April 2015

BOXING
President’s Cup—India champions for the first time
Rakesh Kumar (69kg) and Harpal Singh (75kg) struck gold as India were crowned champions for the first time in the 22nd President’s Cup Boxing Tournament in Palembang, Indonesia. Shamjetsabam Sarjubala (48kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) clinched gold in the women’s competition.

The Indian team logged 33 points to finish ahead of second-placed Mongolia. India finished with four gold and a bronze at the end of the event.

CHESS
Women’s World Team Championship
Harika and Koneru Humpy of India came up with fine individual performances to win silver and a bronze, respectively, even as the Indian eves finished fourth in the women’s world team chess championship, held in Chongdu, China.

Considering that the Indian team entered the tournament as a wild card, a fourth-place finish can be justified as a pretty decent show. However, the medal was within the grasp as the team finished just one point shy of China, which bagged the bronze.

China was beaten in the final round by Georgia, who finished the event with an impressive 17 points to clinch the gold medal. Russia claimed the silver medal after defeating United States in the final round.

CRICKET
Bangladesh-Pakistan ODI Series
Bangladesh recorded their first series win against Pakistan after opener Tamim Iqbal’s second successive century secured a seven-wicket victory in the second ODI. Bangladesh had won the first match by 79 runs in their first victory over Pakistan after 16 years.

Soumya Sarkar’s maiden century helped Bangladesh secure a 3-0 One-day series sweep against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in the third and final match.

West Indies-England Test Series
Inspired by James Anderson’s fiery burst with the second new ball and his brilliance in the field, England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on the last day of the second cricket Test, taking 1-0 lead in three-Test series. The first Test had ended in a draw.

England fell to a five-wicket defeat in an absorbing third and final Test as West Indies tied the three-match series at 1-1.

England resumed in Barbados 107 ahead at 39-5 but, despite an unbeaten 35 from Jos Buttler, were all out for 123. It left the hosts with a target of 192 and they were 80-4 before Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood shared 108 runs partnership.

West Indies beat England for only the second time in 29 Tests.

GOLF
US Masters
Jordan Spieth won a historic Masters triumph, deftly handling the final-round tension to hold off Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose and win his first major title by four shots.

Writing an epic conclusion to a week of domination at Augusta National, the 21-year-old American fired a two-under par 70 to finish on 18-under 270, matching the 72-hole tournament record set by Tiger Woods in 1997.

HOCKEY
Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, 24th
New Zealand beat Australia 3-1 to emerge winners. India produced a spirited performance to beat Korea 4-1 in the penalty shoot-out, to finish a creditable third.

Senior National Championship (Division-A)
Railways Sports Promotion Board rode on Amit Rohidas’s hat-trick to beat Uttar Pradesh 5-3 and win the men’s title. In the third-place match, Air India Sports Promotion Board outplayed Hockey Gangpur-Odisha 5-3 to finish on the podium for four years in the running. Air India had won the previous two editions and were the finalists the year before that.

Railways women produced a scintillating performance to thrash Jharkand 12- 2 and win the women’s title.

 SHOOTING
Apurvi Chandela and Jitu Rai wins bronze medals at ISSF World Cup
Ace India shooter Jitu Rai fired his way to win bronze medal in the 10m Air Pistol event at the ISS World Cup in Changwon, Korea. Jitu Rai scored 181.1 points in the final, but out for the gold medal shoot-out by 0.4 points. Jin Jongoh of Korea won gold with a score of 206.0 beating Naung Ye Tun of Myanmar in the gold medal shoot-out.

Apurvi Chandela became only the second Indian shooter after Jitu Rai to bag a quota for 2016 Rio Olympic Games after winning the 10-metre air rifle bronze. Apurvi shot a total of 185.6 in the finals, to finish behind Pejcic Snjezana of Croatia, who won gold, and Ivana Maksimovic of Serbia, who clinched silver.

TENNIS
Sania Mirza becomes first Indian woman to get number one ranking in doubles
Sania Mirza became the first Indian to climb to the top of the WTA doubles ranking after she teamed up with Swiss great Martina Hingis to claim the Family Circle Cup title. She won her third successive doubles title with Hingis, following triumphs in Indian Wells and Miami, to achieve the top ranking milestone.

In 2009, she had become the first Indian woman to claim a grand slam title when she partnered Mahesh Bhupathi to the Australian Open mixed doubles crown.

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