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SPORTS - June 2020

Jun 2020

Jul 30, 2021

Satish Kumar Sails into Olympic Boxing Quarter-finals

  • India's first super heavyweight (+91 kg) boxer to compete in the Olympics, Satish Kumar, eased into the quarter-finals of his debut Games, defeating Jamaica's Ricardo Brown in his opening bout.
  • Satish Kumar is a two-time Asian Championships bronze-winner, and has been a multiple-time national champion.
  • Next up for Satish is Uzebkistan's Bakhodir Jalolov, the reigning world and Asian champion.

Sunisa Lee Takes Gold in Women's Gymnastics Final

  • An American finished atop the podium in the women's Olympic gymnastics all-around.
  • Sunisa Lee became the fifth straight American woman to claim the Olympic title on Thursday, edging Rebeca Andrade of Brazil in an entertaining and hotly contested final while defending champion Simone Biles watched from the stands.
  • Lee's total of 57.433 points was just enough to top Andrade, who earned the first gymnastics all-around medal by a Latin American athlete but missed out on gold when she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine.
  • Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova earned bronze two days after leading ROC to gold in the team final.

Pakistan Climber Becomes World's Youngest Mountaineer to Scale K2

  • A 19-year old Pakistani climber became the youngest person in the world to reach the summit of K2, the second-highest peak in the world.
  • Mr. Shehroze Kashif from Lahore achieved the feat of scaling the 8,611-metre high peak with the aid of bottled oxygen.
  • Before Mr. Kashif, Mr. Sajid Sadpara, the son of the legendary climber Mr. Muhammad Ali Sadpara, was the youngest person to have climbed K2 at the age of 20.
  • Mr. Kashif also scaled the world's 12th-highest mountain, the 8,047-meter Broad Peak, at the age of 17. In May this year, he became the youngest Pakistani to scale Mount Everest.

Jul 29, 2021

Pooja Rani Storms into Quarter-finals of Olympics

  • Boxer Pooja Rani (75 kg) stormed into the quarter-finals of the women's middleweight (69-75 kg) category in the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Ichrak Chaib of Algeria in the Round of 16 at the Kokugikan Arena.
  • Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) had stormed into the quarter-finals of the women's welterweight (69-75 kg) category in the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Nadine Apetz of Germany in the Round of 16 at the Kokugikan Arena.

Argentina, France, Germany Eliminated from Tokyo Olympic Soccer

  • No third gold for Argentina. No return to the final for Germany. No defensive ability for France.
  • Some of soccer's biggest nations have fallen at the first stage in the Tokyo Olympics men's tournament, failing to advance from the group stage.
  • If only like Spain they weren't blocked by clubs from selecting the strongest players for this extra competition squeezed into the calendar.

Jul 28, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Flora Duffy Claims Historic First Gold for Bermuda

  • With a population of just 63,000, Bermuda became the smallest nation or territory to win an Olympic gold medal at a summer Games when Flora Duffy won the triathlon in Tokyo.
  • The 33-year-old, making her fourth appearance at an Olympics, came out on top of the 56-woman field with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes 36 seconds - more than a minute ahead of Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown and USA's Katie Zaferes.
  • Bermuda already held the record for being the least populated country to win a summer Olympic medal thanks to a bronze for boxer Clarence Hill in 1976 but now they have their first gold medal winner.

India's Lovlina Borgohain Makes Quarterfinals of Olympic Boxing

  • Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69 kg) advanced to the quarterfinals in her debut Olympic appearance, defeating German veteran Nadine Apetz in a closely-fought last-16 stage bout.
  • Borgohain prevailed 3-2 over her rival who is 12 years her senior. Both the boxers were making their Games debut and the Indian became the first from her nine-strong team to make the quarterfinal stage.
  • Apetz was the first German woman to qualify for a boxing event at the Olympics. She is a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, a former European champion.

Polina Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan's First Olympic Medal

  • Sparsely populated and isolated from most of the outside world, Turkmenistan has finally won its first Olympic medal since independence from the Soviet Union.
  • Weightlifter Polina Guryeva won a silver medal for the Central Asian nation at the Tokyo Games, and then predicted she would go down in the country's history.
  • Guryeva lifted a total 217 kg in the 59 kg category, edging Mikiko Andoh of Japan for second place. Kuo Hsing-Chun of Taiwan won gold by lifting 236 kg.

Jul 27, 2021

South Korea Win Gold in Men's Team Archery Event

  • South Korea won gold in the men's team archery event after Kim Je Deok, Kim Woojin, and Oh Jinhyek defeated Chinese Taipei in the finals. South Korea defeated Chinese Taipei 6-0 in the summit clash.
  • Earlier, hosts Japan had pushed gold medal favourites South Korea hard in the semi-finals of the men's team tournament before South Korea eked out a 5-4 (setpoints) victory.
  • Hosts Japan took the bronze medal after defeating the Netherlands 5-4.

Paralympic-bound Shuttler Pramod Named Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year

  • World No. 1 para shuttler Pramod Bhagat was named Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year at Indian Sports Honour for 2019.
  • The delay in the announcement was due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Bhagat, who won two gold medals and a bronze at the Dubai Para-Badminton Tournament this year, will be participating in singles and mixed doubles events at the Paralympics which opens in Tokyo from August 24.
  • Indian Sports Honours are awards given annually by the RPSG Group in association with the Virat Kohli Foundation to outstanding sports personalities of India.

Momiji Nishiya Becomes First Women's Skateboard Champion

  • Japan's Momiji Nishiya won her first-ever women's street skateboarding gold at Ariake Park.
  • In the inaugural Olympics street skateboarding competition, two of the youngest competitors at the Olympic Games won the gold and silver. The gold medallist, Momiji, wrote her name into the history books with a score of 15.26.
  • Rayssa Leal, who is not only Brazil's youngest-ever medallist but also an Olympian, won silver with a score of 14.64 with Nakayama the bronze medallist with 14.49.

Jul 26, 2021

Norway Wins Triathlon GLod at Tokyo Olympics

  • Great Britain's Alex Yee won silver in a punishing men's triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics as Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway claimed gold.
  • Yee, making his Games debut, led for much of the 10 km run before Kristtian Blummenfelt produced a stunning breakaway in 27C heat and high humidity.
  • New Zealand's Hayden Wilde took bronze, with Briton Jonny Brownlee fifth.
  • Kristtian Blummenfelt is the first Norwegian to win a medal at the Tokyo Games, taking victory in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 4 seconds.

Chanu Opens India's Medal Tally

  • Mirabai Chanu won India's first medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2021, claiming silver in the women's 49 kg weightlifting. Mirabai had a total lift of 202 kg – 87 kg in snatch and 115 kg in clean and jerk as she finished second behind China's Hou Zihui 210 kg (94 & 116) who set an Olympic record in snatch.

Indian Men's Team Knocks out Kazakhstan, Sets up QF against Korea

  • The Indian men's archery team of Pravin Jadhav, Atanu Das and Tarundeep Rai downed Kazakhstan 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal clash against heavyweights Korea at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • The Indians were strong, especially Atanu Das who drilled in six perfect 10s to play a crucial role in team's win at the Yumenoshima Park.
  • The Kazakhstan troika of Denis Gankin, Ilfat Abdullin, Sanzhar Mussayev showed flashes of brilliance. They took the third set with one point margin.
  • Das made all the difference by hitting six perfect 10s including two Xs to make up for some inconsistent show by the Army duo of Rai and Jadhav.

History-maker Bhavani Devi Crashes Out

  • India's lone representative at fencing CA Bhavani Devi lost the round of 32 match against France's Manon Brunet in women's individual sabre at Makuhari Messe B Hall Yellow Piste. Manon Brunet dominated Bhavani over the two halves as she defeated the Indian by 15-7 and marched into the round of 16.

Mary Kom Enters Olympic Pre-quarters

  • Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51 kg) powered into the Olympics' pre-quarterfinals after a tactical victory over Dominican Republic's Miguelina Hernandez Garcia but Manish Kaushik's (63 kg) Games debut ended in disappointment following a hard-fought opening-round loss.
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