govt transformed UP’s sports scenario in 7 years | – Times of India

[ad_1] On right track to prepare perfect pitchAthlete Parul Chaudhary was about to miss her gold medal by a whisker, but it was a unique motivation - of donning the khaki as a deputy superintendent of police - that helped her snatch victory from the jaws of defeat."In the last 20 metres of the race, I was behind Japanese athlete Ririka Hironaka, but suddenly I bursted for four seconds to cross the finish line first," recalled Parul, who made history in Oct last year by becoming the first Indian woman to win 5000 metres race to fetch the country a gold medal in the Asian Games.TOISA 2023 gala sports awards function today in LucknowAfter the feat, the gritty sportsperson from Meerut told TOI that she had read in the newspapers that UP govt would offer the post of DSP to athletes who won me...
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Anush Agarwalla fetches India’s Paris Olympics quota in equestrian | – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) announced on Monday that Asian Games medallist Anush Agarwalla has secured a Paris Olympics quota for the country in the dressage discipline.Agarwalla, who clinched a historic individual dressage bronze at the Hangzhou Asian Games last year, earned the quota based on his performances in four FEI events: Wroclaw, Poland (73.485%), Kronenberg, Netherlands (74.4%), Frankfurt, Germany (72.9%), and Mechelen, Belgium (74.2%).The allocated quota is for the country, and the EFI will conduct a final trial to determine the Indian entry for the Paris Olympics."I am very proud and grateful to have been successful for securing a berth for India at the Paris Olympic Games. Competing in the Olympics has always been a childhood dream for me and ...
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Vinesh Phogat wins 55kg category gold in National Wrestling Championships | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Vinesh Phogat, the Asian Games gold medallist, secured the 55kg gold at the Senior National Wrestling Championships, organised by the ad-hoc committee of the Indian Olympic Association in Jaipur on Sunday.Exhibiting her seasoned skills, Vinesh triumphed with a 4-0 victory over her Madhya Pradesh opponent, Jyoti, despite competing in a higher weight category.The 29-year-old, representing the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), previously clinched gold at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games in the 50kg category and triumphed at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in the 53kg category.In another intense bout, Haryana's Anshu Malik, the 2021 World Championship silver medallist, defeated Sarita Mor (Railways), the 2020 Asian Championship gold medallist, with a score of 8-3 in...
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Vishnu Sarvanan creates history, becomes first Indian sailor to qualify for consecutive Olympics | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Asian Games bronze medallist Vishnu Saravanan has become the first Indian sailor to qualify for successive Olympics. The 24-year-old, a Subedar from the Mumbai-based Army Yachting Node, secured his berth for the Paris Games at the ILCA-7 World Championship.Vishnu's remarkable journey to qualification saw him finish 26th out of 152 participants in the championship, showcasing his skills and determination on the global stage. His achievement is a significant milestone for Indian sailing and marks a breakthrough for the sport in the country.Competing in the ILCA-7 category, Vishnu excelled, securing the top rank among Asian countries. His performance surpassed gold medallists from Singapore in the Asian Games and medallists from Hong Kong and Thailand in the Continental Qu...
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Aryna Sabalenka crushes Zheng Qinwen to defend Australian Open title | Tennis News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: 25-year-old Belarusian defending champion and world number two Aryna Sabalenka defeated Chinese 12th seed Zheng Qinwen 6-3, 6-2 to win the Australian Open women's singles title in Melbourne on Saturday.Sabalenka took just 33 minutes to race through a 6-3 win in the first set at Melbourne Park.This is Sabalenka's second Grand Slam title while Zheng was gunning for a first.Sabalenka became the first woman to defend the Australian Open title since 2013.It capped an incredible display of power and poise from Sabalenka over the past fortnight, with the 25-year-old surging to the title without losing a set through her seven matches.The Belarusian matched the achievement of compatriot Victoria Azarenka, who won the tournament in 2012 and 2013.The Belarusian opened with a comfo...
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Rohan Bopanna and Joshna Chinappa among athletes selected for Padma Shri award | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Tennis ace Rohan Bopanna has been chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Indian government. Bopanna's stellar achievements on the court have earned him this recognition, making him the oldest player to attain the top ranking when the new doubles rankings are released on Monday.The 43-year-old Indian tennis stalwart is on the verge of clinching his first men's doubles major title at the Australian Open final alongside partner Matthew Ebden on Saturday. Bopanna's illustrious career includes being the fourth Indian to secure a Grand Slam trophy, achieved in the mixed doubles category at the French Open in 2017 with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski.Joining Bopanna on the list of Padma Shri awardees is veteran squash player Joshna Chinappa, a 37-year-old athle...
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India placed in tough Pool B in men’s hockey competition of Paris Olympics | Hockey News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Asian Games champions and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Indian men's hockey team faces a challenging draw in Pool B at the upcoming Paris Games.The eight-time champions India have been clubbed with formidable opponents, including reigning Olympic champions and world number two, Belgium, powerhouse Australia, Rio Games gold medallist Argentina, New Zealand, and Ireland.India, currently ranked third globally, secured a historic bronze medal in Tokyo, ending a 41-year medal drought. The team has historically found it challenging to overcome opponents like Tokyo silver medallist Australia and Argentina.In Pool A, the competing teams include Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France, and South Africa.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) revealed the pools fo...
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Malaysia Open: Satwik-Chirag one step away from second Super 1000 title | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Asian Games gold medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty displayed exceptional skills and resilience in the Malaysia Open Super 1000 men's doubles semi-final.The Indian duo, ranked second in the world, staged a remarkable comeback against the world champions, the Korean pair of Seo Seung Jae and Kang Min Hyuk, securing victory in straight games with a scoreline of 21-18, 22-20.Satwik and Chirag showcased their prowess by saving six game points during a crucial eight-point burst in the second game, sealing the win in a thrilling encounter.This victory propels them into the final, where they stand a chance to secure their second Super 1000 title, having previously triumphed at the Indonesian Open in June the previous year.The Indian pair holds a 3-1 head-to-h...
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’10 straight wins and then one bad day’: Sunil Gavaskar sums up Team India’s outstanding show in 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar hailed India's outstanding performance in the year gone by as he summed up the team's heartbreaking loss in the ODI World Cup final as just one bad day after unbelievable 10 successive victories.The men's team lifted the Asia Cup trophy and secured the gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Despite these successes, the Rohit Sharma-led side faced defeats against Australia in both the World Test Championship (WTC) and the World Cup finals."That's been the most exciting aspect of cricket apart from, of course, what we saw in the World Cup. The 10 straight wins, and, then, just that one bad day, which sadly happened to be the finals of the World Cup. So really some exciting times in 2023," Gavaskar said on the Star Sports show 'Fo...
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Avinash Sable: Once a mason in Beed, now a Golden steeplechaser

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. * 50 Number of athletes who come from families with annual income less than Rs 50,000 Avinash Sable, 29, worked as a mason in drought-prone Mandwa, a village in Beed district, after an academy in Aurangabad weeded him out as coaches there didn’t think he had a future as a distance runner. The 12-year-old was spotted by scouts of a state-government scheme but his career had hit a roadblock. Once he finished school, Sable worked for just Rs 100 a day and seemed destined to spend the rest of his life in Mandwa. His fortunes changed when ...
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Bareilly girl Khushbu takes up Malaysian sport, wins medal, gets Army job

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those.* 9 girls from low income, low education families availed basic SAI facilities and could change lives and augment family income. At the age of 14, Khushbu saw a few boys playing sepaktakraw – a popular sport in Malaysia – at Bareilly’s Major Dhyanchand Stadium SAI centre. At first, she thought the sport was a different version of volleyball. She would ask her father, Gopal, a home guard by profession who was posted at the stadium, about the sport. “There is a sports hostel at the stadium, and only boys from the north east region used to...
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Painful shift to new home brought joy to Arjun Singh

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. *98 Number of athletes who had access to academies to take their first step Nothing covers India better than the monsoon and the railways. Sporting academies would perhaps come next—not modern or state-of-the-art as those in urban centres or state-run, but those enough to ignite the fire and shape the early days of an athlete. Like the canoeing and kayaking academies in Roorkee, an industrial town founded by the British to produce spare parts for ships, on the banks of Ganges Canal in the 19th century, 30km from Haridwar. It’s where Ar...
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Until they joined Army, sports was not on the minds of these winners

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. * 20: Number of medallists who are from Army backgrounds. Most took up a sport only after recruitment Before he enlisted in the Indian army in 2016, Arvind Singh had never heard of the sport of rowing. At the Hangzhou Asian Games, the 27-year-old Arvind combined with Arjun Lal Jat to bring home a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls event. “I joined the army in 2016, following in my elder brother’s footsteps. Back then, I had never heard of the sport, let alone try it back home. When I enlisted in the army, a coach noticed my...
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Back story: more resources, better reach, help from unsung mentors

[ad_1] India’s tally at the 2002 Asian Games was 36 medals. In 2014, that count climbed to 57. And 2023 saw the giant leap, as the century barrier was broken. What explains this three-fold surge? The answer lies in the stories of 256 Hangzhou medallists.The Indian Express investigation threw up a series of telling numbers. Take two: Around 65 per cent of the medallists are from families with less than Rs 5 lakh income per annum and 33 per cent were born and raised in rural India. That they are making it to the podium underlines the significant strides in last-mile connectivity in the sporting ecosystem under which funds and technical support are reaching the athletes timely and efficiently. From government policies, like the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), to key timely interventio...