August 3, Indian sports news wrap



World Under-20 Championships – silver for India in mixed relay

At a time when the country is finding it difficult to put together relay teams for the majors, the Indian juniors won a historic 4x400m mixed relay silver at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, on Wednesday evening.

The team, comprising Barath Sridhar, Priya H. Mohan, Kapil and Rupal Chaudhary, put up a fighting display. Rupal, the anchor-leg runner, gave a bit of a scare to the USA before India won the silver in a new under-20 Asian record time of 3:17.76s (old record: 3:19.62 clocked in heats earlier). The USA was seven-hundredths of a second faster (3:17.69) while taking the gold while Jamaica took the bronze in 3:19.98.

It was the fastest time by an Indian team in nearly three years and a lot better than the time clocked by the Indian quartet of Muhammed Anas, V. Revathi, V. Subha and Arokia Rajiv at last year’s Tokyo Olympics (3:19.93).

It was also the country’s first-ever silver medal in the relay at a World championship and three of the runners in Cali – Barath, Priya and Kapil – had been in action in India’s previous best result, a bronze in the same event at last year’s under-20 Worlds in Nairobi.

Incidentally, Rupal (52.50s, first in her heat) and Priya (52.56, second in her heat) also qualified for the women’s 400m semifinals in Cali.

Other Indian results

Women: 100m: Avantika Narale (6th in heat, 11.89s), Sudeshna Shivankar (7th, heat, 12.12). 800m: Ashakiran Barla (5th in semifinal, 15th overall, 2:06.86s).

400m hurdles: Simmy (7th, heat, 1:02.58s).

-Stan Rayan


AITA Tennis tournament: Chandana knocks out second seed Sachi

Chandana Potugari knocked out second seed Sachi Sharma 6-1, 0-6, 6-4 in the girls quarterfinals of Rs.100,000 AITA women’s tennis tournament at the Joygaon Academy on Wednesday.

In the semifinals, Chandana will play Sahira Singh who beat fifth seed Shefali Arora in three sets.

The other semifinal will be between Prathiba Narayan and Paavni Paathak.

The results (quarterfinals):

Prathiba Narayan bt Poorvi Bhatt 6-1, 6-3; Paavni Paathak bt Riya Uboveja 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2; Sahira Singh bt Shefali Arora 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-1; Chandana Potugari bt Sachi Sharma 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.

-Kamesh Srinivasan

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