August 2014

ARCHERY
World Cup Stage IV
The Indian women’s team, led by Deepika Kumari, clinched the recurve team gold after routing Mexico 6-0 in the final as India returned with five medals from the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland.

Deepika herself won three medals as she also bagged a bronze each in the recurve women’s individual event and the recurve mixed team pair event with her partner Jayanta Talukdar.

The men’s recurve team settled for a silver medal after losing to Mexico 3-5 in the final. The Indian compound mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende also clinched a silver medal.

BADMINTON
BWF World Championships
Spain’s Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset as she beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui to win the women’s singles title of the BWF World Championships in Copenhagen.

China’s Chen Long clinched the men’s singles title, inflicting Malaysia’s world number one Lee Chong Wei’s third successive defeat in the final.

China’s Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei added a world championship title to their Olympic crown by defeating compatriots Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli in the women’s doubles final.

South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-choel won the men’s doubles title after upsetting fellow countrymen Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong in the final.

Suffering defeat in semi-finals, at the hands of Carolina Marin of Spain, Indian shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu had to settle for a bronze medal, her second successive medal from the mega event. She had earlier knocked out world No.2 and All England Champion Wang Shixian of China 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 to storm into the semi-finals.

In the previous edition in Guangzhou, she had won a bronze—a historic first for any woman Indian shuttler in the singles event. Now, she has become the only Indian to win two World Championship medals.

Prakash Padukone is the other Indian to win a singles medal at the World Championships, interestingly it came in Copenhagen in 1983.

CHESS
Chess Olympiad
Backed by some gutsy performances on all four boards, the Indian men crushed Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5 to clinch a historic bronze medal in the 41st Chess Olympiad, held in Tromso, Norway. China took the gold with 19 match points

CRICKET
England-India Test Series
India sink to an embarrassing innings and 54 run defeat inside three days in the fourth Test, giving England a 2-1 lead in five-Test series. England scored 367 for 9 in their first innings. India scored 152 in the first and got routed for 161 in the second, despite the absence of the injured Broad, who’d taken six in the first innings.

England thrashed India inside three days in the fifth Test to complete a 3-1 series victory. Indian team was scuttled out for 94 in only 29.2 overs in their second innings, as England won by an innings and 244 runs at The Oval.

The third successive victory by England capped an extraordinary turnaround since they were beaten by 95 runs in the second Test at Lord’s to go 1-0 behind in the series. That defeat had taken England’s win-less streak to 10 matches, following a 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia and a first home series defeat by Sri Lanka.

India’s total was their lowest at The Oval and it was the first time since 2008 that they were bowled out for less than 100.

Sri Lanka-Pakistan Test Series
Rangana Herath took six for 48 as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets on last day of the first Test. The left-arm spinner turned the game on its head when Pakistan, who trailed by 82 after the first innings, were bowled out for 180. Sri Lanka then needed 99 runs inside 21 overs.  It was Pakistan’s fourth defeat in a Test match after scoring more than 450 runs in the first innings.  Kumar Sangakkara’s 10th double-century (221) helped Sri Lanka respond solidly to Pakistan’s first-innings 451 and allowed his side to declare at 533 for nine.

Sri Lanka won the second test by 105 runs after Pakistan was out for 165 in its second innings chasing 271 to win. Jayawardene ended his 149-match, 17-year test career with 11,814 runs at nearly 50 runs an innings. Sri Lanka made 320 in the first innings and 282 in the second. Pakistan made with 332 and 165.

GAMES
Commonwealth Games, 20th
Scotland rolled out a spectacular opening ceremony on 23 July 2014, with dazzling and colourful display of their unique culture and heritage on a breathtaking night, which also had some Indian flavour to set the stage for the 20th Commonwealth Games. As per convention, the head of Commonwealth countries Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games Open.

Britain’s all time most successful Olympian cyclist and a Scottish himself, Sir Chris Hoy was given the honour of presenting the Queens Baton to Her Majesty who read out her message to the Commonwealth before declaring open the Games to be competed for 11 days among 4929 athletes from 71 nations and territories of the erstwhile British Empire.

India had their slice of attention with cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar turning up in a brief video clip, urging people to donate for the improvement of the living condition of children throughout the world in his role as the Global Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, which partnered with Glasgow 2014 in a first-of-its-kind initiative.

The Indian contingent, headed by flag bearer and Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar, led the Parade of Nations, by virtue of being hosts in 2010 Delhi edition.

On 4 August 2014, in a great triumph of Glaswegians and Glasgow, the Commonwealth Games ended in a grand, intimate pop party at the Hampden Park, the national football stadium, with dazzling fireworks of all hues lighting up the skyline and Kylie Minogue and Scotland’s very own Lulu performing before a wildly enthusiastic audience.

The Games were declared the “best ever” during the party-like ceremony, which celebrated Scottish and Glaswegian values.

The Commonwealth Flag was passed on to the representatives from Gold Coast, Australia, the city that will host the 2018 CWG.  Gold Coast made a presentation too, in which Australian singer and actress Jessica Mauboy highlighted the excellence of Gold Coast and the Queensland province.

England topped the standings with 174 medals (58 Gold, 59 Silver, 57 Bronze). Australia was second on the medals’ tally with 49 Gold, 42 Silver and 46 Bronze medals. Canada was third (32 Gold, 16 Silver and 34 Bronze medals).

Mascot
The official Glasgow 2014 mascot is a thistle man called Clyde—named after the host city’s famous river.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scotland took a record number of gold medals and a record total overall, finishing fourth in the table. The home nation, of five million people, was comfortably between Canada with 35 million and India with 1 billion.
  • Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbave won gold medal in women’s 100m, 200m and was also part of the 4x100m relay team hat won a silver medal.
  • K. Bailey-Cole of Jamaica won the men’s 100m race.
  • The men’s marathon was won by Australia’s M. Shelly. The women’s event was won by Kenya’s F. Daniel.
  • Abhinav Bindra of India won gold in the 10m Rifle contest, a day after announcing on twitter that these were his last Commonwealth Games.
  • Indian judokas produced the country’s best-ever performance by bagging three medals.
  • Satish Sivalingam of India rewrote the Games Snatch record enroute to his gold medal winning performance.
  • Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh were awarded silver and bronze medal, respectively, after Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha (in women’s 53 kg) was stripped of her weightlifting gold medal, failing a doping test.
  • Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian woman gymnast to clinch a historic Commonwealth Games medal in artistic gymnastics when she won the women’s vault bronze.
  • Parupalli Kashyap become the first Indian man in 32 years to win the Commonwealth Games gold in Badminton.
  • Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning India’s first-ever squash medal at the Commonwealth Games when they won the women’s doubles final to clinch the gold medal.
  • Powerlifter Rajinder Rahelu, whose legs were affected with polio, won the silver medal in the heavyweight category.

India’s Performance
India finished fifth in the medals tally with 64 medals (15 Gold, 30 Silver, 19 Bronze).

Gold Medal Winners
P. Kashyap – Men’s badminton singles
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa – Women’s doubles squash
Yogeshwar Dutt – Men’s wrestling, 65 kg freestyle
Babita Kumari – Women’s wrestling, 55 kg freestyle
Vikas Gowda – Men’s discus throw
Sushil Kumar – Men’s wrestling, 75 kg
Amit Kumar – Men’s wrestling, 57 kg
Vinesh Phogat – Women’s wrestling, 48 kg
Jitu Rai – Men’s shooting, 50m Pistol
Satish Sivalingam – Men’s weightlifting, 77 kg
Apurvi Chandela – Women’s shooting, 10m Air Rifle
Rahi Sarnobat – Women’s shooting, 25m Pistol
Abhinav Bindra – Men’s 10m Air Rifle shooting
K. Sanjita Chanu – Women’s weightlifting 48 kg category
Sukhen Dey – Men’s weightlifting 56 kg category

Silver Medal Winners
Men’s hockey team
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – Women’s Badminton doubles
Laishram Sarita Devi – Women’s boxing, 57-60 kg
Laishram Devendro Singh – Men’s boxing, 46-49 kg
Vijender Singh – Men’s boxing, 75 kg
Mandeep Jangra – Men’s boxing, 69 kg
Seema Punia – Women’s discus throw
Rajinder Rahelu – Men’s heavy powerlifting
Achanta Sharath Kamal and Antony Amalraj – Men’s Table Tennis
Geetika Jhakar – Women’s wrestling, 63 kg freestyle
Satyawart Kadian – Men’s wrestling, 97 kg freestyle
Bajrang – Men’s wrestling, 61 kg
Lalita Sehrawat – Women’s wrestling, 53 kg
Sakshi Malik – Women’s wrestling, 58 kg
Sanjeev Rajput – Men’s shooting, 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Harpreet Singh – Men’s shooting, 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
Rajeev Tomar – Men’s wrestling, 125 kg
Gurpal Singh – Men’s shooting, 50m Pistol
Gagan Narang – Men’s shooting, 50m Rifle Prone
Vikas Thakur – Men’s weightlifting, 85 kg
Shreyasi Singh – Women’s shooting, double trap
Ravi Katulu – Men’s weightlifting, 77 kg
Prakash Nanjappa – Men’s shooting, 10m Air Pistol
Ayonika Paul – Women’s shooting, 10m Air Rifle
Anisa Sayeed – Women’s shooting, 25m Pistol
Malaika Goel – Women’s 10m Air Pistol shooting
Santoshi Matsa – Women’s 53 kg category in weightlifting
S. Mirabai Chanu – Women’s weightlifting 48 kg category
Navjot Chana – Men’s judo 60 kg
Shushila Likmabam – Women’s judo 48 kg

Bronze Medal Winners
Arpinder Singh – Men’s triple jump
P.V. Sindhu – Women’s badminton
R.M.V. Gurusaidutt – Men’s badminton
Sakina Khatun – Women’s lightweight powerlifting
Pinki Jangra – Women’s boxing, 51 kg
Pawan Kumar – Men’s wrestling, 86 kg freestyle
Dipa Karmakar – Women’s artistic gymnastics
Navjot Kaur – Women’s wrestling, 69 kg
Gagan Narang – Men’s shooting, 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Manavjit Singh Sandhu – Men’s shooting, Trap
Lajja Gauswami – Women’s shooting, 50m Rifle 3 Positions
Chandrakant Mali – Men’s weightlifting, 94 kg
Mohammed Asab – Men’s shooting, double trap
Punam Yadav – Women’s weightlifting, 63 kg
Rajwinder Kaur – Women’s +78 kg judo
Omkar Otari – Men’s 69 kg Weightlifting
Swati Singh – Women’s 53 kg category in weightlifting
Kalpana Thoudam – Women’s judo 52 kg
Ganesh Mali – Men’s weightlifting 56 kg

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