Japan’s Eiki Takahashi won the 10,000m race walk event at the Juntendo University Long Distance meeting by completing in a record time 37:25.21. Takahashi managed to hold off a strong challenge from 2018 World Race Walking Team Championships 20km winner Koki Ikeda, who finished second in 37:25.90 on Saturday, according to World Athletics.
Ikeda had clocked a Japanese 5,000m race walk record of 18:20.14—the fastest time in the world for 12 years—just three weeks ago on the same track.
Yuta Koga, the World University Games bronze medallist, was at the third spot with timing of 37:35.00.
Earlier in 2014 and 2015, Takahashi had set Asian records for the 10,000m race but both were relatively short-lived, as was his 1:18:03 Japanese record for the 20km race walk in 2015.
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Pollard’s blast helps WI register 4-wicket win
Kieron Pollard’s six 6s in an over stole the show as West Indies registered a comprehensive four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the three-match series on Thursday here at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
With this win, the hosts have gained a 1-0 lead in the series. Both the teams would now lock horns in the second T20I, beginning Friday. Chasing 132, the hosts got off to a blazing start as the openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons put on 52 runs in the very first three overs. However, Sri Lanka staged an emphatic comeback as spinner Akila Dananjaya took a hat-trick in the fourth over to send back Lewis (28), Chris Gayle (0), and Nicholas Pooran (0).
Simmons also departed soon after and West Indies was reduced to 62/4 in the fifth over. However, skipper Pollard provided real entertainment in the sixth over as he dispatched Dananjaya for six 6s in over and the hosts’ score read 98/4 after the conclusion of the sixth over.
Pollard departed after playing a knock of 38 off just 11 balls, but in the end, Jason Holder (29) and Dwayne Bravo (4) guided Windies to a four-wicket win with 41 balls to spare.
KKFI INTRODUCES A 10-DAY UNIQUE PROGRAMME FOR KHO KHO COACHES
Following the successful completion of the High-Performance Assessment and Scientific Analysis & Evaluation Programme—Rise in Sports Excellence—for the national Kho Kho players, the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) on Thursday introduced High Performance Coaches’ Coaching Camp for the very first time. The Kho Kho Federation of India will be starting the 10 day camp for coaches which will be held at the Manav Rachna Educational Institutions in Faridabad.
According to KKFI General Secretary Mahender Singh Tyagi, as many as 54 coaches from all over India are taking part in this 10-day programme.
“The coaches will be monitored by vastly experienced officials at Manav Rachna Sports Science Centre with the help of experts from Sports Authority of India, Delhi University, and other institutions. This will be a Level 2 course and the coaches will be informed about the sports science benefits, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, injury management, biomechanics, biokinetics, psychological impact, leadership quality, and other important things.
“Then there will be a technical official workshop Level 3 from March 12 to March 17. Nearly 75 officials will come for that. They will be guided by the experts about the new rules and regulations of the Kho Kho. Our focus is to make this sport more advanced and easier to understand for all,” Mr. Tyagi added.
Focussed on regaining complete fitness with the help of sports science technology, India’s top Kho Kho players lately discovered a new experience in their playing career with their participation in the first-ever High-Performance Assessment and Scientific Analysis & Evaluation Programme conducted by KKFI
Despite playing the sport for almost a decade, many players weren’t aware of correct techniques that lead to rehabilitation, injury management, biomechanics, biokinetics, and nutritional guidance.
The camp provided a timely opportunity for Indian Kho Kho players to regain full fitness after staying away from the sport for seven months due to the nationwide lockdown owing to the pandemic.
The sport has now gained momentum and the Kho Kho Federation of India, under the leadership of President Sudhanshu Mittal and also with the guidance from IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, is leaving no stone unturned to make it more and more attractive for the general audience.
Day 1: India’s spin arsenal steals the show
At stumps, India’s score read 24/1 with Rohit and Pujara at the crease, trailing the visitors by 181 runs in the first innings. Bundled out for 205, eight English batsmen succumbed to India’s ingenious spin.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara showed great application as India ended the opening day of the fourth and final Test against England in the driver’s seat despite losing opener Shubman Gill at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday. 11 wickets fell on the day as England was bundled out for 205 after skipper Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat first.
At stumps, India’s score read 24/1 with Rohit (8*) and Pujara (15*) at the crease — trailing the visitors by 181 runs in the first innings. After a disappointing show with the bat, England got off to a flying start with the ball as James Anderson struck with the third ball of the innings. The pace spearhead trapped Gill (0) in front of the stumps as India lost a wicket with no run on the board.
But Rohit and Pujara ensured that was the end of the visitors’ joy on the day as they played out without losing any wicket.
Earlier, Axar once again hogged the limelight with his four-wicket haul while Ravichandran Ashwin scalped three as England was bundled out for 205. While it was Mohammed Siraj who picked the all-important wicket of Root in the first session, Ashwin broke the deadlock in the third session as he dismissed Ollie Pope.
Pope’s wicket sparked a collapse from which England couldn’t really recover. The visitors went down from 166/5 to 205 all out within 14.3 overs, losing half of their side for 39 runs as Axar struck twice in one over. Ashwin dismissed Pope a few minutes into the third session. Pope got unlucky as the inside edge hit the back pad and popped to short-leg fielder Shubman Gill.
India’s senior off-spinner then dismissed Ben Foakes in the 66th over to reduce the visitors to 170/7. Minutes later Axar dismissed Daniel Lawrence and Dominic Bess to leave England reeling at 189/9. It looked as the visiting side would get bundled out soon, but Jack Leach and James Anderson took England over the 200-run mark.
Earlier, electing to bat first, England openers Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley saw off the first five overs bowled by the Indian pacers — Ishant Sharma and Siraj, who has come into the side in place of Jasprit Bumrah. However, the introduction of Axar in the sixth over brought immediate reward for the hosts as the spinner clean-bowled Sibley (2), reducing England to 10/1.
The 27-year-old struck again in his second over as he had Crawley (9) caught at mid-off. The right-handed batsman tried to go over the top to create more pressure on the bowler, but ended up mistiming the ball and handed a simple catch to Siraj. Immediately after the first drinks break, England skipper Root (5) was trapped in front by Siraj and the visitors got reduced to 30/3 in the 13th over.
Brief Scores: England 205 (Ben Stokes 55; Axar Patel 4-68, Ravichandran Ashwin 3-47); India 24/1 (Cheteshwar Pujara 15*; James Anderson 1-0)
Women’s Trap Team wins silver as India finish year’s first Shotgun World Cup with 2 medals
Cairo [Egypt], March 4 (ANI): India’s Women’s Trap team trio of Kirti Gupta, Manisha Keer and Rajeshwari Kumari won a silver medal on the concluding day of the year’s first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Shotgun stage, in Cairo, Egypt, going down 4-6 to Russia in the final.
The trio engineered a fantastic comeback in the match, coming back from 0-4 down to tie the final at 4-4. However, they could not hold on in the last series of 15-shot per team and had to be content with the second-best.
Their effort ensured that the Indian squad finished the World Cup with two medals, with the Men’s Skeet team bagging a bronze medal earlier on in the tournament.
Kirti, Manisha and Rajeshwari shot a combined score of 444 to make it to the gold medal match along with Russia, who topped the qualifying round with a total of 463.
There were a total of seven 25-shot rounds, five of which had been shot in the previous days. On Thursday, all three Indian women shot scores of 20 or more in the final two qualifying rounds, with Manisha top-scoring for them with 158 out of 175 shots.
The Men’s Trap team, however, could not make it to the medal rounds after shooting a combined score of 469 to finish sixth out of 11 teams in the fray. Russia and Croatia made it to the gold medal match while hosts Egypt and Slovakia were to fight it out for the bronze. (ANI)
Surrey ropes in West Indies pacer Kemar Roach for County Championship start
Surrey [UK], March 4 (ANI): Surrey County Cricket Club on Thursday announced the signing of West Indies pacer Kemar Roach for the first seven games of the County Championship 2021 season.
Fast bowler Roach will join up with Surrey following West Indies’ Test series with Sri Lanka, scheduled to finish in Antigua on April 2.
According to an official statement from Surrey, subject to any COVID restrictions and quarantine rules upon entering the UK, Roach will available for their season opener with Gloucestershire on April 8. He will wear the number 66.
The 32-year-old has played 61 Test matches for West Indies, taking 205 wickets in the process. In total, he has 384 first-class wickets to his name since making his debut in the format in 2008.
14 of those wickets came in a four-match 2011 spell with Worcestershire, his only previous stint with an English county. He was last in the UK for a three-match Test series with England in July 2020.
On joining Surrey, Roach said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Surrey for the early part of the summer. Two grounds I wanted to play at as a kid were the two Ovals, Kensington and The Oval, home of Surrey.
“When Alec Stewart showed an interest in me I had no hesitation in saying yes to him. The Club has a strong squad with a nice balance of youth and experience.”
“I would like to thank CWI for allowing me the opportunity to go back and play county cricket again after a number of years,” Roach added.
After Surrey’s match with Middlesex between 20th and 23rd May, he will return home to prepare for West Indies’ scheduled international programme. (ANI)
Swiss Open: Satwik-Chirag, Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu sail into quarterfinals
Basel [Switzerland], March 4 (ANI): Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, and Ajay Jayaram all progressed to the quarter-finals of the ongoing Swiss Open on Thursday.
While Sindhu defeated her opponent Iris Wang of the USA in straight sets 21-13, 21-14, Srikanth got over the line after clinching the game in three sets 21-10, 14-21, 21-14.
Jayaram defeated Danish badminton player Rasmus Gemke to secure a quarter-final berth. Also, Sai Praneeth joined his fellow teammate Srikanth in the run-up to the Olympic Qualification as he beat Spain’s Pablo Abian by 21-12, 21-17 and secured his place in the quarter-finals.
Indian mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also had a good day as they confirmed the quarter-final berth after pulling off yet another convincing victory (21-18, 21-16) over the Indonesian combination of Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari.
Meanwhile, the Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their rise at the Swiss Open with another sensational performance. The duo won their match 21-17, 20-22, 21-17 to seal their place in the quarters.
Earlier, ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap had a disappointing start as they crashed out of the Swiss Open in the first round on Wednesday.
Olympic medalist Nehwal lost in a tough-fought clash against Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan 16-21, 21-17, 21-23 that lasted for 58 minutes. While Nehwal’s husband Kashyap lost to lower-ranked Pablo Abian of Spain 15-21, 10-21 in straight games. (ANI)
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