July 2015

World Championships—Rajat Chauhan gets India its first-ever individual medal
Rajat Chauhan earned India its first-ever individual medal in the World Archery Championships when the compound marksman bagged a silver medal after losing to local favourite Stephan Hansen in the final.

This was the first individual medal for an Indian archer in the World Archery Championship. The women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi had won India a World Championship medal in 2011.

Inderjeet Singh scripts history as first Indian to clinch gold at World University Games
Star athlete Inderjeet Singh scripted history as he became the first Indian to clinch a gold in athletics in the World University Games by winning the men’s shot put event. It was not an easy outing for the Asian champion as he won the event with his final throw of 20.27m at the Gwangju (South Korea) Universiade Main Stadium to open India’s gold medal account in the Games.

South Asian Championship
Defending champions India notched up an emphatic 93-44 win over Sri Lanka to retain the title.

Mayweather stripped of title
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao, for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said. Mayweather, who improved to 48-0 by beating Pacquiao in May, missed a deadline by which he had to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from the fight and vacate the junior middleweight title he also held.

The WBO said it is against rules for boxers to hold world titles in multiple weight classes and that Mayweather had to indicate which weight division he would retain.

Sri Lanka-Pakistan Test series
Younis Khan’s unbeaten 171 guided Pakistan to their highest successful run chase and a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to clinch the three-match series by a 2-1 margin. This was Pakistan’s first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 2006.

Zimbabwe-India ODI series
India survived beat Zimbabwe by 4 runs in a last-ball thriller in the first ODI of the three-match series to start their campaign on a winning note at Harare Sports Club.

India rode on a solid all-round performance to comfortably crush Zimbabwe by 62 runs in the second ODI, thereby taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

An excellent all-round show from India ensured a 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe, winning the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Harare by 83 runs. Stuart Binny took three wickets as Zimbabwe were cleaned out for 193 in their chase of 277. For India, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav put on a memorable 144-run stand. Pandey scored his maiden ODI half-century, becoming the 12th Indian batsman to reach the landmark on debut. Kedar scored 105 not out.

England-Australia Ashes Test Series
Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England’s charge to a 169-run victory over Australia in the first Test at Cardiff, to make a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes.

Australia recorded a resounding 405-run over a sloppy England side to level the Ashes series 1-1 on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s. The tourists posted a daunting target of 509 after declaring their second innings at 254-2 shortly before the lunch. In reply, England crumbled against the Australia’s much-vaunted bowling attack and were bundled out for a dismal 103 in mere 37 overs.

England bounced back from the Lord’s defeat to register a comprehensive eight-wicket win, inside three days in the third Test, thus taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Steve Finn, playing his first Test in two years, was the star of the Test for England; he returned with figures of 6/79 in the second innings.

Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODI Series
A brisk 95 from opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad after a fine display from the bowlers gave Pakistan an emphatic seven-wicket win in the fourth ODI, and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. This was their first one-day international series win against Sri Lanka in nine years.

Bangladesh-South Africa Test series
The rain-hit opening Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong petered out to a tame draw after the final day’s play was called off without a ball being bowled. The second and final Test also ended in a draw in Dhaka after heavy rain meant no play was possible on last four days.

FIFA Women’s World Cup
Carli Lloyd led from the front as USA won the title for the third time, with a 5-2 victory over Japan. The final was held in Vancouver, Canada.

England defeated Germany 1-0 to claim the third place.

Copa America
Hosts Chile defeated Argentina on penalties to end their 99-year wait for a Copa America crown. Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez struck the winning spot-kick for Chile, as the hosts clinched a 4-1 shoot-out victory when the game ended goalless after extra time. Chile’s win was their first ever victory over Argentina in the Copa America.

British Open 2015
American Zach Johnson claimed the second major triumph of his career after winning a four-hole playoff at the end of a captivating, cliffhanger of a final round in the British Open.

World League
Great Britain claimed the bronze medal by defeating India 5-1 in the third place play-off match.

Indian eves enhanced their chances of qualifying for the Rio Olympics after a 1-0 victory over Japan in the fifth-place playoff.

Wimbledon 2015
Serena Williams defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win the women’s singles title. This was her sixth Wimbledon title and a 21st Grand Slam crown. Serena is also the first woman player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win the first three Grand Slams of the year. Graf completed her ‘Calendar Slam’ that year and Serena can match that feat in US Open. At age 33, she has also become the oldest player to win Wimbledon. Martina Navratilova had won it at age of 30.

Novak Djokovic displayed the true depth of his steely core to end Roger Federer’s hopes of a record eighth men’s singles title, with a 7-6(1) 6-7(10) 6-4 6-3 victory. Djokovic has joined his coach Boris Becker on three Wimbledon titles, taking his grand slam haul to nine ahead of the likes of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza won the women’s doubles title by beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

Fourth seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau won the men’s doubles title by defeating Jamie Murray and John Peers.

Martina Hingis completed the doubles-double after she and Leander Paes walloped Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1 6-1 to win the mixed doubles trophy.


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