September 2014

CRICKET
England-India ODI Series
Suresh Raina helped India claim first blood in the One-day international series against England, hitting an impressive century to help India to a133-run victory in the second ODI. The first match had to be abandoned due to rain.

India’s slow bowlers tormented England again to claim a six-wicket victory in the third ODI in Nottingham to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.

Ajinkya Rahane’s maiden one-day international hundred set the seal on a crushing nine-wicket series-clinching win over England in the fourth ODI at Edgbaston. This victory ensured an unbeatable 3-0 lead for India in the five-match series.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful Indian captain ever in the one-dayers after India’s nine-wicket thrashing of England in the fourth ODI. The win was Dhoni’s 91st ODI victory as skipper, surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 90 ODI victories as captain. Azharuddin took nine years between 1990 and 1999 and 174 matches to get to his mark while Dhoni did it in only seven years and 162 matches.

Dhoni also registered another record as wicketkeeper. He now has the most international stumpings (131) and is now ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who has 129 stumpings to his name. While Dhoni achieved his milestone in 381 matches, Sangakkara took 563 matches to get to his mark.

Joe Root’s fine century saved England from the ignominy of a series whitewash on home soil as they beat India by 41 runs in the fifth and final One-dayer at Headingley. India won the five-ODI series 3-1.

GOLF
Ryder Cup
Rookie Jamie Donaldson struck the shot of a lifetime to secure a singles win over Keegan Bradley and take Europe to victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in 10 years.

SHOOTING
Jitu Rai becomes first Indian to qualify for Rio
25-year-old Indian Army marksman, Jitu Rai, has become the first Indian shooter to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Rai achieved the Olympics qualifying standard when he won a silver medal in the men’s 50m Pistol event at the 51st ISSF World Championship, held in Granada, Spain.

TENNIS
US Open 2014
Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic in semi-final. However, Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past him to win the Men’s singles final and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out.

Serena Williams swept past Caroline Wozniacki to win the Women’s singles title and move up in the record books with her 18th grand slam title. It was the third straight and sixth overall US Open crown for the 32-year-old American, her 18 career slams putting her alongside Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.

Bob and Mike Bryan won their 100th doubles title when they defeated Spain’s Narcel Granollers and Marc Lopez for a fifth US Open Men’s doubles title.

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their second Grand Slam doubles title by defeating Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta in Women’s doubles final. Playing doubles in her latest comeback from retirement, the 33-year-old Hingis was in her first major final since the 2002 Australian Open.

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza clinched her third mixed doubles Grand Slam title as she and her partner Bruno Soares overcame a few anxious moments in the tie break to win the Mixed-doubles title.

WRESTLING
Wrestling World Championships
Iran’s national Greco-Roman team clinched the title of the Wrestling World Championships with 42 points.

GAMES
Asian Games 2014
The 17th Asian Games started on a spectacular fashion at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon, South Korea. Fireworks and dancers enthralled people gathered at the stadium to watch the opening ceremony featuring 10,000 athletes, a fireworks display and performances by “Gangnam Style” singer PSY and other local pop stars.

Athletes from 45 nations and regions stretching from Jordan to Japan, competed in 42 sports, including bowling, cricket and squash, that aren’t part of the Olympic programme.

Sporting powerhouse China fielding the largest team of almost 900 athletes, 68 percent of whom took part in the Asiad for the first time. Brunei had the smallest team at just 11 athletes.

With lots of joy, some heart-breaks and a few sorroors the 17th Asian Games came to an end at Incheon on 4 October 2014. As many as 14 world records were registered and more than 28 Games records were broken in this duration.

China topped the medals’ tally with 342 medals (151 gold, 108 silver and 83 bronze), followed by South Korea (79 gold, 71 silver and 84 bronze) and Japan (47 gold, 76 silver and 77 bronze).

The Olympic Council of awarded the next Asian Games in 2018 to Jakarta, Indonesia, after Vietnam relinquished its hosting rights over the massive expense involved.

Most Valuable Player: Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino was named as the MVP, recognising his dominant performances in the pool. The 20-year-old university student showed why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman by winning seven medals, including four golds, in just six days of competition.

India’s performance
India won 11 gold medals, 9 silver and 37 bronze –total 57 medals—and finished 8th overall. Four years ago in the Guangzhou Asiad, the tally was 65 — 14 gold, 17 silver, and 34 bronze medals.

The crowning glory was the men’s hockey team winning gold medal in Asian Games after 16 years. In the final, they defeated Pakistan 4-2 in penalty shoot-out.

India’s medal winners:
ARCHERY
Gold: Rajat Chauhan, Sandeep Kumar and Abhishek Verma in Compound Men’s Team.
Silver: Abhishek Verma in Compound Men’s Individual.
Bronze: Trisha Deb in Compound Women’s Individual; Purvasha Shende, Jyothi Vennam, Trisha Deb in Women’s Compound Team.

ATHLETICS
Gold: Priyanka Pawar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and Poovamma Machettira in women’s 4x400m Relay; Seema Punia in Women’s Discus Throw.
Silver: Khushbir Kaur in Women’s 20km Race Walk; Vikas Gowda in Men’s Discus Throw; Tintu Luka in Women’s 800m;  Manju Bala in Women’s Hammer Throw.
Bronze: Rajiv Arokia in Men’s 400m; Poovamma Maachettira in Women’s 400m; Lalita Babar in Women’s 3000m Steeplechase; O.P. Jaisha in Women’s 1500m; Naveen Kumar in Men’s 3000m Steeplechase; Inderjeet Singh in Men’s Shot Put; Annu Rani in Women’s Javelin Throw.

BADMINTON
Bronze: Ashwini Ponnappa, PC Thulasi, Tanvi Uday, Pradnya Gadre, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Sikki Reddy in Women’s Team.

BOXING
Gold: M.C. Mary Kom in Women’s Fly (48-51kg).
Bronze: Vikas Krishan in Men’s Middle (75kg); Satish Kumar in Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg); L. Sarita Devi in Women’s Light (57-60kg); Pooja Rani in Women’s Middle (69-75kg).

HOCKEY
Gold: Men’s Team.
Bronze: Women’s Team.

KABADDI
Gold: Men’s Team; Women’s Team.

ROWING
Bronze: Swarn Singh in Men’s Single Sculls; Kapil Sharma, Ranjit Singh, Bajrang Lal Takhar, Robin Ulahannan, Sawan Kumar, Mohammad Azad, Maninder Singh, Davinder Singh, Mohammed Ahmed in Men’s Eight; Dushyaht Dushiant in Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls.

SAILING
Bronze: Varsha Gautham and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan in 29er Women’s Two Person Dinghy.

SHOOTING
Gold: Jitu Rai in Men’s 50m Pistol.
Silver: Pemba Tamang, Gurpreet Singh and Vijay Kumar in Men’s 25m Centre Fire Pistol Team.
Bronze: Shweta Chaudhry in Women’s 10m Air Pistol; Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed and Heena Sidhu in Women’s 25m Pistol Team; Shagun Chowdhary, Shreyasi Singh and Vasha Varman in Women’s Double Trap Team; Abhinav Bindra in Men’s 10m Air Rifle; Chain Singh in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions; Abhinav Bindra, Ravi Kumar and Sanjeev Rajput in Men’s 10m Air Rifle Team; Jitu Rai, Samaresh Jung and Prakash Nanjappa in Men’s 10m Air Pistol Team.

SQUASH
GOLD: Saurav Ghosala, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Mahesh Mangaonkar, Kush Kumar in Men’s team.
SILVER: Saurav Ghosal in Men’s Singles; Dipika Pallikal, Joshana Chinappa, Anaka Alankamony and Aparajitha Balamurukan in Women’s Team.
BRONZE: Dipika Pallikal in Women’s Singles.

SWIMMING
BRONZE: Sandeep Sejwal in Men’s 50m Breaststroke

TENNIS
Gold: Sania Mirza and Saketh Myneni in Mixed Doubles.
Silver: Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh in Men’s Doubles.
Bronze: Yuki Bhambri in Men’s Singles; Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan in Men’s Doubles; Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare in Women’s Doubles.

WRESTLING
Gold: Yogeshwar Dutt in Men’s Freestyle 65kg.
Silver: Bajrang in Men’s Freestyle 61kg.
Bronze: Vinesh in Women’s Freestyle 48kg; Geetika Jakhar in Women’s Freestyle 63kg; Narsingh Yadav in Men’s Freestyle 74kg.

WUSHU
Bronze: Narender Grewal in Men’s Sanda 60kg; Santhoi Devi in Women’s Sanda 52kg.

Slogan of the Game:  “Diversity Shines Here” was the official slogan of the Incheon Asian Games.

Mascot: Three Spotted seal siblings, known as “Barame”, “Chumuro” and “Vichuon”, were the official mascot of the Games. The names mean wind, dance and light, respectively, in Korean language. According to the organisers, the mascot was chosen as symbolic to the future peace between South Korea and North Korea.

Emblem: The official emblem was represent by a huge wing consisting of a string of “A”, the first letter of “Asia”, with a shining sun at its upper left, symbolising the Asian people holding hands in the sky.

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